Vice President of Development:  National Congress of American Indians

Vice President of Development: National Congress of American Indians

National Congress of American Indians

1516 P Street, NW, Washington, D.C. 20005 - 202/466-7767

Vice President of Development

2019 Job Description

Founded in 1944, the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) is the oldest, largest and most representative American Indian and Alaska Native organization in the country. NCAI advocates on behalf of tribal governments and communities, promoting strong tribal-federal government-to-government policies, and promoting a better understanding among the general public regarding American Indian and Alaska Native governments, people and rights. NCAI is an Equal Opportunity Employer. For more information about NCAI, visit our website at:


The National Congress of American Indians is seeking a qualified candidate for the Vice President of Development position. This position will assist the Chief Executive Officer and the Chief of Staff in leading the fundraising strategies and priorities of NCAI. The individual filling this role should be a seasoned executive who demonstrates strong organizational and leadership skills, as well as a passion for working for Indian Country.


Reporting directly to Chief of Staff, the Vice President of Development will have two direct reports, with an opportunity to build a team based on fundraising successes. The Vice President of Development will provide organizational leadership in the areas of:

• Fundraising and Business Development

• Donor Relations

• Sponsorship Services

• Membership Management


· Create, evaluate, and implement an annual development plan in collaboration with the NCAI strategic plan.

· Cultivate relationships with potential and current funders, including event sponsors, corporate and foundation relations, government grant makers, and individual donors.

· Develop outreach efforts that resonates with a variety of prospective donors such as email and social media campaigns, Combined Federal Campaign, donor events, estate giving, and end of the year giving.

· Create and manage donor recognition program.

· Research appropriate grant opportunities, prepare letters of inquiry, and grant proposals and other funding requests.

· Coordinate with Finance Office and Program Staff to prepare budgets for grant submissions, quarterly/close-out reports, and Board documents.

· Keep current on philanthropic trends and advise organizational leadership.

· Provide oversight to membership recruitment efforts and list management, while leading on membership tracking and retention.

· Maintain an existing network of contacts who can enhance the work of NCAI and help the organization achieve its vision and mission.

· Sustain a travel schedule, accounting for approximately 25% of overall time.

· Additional duties as assigned.


· Bachelor’s degree required.

· 10+ years of extensive leadership experience in some or all of the following areas: sponsorship management and activation, fundraising, business development, grant funding, individual and corporate donor relations.

· Knowledge of and experience working with tribes and/or national Native and civil rights non-profit organizations.

· Experience and ability managing budgets and financial operations.

· Proven success executing fundraising strategies to identify, secure, and maintain new sources of funding working with trustees, grantors, and individual donors.

· Strong organizational, leadership, management and multitasking skills, with the ability to work effectively under pressure and to engage diverse constituencies.

· Foundation relationships with a strong grant development and grant writing experience.

· Strong research and analysis skills.

· Excellent written and verbal communication and interpersonal skills.

· Excellent planning, organization, and time management skills.

This is a salaried position that offers competitive salary and benefits (including health benefits, 401(k) plan, vacation time, etc.). Salary to be determined based on experience.

CLOSING DATE: Open until filled.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Applicants should send their resume, a brief writing sample, three references, and a cover letter by email to