The Native Organizers Alliance (NOA) is a unique Indigenous training and organizing network dedicated to building the capacity of Native tribes, traditional societies, and community groups to make transformational change. It also provides a forum for tribal and Native leaders and organizers to work in collaboration with each other and promote their work with non-Native national allies. NOA supports grassroots-driven social change rooted in Native traditional practices and values to advance tribal sovereignty and the health and wellbeing of Native people in rural and urban Native communities and on reservations across Indian Country.
Job Title: NOA Fellows
Native Organizers Alliance (NOA) is proud to offer nine Native Organizing Fellowships to do coalition building and grassroots organizing on an array of national initiatives and events. This program is open to all Native people who want to be a part of building an ecosystem of tribes and Native community groups in their state as part of a national network. NOA will provide training and an organizing toolkit for a three-month campaign, with the opportunity to continue. Interested participants should read the description below, complete the fellowship application, and then submit a resume and cover letter to email@example.com. All fellowships are state-based and therefore remote. NOA strictly follows CDC Covid guidelines. All participants must provide proof of vaccination.
The application period for Fall 2021 is now open until all 9 positions are filled.
NOA Fellows will be trained by NOA staff and have the opportunity to work and network with Native communities from across Turtle Island. Fellows will learn about the Indigenous framework for grassroots organizers as a whole, including how NOA works on a national level to help support a national movement for sovereignty. At the center of our theory of social change is an understanding of relationality, our relationship to all things, in the natural world, political, and economic. And how we carry out our ancestral responsibilities for our descendants. Fellows will also participate in trainings hosted by the NOA. Skill-building workshops will be offered to help Fellows develop their organizing skills to build an empowered grassroots Native movement for change and stand strong with non-Native allies.
We are looking for fellows in the following states:
SD, NC, MN, WI, MI, AZ, NM, NV, and WA
Hours and Compensation:
Accepted Fellows will be expected to attend training and weekly group meetings, meet once a week with the coordinator, and will work 20 hours per week doing outreach and one on one meetings with Native groups and tribes. Fellows will be compensated $20/hr for 20 hours a week including time attending trainings.
Native Fellowship Organizers Primary Responsibilities and Skills:
- Fellows will develop proficiency on platforms including Slack, Google Drive, and Gmail
- Under the guidance and supervision of the Lead Organizer, implement advocacy campaigns.
- Conduct outreach and recruitment through phone banking, peer-to-peer texting, and direct in-person contact (depending on CDC guidelines and local COVID guidelines).
- Build and maintain organizing lists and databases.
- Build organizing committees and other volunteer-led groups, and recruit members into these roles.
- Work with local ally organizations to build powerful coalitions, and support NOA campaigns, initiatives, and events.
- Help develop local organizing materials including talking points, toolkits, and fact sheets.
- Train volunteers for text/phone banks.
- Help develop strategic communications including state strategy development, working with the NOA Communications Director on press work (gathering quotes), social media work.
- Maintain a working knowledge of significant developments and trends in relevant issue areas (for example, environmental justice issues, Congressional legislation such as the Respect Act, John LewisVoting Rights Act 2021).
- Perform other duties as required to support the work of building grassroots Native power.
- Maintaining local press lists.
- Learn how to independently run and manage events and facilitate communication and coordination between tribal nations, community leaders, and traditional elders statewide.
- Assist tribal and Native organizations with their social media needs
- Help build up a volunteer base ahead of the 2022/2024 elections. This may involve social post and blog writing, candidate research, etc.
- Assist with social media monitoring for local tribal communities, data entry, and other projects that may arise.
Note: This fellowship will require in-state travel and evening/weekend work at times. A vehicle is required.
Who We Are Looking For
- Native organizers who share our indigenous values and are committed to people-powered change.
- An understanding of home state Native urban and tribal communities.
- The ability to work with, inspire and develop volunteers, as well as build and sustain durable relationships with a wide variety of allies and stakeholders.
- Strong time management and planning skills, with a demonstrated ability to take initiative and drive projects forward independently.
- Demonstrated ability to operate well under pressure and while working remotely.
Job Title: Director of Development
Reporting to the Executive Director, the Director of Development (DoD) will create and oversee fundraising strategies to maximize organizational sustainability and allow for mission-aligned growth. The DoD’s focus will be on building a diverse, strong, and expanding base of support from foundations, while significantly growing independent revenue from individual donors. The DoD is responsible for creating, implementing, and executing initiatives including major gifts, planned giving, grants, annual giving, special events, and developing a comprehensive stewardship process for donors.
The ideal candidate will have demonstrated experience in fund development in the nonprofit sector, donor cultivation and stewardship, representing an organization to stakeholders, and managing a small staff. The DoD will also co-create a small advisory council of people to guide the strategic planning for NOA’s financial stability and act as the principal liaison to all fundraising consultants.
The DoD is expected to work across diverse teams and workstyles, and help the organization design and administer systems that make work flow more efficient. The candidate should care deeply about the NOA’s mission, have experience working in the progressive funding world, and enjoy strategy and systems.
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.
The Director of Development will create and implement a strategy to grow NOA’’s fundraising:
- Manage fundraising efforts from foundation and other institutional sources, stewarding current funders while growing revenue from new sources. This includes: prospecting for new funding opportunities, managing and improving development systems, tracking deadlines, reviewing and approving content, and coordinating timely and high-quality grants submissions, and responsibility for all proposals and report drafting. In addition, the DoD will be responsible for all funder cultivation such as briefings, communications, and ensuring all funders are stewarded appropriately.
- Responsible for the implementation and strengthening of major gift programs, to contribute significantly to the growth of independent revenue for NOA. Engagement strategies including individualized donor cultivation, special events, and other relationship building and activities. Ensure excellent cultivation and relationship maintenance with all donors and prospects.
- Establish strong internal systems for coordinating and tracking development work. Ensure members of the development team have clear work plans and goals, and monitor tracking and transparent reporting of progress towards goals. Responsible for the maintenance of NOA’s donor database system. Oversee timely grant notifications, coordination of financial reporting, and allocations of grants. Lead monthly fundraising meetings with key staff.
- Direct the creation and production of donor publications and communications such as annual reports, newsletters, donor stories, online donor outreach including video production and website content.
- Provide regular supervision and support to development staff. Clarify roles among development team members. Provide the vision and leadership to the development team. Provide coaching and support to the NOA staff in building their fundraising skills and success.
- Work closely with the Executive Director and COO in developing organizational income projections, accurately tracking progress towards goals, and ensuring that the goals are met and that the organization operates with a positive net operating income and continues to grow. Work closely with the COO and administration of NOA’s fiscal sponsor to ensure that updated income projections are reflected in the NOA budget projections.
Applicants for the Director of Development position should:
- Have strong supervisory and managerial experience – Demonstrate experience effectively managing teams and be able to build rapport among their team while challenging staff to achieve ambitious goals.
- Commitment to NOA’s mission – Possess a commitment to racial equity, social justice, and community organizing. Be sensitive to the challenging dynamics of raising money for an organization fighting racial capitalism in a capitalist system, and comfortable navigating those dynamics.
- Possess strong interpersonal skills, a high level of emotional intelligence and awareness of interpersonal dynamics to work with a diverse group of colleagues, building support and consensus around fundraising priorities.
- Be a successful fundraiser – 10 years of demonstrated successful fundraising experience and a strong familiarity with the progressive funding universe. Particular expertise or knowledge in one or more of the following highly desirable: foundation fundraising, major gifts, low-dollar individual fundraising, C3 and C4/political fundraising.
- Have strong oral and written communication skills, including superior writing, copy editing and proofreading ability.
- Demonstrate solid financial management knowledge – comfortable developing and navigating budgets, familiar with basic nonprofit financial management and reporting practices.
- Have strong organizational skills and an ability to deal with many tasks and priorities while being on top of details. Work effectively on a tight schedule and be able to set and meet realistic deadlines.
- You honor the idea of indigenizing organizational culture and ways of working within the staff and with all our relations. Show ability to work across multiple infrastructure and programmatic teams, with staff spread across the country.
- Experience as an organizer, campaigner, or in tribal government is a plus.
- Experience with G-Suite, Microsoft Office suite, donor databases, and project management platforms.
- Solid track record of working closely with senior management, and ideally in an Indigenous, multi-cultural and multi-ethnic work environment.
- A demonstrated commitment to social and racial justice issues and understanding of challenges facing Indegenous communities.
Qualifications: You could be great for this role if:
- You honor the idea of Native cultures and practices are the guiding principles of NOA’s organizational culture 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 Indigenious frameworks. You want to learn from others in an exciting moment in Native history with an organization committed to movement-building for transformational change.
Salary: $95,000 – $120,000
Benefits: Include health, dental, and vision insurance; paid holiday time-off and a generous vacation and sick policy.
Location: Remote (minimal 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.
Interested applicants are asked to please email:
- Cover letter
- Three references
Please email with the subject line “Your Name: Director of Development” to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Only those whose applications are being considered will be contacted. Position open until filled. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
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.