Who We Are

Native Governance Center is a Native-led nonprofit dedicated to assisting Native nations in strengthening their governance systems and capacity to exercise sovereignty. While originally founded to support the 23 Native nations sharing geography with MN, ND, and SD, we have strategically piloted growth beyond this region and hope to continue to expand offerings with thoughtfulness toward needs identified by communities.

We opened our doors in 2016, so we are relatively young. We are constantly growing, changing, and innovating. We like to say “let’s try it!” instead of living by the “we’ve always done it that way” motto, knowing we will learn from each experience.

Everything we do is driven by our values; from organizational development to program delivery to deciding on our annual group Halloween costume, our values help to guide us. We’re collaborative in our approach, listening to input from our team, our nations, and the research we were founded on, to inform our actions and decisions. We love GIFs and memes and try to find ways to use them as often as possible. We encourage respectful candor, authenticity, and balance on our team.

In 2020, we became a fully remote workplace, with staff located in multiple Nations and states. We’ve been successful in this model because we have a dedicated team, but it doesn’t come without its challenges, because we are real 3D humans working in a 2D world. We encourage you to research the pros and cons of virtual work (with some in-person events/travel) and decide if it matches your workstyle. We also require that you have reliable, high-speed internet to be eligible for employment with NGC.

Finally, NGC is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to providing a work environment in which all individuals are treated with respect and dignity and are free from all forms of harassment and discrimination.

If this sounds like your kind of place, we would love for you to reach out.

Open Positions

Program Manager – Tribal Finance

Native Governance Center (NGC) is a values-driven organization in an exciting growth stage and is seeking a manager to oversee our Tribal Finance program. We’re on the lookout for candidates who bring solid experience in Tribal finance and a good grasp of the latest financial trends in Indian Country.

Since this program is in its pilot stage and this is a new position, we’re after someone who’s up for the challenge of building the plane while flying it – essentially, a go-getter who can seamlessly switch between being a strategist and an executor. This role requires travel up to 35% of the time.


Program Coordinator (2)

Native Governance Center (NGC) is a values-driven organization in an exciting growth stage and is seeking two program coordinators to manage the administrative needs of our Tribal Governance Support and Tribal Finance programs.


Executive Director Position Opening

Ballinger | Leafblad is pleased to partner with Native Governance Center to conduct the search for an Executive Director.

The Executive Director is responsible for working with the Board of Directors to establish an organizational strategy, both for mission results and for growth and sustainability, translating the strategy into operational goals for staff, leading and developing the staff team, monitoring the organization’s finances, establishing and growing a base of funders and other revenue streams, and managing external relationships and communication. This position requires a significant amount of travel.