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Program Coordinator – Tribal Governance

Salary range: $45,000 – 50,000 annually

Native Governance Center (NGC) is a values-driven organization in an exciting growth stage. We’re seeking a coordinator to manage the administrative needs of our Tribal Governance Support (TGS) programming. This position would provide the administrative foundation for initiatives under the TGS umbrella, including our core Indigenous Leaders in Governance and Tribal Civics initiatives (50%) and our pilot Tribal Finance Systems initiative (50%). All of our TGS initiatives are in the pilot or refinement stages, so the person in this role should be adaptable and comfortable with change. Our ideal candidate is detail-oriented and organized, has the desire to jump into a variety of tasks, and appreciates working collaboratively to meet shared goals. This role requires travel up to 25% of the time.

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 work to accomplish this through leadership development training, Indigenous governance resources, and community education programming. We support the 23 Native nations that share geography with MN, ND, and SD.

We opened our doors in 2016, so we are relatively young. We are constantly growing, changing, and innovating. We don’t live by the “we’ve always done it that way” motto; instead we like to say “let’s try it!”, knowing we will learn from each experience.

Our values guide everything we do—from organizational development to program delivery to deciding on our annual group Halloween costumes. We’re collaborative and humble in our approach: we believe in 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 Native nations and states. While we’ve been successful in this model because we have a dedicated team, it doesn’t come without its challenges.

We encourage you to research the pros and cons of virtual work (with some in-person events and travel, pandemic allowing) and decide if it matches your workstyle. We require that you have reliable, high-speed internet to be eligible for employment with NGC.

We’re committed to the health and safety of our staff, our community, and Indian Country as a whole: we require our employees to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19. Finally, NGC is an equal opportunity employer. We feel strongly about 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 you are interested in this position, we would love for you to reach out!

About the Position


The Program Coordinator is a full-time programming position. Job duties are centered on administrative, program, and convening support, meaning there will be a lot of logistics to manage at any given time. This position may require travel within our region up to 25% of the time; this could mean 5-10 trips for up to five days. The position reports to the Finance & Operations Director but splits time with the Program Manager – Tribal Governance Support.

What You’ll Be Doing

  • Program support: You’ll support program delivery through project coordination, creation and/or compilation of materials and documents, communication between stakeholders, scheduling, and other logistics. You will provide standard program administration, including database updates and document management.
  • Convening logistics: You’ll take care of logistics for program convenings (trainings or webinars), including set-up, registration, technical requirements, travel planning, materials and supplies, and venue and vendor relationships. We hold events both in-person (pandemic permitting) and virtually.
  • Convening support: You’ll participate in program convenings, including technology administration, technical support, and responding to participants. This may include limited facilitation, such as welcome and introductions.

Skills Needed for Success

  • Autonomous time management: You’re able to organize workflow by priorities and quickly adjust for change, delays, or unexpected events. You ask about deadlines and timelines and can follow a work plan.
  • Proactive problem solver: You take a proactive approach when encountering a hurdle. You are curious, a critical thinker, and a good listener who uses those skills to find solutions.
  • Attention to detail: You notice typos, are consistent in your follow-through, and include all the attachments on an email.
  • Technology savvy: Using software is second nature to you. If you haven’t used specific programs and software, you will be able to pick it up with relative ease.

Compensation and Benefits

  • Salary and classification: Full-time, $45,000 to $50,000 annual salary, non-exempt.
  • Wellness benefits: NGC pays 100% of the cost of staff wellness benefits, including health, dental, vision, life insurance, and short- and long-term disability. Employees, spouses, and dependents are eligible.
  • Paid time off: Year 1-3 of employment, staff may accrue up to 216 hours (5.4 weeks) of PTO, to be used for sick and vacation time.
  • Paid holidays: 10 floating holidays.
  • Paid closures: Paid office closure from Christmas Eve through New Year’s Day; half-day Fridays from Memorial Day-Labor Day.
  • Workplace flexibility: We are a remote work environment, so you can work from wherever you want. Staff are given a monthly stipend to offset any technology, home office, or shared workplace costs incurred.

Ready to Apply?

We encourage you to read through the entire job posting, since we built it to provide as much information and transparency as possible. If you want the tl;dr (too long; didn’t read) version, here is the technical job description you will be agreeing to if offered the position.

To apply, please send an email to Danielle at with the following:

  • Subject line: Program Coordinator – Tribal Governance
  • Cover letter: Let us know in a few paragraphs why you are interested in the position and why you want to be part of the NGC team. Give us a sense of how your prior experience, whether in a similar position or something totally unrelated, will lead to success in the Program Coordinator role.
  • Resume (or similar): Please include a current resume, either through attachment, or via a link to your online resume (ex. LinkedIn).


  • The application deadline is October 26, 2021 at 11:59PM CST. We plan to review applications and hold interviews in November and December, with an ideal start date in January 2022. We also know it is the holidays, so this plan might change.
  • We won’t leave you in the dark: we’ll keep you posted on your application status throughout the process.

If you have questions about this position or our organization and want to chat prior to applying, please email We would be happy to talk with you.