First Peoples Fund Program Manager of Community Development NAPD



Program Manager of Community Development NAPD Community Development – NAPD
Vice President of Operations and Programs
Regular Full-Time, Exempt

First Peoples Fund is a national non-profit organization founded in 1995. Its mission is to honor and support the Collective Spirit ® of First Peoples artists and culture bearers.


The Program Manager of Community Development collaborates to grow the Indigenous Arts Ecology through a regional strategy of networking artists and Native Community Financial Institutions (NCDFI) art organizations and Community Development Corporations (CDC) together by focusing on the Native Artist Professional Development (NAPD).

ulture Bearers to ground the work with traditional knowledge, wisdom, and values into all aspects of the NAPDs from evaluation tools

to curriculum to leadership development to networking strategies.


  • ●  Responsible for oversight of the NAPD program, including all products, services, systems, and relationships.
  • ●  Responsible to collaborate with all staff to strategize, evaluate, analyze, and improve program design for the NAPD program, while building strong intersections and overlaps between departments and across programs.
  • ●  Responsible for tracking appropriate impact measures related to FPF’s community-based products, services, systems, and relationships.
  • ●  Assists with tracking and monitoring of clients in the training and technical assistance programs by entering data into client management software;
  • ●  Responsible for designing, maintaining, and improving all systems for the NAPD (i.e. communication, tools, workflow, curriculum, adaptive processes, etc.)
  • ●  Work with Communications Manager to manage marketing and communication tools, strategies, and systems including developing and implementing an outreach and marketing plan for community-based products and services.
  • ●  Lead all research and development for new ideas, direction, and strategy related to NAPD.
  • ●  Manage all reporting internally and externally in a systematic and timely manner ensuring program

    activities is consistent with any applicable funding requirements.

  • ●  Responsible for driving development, implementation, and evaluation of the community

    development and leadership cultivation aspect of the work.

    First Peoples Fund – Position Description

    Program Manager of Community Development NAPD / 2019

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The Program Manager of Community Development will ensure the NAPD programs for Native Artist are delivered consistently with exceptional quality. The NAPD curriculum and training acknowledges the unique situation Native artists are in navigating traditional ways of being and the capitalist system, First Peoples

Fund’s curriculum works to find a balance, using an advisory committee of C

The Program Manager will be responsible for training and managing a small team of Business and Artist

Trainers who will teach the program and implement to partner organizations from various communities.


o Responsible for maintaining strong relationships with the culture bearers advising the work, keeping their voice and leadership in the heart of design, implementation, and evaluation.

o Responsible for the systems, tools, and communication networks that maintain relationships with the culture bearers, promote leadership cultivation, and support community organizing.

● Work collaboratively with Program Manager of Community Development (IAE) for implementation of all products, services, systems, and relationships within IAE Partners including trainings, certifications, site visits, and leading community partners in community asset mapping, organizing and strengthening an Indigenous Arts Ecology.

o Works with the training, technical assistance and contract management (including numerous consultants) to facilitate smooth delivery of training and technical assistance with budgetary requirements within assigned region.

o Provide outreach and long term, client-centered coaching to maintain strong relationships within NAPDs.

o Knowledgeable about FPF’s community-based products and services and become a certified trainer with the ability to provide direct trainings and technical assistance when necessary.

o Serves as FPF’s liaison with customers utilizing community-based products and services (e.g., NCDFI, Native arts organizations, local chambers of commerce, etc.).

o Responsible for managing training consultants to deliver FPF’s community-based products and services.

o Perform follow up calls to program partners after workshops, trainings, and other program-related events;

o Leads and manages consultants in the collection and provision of timely fiscal information, impact data, billing and contract management for FPF in coordination with all its constituents and partners.


Specific responsibilities, but not limited to, include the following:

  • ●  Participates in strategic planning, budget and proposal development, and other organizational


  • ●  Responsible for regular reporting requirements as requested or required by the organization.
  • ●  Assist with organizing program and project meetings, workshops, conferences, and special

    events to advance program goals.

  • ●  Adheres to all FPF policies.
  • ●  Performs other duties as assigned


  • ●  Bachelor’s degree (Master’s preferred) in instructional design, education, public administration or related field is strongly preferred.
  • ●  Five years’ experience, or comparable combination of education and experience providing organization and administrative support, preferably for nonprofit and/or Native corporations.
  • ●  Background in community development and leadership cultivation, with exceptional skills in

    building and maintaining partnerships through collaboration.

  • ●  An understanding and awareness of the Native arts and culture field, as well as a broad knowledge

    of tribal communities and cultures across North America.

  • ●  Proven curriculum development experience●

    First Peoples Fund – Position Description

    Program Manager of Community Development NAPD / 2019

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● A proven ability to develop and apply monitoring and evaluation plans to determine program results and monitor impact within an international organization




● Experience managing grant-funded programs.
● Experience and strong ability as an instructor/presenter
● Proven track record of effective event coordination.
● Strong written and verbal communications skills;
● Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work in a busy, fast-paced environment;
● Attention to detail and ability to understand and create budgets;
● Excellent computer skills – Google Drive, Basecamp, MS Office Suite, and knowledge of excel

● Ability to work under pressure and meet deadline consistently;
● Ability to work collaboratively as a member of a team;
● Also, be able to work independently, take initiative and be self-motivated;
● Must be able to travel.
● No extraordinary physical requirements beyond the ability to travel. The job involves normal

physical requirements for an office position.


● This position located in FPF’s home office in Rapid City, South Dakota, as well as periodic offsite work.

First Peoples Fund offers competitive salaries and benefits including health insurance which becomes effective immediately. FPF’s Simple IRA pension plan that is effective after the introductory period.

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