Current Openings

Senior Program Officer

Job Type:
Full-Time, Exempt Position

Reports to:
Director of Programs

Salary Range:
$73,000 to $82,000 annually

Closing Date:
June 30, 2019


The Senior Program Officer (SPO) is responsible for the strategic planning and management of multi-year, complex projects, including a new fellowship program designed to support Native American knowledge makers and knowledge holders.  The SPO will often direct the efforts of program officers and program associates to implement aspects of various projects.  The SPO is also responsible for the management and supervision of direct reports (i.e., consultants, grantees and fellows) providing direction, setting goals, giving feedback and coaching, and ensuring professional development and training.

The SPO will work in close collaboration with other First Nations staff, including the leadership team, senior program officers, program officers and coordinators; the finance department to ensure accurate accounting for grant-related income and expenditures; and First Nations’ development and communications staff members.  Overall, the SPO is responsible for ensuring timely, high-quality implementation of assigned programs, which meet budget parameters and evaluation expectations.


  • Strategic program-area leadership for existing programs and strategies.
  • Overall planning and project management of all projects and grants related to these program areas. Some of these duties may be done by the PO.
    • Develops overall project plan, including key milestones, assigned resources and timelines.
    • Manages and/or implements all aspects of one or more complex projects to include integrated evaluation, monitoring and reporting.
    • Designs evaluation plans and tools
    • Designs agendas for sessions and workshops at annual conferences and convenings, and ensures the development and implementation of:
      • PowerPoint presentations and webinars, and developing and delivering training curriculum.
      • Workshops and annual conferences including producing written materials like invitations, announcements, agendas, session descriptions, assessments, evaluations.
    • Provides logistics management on reviewing grantee applications, interviewing potential grantees, disseminating grantee awards and organizing convenings.
    • Coordinates three fellowship convenings during the year. These convenings allow fellows to pool their collective knowledge, and create a community of practice that crosses fields, geographies and tribal cultures.
    • Designs, implements and delivers training and technical assistance curriculum through on-site and off-site trainings and workshops, at conferences, webinars and by phone.
    • Cultivates, develops and maintains relationships with existing and prospective community partners, key stakeholders and funders, as required.
    • Contributes to the conversation in industry forums as an expert in the field.
    • Engages and manages consultants/field staff working under projects.
    • Responsible for the proactive management of project financials and budgets, which may include multiple funding sources.
    • Ensures timely and accurate reporting to funders.
    • Acts as the main project liaison with the accounting department (on assigned projects) to ensure smooth operations between First Nations and its grantees as well as comprehensive project reporting and compliance.
  • Works with the Director of Programs as an active contributor in identifying and testing new program areas and expertise development.
  • Writes reports and contributes to grant proposals and presentation materials for both internal and external audiences.
  • Participates as part of a cross -functional team with Grantmaking to provide direction and support in creating and reviewing grant-specific program designs and proposal development.
  • Maintains excellent relations and communications with coworkers, partners, grantees, fellows and other stakeholders.
    • Fields ad hoc requests for information or assistance from First Nations administration and grantees.
    • Acts as a liaison with government personnel, foundation representatives, stakeholders, consultants, and tribal, public and nonprofit representatives.
    • Fields fee-for-service inquiries/contracts/training.
    • Provides communications, content and updates regarding assigned program areas to be included in the First Nations newsletter, press releases, action alerts, legislative updates, and program areas of the website.
  • Management and leadership of direct reports:
    • Sets direction and goals.
    • Provides feedback and coaching on performance.
    • Conducts the annual performance evaluation.
    • Ensures professional and career development and training as appropriate.


  • Master’s degree (MA/MS) in Social Work, Public Health, Public Administration, Business or related field.
  • Demonstrates a level of mastery of Senior Program Officer functions and competencies:
    • Workplan development
    • Evaluation plan and tool development
    • Proactive budget management
    • Effective management of project resources, including consultants
    • Design and implementation of training and technical assistance plans
    • Effective project management skills
  • Has an extensive external peer network.
  • Ability to travel frequently as needed (up to 2-3 times monthly).
  • Knowledge of and/or familiarity with tribal sovereignty and the historical and contemporary legal development and workings/status of tribal nations.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Exceptional customer service orientation.
  • Ability to present to and facilitate small and large audiences in training or conference settings.
  • Competent self-starter who will take initiative and work independently.
  • Excellent ability to organize and manage multiple projects/deadlines simultaneously, and work under pressure to meet deadlines.
  • Strong attention to detail.
  • Demonstrated expertise in program management.
  • Strong computer skills, including but not limited to MS Outlook and Office applications (Excel, PowerPoint and Word) and selected other program/project management software.
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Positive attitude, good people skills and ability to work closely with people at all levels of experience and proficiency.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a team environment.


  • Ph.D. degree.
  • 7 to 10 years of relevant experience.
  • Minimum five years of experience working in a nonprofit organization, (e.g. experience in nonprofit organization and/or as a grantmaker/grantseeker).
  • Knowledge and proficiency in the nonprofit sector, nonprofit organizations and nonprofit management practices.
  • Knowledge of principles and techniques of nonprofit capacity building, program administration and project management, basic budgeting and cost accounting processes.
  • Recognized as a thought leader in philanthropy and specific program areas.
  • Demonstrated experience working with diverse cultures/audiences, and specific experience with American Indian, Alaska Native and/or Native Hawaiian communities and cultures.
  • Experience in training and/or adult education.
  • Published research and articles.
  • Supervisory/management experience.


  1. Program timelines and expectations are met.
  2. Budget parameters are met.
  3. Evaluations represent expected project outcomes, value and program impact.
  4. Effective program resource allocation (as measured by supervisor).
  5. Teamwork and collaboration with colleagues.
  6. Direct reports receive:
  • Frequent feedback and appropriate coaching.
  • Annual performance evaluation.
  • Training and development.


Submit a cover letter, resume and three references via email to Please note “Senior Program Officer” in the email subject line.

Before applying, please take the opportunity to review First Nations Development Institute’s website at

You can view the position flyer here.

Senior Communications Officer

Job Type:
Full-Time, Exempt Position

Reports to:
Vice President of Grantmaking, Development and Communications

Salary Range:
$73,000 – $82,000

Job Location:
First Nations Colorado Office
2432 Main St., 2nd Floor
Longmont, Colorado 80501

Closing Date:
Open until filled

Job Summary:
This position leads and manages First Nations Development Institute’s overall communications/public education function, and supervises any others (e.g. Communications Officer, graphic designers, printers, technical support, photographers/videographers and other vendors) who are involved in supporting communications. The Senior Communications Officer works jointly with the Executive Team (President/CEO and Vice Presidents) to develop overarching strategies and tactics for effective communications, and then ensures that they are executed effectively. This includes (primarily) external communications, but also encompasses executive communications and/or internal communications efforts as needed.

This position interacts regularly with all levels of the organization (especially Development and Programs) and can be called upon to provide advice and/or communications-related services as needed. As such, the department is considered a service center for the organization. The position requires someone who has maturity, seasoned experience, the ability to prioritize, and generally a “big picture” view of the organization and the external environment in which it operates.


  • Lead the development and implementation of the organization’s external and internal communication strategies, including media/public relations, marketing, general communications and employee-focused communications, in line with the organization’s vision, strategy and values. This includes working closely with the Development Department on donor/prospect fundraising communications, materials and support.
  • Help identify, develop and maintain key communication channels, adapting and improving them in line with external trends and business needs.
  • Help drive and execute external digital communications (websites, social media, email/text campaigns, Google AdWords, etc.). As needed and in association with Information Technology (IT), help develop and implement an intranet/digital workplace that meet the communications needs of key internal stakeholders.
  • Support the development and execution of external marketing and communications strategies, tactics and deliverables, including the annual report, e-newsletters, press releases, email blasts, website content, social media content, brochures, pamphlets, and various organizational positioning pieces, etc.
  • Work closely with HR to drive internal communications around group-wide initiatives and programs.
  • Work closely with Executive Team to ensure employees understand the work of the organization.
  • Maintain communications calendars and/or budgets for all critical communications campaigns.

Key Areas of Responsibility:

  • End-to-end oversight of external and internal communications campaigns, projects and deliverables, including executing communications strategy, writing/editing content, overseeing design and print production, acquiring stakeholder approvals as needed (executive, financial, human resources, outside funders, etc.), and distribution.
  • Identify and execute against company and department goals, strategies, and business requirements; and collaborate with key teams to develop integrated program communication plans.

Qualifications and Experience:

  • Minimum of 6-8 years’ related experience in Public Relations, Media Relations, Marketing Communications, Corporate Communications, Employee Communications or related fields required. Both nonprofit and corporate experience is desired, as is having progressive responsibilities in managing these functions.
  • Exceptional writing, grammar and editing skills.
  • Supervisory skills and experience. This position directly supervises the Communications Officer and external consultants and vendors.
  • Experience managing graphic communications and/or directly using graphic design tools (e.g. Adobe InDesign, Photoshop, etc.) preferred.
  • Experience managing websites and email-distribution platforms, and/or working with website and other technology vendors and consultants, including WordPress and Salsa Labs.
  • Experience managing other related communications vendors, such as news-distribution services, media-monitoring services, printing services or brokers, photographers/videographers or suppliers.
  • Demonstrates strong verbal interpersonal skills.
  • Attention to detail and accuracy in work. Strong time management and organizational skills.
  • Experience creating/managing project budgets.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of various software packages such as Microsoft Office

Education Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Communications, Public Relations, Journalism or a related field is required. Master’s degree in these or related fields is highly desired.
  • Certification such as APR (Accredited in Public Relations) or ABC (Accredited Business Communicator) is desired.

To Apply:
Submit a cover letter, resume and 3 references to Please note Sr. Communications Officer in title of the email.

You can view the position flyer here.

Program Assistant

First Nations Development Institute (First Nations) is seeking a Program Assistant in its Albuquerque, New Mexico office. This is a summer off-campus work/study position for a University of New Mexico student.

Work Location:
First Nations Development Institute – ABQ Field Office
4263 Montgomery Blvd NE Suite I-230
Albuquerque, NM 87109

Position Summary:
This position is to assist in the administration and coordination First Nations’ projects that may include, but not limited to, coordinating logistics for First Nations convenings and meetings; assisting program officers under a variety of grant programs; online research and research assistance, and performing administrative duties.

Minimum Qualifications:
Enrolled in a degree-seeking program at UNM, enrolled at least half-time (6 hours) at UNM for fall and spring semesters (audit hours do not count), and must meet Satisfactory Academic Progress.

Preferred Qualifications:
Knowledge of and/or familiarity of tribal nations, knowledge of nonprofit organizations and practices, strong written and verbal communication skills, competent self-starter who will take initiative and work independently, excellent interpersonal, communication and organizational skills, customer service oriented, strong administrative ability and attention to detail, ability to organize and meet deadlines, strong computer skills, including but not limited to MS Office, Excel and PowerPoint, positive attitude, good people skills and the ability to work closely with people at all levels of experience and proficiency.

Pay Rate:
$13.00 / hour

For best consideration apply by May 12, 2019, at

More Info: Email or call (505) 312-8641

You can view the position flyer here.