Job Opening for Executive Director

Tiwahe Overview

Tiwahe is a community foundation guided by American Indian leaders. We exist to serve as a philanthropic resource and community leader to address the needs of American Indian people and promote change. Our mission is to provide resources to American Indian people to live culturally-centered, economically independent, and healthy lives — grounded in sovereignty and Indigenous worldview.

The Tiwahe Foundation is a place for giving — and giving back — that benefits the well-being of American Indian people and communities in Minnesota. We are a community foundation of friends and supporters — Native and non-Native — who have resources, time, and talents to share. Together, we all work to unleash more giving and generosity that are not only held within every person but also embodied collectively.

We think of this as the Circle of Giving — a continuous cycle of success grounded in Indigenous culture that recognizes that giving benefits both giver and receiver.

Leadership Position Overview

Our next Executive Director will work in partnership with the Board of Directors and lead and inspire collective action across our communities to fulfill the Tiwahe Foundation’s mission.

We’re looking for a leader who is grounded in our community and can lead the conversations and effort to operationalize the Indigenous worldview, values, and approaches to build our organization’s fundraising, grantmaking and programmatic capacity

For the last twenty years, the Tiwahe Foundation has been a resource for giving and to strengthen the lives of American Indian individuals and their families in pursuit of professional, educational, or cultural opportunities through the distribution of micro-grants. Tiwahe is interested in growing our Family Empowerment Program grants and expanding grant making to impact more individuals and families. Through these grants, Tiwahe sees an opportunity to innovate and reshape our Oyate Leadership program to build our community’s capacity through active networking, support and leadership development of our grantees. The next Executive Director will honor the work of the organization’s founders to establish Tiwahe as a crucial community resource.

The Executive Director will have access to administrative support through the hiring of an assistant or bringing on contract staff. The Director will be a hands-on leader capable of both strategic thinking and implementation of activities.

Key Responsibilities

Leadership, Organizational Strategy, and Relationships

  • Work collaboratively with the community and Board of Directors to lead Tiwahe – telling our story and growing our impact in the community through setting clear goals and leading strategic activities to achieve these goals.
  • Provide innovative leadership and thinking, guiding the organization to build and maintain the support of our community, donors, stakeholders and Board of Directors.
  • Build and maintain extensive relationships in Minnesota’s American Indian communities, with an initial focus on the Twin Cities metro and surrounding area.
  • Be an effective conduit to the broader community to share stories through an Indigenous worldview to support the growth and impact of the Foundation.
  • Represent Tiwahe in our community and the general public at events and other public speaking opportunities.
  • Develop and support a healthy and strong team of staff and volunteers.


  • Reshape Tiwahe’s fundraising and systems to reflect our values and achieve our fundraising goals.
  • Implement an annual campaign to engage new and existing donors.
  • Pursue foundation grant opportunities, write and submit proposals and reports.

Program Development

  • Implement the American Indian Family Empowerment Program to fulfill and grow the community impact.
  • Innovate and reshape the Oyate Leadership program to build on our relationships with AIFEP grantees and expand the support and networking available to community members

Financial and Administrative Oversight

  • Develop the annual budget, including fundraising goals.
  • Innovate and reshape the Oyate Leadership program to build on our relationships with AIFEP grantees and expand the support and networking available to community members.
  • Ensure implementation of effective administrative policies and procedures that reflect our values.
  • Create and maintain a positive office environment to support the activities of the organization as well as make space available for the community


  • Demonstrated deep understanding, knowledge, and experience in the 7-county metro American Indian community, with connections in Greater Minnesota preferred.
  • Strong leadership capacity for internal (self) and external (teams, partners, community) reflection, improvement, and innovation.
  • Passion for Tiwahe’s mission and values, and awareness of traditional teachings and cultural strengths that will guide this work.
  • History of transparent and high integrity leadership.
  • Proven success and experience in nonprofit fundraising.
  • Previous experience that allows for ability to provide board development, staff leadership, financial management, and program development.
  • Excellent storytelling, verbal and written communications skills, and ability to engage varied audiences.
  • Proven ability to create and inspire effective and collaborative teams.

To Apply

Approximate salary range of $100,000 to $125,000 with benefits. Position will remain open until filled, first screening of candidates on or about November 4, 2020. Send cover letter, resume, and three professional references as one .pdf document to Contact Roger Meyer at or 651-338-5318 to learn more