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. We do our work with the 23 Native nations that share geography with MN, ND, and SD, through leadership development training, Indigenous governance resources, and community education.

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, pandemic permitting) 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 Director

Native Governance Center (NGC) is a values-driven organization in an exciting growth stage and is seeking a program director to join our leadership team. This position directs NGC’s programming, including Community Engagement, Tribal Governance Support, Leadership Development, and special projects, as well as provides direct consulting services to Native nations. Our ideal candidate is a perceptive and agile manager who has deep roots in Indian country, a great communicator, and an activator who can move the work forward. We want someone who can be in the weeds, and on the balcony, managing for both the current state and future possibilities. This role may require travel up to 40% of the time.