Program Officers – Collective Abundance Fund Program

NDN Collective has (3) three Program Officer positions open to support the Collective Abundance Fund Program. North Dakota, Minnesota, South Dakota regional applicants preferred

Position Title:                  Program Officer – Collective Abundance Fund Program

Location:                          Remote (North Dakota, Minnesota, South Dakota regional applicants preferred)

Application Deadline:  Rolling basis until position is filled

Job Summary:

NDN Collective has (3) three Program Officer positions open to support the Collective Abundance Fund Program across Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota. These are remote positions with periodic travel to NDN Headquarters in Rapid City, South Dakota for onsite work and to other regional hubs.

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


NDN Collective is the most ambitious, systemic effort to empower Indigenous Peoples 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. 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.
  2. We are creating an Indigenous-led CDFI to move $100M of for-profit 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.

Collective Abundance Fund Program

The NDN Collective Abundance Fund is designed to provide wealth building investments to Indigenous people on Indigenous terms within the tri-state region of Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota. The program seeks to support building family and generational wealth, and to begin to address the wealth gap among Native families.  Addressing the wealth gap is just one action that supports the advancement of NDN’s theory of change to Defend, Develop, and Decolonize. This work advances the dismantling of white supremacy thinking and constructs around wealth and experience liberation from the constant threats that wealth disparities have caused. This includes centering this work from a redefinition of wealth from an Indigenous perspective, rather than the western definition of wealth that is rooted in capitalism that promotes the accumulation of money and material possessions often without regard to the protection of people and the planet. NDN Collective and specifically, the Collective Abundance Fund program embraces the following definition of wealth. 

Indigenous wealth is a quality of life and mindset that encircles family and community well-being and the care of relationships (i.e., self, family, extended family, community, land, environment), and a spirit of generosity. Money is a tool to support basic needs (e.g., safety, food, shelter, education) and bring financial security and self-determination so that one can live a “good life,” abundant in social and cultural sharing.


Primary Duties and Responsibilities

  • Primary Duties and Responsibilities 
  • Supporting the planning and implementation of the Collective Abundance Fund, a new 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 and 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 grants data for continuous improvement and refinement of grantmaking programs and processes.
  • Supporting the grantmaking process through effective utilization of its internal systems and procedures.
  • Assisting the Foundation team in its collaboration with the Research & Evaluation team in evaluating the outcomes and impact of grant programs. 
  • Creating and maintaining critical internal and external relationships and processes to support/ensure grantee success. 
  • Working with the advisory committees as needed and appropriate.
  • Facilitating grantee convenings, meetings, or site visits, either virtually or in-person.
  • Supporting the Foundation team with planning, including grant reviews of all NDN Grant Programs.
  • Other duties assigned. 


Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent experience 
  • 3-4 years of relevant experience 
  • Prior grantmaking experience with a non-profit, government 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 to provide coaching and technical assistance to grantees to help them achieve exemplary results 
  • Knowledge and Skills:
  • Demonstrated success in grantmaking 
  • Excellent written/verbal communication skills; strong presentation skills 
  • Strategic thinking, able to conceptualize, lead and execute complex projects and effectively convey their impact to various audiences 
  • Excellent organizational skills with attention to detail and ability to meet deadlines and objectives 
  • Strength in collaboration as part of a team to move projects forward in a fast-paced environment 
  • Outstanding research, analytical skills 
  • Outstanding partnership development skills 
  • Success in persuasive writing and 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. 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 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. 


Send an email to [email protected] with the subject line “INSERT JOB TITLE – [YOUR NAME].” In the email, please 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 questions:
    • How does your indigeneity inform your current work and your interest in the 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?
  • 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.

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.