Director of Grantmaking
Rolling basis until position is filled
Reporting to and in partnership with the Managing Director of NDN Foundation, the Director of Grantmaking will oversee grant programs and participate actively in shaping and refining NDN Collective’s holistic changemaking strategy. The Director of Grantmaking will also be an organizational thought leader on all philanthropic issues and develop grantmaking tools and processes that will be deployed across the organization.
Who We Are
NDN Collective is the most ambitious, systemic effort to empower Indigenous communities 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 to Indigenous Peoples. We are doing four key things to create a new ecosystem that supports Indigenous self-determination:
- We are dramatically increasing philanthropic investment into Indigenous-led organizations, with the goal of giving out $50M per year in grants by 2020.
- We are creating an Indigenous-led Community Development Financial Institution to move $100M of for-profit investment into projects led by and serving Indigenous communities.
- We are building capacity in Indigenous communities to be able to absorb this new influx of capital.
- 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
Primary Duties and Responsibilities
- Lead the development and implementation of a holistic grantmaking strategy—well-integrated with NDN Collective’s other strategies that maximizes the value of NDN Collective’s resources in service of our mission.
- Oversee the full arc of the grantmaking pipeline:
- budget management;
- opportunity identification and assessment;
- relationship and proposal development;
- NDN Collective staff and board engagement;
- grant agreement and deliverables development;
- grantee-partner stewardship, technical assistance, thought partnership, capacity-building, and accountability;
- and reporting, learning, and evaluation.
- Stay abreast of emerging trends in philanthropy—both within and outside the Indigenous community—and infuse relevant learning into NDN Collective’s work.
- Collaborate closely with the Director of Communications to align programming with strategic communications to advance NDN Collective grantmaking.
- Represent NDN Collective with individual grantee-partners and prospective grantee-partners, in public events and with media as appropriate to advance NDN Collective’s mission and to cultivate thought leadership.
Who You Are
Education and Experience
- Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent experience
- 3-4 years of relevant experience
- Prior grantmaking experience with a non-profit, government agency, or other entity
- Demonstrated commitment to serving the public in a mission-drive organization
- Demonstrated ability to assess qualitative and quantitative outcome data and to provide coaching and technical assistance to grantees to help them achieve exemplary results
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
- Demonstrated success in grantmaking
- Excellent written/verbal communication skills; strong presentation skills
- Strategic thinking, able to conceptualize, lead and execute complex projects and effectively convey their impact to various audiences
- Excellent organizational skills with attention to detail and ability to meet deadlines and objectives
- Strength in collaboration as part of a team to move projects forward in a fast-paced environment
- Outstanding research, analytical skills
- Outstanding partnership development skills
- Success in persuasive writing and experience developing complex communications projects
- Experience directing, motivating, developing and supervising staff and/or contractors
- 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.
How To Apply
Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “Director of Grantmaking – [YOUR NAME].” In the email, please include:
- As a single PDF attachment, include:
- Your resume
- Single page cover letter explaining your interest in the organization and position
- Short answers to the following three questions:
- What is your philosophy about grantmaking?
- 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.