Employment

We are looking for energetic, motivated individuals to join our team!

Established in 2022, Western Native Voice, Inc. is a domestic Montana Nonprofit Corporation and social welfare nonprofit under Section 501(c)(4) under the Internal Revenue Code. Western Native Voice works to nurture and empower new native leaders and impact policies affecting Native Americans through community organizing, education, leadership, and advocacy. We are engaged on all seven Montana Indian reservations and engaged in major Montana urban centers because approximately half of Montana’s native population lives off the reservation.

Director of Governmental and Political Relations

Western Native Voice Inc. (WNV) is a non-profit organization under Section 501(c)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code, formed in July  2022.  We are committed to inspiring Native leadership, so our communities flourish.  We provide the information and tools necessary to empower citizens to have a voice and an impact on the decisions affecting their lives.  We strive to protect the rights of Native American tribes and individuals through leadership development, education, advocacy, and civic engagement to promote social, racial, gender, economic, and environmental justice to preserve our land, culture, and way of life for future generations.  All WNV employees are expected to adhere to this mission.

Staff Role Within the Organization

The Board of Directors hires the Executive Director and oversees the organization, including approving budgets and annual operation plans.  The staff are under the overall direction of the Executive Director, who assigns the tasks necessary to carry out organizational goals, programs, and work plans.

Job Summary

The Director of Governmental and Political Relations is responsible for overall government affairs, lobbying, and public policy activities of the organization. This includes directing the effort to plan, develop and carry out the organization’s policy, legislative, and lobbying programs at the federal, state, and local levels, including overseeing field and other staff as necessary. 

Director of Governmental and Political Relations is a full-time salaried exempt position.  The Director of Governmental and Political Relations plays a leadership role in developing collective, collaborative, coherent strategies to achieve the organization’s goals. The Director of Governmental and Political Relations is a Western Native Voice’s Staff Management Team member, assisting the Executive Director in strategizing, problem-solving, and allocating resources to accomplish the goals the Board of Directors set. The Executive Director supervises the Director of Governmental and Political Relations.

While each employee at Western Native Voice has individual work assignments, the entire staff works together as a team to accomplish the goals set in the strategic plan.  The Director of Governmental and Political Relations is key to the success of Western Native Voice because they represent the organization’s interests in matters involving federal, state, and local governments for WNV.  

Necessary Qualifications

The Director of Governmental and Political Relations must have the following: 

  • Leadership and supervisory skills and being able to work without direct supervision.
  •  A desire to work in a highly collaborative team environment.
  •  They must be able to think creatively, strategically, and practically. 
  • They must be organized, able to work on many varied issues and tasks at one time, and able to delegate responsibilities. 
  • Ability to analyze and articulate complex regulatory policy issues. 
  • Lobbying experience preferred
  • Quality management experience, including preparation of budgets and supervision of staff
  • Demonstrated successfully integrating policy advocacy and lobbying with direct voter engagement and communications. 
  • Experience working with membership organizations and desire to engage members.
  • Experience managing high-level coalition relationships and strategic partnerships.
  • Deep attention to detail and excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Proven leadership skills and ability to manage collaborative teams working on complex, time-sensitive, and detail-oriented projects. 
  • Experience contributing to healthy teams that allow each team member to contribute to their fullest and thrive.
  • Commitment to WNV’s mission and goals. 
  • Bachelor’s degree in Political Science or related field and/or four years of effective nonprofit or governmental service at the Tribal, Federal, and/or State level, legislative advocacy, and/or political campaigns
  • Required to live in Montana at a location agreeable to the employee and the Executive Director
  • Able to live in Helena, MT, for the legislative session (January- April). 

Specific Duties/ Responsibilities

The Director of Governmental and Political Relations is responsible for the following:

  • Oversees all aspects of WNV’s state and federal lobbying efforts as well as federal and state policy work.
  • Work with senior leadership to develop WNV’s near and long-term strategies to use governmental levers to achieve policy goals.
  • Build and leverage strong strategic relationships at the federal and state levels, and direct team members in doing the same; represent WNV with policy-makers and their staff, as well as the staff and leadership of government agencies and departments.
  • Develop and implement strategies to advance the WNV policy agenda at the federal and state level and defend against adverse legislation and executive actions
  • Continually monitor and assess policy and political landscape
  • Identify opportunities to push priority legislation at the state level, with an understanding that state trends are national trends. 
  • Design and manage all aspects of the overall legislative programs and activities of WNV, including managing budgets, evaluating effectiveness, and setting overall goals with plans, targets, and timelines. 
  • Assist in representing WNV at legislative and policy tables and coalitions
  • Manage, supervise, develop and evaluate staff
  • Work cross-departmentally to develop campaigns that lead to policy outcomes that improve the lives of Native Americans across Montana and elsewhere. 
  • Closely coordinate with the team on elected political outreach and endorsement conversations.
  • Coordinate with the organizing, campaigns, and political teams to support effective legislative advocacy campaigns.
  • Work with the Executive Director and/or Deputy Executive Director to showcase WNV’s governmental strategies with donors and provide material for donor proposals and reports.
  • Work with the communications team to increase visibility for WNV’s governmental relations work and priorities, including talking to the press as needed and establishing a legislative communications plan to ensure unified messaging efforts.
  • Assist in representing WNV in high-level speaking engagements and prepare others to do so as well.
  • Occasional travel to work with partner organizations, allies, and coalitions. 

The Director of Governmental and Political Relations may be assigned to one or more staff teams and may be designated the leader of one or more staff teams.

Duties include:

  • Participating in staff team meetings and collaborating with other staff to develop and implement plans; 
  • if designated the team leader, convening meetings and ensuring that an implementation plan is developed and then following up with fellow staff members to ensure that the assigned tasks are completed; 
  • as a team leader, keeping the Executive Director informed of progress, problems and potential solutions, and other issues involving membership and personnel; and 
  • as a team leader, assisting the Executive Director with strategizing and managing the smooth functioning and success of Western Native Voice.

Like all other staff, the Director of Governmental and Political Relations is responsible for performing the administrative tasks necessary to accomplish the job. 

This includes, but is not limited to:

  • filling out monthly time sheets and other office paperwork, as appropriate (e.g., requests for leave, sick leave, reimbursements);
  • writing newsletters and media articles (on subjects appropriate to the position);
  • helping with mailings;
  • helping with membership recruitment;
  • participating in and assisting with training for staff, member leaders, and other members for their leadership development;
  • attending staff meetings, Board meetings, and other meetings and events as requested; and
  • taking on additional assignments when other staff persons are absent and as requested.

Salary and Benefits

 $60,000- $80 ,000 D.O.E

  • Health & Dental Insurance
  • Sick leave (no waiting period)
  • Annual leave (no waiting period)
  • Ceremonial leave (no waiting period)
  • Parental leave (no waiting period)
  • Cell phone stipend up to $75/month
  • Pension eligibility after one year  

To Apply

Applications must include a resume, a writing sample (1 to 3 pages in length), and three professional references.  Please send applications via email to info@westernnativevoice.org. Phone inquiries are encouraged at (406) 869-1938. Applications will remain open until the position is filled. WNV is an equal opportunity employer. 

Web and Social Media Manager

Western Native Voice (WNV) is a non-profit organization under Section 501(c)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code, formed in July  2022.  We are committed to inspiring Native leadership, so our communities flourish.  We provide the information and tools necessary to empower citizens to have a voice and an impact on the decisions affecting their lives.  We strive to protect the rights of Native American tribes and individuals through leadership development, education, advocacy, and civic engagement to promote social, racial, gender, economic, and environmental justice to preserve our land, culture, and way of life for future generations.  All WNV employees are expected to adhere to this mission.

The WNV Web and Social Media Manager is primarily responsible for managing the functionality and content of the website and social media sites to engage, build and improve relationships with internal and external stakeholders and harness all social media to further the organization’s goals. The  Web and Social Media Manager reports to the Communications Director. The Web and Social Media Manager position is a professional full-time, hourly, non-exempt position under the WNV personnel policies located in the WNV office in Billings, MT.

Major Responsibilities

  • The direction of social media: monitoring, executing, filtering, and measuring the social media presence of WNV. 
  • Strategies: development of web and social media strategies 
  • Research: identification of revenue opportunities, customer relations
  • Public Relations: reputation management
  • Files: A central files system or database to accommodate storage/retrieval of documents; and orderly retirement and/or destruction of records.
  • Data Entry & Management: Data entry and management responsibilities include, but are not limited to, membership, donors, and online voter registration
  • Fundraising:  create ad campaigns for fundraising on various platforms.
  • Contractors:  work with various contractors to complete projects. 
  • Content Calendar: gather and utilize a content calendar.
  • Participate:  as needed,
    •  in the WNV team activities and training.
    • In other WNV staff teams, as assigned.
    •  In local and statewide working groups of allies working in the elections and maintaining critical relationships with like-minded groups. 

Qualifications

  • The position is based in Billings and will work out of our headquarters. 
  • Knowledge of computers, data entry, software applications, including Excel, Word, Google platforms and Google Analytics, Canva, Adobe Suite, and Powerpoint, ability to learn new software applications such as EveryAction, Meltwater 
  •  2+ years experience or equivalent to a position with similar responsibilities described above. 
  •  Associate’s degree required.
  • Familiarity with and commitment to organizing and empowering local people through participation in the political process.
  • Strong interpersonal communication skills.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in persuasive writing and editing.
  • Ability to work in a team management environment.
  • Ability to travel on regular overnight stays (staff car, not a personal vehicle, is used).
  • Valid driver’s license and must be insurable.

Salary and Benefits

  •  $23.44- $25.24  DOE  
  • Health & Dental Insurance
  • Sick leave (no waiting period)
  • Annual leave (no waiting period)
  • Ceremonial leave (no waiting period)
  • Parental leave (no waiting period)
  • Cell phone stipend up to $75/month
  • Pension eligibility after one year  

To Apply

The application must include a resume and three professional references.  Please send applications via email. Phone inquiries are encouraged at (406) 869-1938. Applications will remain open until the position is filled.

Should you be selected for an interview, you will be given a media project to complete and bring to the interview. 

Applications can be sent to info@westernnativevoice.org. WNV is an equal opportunity employer.