Job Description

Reporting to the Managing Director, the Director of Policy will provide leadership for our public policy work, working directly with the Executive Director and NOA ecosystem of organizations and tribal leadership. The candidate should also have a familiarity with the history and current situation in Indian Country. Prior experience in working with tribal and Native communities and organizations is desirable.

Key responsibilities include:

  • Participate actively in setting NOA’s policy direction, strategy, focus, and planning
  • Implement NOA’s policy agenda, develop strategies and negotiate solutions for policy issues that are important to Native communities in consultation with other Native groups and Non-Native allies
  • Draft op/ed pieces, resources, and reports on behalf of NOA and local partner organizations
  • Research, monitor, analyze and respond to tribal, federal, state, and local issues that affect Native communities and tribes
  • Draft testimony and position papers on public policy issues
  • Organize and engage NOA leaders and network partners, nonprofits, and policymakers in public policy efforts on tribal and Native communities’ issues. Representing NOA in coalitions, and other relevant public events
  • Create and manage systems to track information about key issues, legislation, and policymakers as well as voting records as it relates to issues impactive tribes and Native communities.
  • Produce fact sheets, web content, electronic policy updates, legislative alerts, position statements, and research reports for NOA, local partners, and other key stakeholders.
  • At times additional hours, including nights and weekends may be required to meet the demands of the position and ensure the smooth operation of the functions and organization as a whole.
  • Some travel will be necessary to attend meetings, conferences, and connect with NOA staff working remotely.

Requirements:

  • Three to five (5) years of experience working in policy, philanthropy, politics, or other relevant fields.  A relevant advanced degree is desired.  Work experience can substitute.
  • Demonstrated experience in and commitment to racial and social justice issues
    Experience in researching, analyzing, and addressing social, racial, and economic inequities.
  • Direct experience in community organizing, coalition building, advocacy, campaign, and/or electoral experience.
  • Expert interpersonal skills and ability to easily develop deep, trusting relationships with a diverse set of partners, including local partners which include tribal and traditional leadership, Native and non-Native key allies, coalitions, organizations, government officials, candidates, elected officials, and the media
  • Ability to mobilize allies in issue-based and electoral coalitions.
    Demonstrated experience in and commitment to addressing Native economic, racial, climate, and other inequities.
  • Knowledge of policy and policy-making process at a local (county), State, Federal and Tribal level.
  • Strategic mindset and ability to turn strategic imperatives into tangible action and outcomes.
  • A commitment to staff engagement and development, with a demonstrated ability to exert influence broadly and successfully across an organization, fostering a positive professional atmosphere.
  • Outstanding oral communications skills, with the ability to effectively present new and complex ideas, mount persuasive arguments and negotiate.
  • Ability to organize/prioritize work and meet deadlines within a fast-paced environment with multiple and competing demands.
  • Excellent team-building and problem-solving abilities

Qualifications:

  • ​​You honor the idea of Native cultures and practices as the guiding principles of  NOA’s organizational culture, political strategy, and ways of working within the staff and with all our relations.
  • Have a deep knowledge of the politics and issues impacting the tribal and Native communities.
  • Strong knowledge of intertribal Native history and culture.
  • Knowledge of and commitment to progressive social change movements and grassroots organizing as the key to building political power.
  • Understand the decisive role tribal governments play in the movement for achieving sovereignty and systemic change in nation-to-nation relations with the federal government.
  • Experience in managing staff, contractors, and volunteers.
  • Can communicate clearly and effectively.
  • Familiar with work plans and able to participate in setting priorities and meeting deadlines.
  • Detail-oriented and able to manage your time efficiently.
  • Possess solid problem-solving skills and know how to give and receive feedback well.
  • A desire to grow and develop personally, and deepen our collective Indigenous frameworks. You want to learn from others in an exciting moment in Native history with an organization committed to movement-building for transformational change.

Compensation

Salary: $90,000-$100,000 DOE

Benefits: Include health, dental, vision insurance, and retirement plan; paid holidays and a generous vacation and sick policy.

Location: Remote (some travel for staff gatherings, campaigns, and events.)

Native Organizers Alliance is a fiscally sponsored project of the Alliance for a Just Society (501c3) and is an equal opportunity employer, and women, people of color, persons with disabilities, and LGBTQI people are strongly encouraged to apply. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, age, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, or gender identity or expression, nor any other basis protected under law. We embrace the full spectrum of humanity and the intersectional nature of our existence and imaginative energies. We embody diversity in our staff, board, the artists and partners we work with, and the audiences we attract.

All applicants will be considered for employment without attention to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran, or disability status.

Application Procedure

Interested applicants are asked to please email:

  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • Three references

Please email with the subject line “Your Name: Director of Policy” to: jobs@nativeorganizing.org. Only those whose applications are being considered will be contacted. Position open until filled. Incomplete applications will not be considered.