Advance Native Political Leadership Action Fund: National Program Manager, Strategic Recruitment & Partnerships




95,000-105,000 / Yearly


Advance Native Political Leadership Action Fund



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Please submit your resume, a cover letter, and answer the questions listed.

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Job Description

Advance is seeking a National Program Manager, Strategic Recruitment and Partnerships to join our Native Leadership Institute (NLI) program team. Created by and for Indigenous peoples, NLI is focused on building pathways to leadership at all levels of government and political organizing through our intensive, 5-day leadership training program, campaign staff training program, and supplemental training.

This role will lead the strategic partnership strategy to identify and build a recruitment pipeline for NLI programs, lead interview and selection for NLI training programs, and lead the development of a robust community partnerships program to identify rising Native leaders and push them down the pathway to office. The National Program Manager, Strategic Recruitment and Partnerships works in close partnership with the National Training Manager, who is responsible for event planning, vendor management, and event production of NLI programs, and reports directly to the National Program Director. The National Program Manager, Strategic Recruitment and Partnerships reports directly to the National Program Director.

- Design and implement a community partnership strategy to build the base of community leaders, activists, and Native-led 501(c)3, 501(c)4 local and state organizations who are referring rising Native leaders and advocates to NLI training programs;
- In coordination with the National Training Manager, advise statewide Native-led partner organizations who host NLI programs on recruitment opportunities, build state recruitment tables, and support the development of outreach materials needed for their work;
- Build a database of referral organizations and recruitment partners in focus states, implement a partnership newsletter to keep them up to date with programming, and develop a system to regularly share updates, solicit applications, and build long-term relationships;
- Maintain database of existing and ongoing application flow of NLI applicants, including: application, stage of admission, interviewer, admission decisions, tagging and long-term recordkeeping, and reporting on a weekly basis on progress towards recruitment goals;
- Propose, track, and analyze recruitment experiments in close coordination with the leadership team;
- In partnership with the communications team, identify and propose additional recruitment opportunities, messaging, outreach materials, and experiments;
- Serve as an ambassador for the organization: lead online webinars and livestreams, manage conference strategy, attend and serve on conference panels where necessary, represent the organization to community groups and local organizations.

- Lead and iterate on the admissions process from application to admission decision for NLI training programs, including:
- review applications (300+ per year),
- lead interviews with applicants (100+ per year),
- bring in partners and other staff where necessary to support,
- conduct vetting on applicants,
- make initial admission recommendations,
- lead weekly decision committee,
- and submit decision letters
- Analyze and report on the admissions process regularly to the Advance team, partners, advisors, and community.


**To be successful in this role you should have the following experience:**
- **3+ years of related experience**, preference given to background in civic engagement, political campaigns, organizing and advocacy organizations, or working with elected leaders;
- Strong relational orientation: the success of our work depends on the strength of connection to partners, alumni, staff, and elected leaders;
- Demonstrated experience in conflict resolution, navigating and framing difficult conversations with care, and tactful disagreement;
- Strong project management skills, with the ability and willingness to be flexible and adaptable;
- Systems-minded, strong organizational skills, and the ability to proactively manage the logistics and communications of multiple complex projects at once;
- Ability to develop and cultivate relationships with a variety of stakeholders in a thoughtful, professional, detail-oriented manner;
- Experience in, exposure to, or education related to working within Indigenous cultures;
- Comfort working in highly collaborative teams, managing laterally, up, and working across departments;
- Desire to work collaboratively and transparently with a distributed virtual team;
- Experience and comfort collaborating via Google Workspace.

**We hope you bring one or more of these skills:**
- Experience in campaigns, advocacy, and/or elections;
- Outreach, recruitment, and/or training program management experience;
- Experience managing high-volume application pipelines;
- Experience with any or all of the following tools: SalesForce, Voter File, EveryAction/NGPVan
- Experience working in a virtual environment and/or in a distributed team operating across multiple time zones is strongly preferred

**Working at Advance**
This position is salaried within a range of $95,000 - $105,000 and comes with a generous package of comprehensive benefits. Including but not limited to:
- Comprehensive medical, dental & vision
- Flexible spending account for medical and dependent care
- Retirement Plan (401k, IRA) – we offer a max 5% match on 401K contributions if you save at least 6% per pay period.
- Generous paid time off package (Vacation, Sick, & Public Holidays) and additional all-staff “rest days” (Spring & Fall Break, Extended Winter Break)
- “Summer Fridays” – a 4-day workweek from early June to late August
- $1,500 per year for professional development training and/ or coaching
- Additional benefits including working from home, including compensation towards cell phone, Internet and other necessary equipment

This is a remote position and requires consistent phone and internet access at your home office location. **Our working hours are 10 AM to 6 PM Eastern Standard Time. **This position may require up to 20% travel. We are not offering U.S. visa sponsorship for this role.

**Interview Process + Timeline**
Please submit your resume, a cover letter, and answer the questions listed.
Qualified candidates will participate in a series of interviews. There will be three to four 1-hour interviews, and one 1-hour exercise over the course of six weeks.

_Advance Native Political Leadership Action Fund is an equal opportunity employer. This means that we don't discriminate against people because of their race, ethnicity, sex, age, religion, national origin, marital status, pregnancy, personal appearance, veteran status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, family responsibilities, or political affiliation._