Employment

Political Director

June 23, 2020

Job Title: Political Director

Position Status: Full-time, permanent

Location:Billings, Montana

Reports To: Executive Director

Compensation:$40,000 - $55,000, DOE

 

We are looking for an energetic, motivated individual to join our team!

 

Western Native Voice (WNV) is a non-profit grassroots organization formed in 2011.  We are committed to inspiring Native leadership so our communities flourish through civic engagement, leadership development, and public policy advocacy. We work on all seven tribal nations in Montana, and Billings, Missoula, and Great Falls. We strive to promote social, racial, gender, economic, and environmental justice to preserve our land, water, culture and way of life for future generations.  

JOB DESCRIPTION

The Political Director’s primary responsibility is the development and implementation of WNV’s Civic Engagement and Voter Participation programs. The Political Director reports to the WNV Executive Director and is a professional salaried position under the WNV personnel policies.

 

Our theory of change recognizes that a more sustainable and just society will happen when our own Native leaders have a constant representation and presence in driving change, from homes to policy making platforms. Together with our allies across the country we are building a powerful Native American voting bloc.

 

MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES 

  • Lead staff for Voter Participation Program and Civic Engagement team

  • Integrate Civic Engagement activities with WNV campaigns

  • Assist in fundraising

  • Participate, as needed, in the WNV training team and conduct training sessions

  • Establish relationships with WNV leaders/members, provide one-on-one training on best campaign practices, and provide regular on-going consulting.

  • Develop and implement a non-partisan voter registration campaign, an early-vote campaign, a get-out-the-vote effort, and election protection effort for Montana's Native Americans. 

  • Participate in local and statewide working groups of allies working in the elections and maintain key relationships. 

  • Maintain frequent communication with the staff team and member leaders. 

  • Prepare progress reports to funders, donors, the board, staff meetings, etc. as needed and directed.

  • Become familiar with and become a resource for others on Montana campaign finance and election laws, as well as ensure your activities and the activities of volunteers under your supervision comply with all applicable laws, rules, and organizational policies. 

ESSENTIAL QUALIFICATIONS

  • Deep knowledge of Native American communities

  • Commitment to Western Native Voice mission and values

  • Familiarity with and commitment to organizing and the empowerment of local people through participation in the political process

  • Experience working on one or more political campaigns

  • Strong interpersonal communication skills

  • Ability to work in a team management environment

  • Familiarity with and working knowledge of personal computers and software, especially voter files and databases.

  • Valid driver's license (or ability to obtain one) and ability to travel with regular overnight stays, occasional long hours and weekend work assignments.

 

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Experience developing grassroots leaders 

  • Demonstrated proficiency in election data analysis, opposition research, persuasive writing, and editing

  • Staff management experience 

 

SALARY AND BENEFITS

The salary depends on experience. Benefits for full-time employees include health insurance, 20 days vacation, 12 days sick leave, a pension program after 1 year of full-time employment; up to a 3-month sabbatical after 5 years of full-time employment, board approved.

 

APPLICATION MUST INCLUDE:

  • cover letter (tell us why you want the job)

  • resume

  • short writing sample (eg, a letter-to-the-editor)

  • contact information for 3 professional references

 

Send application materials to: khill@westernnativevoice.org with “Political Director” in the subject line. Incomplete applications will not be accepted. All documents should be in either Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx) or .pdf format. Open until filled. 

Digital Organizer

April 09, 2020

Do you spend a lot of time on Facebook, Instagram or texting?

You can get paid to be on social media and work from home, all while being a good ancestor!

Join our amazing team in informing and engaging your community in the Census and voting! 

 

Job Title: Digital Organizer (Temporary - Part-time)

Compensation: $15.00 - $20.00/hour (DOE)

Classification: Part-time, temporary. Employment opportunities starting June 2019 through November 2020. Work load varies each month. 

Location: Varies. Our focus areas are the 7 Tribal Nations and Billings, Missoula, and Great Falls.

 

Western Native Voice (WNV) is committed to inspiring Native leadership so our communities flourish through leadership development, civic engagement, and public policy advocacy.  Our advocacy focuses on protecting and expanding rights of Native Americans and to preserve our land, culture, and way of life for future generations. We provide information and tools necessary for Natives to have a say in policy changes that impact their lives.

 

Community Organizers will be responsible for:

  • Establishing and maintaining relationships with WNV allies. 

  • Networking and building relationships with community leaders.

  • Recruiting local volunteers for community activities. 

  • Educating and engaging Native voters for the 2020 election.

  • Educating and engaging Native communities for the 2020 census. 

  • Educating and engaging via social media

  • Organizing and conducting phone banking and text banking

  • Work with local elected officials. 

  • Maintaining frequent communication with the team.

  • Prepare progress reports as needed. 

  • Other duties, as assigned. 

 

Qualifications:

  • NO ORGANIZING EXPERIENCE NECESSARY- ALL TRAININGS PROVIDED

  • Proficient in the use of computers, social media, and smartphone technologies. 

  • Strong interpersonal communication skills.

  • Able to work productively both independently and with a team.

  • Available for travel overnight, statewide up to 4 nghts at one time, and work on weekends, after Covid 19 restrictions are lifted.

  • Must be reachable by both email and phone. 

  • Heartfelt commitment to improving Native American communities in Montana. 


How to apply:  Visit www.westernnativevoice.org to submit an electronic application. Resumes and references can also be emailed to joldelk@westernnativevoice.org. Send a resume and 3 references (name and number). For anyone without a work history send a letter of interest or call our office. Please call 406-869-1938 for any questions.

Program Director

January 07, 2020

Job Title: Program Director

Position Status: Full-time, permanent

Location: Billings, Montana

Reports To: Executive Director

Compensation: $40,000 - $60,000, DOE

 

We are looking for an energetic, motivated individual to join our team!

 

Western Native Voice  (WNV) is a non-profit grassroots organization formed in 2011.  We are committed to inspiring Native leadership so our communities flourish. We work on all seven tribal nations in Montana, and Billings, Missoula and Great Falls. We strive to protect the rights of Native American tribes and individuals to promote social, racial, gender, economic and environmental justice to preserve our land, water, culture and way of life for future generations.  

 

JOB DESCRIPTION: 

The Program Director is responsible for enhancing current programs, researching new and existing programs in target areas, reporting on programs and ensuring programs operate efficiently to meet the goals of the organization and the needs of the communities we serve. They must be willing to go on overnight work travel for several days. They must be committed to making a change for Native Americans on the local, state and national level and be willing to bring creativity, high energy and humor to our team! 

 

SPECIFIC DUTIES INCLUDE:

  • Evaluating, supervising and coordinating programs and staff

  • Implementing the appropriate portions of Western Native Voice’s operating policies

  • Research, cultivate and arrange meetings with prospective and current allies

  • Assist in research, writing and reporting on grants

  • Strategic planning and implementation

  • Works with diverse individuals and communities on a variety of issues

  • Prioritizing actions, developing creative strategies, and assigning staff to achieve Western Native Voice’s objectives. 

 

ESSENTIAL QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Commitment to Western Native Voice’s issues and values

  • Deep knowledge of Native communities

  • Proven ability to lead planning, coordination and execution of programs

  • Experience in community engagement

  • Outstanding relationship-building skills and ability to connect with people

  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively

  • Ability to adapt to ever changing situations and opportunities

  • Excellent organizational and time-management skills

  • Ability to exercise discretion and independent judgment

  • Ability to prioritize projects and meet deadlines, and able to balance multiple projects at one time

  • Strong public speaking and writing skills

 

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:

 

  • Knowledge of issues facing Native Americans

  • Experience using innovative methods to promote the organization and win campaigns

  • Experience working for a nonprofit organization working for social change or on a political campaign

  • Ability to coach and support grassroots leaders

 

SALARY AND BENEFITS:

Salary depends on experience. Benefits for full time employment include: health insurance, 4 weeks vacation, 12 days sick leave, pension program after 1 year of full time employment; sabbatical after 5 years of full-time employment.

 

APPLICATION must include:

  • cover letter (tell us why you want the job)

  • resume

  • short writing sample (eg, a letter-to-the-editor)

  • contact information for 3 professional references

 

Send application materials to: marci@westernnativevoice.org with “Program Director” in the subject line. Incomplete applications will not be accepted. All documents should be in either Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx) or .pdf format.

Community Organizer

July 03, 2019

Western Native Voice is excited to announce that we are hiring Community Organizers throughout Montana! We are seeking highly motivated individuals with the heartfelt commitment to improving Native American Communities in Montana. Join our amazing team and help lead change in your community!

If you, or someone you know, is interested in being a part of the Western Native Voice team please apply now by clicking the link below. Or you can send a resume and cover letter to joldelk@westernnativevoice.org. For questions about the internship, please call (406) 869-1938 or email info@westernnativevoice.org.

Fall 2020 Internship

July 01, 2019

We are excited to announce that the application period of our Fall 2020 internship is now open! We are seeking a highly motivated individual to intern with us in Billings, MT. All applicants must be attending classes at a college or university. This is a paid internship.

An internship with Western Native Voice provides the experience and knowledge to organize your community and make lasting change. Our intern will put proven and effective strategies to work across Montana’s diverse tribal nations.

If you, or someone you know, is interested in being a part of the Western Native Voice team please apply now by clicking the link below. Or you can send a resume and cover letter to tperez@westernnativevoice.org. For questions about the internship, please call (406) 869-1938 or email info@westernnativevoice.org. The application deadline for our Fall 2019 internships is August 9, 2019.

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