Advancement Coordinator

The Advancement Coordinator will be part of a team of NDN staff and consultants to ensure we reach our fundraising goals each year, ensuring the organization is financially resourced to carry out our mission and goals.

Position Title:                                  Advancement Coordinator

Location:                                           Remote

Application Deadline:                  Rolling basis until position is filled


NDN Collective is a national 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that builds the power of Indigenous Peoples, Communities, and Nations to exercise our inherent right to self-determination, while fostering a world that is built on a foundation of justice.

Job Summary:

Reporting to and in partnership with the Director of Advancement, the Advancement Coordinator will support development efforts as NDN Collective launches and grows to become the most ambitious, systemic effort to empower Indigenous Peoples in the history of philanthropy.  The Advancement Coordinator will be part of a team of NDN staff and consultants to ensure we reach our fundraising goals each year, ensuring the organization is financially resourced to carry out our mission and goals.

Who We Are

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 $100M per year in grants by 2025.
  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

The Position

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

  • Researching and writing briefings for donor meetings and conducting prospect research. 
  • Processing donations and sending follow up and thank you correspondence to donors and prospects. Updating donor payment methods in the donor management system. 
  • Assisting the Director of Advancement in managing donor relations, including maintaining internal management systems, follow up, online donation tools, grant applications, and email and mailing lists. 
  • Provide administrative support during donor meetings and internal gatherings such as note-taking and recording Zoom meetings. 
  • Tracking and updating donor and prospect files, donation information, and data entry in Salesforce in partnership with the Grants Analyst 
  • Managing Salesforce database departmental reporting and helping the team with securing accurate revenue and renewal data.
  • Monitoring and actively managing the general Advancement inbox and field department inquiries. Overseeing the stewardship and events calendar and assisting with cultivation and stewardship events. 
  • Scheduling meetings across multiple times zone with external partners, and internal partners across the ecosystem. 
  • Other duties as needed.

Who You Are

Education and Experience

  • High school diploma or equivalent; college degree preferred.
  • One to three years of development experience with a nonprofit organization, preferably with an annual budget of over $10M and/or some grant writing experience.
  • Commitment to continuous improvement and ability to learn from successes and failures.
  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment and be flexible when necessary.
  • Strong project management and attention to deadlines.
  • Ability to excel in a remote worksite.

Knowledge and Skills

  • Strong communications skills with the ability to create high-quality materials.
  • Some experience anticipating partner/donor needs.
  • Some experience analyzing and summarizing data.  
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite (MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and experience with one or more fundraising software, such as Fluxx, Click & Pledge, Blackbaud or Salesforce.

Personal Characteristics

  • ACTIVATOR: You are a self-reliant person and are strong at making things happen by turning thoughts into action. 
  • 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 a 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 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 and excel in a remote worksite.

This position is salaried, commensurate with experience, at GS level 11, ranging from $57,000 to $74,000.  Benefits include medical, dental and vision insurance as well as 401(k) retirement plan, a wellness program, personal leave and professional development.

How to Apply

Send an email to [email protected] with the subject line “Advancement Coordinator – [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 three questions:
      • What is your philosophy about fundraising?
      • What would you be most nervous about going into this role if you were offered and accepted the position?
      • 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.

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.