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Program Associate, NDN Foundation

The Program Associate provides administrative and programmatic support to the NDN Foundation and assists the Director of Grantmaking/Managing Director in planning, organizing and implementing activities and duties of the Foundation as part of the NDN Eco-system, internally and externally.

About the Position

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Program Associate, NDN Foundation

Rapid City, SD or Remote

Application deadline:
Rolling basis until position is filled

Reports to:
Director of Grantmaking

The Organization

NDN Collective is a national 501(c)(3) nonprofit  organization that builds the power of Indigenous Peoples, Communities, and Nations to exercise our inherent right to self-determination, while fostering a world that is built on a foundation of justice. 

Job Summary

The Program Associate provides administrative and programmatic support to the NDN Foundation and assists the Director of Grantmaking/Managing Director in planning, organizing and implementing activities and duties of the Foundation as part of the NDN Eco-system, internally and externally.  Primary responsibilities include grantmaking support and award administration, tracking and analysis of grantmaking data, files and information, and coordination of team schedules and grant tracks.

Who We Are

NDN Collective is an ambitious, systemic effort to empower Indigenous communities. We are creating a paradigm change in how society invests in Indigenous Peoples by dramatically scaling up investment and shifting decision-making power to Indigenous Peoples. We are doing four key things to create a new ecosystem that supports Indigenous self-determination:

  1. We are creating an Indigenous-led Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) to move $100M of for-profit investment into large-scale projects led by and serving Indigenous communities. 
  2. We are dramatically increasing philanthropic investment into Indigenous-led organizations, with the goal of giving out $50M per year in grants. 
  3. We are building capacity in Indigenous communities to be able to absorb this new influx of capital. 
  4. We are advocating for Indigenous rights and policy changes that will enable our peoples and communities to thrive. 

The Position

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

  • Administrative Support:  Assist the Foundation team with implementation of grantmaking programs, provide scheduling and meeting support, design and management of tracking systems and tools to support the team and all grantmaking functions.  This may include relevant communications and correspondence.
  • Information Coordination:  Assist the Foundation team with disseminating grantmaking information, provide information and support to grantseekers and community.
  • Grant systems:  Assist the Grants Manager with the grants management system, provide support to the Foundation team in grants management system operations and processes.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Who You Are

Education, Skills and Experience

  • Bachelor’s Degree preferred with 1-2 year of professional experience preferred.
  • Experience working in non-profit organization, tribal or philanthropic setting, preferably with grants and administration.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work with a range of groups, including donors, consultants and community members/partners.
  • Excellent planning and organizational skills, ability to manage multiple tasks and priorities and provide administrative/programmatic support to Foundation staff.
  • Experience working with Microsoft Windows or Gmail Suite (Word, PowerPoint, Excel), and online database software, i.e. Fluxx or similar.
  • Strong communication skills, both written and oral.
  • Strong ability and desire to work in a team environment which may include remote/virtual work.
  • Strong motivation and ability to take initiative.

Personal Characteristics

  • ACTIVATOR: You are a self-reliant person and are strong at making things happen by turning thoughts into action. You have a proven track record of successfully building or sustaining a nonprofit fundraising operation.
  • LEARNER: You have strong learning agility and are able to rapidly understand and analyze new situations. You learn from your successes and failures and improve processes to drive our fundraising.
  • COMMUNICATOR: You are an exceptionally strong communicator who can create high-quality materials and deliver compelling messages and presentations. You have experience using this strength in securing funds for nonprofits.
  • ENTREPRENEURIAL SPIRIT: You are ambitious and creative and enjoy the process of building something from the ground up. You are excited by the opportunity to come in and have a heavy hand in shaping our development operations.
  • SOCIALLY & EMOTIONALLY INTELLIGENT: You are able to work efficiently and respectfully with others. You understand how individuals, groups, and societies work and you build rapport through being trustworthy and empathetic.
  • DETAIL ORIENTED: You strive for perfection and are able to move from the high level of a project to its smallest details.
  • FLEXIBLE: You thrive in a fast-paced environment and are flexible when it is necessary. You are willing to travel when needed.

This position is salaried, commensurate with experience.  Benefits include medical, dental and vision insurance as well as 401(k) retirement plan, a wellness program, personal leave and professional development.

How to Apply

Send an email to with the subject line “Program Associate, NDN Foundation – [YOUR NAME].” In the email, please include:

As a single PDF attachment, include:

o   Your resume

o   1-page cover letter explaining your interest in the organization and position

o   Short answers to the following three questions:

  • What is your philosophy about grantmaking?
  • What would you be most nervous about going into this role if you were offered and accepted the position?
  • What is the best advice you’ve ever received? 

·        In the body of the email, please copy and paste the content of your short answers and include your name, phone number, and email address.

As attention to detail is critical for success in this role, only applicants who follow these specific application guidelines will be considered.

NDN Collective is committed to equal opportunity for all persons without regard to sex, age, race, color, religion, creed, national origin, marital status, disability, or sexual orientation, and any other class of individuals protected from discrimination.  It is NDN Collective’s policy to comply with all federal, state, tribal and local laws and regulations regarding equal opportunity. In keeping with that policy, NDN Collective is committed to maintaining a work environment that is free of unlawful discrimination and harassment and will not tolerate unlawful discrimination against or harassment of any of our employees or others present at our facilities by anyone, including any NDN Collective supervisor, co-worker, vendor or client.

NDN Collective
317 Main St #1
Rapid City, SD 57701
P: +1 (605) 791-3999
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