NDN Collective Managing Director

Reporting to the President & CEO and will be responsible for providing leadership and oversight of the ecosystem’s shared services entities including Advancement, Communications, Finance, Operations, Legal & Compliance, Research & Evaluation, and People, Culture & Belonging.

Position Title:                  NDN Collective Managing Director

Location:                          Remote

Application Deadline:  May 1, 2023

Job Summary:

Reporting to the President & CEO and will be responsible for providing leadership and oversight of the ecosystem’s shared services entities including Advancement, Communications, Finance, Operations, Legal & Compliance, Research & Evaluation, and People, Culture & Belonging.


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 $50M per year in grants.
  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.


Primary Duties and Responsibilities

  • Works closely with the NDN Collective Leadership to define the strategic directions of the organization.
  • Facilitates  and schedules Leadership Team weekly meetings
  • Oversees the Leadership Team priorities including their progress and execution, which includes creating assessment or accountability measures for the Leadership Team’s work
  • Develops and updates a Leadership Team overview and guide to create transparency with the NDN ecosystem
  • Provides leadership, supervision, and oversight for Operations, Advancement, Finance, Communications, Research & Evaluation, Legal & Compliance, and People, Culture, & Belonging functions.
  • Supervises the Directors of these functions, working with them to develop goals, activities and outcomes in their annual work plans.
  • Supports Directors to accomplish their duties and responsibilities as outlined in the annual work plans for their functions.
  • Develops strategic goals, coordinates activities among the functions, budgets and conserves resources, and provides quality control by measuring and adjusting performance to ensure that all mission objectives are met.
  • Develops processes and procedures that make our shared services and ecosystem work more efficient, effective, and streamlined.
  • Ensures consistent quality and access to Operations, Advancement, People, Culture, and Belonging, Communications and Research and Evaluation, Legal & Compliance shared services; recommends timelines and resources needed to achieve the organizational goals for these functions.
  • Under the direction of the President & CEO, leads the daily internal administration of NDN Collective.
  • Provides leadership in development of inter-team communication and cohesiveness, sustaining culture and supporting staff during organizational growth.
  • Attracts, develops, coaches, and retains high-performance team members, empowering them to elevate their level of responsibility, span of control, and performance.
  • Compiles periodic reports outlining the internal performance of the functions.
  • At times additional hours, including nights and weekends may be required to meet the demands of the position and ensure smooth operation of the functions and organization as a whole.
  • Significant travel may also be necessary, to attend meetings and conferences or to oversee NDN facilities.

Other duties as required.


Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent experience.
  • 5 years of relevant experience in nonprofit management

Knowledge and Skills

  • Skills in operations management, strategic planning, project management and leadership.
  • Ability to work effectively with Indigenous Peoples and communities.
  • Commitment to serving the public in a mission-driven organization.
  • Ability to assess qualitative and quantitative outcome data and to provide coaching and technical assistance to grantees to help them achieve exemplary results.
  • Commitment to continuous improvement and ability to learn from successes and failures.
  • 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 and analytical skills.
  • Outstanding partnership development skills.
  • Success in persuasive writing and experience developing complex communications projects.
  • Experience directing, motivating, developing and supervising staff.

Personal Characteristics

  • ACTIVATOR: You are a self-reliant person and are strong at making things happen by turning thoughts into actions.
  • LEARNER: You have strong learning agility and are able to rapidly understand and analyze new situations.
  • COMMUNICATOR: You are an exceptionally strong communicator who can create high-quality materials and deliver compelling messages and presentations.
  • ENTREPRENEURIAL SPIRIT: You are ambitious and creative and enjoy the process of building something from the ground up.
  • 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 a ES 5 level with a salary ranging from $135,000 to $161,000. Benefits include medical, dental and vision insurance as well as 401(k) retirement plan, a wellness program, personal leave and professional development.


Send an email to jobs@ndncollective.org with the subject line “INSERT JOB TITLE – [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 questions:
    • How does your indigeneity inform your current work and your interest in the position?
    • What does decolonization and building Indigenous power mean to you?
    • What is your philosophy when it comes to supervising others? How do you feel you excel in collaborative work?
    • What would you be most nervous about going into this role if you were offered and accepted the position?
    • NDN Collective conducts background checks, is there anything you want to share with us about your background?
    • 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.

Note: Please apply to one position only.

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.