About Advance Native Political Leadership Action
Advance Native Political Leadership Action Fund (Advance) was
founded to address the historical traumas, present realities, and
future prospects of Native peoples in the United States. Advance is
the only national Native American-led organization working to
address the vast disparity and unique barriers that exist for
Indigenous people in U.S. politics. We are focused on increasing
the visibility and representation of Native Americans, especially
Indigenous women, in elected offices at all levels by recruiting
and training emerging candidates and leaders, and building and
connecting national and state-based networks for political
organizing. By expanding Native representation in elected office,
we actively shape a future where our government is truly reflective
of all our communities. Native peoples are ready to serve in
leadership with talents rooted in values that make our ancestors
The Development Director reports to the Executive Director and,
as a member of the leadership team, directs the organization’s
fundraising and donor cultivation efforts. With a focus on
fundraising strategy, the Development Director leads the
fundraising team in development, communication, and donor
The Development Director collaborates with Advance’s leadership
team (Executive Director, Executive Assistant, Communications
Director, and Program Director), and leads a team to set and
achieve annual and long-range fundraising goals, build strong
relationships with fundraising partners, and measure progress
throughout the year to ensure success. The Development Director
collaborates with all departments to support funding needs and
priorities, and manages the Development Associate and outside
consultants to ensure consistent storytelling, goals, and
relationships with supporters.
As an ideal candidate, you have proven senior management
experience and success in supporting the development of a solid
infrastructure for a startup non-profit. You understand that
fundraising and raising financial resources are medicine for caring
for our communities. You are motivated by seeking and building
pathways to new financial resources, including institutional
funders. You have a proven track record in institutional
fundraising and working with high net-wealth individual
This supervisory position reports to the Executive Director and
manages staff and relationships with various vendors, including
consultants, accountants, donor advisors, high net-wealth
individual donors, and foundation teams.
Development and Communications
Develop and oversee implementation of
the fundraising plan in consultation with the Executive Director
and Development team.
Collaborate with the Advance
leadership team to coordinate baseline annual fundraising targets
with organizational strategic objectives and budget.
Oversee the Development team,
including consultants and vendors.
Oversee all grant management
including deadlines, strategy, proposal writing, reviews, and
Lead consistent creation of
compelling copy, including grants, proposals, reports,
acknowledgment letters, emails, and other materials.
Lead the Development team to generate
effective fundraising-related outreach to supporters, including but
not limited to funder updates, donor acknowledgments, and
consistent cultivation of partnerships.
Delegate and oversee creation of
donor-related materials including appeals, stewardship
communication, and meeting packets.
Produce board reports and
Create reports to analyze data and
determine the effectiveness of our fundraising programs.
Manage associate and future manager
level development staff.
Coach, supervise, and evaluate the
Development team, ensuring staff have the tools needed to
accomplish their jobs.
Provide guidance to staff and track
performance against the fundraising plan.
Communicate regularly with the
Development team to strategize about the status of stewardship,
prospecting, proposals, and appeals; evaluate areas needing focus
Contribute approximately 10% of time
to collaborative opportunities across the organization.
Explore new ideas through
professional growth opportunities.
Participate actively in leadership
team meetings to strategize and position the organization for the
Help lead and support Advance’s focus
on team culture and communications.
Co-create values-forward messaging
and communications that centers the voices of Indigenous peoples
Prepare Board and team
activities, reports, and meeting agendas.
5+ years fundraising experience,
including demonstrated experience building and cultivating at least
a $4.0m portfolio raising funds from individuals and
Proven experience designing,
implementing, and exceeding fundraising goals, quarterly plans, and
other fundraising systems.
A track record of success initiating
and cultivating relationships with a diverse array of prospective
donors across nonprofit, political, and foundation sectors, both
virtually and in person.
A strong communicator with excellent
written and verbal communication skills.
Deep commitment to Advance's mission
to build power in Indigenous communities to protect tribal
sovereignty and determine the policies, resources, and leadership
that will ensure our cultures and future generations are protected
Organized, resourceful, flexible
individual with strong time management skills and an ability to
work independently and collaboratively on tight deadlines.
Exceptional attention to detail.
Experience in, exposure to, or
education related to working within Indigenous cultures.
Comfort working in highly
collaborative teams, managing laterally, up, and working across
Technologically proficient, including
knowledge of Salesforce, Monday.com, Slack, CRMs, Google
Working at Advance:
This position is salaried and starting at $100k and comes with a
generous package of comprehensive benefits. Including but not
Comprehensive medical, dental &
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. The position may
require up to 20% travel. We are not offering U.S. visa sponsorship
for this role.
Interview Timeline + Process
Dates to apply: Applications will be accepted on a rolling
How to apply: Please submit your resume and a cover letter
addressing 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