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Program Associate

The Program Associate provides administrative and programmatic support to the NDN Fund and assists the Managing Director in planning, organizing and implementing activities and duties of the Fund.

About the Position

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Position:
Program Associate, NDN Fund

Location:
Minneapolis, MN

Application deadline:
Rolling basis until position is filled

Reports to:
NDN Fund Managing Director

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. NDN Collective manages a Fiscal Sponsorship Program to incubate new Indigenous organizations that seek to promote change.

Job Summary

The Program Associate provides administrative and programmatic support to the NDN Fund and assists the Managing Director in planning, organizing and implementing activities and duties of the Fund as part of the NDN Ecosystem, internally and externally.  Primary responsibilities include managing the ongoing operations of NDN Fund, bookkeeping, coordination of team schedules, and assisting the tracking and analysis of lending data, files, and information.

Who We Are

NDN Collective is the most ambitious, systemic effort to empower Indigenous communities in the history of philanthropy. 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 dramatically increasing philanthropic investment into Indigenous-led organizations, with the goal of giving out $50M per year in grants by 2020.
  2. We are creating an Indigenous-led Community Development Financial Institution, NDN Fund,  to move $100M of investment into projects led by and serving Indigenous communities.
  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.

What Sets Us Apart

  • We represent the people we serve—we are Indigenous-led and support Indigenous people and organizations
  • We think in systems and recognize the interconnectedness of all living things
  • We are changemakers that have and model a mindset of abundance
  • We believe in the power of Indigenous self-determination to create a just, equitable world for all people and the planet
  • We integrate culture and ceremony into our work
  • We acknowledge and pay respects to our elders and past while taking ownership and control of our future

The Position

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

  • Administrative Support:  Assist the Fund team with implementation of lending and capacity building programs, provide scheduling and meeting support, design and management of tracking systems and tools to support the team and all lending and capacity building functions.  This may include relevant communications and correspondence. 
  • Information Coordination:  Assist the Fund team with disseminating information on programs, coordinating with funding partners and potential partners, and providing information and support to lending clients and Indigenous communities. 
  • Lending:  Assist the Managing Director and Lending Officer with intake and management of loans through the different lending software platforms used, provide support to building efficient processes.
  • Capacity Building: Assist the Managing Director, Capacity Building Coordinator, and NDN Partners Managing Director in building systems, processes, and project management tools to align projects with the right consultants, track outcomes of services rendered, and keep track of the consulting database for future projects. 
  • Other duties 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 budgeting 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 data base 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 jobs@ndncollective.org with the subject line “Program Associate, NDN Fund – [YOUR NAME].” In the email, please include:

As a single PDF attachment, include:

  • As a single PDF attachment, include:
    • Your resume
    • 1-page cover letter explaining your interest in the organization and position
    • Short answers to the following three questions:
      • What is your philosophy about what Indigenous communities need to realize real self-determination and sovereignty?
      • 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.

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