Program Officer – Collective Abundance Fund – NDN Foundation

Location: Remote, with preferred residence and roots in Minnesota
Application Deadline: August 30, 2024

Job Summary

Reporting to the Program Manager, this Program Officer position will support the NDN Foundation Collective Abundance Fund Program specifically for Minnesota. This includes supporting all grantmaking processes as part of a continuum beginning with dissemination through application, review, selection, reporting, and evaluation, as well as managing grantee-partner relationships, and sharing information and capacity building resources.

The Position

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

  • Supporting the planning and implementation of the Collective Abundance Fund, a newer grantmaking program within the Foundation, the grantmaking arm of NDN Collective.
  • Assisting in the recruitment, outreach, assessment, and relationship management of individual grantees across Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota.
  • Responding to inquiries regarding the grant program and providing information and feedback to grantseekers.
  • Reviewing proposals, budgets, and grant reports; making recommendations for funding decisions and allocations.
  • Providing constructive feedback to declined applicants, as requested.
  • Co-creating award notification letters to individual grantees and handling general correspondence.
  • Analyzing and utilizing grant data for the continuous improvement and refinement of grantmaking programs and processes.
  • Supporting the grantmaking process through the effective utilization of all internal systems and procedures.
  • Assisting the Foundation team in its collaboration with the Research & Evaluation team to evaluate the outcomes and impact of all grant programs.
  • Creating and maintaining critical internal and external relationships while supporting processes that will ensure success for all grantees.
  • Working with the advisory committees as needed and appropriate.
  • Facilitating grantee convenings, meetings, or site visits, either virtually or in-person.
  • Supporting the entire Foundation team with grant reviews and planning for all NDN Grant Programs.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Who You Are

Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent experience
  • 3-4 years of relevant experience
  • Prior grantmaking experience with a non-profit, tribal or governmental agency, or other entity
  • Demonstrated commitment to serving the public in a mission-driven organization
  • Demonstrated experience and deeply networked in Indigenous communities within Minnesota, North Dakota, and/or South Dakota
  • Demonstrated ability to assess qualitative and quantitative outcome data and able to provide coaching and technical assistance to grantees to help them achieve exemplary results

Knowledge and Skills

  • Demonstrated success in grantmaking
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills; strong presentation and public speaking skills
  • Effective in the ability to think strategically, conceptualize, lead, and execute complex projects while conveying their impact to various audiences
  • Excellent organizational skills while paying strict attention to detail
  • Strong collaborating as part of a team to move projects forward in a fast-paced environment
  • Outstanding research and analytical skills
  • Excellent time management skills with the ability to meet deadlines and objectives
  • Outstanding partnership development skills
  • Success with persuasive writing and has experience developing complex communications projects

Personal Characteristics

  • ACTIVATOR: You are a self-reliant person and are strong at making things happen by turning thoughts into Partners.
  • 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 mission.
  • COMMUNICATOR: You are an exceptionally strong communicator who can create high-quality materials and deliver compelling messages and presentations.
  • 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 at a GS level 11 ranging from  $58,465 to $76,000. 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

Using the form submission below, include the following attachments:

Your resume (FILE NAME: “[LAST NAME – RESUME]”)

2-page document to include: (FILE NAME: “[LAST NAME – COVER LETTER]”)

  • Cover letter explaining your interest in the organization and position
  • Short answers to the following questions:
    • How does your experience working in Indigenous communities inform your current work and your interest in this position?
    • What is your philosophy about grantmaking in Indigenous communities?
    • What would you be most nervous about going into this role if you were offered and accepted the position?
    • NDN Collective conducts background checks, is there anything you want to share with us about your background?
    • What is the best advice you’ve ever received?
    • If you have personal, social, or grant connections to anyone who works at or with NDN Collective, who do you know and what is your relationship/connection?

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

Note: Please apply to one position only.

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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