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Director of Programs and Capacity Building

Position Title: Director of Programs and Capacity Building 

Location: Hybrid remote and on-site 

Application Deadline: Rolling basis until position is filled



The California Native Vote Project’s (CNVP) mission is to achieve equity and justice for Native American children, families and communities by increasing Native civic participation and power. CNVP is the first-of-its-kind statewide effort to engage Native American communities across dozens of counties to build political power through an integrated voter engagement strategy, which centers community organizing, and braids on top of that other strategies to achieve people-powered movements — including political education, leadership development; voter education, registration and protections; policy advocacy; research; and Native candidate preparation.  



CNVP’s Director of Programs and Capacity Building is a leadership position created at a pivotal moment in the organization’s growth, and is part of the senior leadership team that is responsible for ensuring that the organization has the internal leadership, systems, and culture in place to support its vision and mission. Reporting to the Executive Director, the Director of Programs and Capacity Building will be responsible for managing the organization’s programs and program staff, overseeing the growth and quality of effective programs across the state, and manage operational and financial stability of programs. 


The Director will possess strong programs, operational and financial acumen, enabling them to serve as an effective organizational leader and coach to the program team. The Director will also serve as a steward of CNVP’s values and culture – investing in CNVP’s staff and supporting staff morale, accountability, and communication across the organization. 


The ideal candidate is a strong manager and leader with a proven ability to develop, oversee and evaluate quality programs, with an eye for the continuous improvement of organizational teams, systems and processes. They will have a deep commitment to serving Native American communities and established credibility with Tribes and Native organizations. Finally, the ideal candidate will have a passion for inspiring, developing and empowering teams. 




Organizational Leadership:  

  • Support short term and long-term strategic and organizational planning, collaborating with the Executive Director, Senior Leadership Team, Managers, Advisory Board, and partners to set clearly defined goals and prioritize resources to achieve them 
  • Refine organizational systems and structures to promote cross-team collaboration, communication, and maintain efficiencies across the organization 
  • Ensure effective communication of priority issues and projects, including overseeing the production of regular staff meetings, and promoting organizational learning 


Team Leadership and Culture:  

  • Provide overall direction, supervision, coaching, and mentoring to the CNVP Program team; carry out initiatives on best practices in organizational management, performance management, and leadership development 
  • Promote a culture of excellence, teamwork, inclusiveness, and accountability; build leadership practices that support the recruitment, development, engagement, and retention of a talented team 
  • Lead, model, and embed diversity, equity, and inclusion across all areas of CNVP 


Program Leadership:  

  • Oversee the management and build-out of select CNVP’s programs, such as CNVP’s Power Building Fellowship, research; policy; and communications 
  • Oversee a data strategy to track and analyze key metrics across the organization, improving the systems and processes for each department through analysis and collaboration 


Operations and Financial Management:  

  • Responsible for the successful execution of CNVP’s day-to-day program operations, including hiring and retention of competent staff, and helping to establish and maintain policies and procedures across the program team 
  • Responsible for planning, operation, and oversight of annual program budgets, ensuring effective strategic financial decision-making and management, reporting, and compliance that operates within the approved budget, ensures maximum resource utilization, and maintenance of the organization in a positive financial position 
  • Review, approve, and manage contracts and agreements in alignment with the policies of CNVP’s fiscal sponsor, Community Partners 



  • Experience working with Native American communities and Tribal organizations, and a demonstrated commitment to and passion for the mission, vision, and values of CNVP 
  • Proven success in a senior leadership role with a demonstrated ability to manage the programmatic needs of a growing nonprofit organization, including demonstrated strategic, financial, human capital, and operational skills 
  • Demonstrated experience and knowledge of nonprofit management and best practices 
  • Confidence and capability to adapt and lead in a fast-paced, changing environment while also navigating ambiguity and change 
  • A strategic, analytical, and tactical thinker, with a demonstrated capacity to successfully problem solve, plan, and facilitate growth in a complex environment 
  • Proven ability to attract, retain, and inspire talented staff and build a high-performing team 
  • A results-oriented leader who motivates and inspires confidence, sets clear expectations, and provides constructive feedback 
  • Superb interpersonal skills, collaborative management style, and cross-cultural competencies 
  • Unwavering commitment to quality programs and data-driven program evaluation 
  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written, and impeccable editing skills 
  • Demonstrated ability to get results; think strategically, proactively, and creatively 
  • A demonstrated commitment to highly professional, ethical standards, sound judgment, and a diverse workplace 
  • Experience in social justice environments, including community organizing 


In order to prioritize the health and safety of our employees, all California Native Vote Project employees are required to provide proof of COVID vaccination. California Native Vote Project will discuss reasonable accommodations with employees who may be unable to receive a vaccine due to disability, the advice of a medical provider, or sincerely held religious beliefs.  


Work Environment 

Hybrid in-person and virtual, with some evening and weekends. Some travel also required (pending COVID-19 restrictions).  

Physical Demands 

  • The position requires the ability to work on a computer for all or part of the work day.   
  • The position requires the ability to stand and walk for long periods of time. 
  • The position requires occasionally lifting objects weighing up to 20 pounds. 
  • As this is a hybrid remote position, the person in this position must be able to communicate with colleagues, partners, and donors via phone, including conference and video calls, as well as written communication such as Slack and email.  
  • The position requires the ability to attend events that may encompass all or part of the work day, including overnight travel when necessary.  
  • This position will include intermittent travel  


Compensation commensurate with experience.  


To apply, email a cover letter and resume to, with subject line: Director of Programs and Capacity Building