Tiwahe Foundation is Hiring!
Tiwahe Foundation Program Director
Tiwahe Foundation provides 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 — Indian and non-Indian — who have resources, time, and talents to share. Together, we all work to unleash more philanthropy 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. The Tiwahe Foundation is a trusted community partner, connector and resource. Our core work involves:
- Investing in the needs of individuals relative to education, economic and community development, and tribal culture (through the Family Empowerment Program);
- Promoting Indian leadership development and leadership network formation;
- Building a permanent endowment for operations; and
- Practicing core values such as family, respect, trust, and generosity in operationalizing the Circle of Giving, so as to build a self-sustaining community
The Program Director is responsible for administering the Foundation’s two programs:
- Leadership Development: The Oyate Leadership Network innovates, connects and builds American Indian leadership capacity across urban, rural and tribal communities in Minnesota through in-person and online training and networking opportunities.
- Grants Management: The Family Empowerment Fund provides 35-40 grants per year to American Indian individuals in the metro area of Hennepin, Dakota, Carver, Ramsey, Scott, Anoka and Washington Counties in the areas of culture, economic self-sufficiency, education, and health and well-being. Oyate Leadership Network alumni are eligible to apply for projects grants.
Program Director – Position Description
Program Director will lead Oyate Leadership Network through recruitment, engagement, innovation and design. Position is responsible for marketing, implementing training sessions, overseeing trainers/interns/staff/contracts, growing partnerships, building the online social media platforms and other related tasks. There are 3-5 Oyate Leadership Network trainings per year which includes the Linking Leaders East Metro racial equity cohort.
Program Director will market and administer grantmaking. Position will update and manage the online grant portal for applications, scoring and evaluations. Position manages the grants committee and works closely with the Grants Committee Chair on all grant process logistics.
Program Director is responsible for understanding, writing, and reporting on program activities related to funding proposals. Position will be an active contributor to all funding proposals, both current and new opportunities.
Program Director reports directly to the President and CEO.
- Manage grantmaking process.
- Set evaluation, metrics and goals for program.
- Cultivation of other program initiatives of the foundation.
- Strategically connect network members and build relationships across Minnesota.
- Serve as a representative of Tiwahe Foundation, maintaining professionalism.
- Develop and lead the Oyate Leadership Network trainings, gatherings and grant
- Other duties as assigned related to Tiwahe team projects such as Annual Report, Annual Event, Annual Audit, etc.
- Bachelor’s degree and at least three years program or organizational management experience in an arts, nonprofit, academic or business environment, or an equivalent combination of education and/or experience to total seven years.
- Computer proficiency, including use of email, database, spreadsheet, presentation, word processing, calendaring, google research and web page applications.
- Experience working with diverse communities. Demonstrated respect for cultural inclusion, commitment to racial equity, the ability to be objective and supportive, a strong commitment to client service and relations are essential.
- Experience managing a budget, with ability to interpret written and financial information and analyze data to support conclusions.
- Self-directed and takes personal responsibility and works well independently, as well as in teams.
- Excellent organizational and problem-solving skills.
- Demonstrated experience working with networks or coalitions.
- Communications and marketing experience, skilled with online communications, organizing, social media and technologies.
- Strong oral, written and interpersonal communication skills.
- Experience working within organizational strategic plans.
- Experience working with American Indian people across urban, tribal and rural settings.
- Committed to the mission, integrity and culture of the Tiwahe Foundation.
- The Tiwahe Foundation welcomes current qualified employees and applicants to apply for this position regardless of their race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, marital status, national origin, status as a documented alien, or status as a qualified individual with a disability or protected veteran.
Preferred Skills, Knowledge and Ability:
- Courses or advanced degree in business, public administration, nonprofit or grants management.
- Experience in developing and presenting training.
- Project management skills.
- Prior experience serving on a grants panel or administering grant programs.
- Computer experience with research, Filemaker Pro, WordPress, Constant Contact and eTapestry.
- Interested candidates should send a cover letter, resume and contact information for three professional references to Frances McKay, at email@example.com by March 27, 2020.
- The position will remain open until filled. *Note: The finalist will be required to undergo a background check prior to being hired.
About the Tiwahe Foundation
Founded in 1993, 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—Indian and non-Indian—who have resources, time, and talents to share. Together, we all work to unleash more philanthropy 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.