Position: Project Policy Director
Exempt Status: Y
Effective Date: Immediately
Department: CNVP Organizing Team
Reports to: CNVP Director of Organizing
ABOUT COALITION AND PURPOSE
The Indigenous Education Now Coalition is made up of parents, students, elders, and members of the Native American Community in Los Angeles. We represent two local Native Tribes and several Native-led organizations: Gabrieleno-Tongva Band of Mission Indians, Fernandeno Tataviam Band of Missions Indians, California Native Vote Project, Anahuacalmecac International University Preparatory of North America, UCLAAmerican Indian Studies Center, Pukuu Cultural Community Services, United American Indian Involvement Clubhouse, and American Indian Community Council.
We built the coalition off of the community wins of the establishment of Indigenous Peoples Day in the City and County of LA, and the removal of the Columbus statue in Grand Park.
IEN Core Principles and Values:
We acknowledge the First Peoples of now-called Los Angeles – Gabrielino-Tongva, Tataviam and Chumash peoples- and center local Tribes and their leadership within our work.
We honor and uphold Native cultural values, including those outlined by the collective
We encourage consensus building principles, when possible and will move to majority when necessary
We are strengths-based amongst one another, including being attentive to vision, feelings and action to make things happen
We strive to cultivate healthy relationships We emphasize our collective strength rather than our weaknesses
We assume positive intent. Differences of perspective are okay, and we engage one another across differences with respect and humility
We are inclusive. While we are focused on American Indian/Alaska Native education, we recognize the bridges that need to be built with other Indigenous peoples in Los Angeles. We are an open space that is inclusive to all, while we maintain a specific focus
We celebrate our successes and are courageous in our approach to innovate new paths forward
We support one another in self-love and self-care, knowing that our individual health impacts our ability to be in relationship with one another, and is a building block for overall community health
PURPOSE OF POSITION
The IEN Coalition Manager will facilitate and coordinate IEN anchor organizations to refine and further develop , the IEN coalition and shared leadership with IEN principals and leadership to oversee and manage the administration, organizing, campaigns, funder relationships, and strategic plan of the coalition. Other duties include: representation of the coalition to external audiences, participating in spaces related to the Indigenous Education and Indigenous Student Achievement, and identifying and prospecting funding sources to ensure the coalition’s sustainability.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
The IEN Coalition Manager reports to the IEN Coalition Principals in order to coordinate the strategic direction
and collaborative efforts of the coalition. The Manager will oversee a distributed leadership model among the
Coalition principals to move forward a unified policy organizing platform that stewards the implementation of
past wins and advances the coalition’s purpose and other duties as assigned. The IEN Manager will report for
direct supervision to the Director of Organizing at the CA Native Vote Project-Community Partners (IEN fiscal
Key tasks include:
Coalition Management & Campaigns
- Center the decision making and leadership of Native and Indigenous elders, youth, and tribal leaders from member organizations.
- Convene coalition partners to oversee governance and decision-making of the coalition
- Coordinate leadership spaces for youth and partner organizations
- Establish and nurture a community identity around core coalition values and practices
- Oversee the implementation of the coalition’s strategic priorities, guided by IEN priorities and community feedback and input
- Coordinate and implement campaign priorities, including policy development and strategic communication activities
- Support and strengthen IEN Coalition Campaign and long-term movement building efforts, through: Maintaining an understanding, awareness and analysis of the Political and Educational landscape and movement building surrounding coalition work, internally and externally.
- Sustaining, developing, and implementing our long-term IEN Coalition and incremental goals. by maintaining, initiating, and cultivating relationships with strategic partners including allied organizations, schools, funders, government bodies, policy makers, and media that can further IEN Coalition Priorities
Administrative & Supervision
- Manage Coalition budget and oversee administration as official signatory
- Identify trainings and provide support to coalition members to develop their capacity to build their base, campaign, and organizing capabilities
- Coordinate trainings and retreats with coalition members to deepen leadership, direction, and organizing skills of members and partners
- Coordinate activities related to external evaluation
- Supervise and develop coalition coordinators to enhance their skills and contributions to the coalition
- Supervise a consultant to assist the coalition with strategic communications that advance campaign goals
- Coordinate with CA Native Vote Project staff on campaign, communication, fundraising, and administrative tasks as it relates to IEN efforts
External Partnerships & Communications
- Identify, coordinate and potentially align IEN Coalition efforts with key regional coalitions and campaigns
- Act as the representative designee for the coalition to external partners
- Provide quarterly updates to funders on coalition progress towards goals
- Recruit and retain IEN partner organizations to sustain membership
All other duties as assigned
The ideal candidate will possess the following:
- Bachelor’s Degree (or equivalent) or higher
- 4-5 years of work experience in an educational or professional setting
- 3-5 years’ experience in grassroots community organizing (base building and leadership development) experience
- Experience working in a fast‐paced environment
- Ability to work independently and within a team structure with shared decision making.
- Demonstrated ability to supervise and manage a growing staff
- Demonstrated experience with foundation-based fundraising
- Experience working in Native American and Indigenous communities
- Prior coalition management experience
- Highly self-motivated and willing to learn; an energizing and encouraging force for the people with whom you work.
- American Indian Preference?
- Demonstrated competence in American Indian Studies, Ethnic Studies, Sociology, Public Administration, Non Profit Management, or other Social Science related fields
- Minimum of 3-5 years of community organizing experience, particularly in Los Angeles
- Proven experience in campaign strategy and development
- Background in the education and political landscape across California and Los Angeles
- Proven track record of working with Native and Indigenous youth and parents
- Ability to manage multiple priorities relevant to the coalition
- Outstanding organizational skills
- Ability to effectively communicate with varied audiences using multiple mediums, including social media
- Ability to read and interpret data for public policy
- Proficiency with budget management
- Proficiency with Microsoft Office and Google Suite
- Ability to work collaboratively
- Ability to work under pressure and perform tasks with limited direction
- Great attention to detail
- Conscious and literate in ‘race’ politics (including, but not limited to: Native American and Indigenous, anti-Blackness, settler colonialism, xenophobia, etc), LGBTQIA+ issues, Gender Justice, and a commitment to deepening learning
- Bi-lingual English/Spanish a plus
- Strong interpersonal skills
- Strong belief in the IEN mission, approach and core values, demonstrated by past involvement in the coalition and/or ability to articulate these coalition elements
- Strong work ethic
- Ability to facilitate and manage coalition and organizational dynamics including collective visioning, compromise, and conflict resolution
CA NATIVE VOTE CONFORMANCE STATEMENTS
In the performance of their respective tasks and duties all employees are expected to conform to the following:
- Perform quality work within deadlines with or without direct supervision.
- Interact professionally with other employees, partners, and community members.
- Work effectively as a team contributor on all assignments; including strategic planning and fundraising efforts.
- Work independently while understanding the necessity for communicating and coordinating work efforts with other employees and organizations.
COMPENSATION & BENEFITS
- Salary Range $75,000-85,000.00 commensurate with experience.
- Employees are eligible for Medical, Dental, Vision and 401k participation within the organization’s plan guidelines.
COMMITMENT TO EQUITY
Applicants who have experience with school push-out, incarceration, identify with Black, Indigenous, or Person of Color (BIPOC) Communities, and/or as LGBTQ, and experience working in rural and urban tribal communities are strongly encouraged to apply
CA Native Vote Project has a vaccine mandate for all employees. For more information about the COVID-19
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Please submit your resume, cover letter, a writing sample, and contact information for up to three references to info@canativevoteproject by September 10, 2022 with the subject line IEN Manager Position.
Hybrid in-person and virtual, with some evenings and weekends required. Some travel is also required.
- Able to work on a computer, including sitting at a desk, for extended periods of time. Able to read a computer screen. Manual dexterity to operate a keyboard.
- Able to stand and walk for long periods of time.
- Able to occasionally lift objects weighing up to 20 pounds.