Program Manager of Community Development NAPD

  • First Peoples Fund
  • Rapid City, SD, USA
  • Jun 17, 2019
Full time General Business Management Other Training

Job Description

POSITION SUMMARY: The Program Manager of Community Development collaborates to grow the Indigenous Arts Ecology through a regional strategy of networking artists and Native Community Financial Institutions (NCDFI) art organizations and Community Development Corporations (CDC) together by focusing on the Native Artist Professional Development (NAPD). 

The Program Manager of Community Development will ensure the NAPD programs for Native Artist are delivered consistently with exceptional quality. The NAPD curriculum and training acknowledges the unique situation Native artists are in navigating traditional ways of being and the capitalist system, First Peoples Fund’s curriculum works to find a balance, using an advisory committee of Culture Bearers to ground the work with traditional knowledge, wisdom, and values into all aspects of the NAPDs from evaluation tools to curriculum to leadership development to networking strategies.

The Program Manager will be responsible for training and managing a small team of Business and Artist Trainers who will teach the program and implement to partner organizations from various communities.

GENERAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: Specific responsibilities, but not limited to include:

  • Responsible for oversight of the NAPD training program, including all products, services, systems, and relationships.
  • Responsible to collaborate with all staff to strategize, evaluate, analyze, and improve program design for the NAPD program, while building strong intersections and overlaps between departments and across programs.
  • Lead all research and development for new ideas, direction, and strategy related to NAPD.
  • Manage all reporting internally and externally in a systematic and timely manner ensuring program activities is consistent with any applicable funding requirements.
  • Responsible for driving development, implementation, and evaluation of the community development and leadership cultivation aspect of the work.
  • Work collaboratively with Program Manager of Community Development (IAE) for implementation of all products, services, systems, and relationships within IAE Partners including trainings, certifications, site visits, and leading community partners in community asset mapping, organizing and strengthening an Indigenous Arts Ecology.
  • Manage various administrative duties that incorporate reporting of activities, participating in the organization’s strategic planning, development of an annual workplan & budget for the program area, organizing meetings, workshops, conferences and special events.


  • Bachelor’s degree (Master’s preferred) in instructional design, education, public administration or related field is strongly preferred.
  • Five years’ experience, or comparable combination of education and experience providing organization and administrative support, preferably for nonprofit and/or Native corporations.
  • Background in community development and leadership cultivation, with exceptional skills in building and maintaining partnerships through collaboration.
  • An understanding and awareness of the Native arts and culture field, as well as a broad knowledge of tribal communities and cultures across North America.
  • Proven curriculum development experience
  • Knowledge of and interest in research relating to Native Art Business Models, non-Western teaching models, and experiential education
  • A proven ability to develop and apply monitoring and evaluation plans to determine program results and monitor impact within an international organization


  • This position located in FPF’s home office in Rapid City, South Dakota, as well as periodic offsite work.
  • Travel required

First Peoples Fund offers competitive salaries and benefits including health insurance. A Simple IRA pension plan that is effective after an introductory period.

A detailed position description could be reviewed at our website; If interested in applying for the position, please submit your cover letter, resume and any supporting documentation to Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.