Climate Justice Campaign Director | NDN Collective
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Climate Justice Campaign Director

The Climate Justice Campaign Director will spearhead Climate Justice Campaigns to defeat fossil fuel and other extractive industries and promote transformative, renewable, sustainable and equitable climate policies for Indigenous Peoples and communities.

About the Position

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Climate Justice Campaign Director

Rapid City, SD or Remote

Application deadline:
Rolling basis until position is filled

Reports to:
President & CEO

The Organization

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

The Climate Justice Campaign Director will spearhead Climate Justice Campaigns to defeat fossil fuel and other extractive industries and promote transformative, renewable, sustainable and equitable climate policies for Indigenous Peoples and communities.  The Climate Justice Campaign Director will lead community, statewide and national organizing

Who We Are

NDN Collective is an ambitious, systemic effort to empower Indigenous communities. We are creating a paradigm change in how society invests in Indigenous Peoples by dramatically scaling up investment and shifting decision-making power to Indigenous Peoples. We are doing four key things to create a new ecosystem that supports Indigenous self-determination:

  1. We are creating an Indigenous-led Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) to move $100M of for-profit investment into large-scale projects led by and serving Indigenous communities. 
  2. We are dramatically increasing philanthropic investment into Indigenous-led organizations, with the goal of giving out $50M per year in grants. 
  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

  • Develop and oversee the execution of NDN Collective’s Climate Justice Campaign.
  • Work collaboratively within the NDN Collective Eco-system to achieve all relevant climate change campaign and organizational goals.
  • Align campaign resources, including staff, grassroots leadership, messaging, coalition engagement, opinion research and paid and earned media to drive progress toward and achieve Climate Justice Campaign goals.
  • Ensure that the stories, voices, and vision of our grassroots Indigenous Peoples, particularly elders and youth, are central to the campaigns’ theory of change, process, and outcomes and are seen as agents of change at the community, state and federal levels.
  • Engage and work with staff, funders and coalition allies throughout the country. Ensure alignment of federal, state and local campaigns with the climate justice priorities of NDN Collective and its partners.
  • Foster transformational partnerships with national Indigenous and Climate Justice organizations and coalitions in coordination with other key NDN Collective staff.
  • In coordination with the President & CEO, prepare reports and materials for donor and board meetings and assist in raising resources for Climate Justice Campaigns.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Who You Are

Education, Skills and Experience

  • Three or more years of campaign experience.
  • Demonstrated understanding of climate justice.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with Indigenous Peoples and communities.
  • 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.
  • Exceptionally strong communications skills.
  • Ability to create and sustain successful advocacy campaigns.
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite (MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and experience with one or more campaign software programs, such as Action Network.

Personal Characteristics

  • ACTIVATOR: You are a self-reliant person and are strong at making things happen by turning thoughts into action. You have a proven track record of successfully building or sustaining a nonprofit fundraising operation.
  • 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 an exceptionally 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 heavy 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.

This position is salaried, commensurate with experience.  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 with the subject line “Climate Justice Campaign Director – [YOUR NAME].” In the email, please include:

As a single PDF attachment, include:

o   Your resume

o   1-page cover letter explaining your interest in the organization and position

o   Short answers to the following three questions:

  • What is your philosophy about climate justice organizing?
  • 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.

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