Associate – Advancement & Communications

Website First Peoples Fund


First Peoples Fund (FPF) is a national non-profit organization founded in 1995. Its mission is to honor and support the Collective Spirit® of First Peoples artists and culture bearers. Collective Spirit® is that which manifests a self-awareness and sense of responsibility to sustain the cultural fabric of a community. Collective Spirit moves each of us to stand up and make a difference, to pass on ancestral knowledge and simply extend a hand of generosity. First Peoples Fund recognizes the power of art and culture to bring about positive change in Native communities, beginning with individual artists and their families.

Through grants and awards, FPF provides Native artists, culture bearers, and cultural practitioners with monetary support, networks, financial services and training to flourish as entrepreneurs and community leaders. Through community and youth development programs, First Peoples Fund supports the work of artists and culture bearers to teach cultural and entrepreneurial practices, deepen artistic and cultural identity and increase their access to financial resources. All of our programs include the training and mentorship our partners need to be successful.

The Associate – Advancement and Communication reports to the Associate Director of Development and is responsible for the administrative and operation aspects of the department’s activities, playing an important role by providing administrative, project coordination and systems support to the Advancement & Communications team.

Pay: This is a full time exempt/salary position. The pay range is $42000 to $60000. Pay may vary depending on your location, skills, and experience.

Location/Travel Requirements: This position may be based out of our Rapid City, SD office if in the area or remote. Occasional travel will be required for this position and the candidate must have a valid driver’s license to do so.

Please note that this position is open to candidates in the following time zones: Mountain Time, Central Time, Eastern Time, and Pacific Time only.

Pre-screen: Upon offer, employees will be required to complete and pass a background check.


Development (fundraising)

  • Inputs data into the donor database, including manual gift entries, relationship management updates.
  • Maintains the accuracy and integrity of the database and donor processing system by ensuring that all contacts, donations, pledges and activities are properly recorded.
  • Works with colleagues to ensure accurate and timely gift acknowledgements (auto generated, written correspondence, phone calls).
  • Reconciles donations with the Finance Department monthly.
  • Pulls lists and reports from the donor database. Take necessary measures to ensure data hygiene.
  • Tracks donor and funder permissions regarding making contributions/grants public; documents protocols and processes for publicizing.
  • Responds to donor inquiries in a timely manner, consulting with Development staff as needed.
  • Collaborates with the team to devise solicitation strategies and execute plans for campaigns delivered via email, direct mail and social media. Coordinates production of materials and mailings.
  • Generates fundraising reports and dashboards.
  • Supports the initial documentation and processing of grant awards, deliverables and publicity permissions.
  • Provides support to the Associate Director in relation to the quarterly grants management meetings with Finance and Programs. This includes taking notes.
  • Conducts preliminary research on prospective corporate, foundation, tribal and individual funders/donors.
  • Assists with the compilation and creation of fundraising materials.
  • Assists with the planning, coordination and execution of Advancement & Communications events (in-person and virtual).
  • Updates and documents all processes and protocols in the Development and Associate’s manual.

Administrative Support

  • Provides administrative and analytical support to the Advancement & Communications team: Vice President, Associate Director, Associate Director of Communications, Associate Director of Evaluation & Research,  Grant Writer (contractor), Social & Digital Media Coordinator (contractor), Graphic Designer (contractor)  and Collective Spirit Writer (contractor). Receives work assignments from the Associate Director and VPAC.
  • Provides the A&C team with project management and tracking support.
  • Maintains and monitors the general Advancement & Communications email account(s) daily and responds to inquiries in a timely manner.
  • Assists with the preparation of documents, presentations, talking points, background and briefing materials and email communications. Creates and/or revises PowerPoint presentation decks.
  • Edits and proofreads documents for grammar, spelling, syntax, punctuation and formatting while preserving style and voice.
  • Support the tracking of Advancement & Communications budget and expenses.
  • Attends meetings associated with Advancement & Communications, takes notes/minutes as requested.
  • Synthesizes and tracks action items.
  • Observes and assesses A&C workflows and procedures. Recommends, plans and implements improved approaches.
  • Research new platforms and tools that we may consider adopting. Monitors trends and best practices.
  • Suggests new ways of doing things to streamline our work and optimize our impact.
  • Maintains mailing lists, databases and communications files.
  • Works with Advancement & Communications contractors and external partners, as needed.


Specific responsibilities, but not limited to, include the following:

  • Participates in strategic planning, budget and proposal development and other organizational activities.
  • Responsible for regular reporting requirements as requested or required by the organization.
  • Assists with organizing program and project meetings, workshops, conferences and special events to advance organizational goals.
  • Adheres to all FPF Policies.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree in Communications, Journalism, Creative Writing or a related field.


  • At least 1-2 years administrative or internship experience with a non-profit and/or Native organization.
  • Demonstrated history and experience with general office procedures, standard office systems and professional office culture and norms.
  • A positive, can-do attitude, willingness and desire to learn, and ability to work as part of a busy, high-performance team.
  • Highly organized, efficient, and attentive to detail, with excellent follow-up and follow through skills.
  • Tact, diplomacy and excellent interpersonal skills. Must be able to communicate effectively with a diverse range of stakeholders. Ability to develop, build and foster positive working relationships.
  • Ability to communicate appropriate information and provide deliverables to other departments in a timely and effective manner.
  • Demonstrated time management and organizational skills to complete assignments in the context of fluctuating & competing workloads, shifting deadlines and stakeholder priorities. Accountable and consistent.
  • Demonstrated resourcefulness and problem-solving skills. Systems and process thinker.
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively with the ability to take direction.
  • Strong writing and proofreading skills. Familiar with Associated Press (AP) style. Demonstrated experience drafting and editing content to effectively communicate to a variety of audiences.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite (namely Word, Excel, PowerPoint), Google Suite.
    Consistently maintains high ethical and confidentiality standards.
  • A sensitivity to the sometimes confidential nature of the department’s work and a commitment to maintaining donors’, funders’ and beneficiaries’ confidentiality as requested.
  • Ability to work occasional evenings and weekends.
  • No extraordinary physical requirements. The job involves normal physical requirements for an administrative position.


  • Broad knowledge of tribal communities and cultures, and an understanding and awareness of the Native arts and culture field.
  • Project management and/or events coordination experience.
  • Experience with Classy, or other similar online donor platforms; Salesforce or other similar customer relationship management systems; Mailchimp or similar email marketing platform; Webflow, WordPress or other content management systems; project management software.
  • Basic layout skills to create simple collateral. Demonstrated experience using common graphic design platforms such as Canva, Adobe Suite (Photoshop, Illustrator or InDesign).

First Peoples Fund is an eligible employer for Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF). Visit for more information if this applies to you.

First Peoples Fund is proud to offer the following benefits:

  • Health, Dental, and Vision are provided to full time employees effective the 1st of the month after hire. These benefits are provided at no cost to the employee. Family coverage is available for cost.
  • Sick Leave: 48 hours – available at date of hire and can use as earned
  • 11 Paid Holidays with 1 Personal Culturally Significant Day
  • Voluntary Benefits: Aflac benefits through payroll deductionsShort-Term Disability Insurance
    Cancer Coverage
    Hospital Coverage
    Accident Coverage
    Whole or Term Life Insurance
    Critical Illness Coverage

After 180 day Introductory Period

  • Annual Leave: 70 hours for first year of employment
  • 401(k) with company match

First Peoples Fund does not sponsor applicants for work visas. All applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States.

First Peoples Fund participates in E-Verify and will provide the federal government with your Form I-9 information to confirm that you are authorized to work in the U.S. First Peoples Fund will only use E-Verify once you have accepted a job offer and completed the Form I-9.

First Peoples Fund is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to providing equal employment opportunities to all applicants and employees regardless of race, color, religion, gender, age, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, disability, status as a covered veteran, or other military status.

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