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Program/Executive Director - Nez Perce Wallowa Homeland

14 Dec 2021 9:58 AM | Oregon Museums Association (Administrator)

Compensation: Starting at $25/hour, depending on experience. As needed, NPWH will develop a training plan for professional growth into Executive Director role (compensation will increase accordingly and as available). Financial support for relocation may be available.

Description: The Nez Perce Wallowa Homeland (NPWH) is seeking an energetic, values-driven leader to contribute to the development of new and existing programs for our Indigenous-led, place-based 501c3 nonprofit. We are an organization rooted in community building and dedicated to celebrating and preserving Plateau culture in the Wallowa Valley region of northeastern Oregon. We do this through a variety of programming, including the Tamkaliks Celebration powwow held since 1990. The NPWH manages a 320-acre property year-round. This property contains a Dance Arbor, Longhouse, Farmhouse, Horse Corrals and Camping facilities. Our downtown Wallowa Visitor Center serves individuals of Nez Perce heritage and affiliation, visitors to the Wallowa Valley and local residents.

The Program/Executive Director will work both independently and with the Administrator/Fundraising Manager to support development of new and existing cultural events. The ideal candidate will be creative, motivated, and flexible with a willingness to learn and seek understanding. A candidate already connected with tribal communities in the northwest is highly desirable.The Program/Executive Director will report directly to the Executive Committee of the NPWH, and will work closely with the Board of
Directors to support the values and mission of the organization.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Education:Bachelor’s Degree preferred but not required
  • Experience:Background in business or administration, experience with volunteer boards, nonprofit management, grantwriting, working with culturally diverse groups,and/or community organizing while navigating complex viewpoints
  • Community Awareness and Intercultural Competence: Familiarity with Nez Perce heritage, Plateau culture, rural communities and/or Eastern Oregon culture and communities.
  • Project Management Capabilities: Able to self-manage tasks, make decisions, communicate clearly and respectfully, and handle diverse responsibilities with varying degrees of urgency
  • Communication Technology Skills: Proficient with Windows, Microsoft Office, Zoom and Social Media technology. Excellent writing skills. Effective and responsive use of phone, text, video conference and in-person modes of communication
  • Financial Management Capabilities: Knowledge of budget development, grant administration and reporting

Duties may include but are not limited to

Coordination of Events and Facility Uses, Oversight of Grounds (35% of role):

  • Work with multiple communities to hold space for culturally important, public and private events and ceremonies in the Longhouse, Dance Arbor and elsewhere on the grounds and inthe area.
  • Provide on-site support before, during and after events as needed and appropriate
  • Oversee facilities use. Handle reservations and paperwork, coordinate needs and communicate among/between parties. Facilitate cleaning & restocking of various spaces. Coordinate with Facilities Manager and volunteers to maintain and upkeep community spaces and fulfill responsibilities to the all beings, including flora and fauna, with which the grounds are shared.
  • Manage volunteer recruitment, communication and recognition. Coordinate logistics and volunteer efforts. Track volunteer contributions
  • Work with staff and board to plan and implement the Tamkaliks Celebration and Friendship Potluck, a three-day powwow held each July.

Relationship Building& Management (20% of role):

  • Recruit, engage and strengthen relationships with 25-member Board of Directors, dispersed across three reservations and Wallowa
  • Plan and facilitate quarterly Board Meetings
  • Deepen and broaden partnerships with groups at the Nez Perce Tribe, Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation and Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Reservation, including tribal governments, foundations, and clubs as a means and invitation to bring tribal people to Wallowa
  • Deepen and broaden partnerships with Wallowa County organizations and groups with a shared goal to engage and center around tribal citizens and their contributions
  • Deepen and broaden partnerships with regional organizations and agencies including the US Forest Service, National Park Service and Blues to Bitterroots Coalition to provide welcoming spaces for Nez Perce people to tell their own story and to protect important places around the northwest
  • Supervise, Administrator/Fundraising Manager, Facilities Manager and volunteers

Program Finances (20% of role):

  • Operate the NPWH within current legal requirements of city, county, state and federal governments
  • Research, write and report on grant funding for NPWH programs and projects
  • With Executive Committee, develop and manage organizational budget
  • Manage budget line items related to programming including reimbursements, honorariums etc

Public Education(15% of role):

  • Build upon existing tribal youth education opportunities and develop new programs through partnership with tribal entities and individuals
  • Work with local educators and tribal experts to develop curriculum and programming for Wallowa County students
  • Create cultural education opportunities for all ages such workshops and speakers
  • Maintain archive of culturally and project specific reference materials
  • Assist with production of a Tamkaliks Documentary Film
  • Welcome guests to Visitor Center and docent the exhibit
Outreach and Marketing(10% of role):
  • Publish Mid-Year Newsletter
  • Manage publicity and advertising
  • Drive online engagement with Social Media (current platforms are Facebook and Instagram)

Schedule: 30 hours/week annual average (due to seasonality of responsibilities). Non-exempt. Flexible schedule, some weekends required, must live in Wallowa County, OR. Potential growth to full-time dependent on funding.

Interviews begin January 3, 2022- Position is open until filled

Find out more.

Mailing Address: P.O. Box 8604, Portland, OR 97207
Contact: connect@oregonmuseums.org 
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