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    Chief Operating Officer

    Organizational Overview: NACDI is a non-profit, asset-based, intermediary development organization working within the urban American Indian community in Minneapolis, Minnesota. NACDI is focused on community engagement and organizing, economic and community development, planning, training, education, and research within a framework of Native arts and culture.




    Job Summary: The NACDI Chief Operating Officer is responsible for the internal management and compliance of the organization as well as the supervision and management of projects and assigned staff. The position includes administrative functions, employee performance and overall project management. The Chief Operating Officer should be comfortable working in a fast-paced environment focused on restoring and strengthening American Indian self-sufficiency, eradicating generational poverty and dependency, and eradicating gender discrimination in the Native community.


    Reporting Protocol: Classification:

    President & CEO of NACDI Exempt/Full-time


    Core Responsibilities:


    • Serve as deputy to the CEO;

    • Oversee daily operations and report directly to the CEO, ensuring that all business operations are smooth and efficient;

    • Ensure annual filings and compliance tasks are completed;

    • Provide new employee orientation;

    • Work with farmers market, gallery, community organizing and other staff to manage and track progress on organizational and individual goals;

    • Evaluate performance and project management systems;

    • Track and manage staff progress on assigned projects;

    • Lead organizational and professional development opportunities;

    • Contract services and manage contracts for artists, vendors and other program participants;

    • Approve outgoing communications in coordination with staff


    • Implement strategies to grow annual revenue, write proposals, and secure funding from corporate and foundation donors;

    • Oversee the submission of grant applications and materials. Ensure required elements are developed and provided by NACDI staff in a timely manner;

    • Participate in annual budget development process;

    • Prepare and manage the annual audit process;


    • Assist the President & CEO to define and implement the organizational strategic plan;

    • Organize, compile, and monitor annual organization work plan

    External Relations

    • Engage and coordinate with community partners, stakeholders, arts organizations, and local planning and community development officials;

    • Engage the community in implementing the vision of the American Indian Community Blueprint;

    • Represent and advocate for NACDI at key community, city, county, state, tribal and national meetings, forums, convenings, and conferences;


    • Organizational policy development and documentation;

    • Provide support to Board of Directors for meetings;


    Other duties as assigned.


    • Masters or Bachelors Degree preferred, or 3 to 5 years successful senior leadership experience at a social impact organization considered

    • Experience in budgeting and cash flow planning;

    • Excellent communication and presentation skills;

    • Proficient in grant and proposal writing;

    • Strategic thinking skills, combined with strong verbal and written communication skills;

    • Motivated, self-directed, and able to work unsupervised;

    • Ability to lead multiple long- and short-term projects simultaneously, meeting all related deadlines; ability to plan, prioritize, coordinate, and manage workflow; ability to work unsupervised and make decisions and solve problems independently, effectively and creatively;

    • Proven ability to work effectively with a wide variety of individuals and stakeholders.

    Preferred Qualifications:

    • Experience working with American Indian communities;

    • Knowledge of Native art and culture; both contemporary and traditional;

    • Proficient knowledge of the American Indian urban and tribal communities, particularly in Minnesota and the region;

    • Knowledge of organizational development;

    • Background of success in process improvement, change leadership and management;

    • Sense of humor, integrity, impeccable work ethic.


    Physical Requirements: Ability to lift 30 pounds.


    Hours: Office hours 9am to 5pm weekdays; evenings and/or weekends as needed


    Salary: $55,000 to $65,000, depending on qualifications. Includes benefits package.


    To Apply:

    Send cover letter, resume, references and one writing sample via e-mail to Robert Lilligren, NACDI President & CEO, at rlilligren@nacdi.org



    Open until filled

    Four Sisters Farmers Market Manager


    Part Time, Temporary, Seasonal




    The Four Sisters Farmers’ Market (FSFM ) manager is hired by the Native American Community

    Development Institute (NACDI) and responsible for the operations of the FSFM. The Market

    Manager will be responsible in reporting to NACDI’s Community Organizer. The 2018 FSFM dates

    and times are Thursdays from 11am-2pm, beginning June 7th and continuing through September

    20th. Non-market time hours are also required for marketing and administrative duties. Attendance

    at all general market meetings is required.


    The Market Manager is the “go-to” person for vendors and customers during market hours and is the

    FSFM representative on site. The job requires personal confidence and the ability to communicate

    with a variety of people. The FSFM relies on the Market Manager to be the liaison between market

    patrons, vendors, partnering organizations, and NACDI staff. Additionally, the Market Manager

    helps promote the market and maintains accurate weekly records of market activities (listed below).

    The Market Manager understands both vendors’ and customers’ needs and implements strategies to

    meet those needs with the support from NACDI staff. The Market Manager is required to be on-site

    at the market and be available to vendors and consumers for the duration of the vendors’ market day.


    General Requirements:


    The Market Manager has a strong knowledge and understanding of local agriculture, food,

    community, and the marketing skills to promote the FSFM. The Market Manager is reliable, friendly,

    self- motivated, organized, and efficient. The Market Manager is literate in social media tools such as

    email list servers, facebook, and websites. The Market Manager must be available for phone and email

    contact with vendors throughout the duration of their employment. The Market Manager must be

    able to work outdoors in all weather, and safely lift and carry 50 pounds. The position requires the

    ability to work independently as well as interdependently with vendors and other related connections.


    Primary Responsibilities:


    Arrive at the Pow Wow Grounds/NACDI lot prior to market opening for set-up and stays until

    everything is put away.


    In collaboration with NACDI, is responsible for writing a weekly newsletter as well as providing

    vendors with advance information about events.


    Keep an up-to-date market vendor map and accurate weekly records of the market. These weekly

    records will be shared with NACDI staff and shall include:

    Vendor attendance

    Guest/part time vendor attendance

    SNAP/EBT totals


    Responsible for safely directing “loading in” and “loading out” operations, ensures safety and

    cleanliness of the site before, during and at the conclusion of each market, including making sure

    vehicles are properly parked and tents are secured.


    Establish a consistent space to set-up and operate the market manager’s tent. Operation of the Market

    Manager’s tent includes:

    Displaying and distributing educational materials

    Answering customer questions

    Collecting customer contact information

    Managing EBT/MarketBucks and other coupons/scrip logs and cash box if applicable


    The Market Manager possess the ability to contact all vendors via phone or internet in the event

    special circumstances arise, as well as the ability to receive messages from vendors as to their

    attendance. It is the vendor’s responsibility to notify the market no later than 12:00 noon on the

    MONDAY BEFORE market if they will not be attending, and the Market Manager’s responsibility to

    fill the spot with a guest/part time vendor from a list determined by NACDI.


    Support the success of NACDI’s special events taking place at the market, in terms of advance

    promotion as well as on the market day.


    See to the proper running of the SNAP/EBT system on market days and its timely administration and

    accounting during the week.


    Manage any volunteers/interns who may be involved with the market.


    Other duties as assigned.


    Compensation is $5,000.00 stipend to be paid in 3 increments.


    To apply, please send a cover letter and resume with 3 references to Elizabeth Day at



    We look forward to hearing from you!