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Native Americans in Philanthropy seeks Director of Indigenous Knowledge and Power Building Networks

Friday, March 12, 2021

The Director of Indigenous Knowledge and Power Building Networks (Director) works closely with the Executive Director to lead and manage Native Americans in Philanthropy’s (NAP) growing networks of Native nonprofit leaders, Native philanthropic professionals, tribal leaders, and other stakeholders. Supporting and growing these networks is at the heart of NAP’s new strategic plan. Our relatives and relations in the field hold important knowledge and relationships that are crucial to our mission. The Director will help us strengthen the strategy and capacity to support these networks and build their power in the philanthropic sector. Along with the Executive Director and the Chief Strategy and Operations Officer, this position will also serve as a senior-level staff member responsible for external relations with members, funders, and other stakeholders.

About the employer

Native Americans in Philanthropy envisions a future with healthy and sustainable Native communities supported by responsive philanthropy. Our mission is to promote equitable and effective philanthropy in Native communities. We do this by increasing engagement and funding to Native-led organizations; increasing and supporting Native professionals in philanthropy; and transforming and influencing the philanthropic sector to be in alignment with an Indigenous worldview. We are currently headquartered in Washington, DC.

Primary Responsibilities

Communications, relationship-building, and meeting facilitation

  •     Serve as primary manager and facilitator for several NAP networks including the Native Program Officers Working Group, Tribal lands and climate funder working group, rural tribal community working group, and Tribal lands and conservation funder working group.
  •     Work with NAP leadership team and serve as lead strategist and manager in developing emerging knowledge and power building networks, including a tribal government philanthropy network, networks focused on key funding priorities for tribal communities, and a network of Native-led funding organizations and intermediaries.
  •     Support NAP leadership in developing a values-based approach to partnerships with members and funding institutions by working with our diverse stakeholders to develop a set of values and principles that will guide our partnerships.
  •     Work with networks to develop engaging agendas for convenings, external-facing programs, and other events to build relationships within the networks and showcase their knowledge to our members and funder partners.
  •     Serve as primary facilitator for meetings and events with support from contractors and other staff in consultation with NAP leadership team.
  •     Support the NAP team in developing funder-focused tools and resources informed by NAP’s networks that will improve their practice in relation to Indigenous values and increase funding to tribal communities. Such resources may include reports, community-informed practice tools, feature pieces in the media highlighting the impact of network members, and more.
  •     With the support of NAP’s communications team, lead robust and engaging communications programming with NAP’s networks that share their stories with the field and provide tools and resources, education, and relationship-building.
  •     Develop programming for partner conferences and other events that provide platforms for members of our networks to educate and challenge the sector to improve their investments in tribal communities.
  •     Support the Chief Strategy Officer with the facilitation and support of our Native Voices Rising grantee partner community through technical assistance, collaborative meetings between funders and Native-led nonprofits, and other educational events.

Program management

  •     Initially, manage and support existing NAP networks with the support of NAP administrative and communications staff.
  •     Work closely with the Executive Director and Chief Strategy and Operations Officer to develop a capacity and growth plan that will support our existing and emerging networks.
  •     In coordination with Executive Director and Chief Strategy and Operations Officer, hire and manage new program staff and contractors according to capacity plan.
  •     Develop and implement a comprehensive evaluation plan that tracks the reach and impact of our networks strategy, centered in Indigenous values.
  •     Support NAP leadership team with regular reporting on program activities to the Board, funders, and other external stakeholders.
  •     Support Chief Strategy and Operations Officer and CFO with program budget development and financial reporting on program activities.
  •     Identify contractors and other experts who can develop trainings and educational resources for our networks, members, and strategic partners about tribal communities.
  •     Support NAP leadership team and development staff in drafting funding proposals and reports

Knowledge, Skill & Ability

  •     Deep knowledge, relationships, and understandings of tribal communities and nonprofits.
  •     Strong experience and/or understanding of the philanthropic sector and relationships with philanthropic professionals and organizations.
  •     Proven ability to build trusting relationships with networks of diverse stakeholders.
  •     Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  •     Ability to work with networks and smaller advisory teams to build consensus and create shared agendas for meetings and advocacy work.
  •     Proven ability to effectively manage and support staff.
  •     Knowledge of conservation and climate funding sectors, a strong plus.
  •     Resourcefulness—the ability to leverage networks and experience to find answers, solve problems, and identify new opportunities for impact.
  •     Self-motivated and able to work independently, as well as with a team.
  •     Highly organized and able to effectively prioritize multiple tasks, responsibilities and manage to the critical plan.
  •     Reliable, excellent attention to detail and accuracy.
  •     Able to work well under pressure, with good judgment and decision-making abilities.
  •     Professional demeanor, resourceful, detail-oriented, high-performing self-starter.
  •     High energy and flexibility to manage diverse responsibilities and multiple tasks in a fast-paced environment.
  •     High degree of organization, attention to detail, and ability to multitask.
  •     Excellent writing skills:  the ability to draft and edit high quality written materials and correspondence.
  •     Exceptional verbal communication skills: the ability to exercise a high degree of diplomacy, collaboration and problem solving.
  •     Excellent interpersonal skills:  the ability to interact with diverse internal and external constituents, including international parties.

How to apply

Apply online at the link below.

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