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Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation - Director of Tribal Giving

Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation
California, United States
$180,000.00 - $220,000.00
Closing date
Feb 23, 2024

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Position Type
Programs, Grant Making
Community Foundations
Employment Type
Full Time

About Us

Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation (Yocha Dehe or Tribe) is a federally recognized tribal government. The Tribe’s mission is to provide for the health and welfare of its people, to govern its own lands and affairs with sovereign independence and in a manner consistent with its cultural values, and to enhance and diversify its economy for the overall good of the nation. Yocha Dehe’s governing body, its elected Tribal Council, is charged with implementing this mission. As a federally recognized tribe, Yocha Dehe exercises a government-to-government relationship with the United States, as well as with the State of California and local governments, and the Tribe actively engages with outside agencies and officials, local stakeholders, and members of the public.

The Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation is committed to building strong communities and helping those in need. The Tribe has a long history of giving and in 2000, established the Community Fund (CF) to advance this mission. To date, the CF has established partnerships with more than 400 different organizations throughout Yolo County, the state and nation, and granted nearly $40 million in philanthropic aid to support programs and initiatives dedicated to assisting people in need. The Tribe significantly expanded its philanthropy in 2016 with its establishment of Doyuti T’uhkama (to give the acorn). Yocha Dehe established Doyuti T’uhkama (DT) to allocate funding newly available under the Tribe’s unprecedented compact negotiated with the State in 2016, at which time the Tribe secured the legal right to redirect a portion of the money it would otherwise pay the State to a variety of worthy causes. To date, DT has gifted more than $90M to a variety of projects, causes and initiatives, all sharing the common benefit of improving lives of Native people and citizens of CA. Together the CF and DT comprise Yocha Dehe’s Tribal Giving program.

In 2023, the Tribal Council, and the Doyuti T’uhkama Board engaged in a comprehensive strategic planning process, sharpening their vision for continued and expanded impact. Tribal leadership is aligned and committed to broadening its impact by investing in multi-year, proactive grantmaking and strategic initiatives with local, regional and national reach.

Position Summary

The Director of Tribal Giving (Director) is an entrepreneurial leader with a strong track record in philanthropy who will lead the Tribal Giving Program Department which manages funding of up to $17M a year across Doyuti T’uhkama and the Community Fund. The Director will report to and work with the Community Fund Board, the Doyuti T’uhkama Board, and the Tribal Council to refine and implement a strategic plan that guides the Tribe’s philanthropic endeavors. The Director, in collaboration with other Yocha Dehe government staff, will explore, identify, and recommend projects, programs, organizations, and initiatives to receive funding. The Director will also lead ongoing strategy and learning, liaising with the Tribal Council and the Tribe, as well as forming partnerships with other tribes and local, state, and national organizations and government entities.

Key Responsibilities

Building on the momentum of the strategic planning process, the Director will lead the formation of the Tribal Giving team and will work with Tribal leadership to refine and execute its vision. This will entail:

  • Liaising with Tribe: Develops trusted rapport with Tribal Council and the Boards. Provides consultative decision support, synthesizing input from Tribal Council and the Board(s) in group sessions and individual interactions analyzing and reporting on progress.

  • Strategy and learning: With direction from the Board(s), leads the execution of the Tribe’s philanthropy strategy. Creates and finalizes learning agenda in line with new strategy and manages annual reviews with grantees and relevant stakeholders around impact, success, and challenges. Facilitates strategy refresh every three years with the Board(s).

  • Influence: As needed, convenes external stakeholders, attends local, regional and national conferences, builds personal relationships, and manages branding, public image and communications related to Tribal Giving programs.

  • Project management and budgeting: Provides oversight to the Tribal Giving department through budget development and tracking; scoping work and establishing key deliverable timelines and milestones for all key work; and supporting on partnerships.

  • Team leadership and coordination: Builds and leads a three-to-four-member Tribal Giving team to ensure a positive and collaborative environment that supports and develops team members to succeed individually and together. Serves as an effective advocate and partner to other Tribal government departments. Capacity to identify and manage expertise-based consultants for targeted support related to executing the strategy.

Oversight of core work:

• Grantmaking:

  • -  Supervises team members in executing on both responsive and proactive giving by supporting them in receiving, processing, and reviewing applications, conducting sourcing and diligence, and coordinating Board reviews.

  • -  Facilitates discussions with the Board(s) to refine grantmaking strategy and to determine final grantmaking decisions on all potential grantees.

Multi-year initiative planning:

  • -  Facilitates discussions with the Board(s) to identify ideas for initiatives and manages ongoing list of ideas for potential implementation.

  • -  Creates goals for each endorsed initiative and determines subject area departments and other stakeholders to be involved. Designs timeline, budget, and staffing for projects in consultation with experts. Works with the Board(s) to approve project plans.

  • -  Supports on connecting with partners and hiring for contractors and project leads for initiatives, checks in on progress against milestones for ongoing projects. Collects qualitative and quantitative input on process success and challenges for ongoing initiatives and impact for mature (completed) initiatives.

  • -  Coordinates proposal design, scope, and budget with other government departments: Legal, Government Affairs, Finance, and Communications. Collaborates with expert departments to review concepts and designate where approved initiatives should live for execution.


  • Skilled philanthropic leader: Minimum five to seven years leading and managing complex projects, working across teams, divisions, and departments in changing contexts in the field of philanthropy. Able to manage multiple projects with tight deadlines and support multiple direct reports. Demonstrated success implementing new philanthropic strategies.

  • Experienced people manager: Demonstrated success recruiting, developing and leading philanthropy/grantmaking staff.

  • Great communicator: Excellent written and oral skills, as evidenced by ability to present strong assessments, recommendations, and reporting.

  • Grants professional: Significant experience with the grants administration process and balancing rigor with trust-based philanthropy.

  • Collaborative partner: Skilled at building trusting relationships with internal and external partners with a range of expertise and backgrounds.

  • Ability to travel up to 30%.

    Native familiarity would be a plus; the Director of Tribal Giving must bring an ability to understand Native context as well as capacity to listen to, synthesize, and respectfully execute the views and decisions of the sovereign Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation.

Leadership Characteristics

  • Passion for social justice, integrity, building communities and helping those in need.

  • An entrepreneurial, future-leaning and innovative mindset.

  • Champions a culture of belonging and inclusion.

  • Exceptional written, oral, public presentation and interpersonal skills and able to engage colleagues at all levels of an organization, including the board and external stakeholders.

  • Strong emotional intelligence coupled with a consultative, advisory style; resourceful and creative problem solver .

  • High degree of comfort working autonomously and collaboratively to implement strategic plans.

  • A collaborative, authentic, high-integrity partnership style; able to ensure diverse perspectives are heard and lead through influence.

  • Sound judgment and humility as both a thought partner and hands-on decision-maker.

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