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Western Native Voice (WNV) is a non-profit grassroots organization formed in 2011. We are committed to inspiring Native leadership so our communities flourish through civic engagement, leadership development, and public policy advocacy. We work on all seven tribal nations in Montana, and Billings, Missoula, and Great Falls. We strive to promote social, racial, gender, economic, and environmental justice to preserve our land, water, culture, and way of life for future generations.


Idaho Program Manager

Application is open until filled.

Western Native Voice (WNV) is a non-profit grassroots organization formed in 2011. We are committed to inspiring Native leadership so our communities flourish and to providing the information and tools necessary to give citizens an influential voice in decisions that affect their lives. We strive to protect the voting rights of Native American tribes and individuals through leadership development, education, advocacy, and engagement to promote social, racial, gender, economic, and environmental justice to preserve our land, culture, and way of life for the future generations. All WNV contractors are expected to adhere to this mission.

Staff Role Within the Organization

The development of the leadership potential of Native Americans is critical to our success. WNV staff work focuses on improving our members’ ability to participate in the organization and affect change in their community. The Board of Directors directs the organization. The staff receives direction from the Executive Director and Deputy Executive Director, who assigns the tasks necessary to carry out the Board’s directives.

Job Summary

While each contractor at Western Native Voice has individual work assignments, the entire staff works together to accomplish the goals set in the strategic plan. The position is supervised by Western Native Voice’s Executive Director and/or Deputy Executive Director. The Idaho Program Manager will work independently and is given a high level of responsibility and discretion in their work assignments. The Idaho Program Manager must use their independent judgment to develop collective, collaborative, coherent strategies to achieve the organization’s goals set by the Executive Director and Board of Directors. The Idaho Program Manager contract position is 40 hours a week conducted, virtually or in-person, and is paid $4,000 monthly or $2000 bi-weekly.

Specific Responsibilities

The Idaho Program Manager supervises and directs the Community Organizer(s) activities and other temporary staff in Idaho.

Duties include:

  • Represent WNV in partnerships, coalition/table activities, and the many other external relationships WNV has developed.
  • Organize and conduct strategic community outreach and engagement events designed to promote the organization and its goals to our target population.
  • Promotes activities and services through various forms of media, ensuring they are a part of every project.
  • Supervises, directs, and conducts research on civic engagement patterns and behaviors of our targeted population.
  • Conduct ongoing membership recruitment.
  • Performing administrative tasks and duties necessary for the implementation of projects and programs.
  • Perform field operation tasks including but not limited to tabling, canvassing, registering voters, educating citizens, and conducting GOTV activities and other methods of reaching our targeted population.
  • Build relationships with small-business owners, community-based organizations, and other learning institutions as needed.
  • Collect and record data about our interactions and experiences in the communities.
  • Leadership development – constantly working to develop the skills and capacity of our members through formal and informal development work. We work to encourage participation and a sense of ownership among community members.
  • Any other duties assigned.

The Idaho Program Manager is responsible for implementing the appropriate portions of Western Native Voice’s operating policies.

Duties include:

  • ensuring that all field programs have written plans, which include organization-building components (e.g., membership development plan, leadership development plan, media plan) and a budget and fundraising plan;
  • ensuring resource allocation can occur assisting with the cultivation, training, and development of member leaders;
  • ensuring community relationships are active and growing,
    encouraging members to attempt new activities that will expand their skills and knowledge;
  • ensuring that voter education opportunities are incorporated into all outreach activities.

The Idaho Program Manager will be assigned to one or more staff teams and maybe 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 member of the Staff Management Team, keeping the Executive Director informed of progress, problems and potential solutions, and other issues involving membership, affiliates, issue campaigns, and personnel;
  • and, as a member of the Staff Management Team, assisting the Executive Director with strategizing and managing for the smooth functioning and success of Western Native Voice.

The Idaho Program Manager, like all other staff, is responsible for performing the administrative tasks necessary to accomplish their job.

This includes, but is not limited to:

  • filling out timesheets and other office paperwork, as appropriate;
  • writing newsletters and media articles (on subjects relevant to the position);
    helping with mailings;
  • leading membership recruitment;
  • participating in and assisting with training(s) for staff, member leaders, and other members for their leadership development;
  • ensuring that the Western Native Voice membership database is kept up-to-date by providing prospect and member information;
  • taking on additional assignments when other staff persons are absent and as requested;
  • Inputting data into WNV platforms.

Necessary Qualifications

  • The Idaho Program Manager must be familiar with and committed to grassroots organizing, recognizing the role of staff in each program.
  • Familiarity with and commitment to organizing and the empowerment of local people through participation in the political process.
  • Must have leadership and supervisory skills and be able to work without direct supervision.
  • Must be able to think creatively, strategically, and practically.
  • Must be organized, able to work on many varied issues and tasks at one time, able to delegate responsibilities, willing to assume a background role with members taking the public role, and have excellent people skills.
  • Strong interpersonal communication skills.
  • Ability to work in a team management environment.
  • Familiarity with and working knowledge of personal computers and software, especially voter files and databases.
  • Ability to travel with regular overnight stays. The position may involve travel, both daylong and overnight trips, around the state of Idaho.
  • 1-3 years of supervisory experience.
  • 1-3 Program management experience
  • Associates Degree and/or Bachelor’s Degree.

To Apply

Applications should include a resume, a writing sample, and three references. You can also send applications via email to Ronnie Jo, Executive Director, at rhorse@westernnativevoice.org. Phone inquiries are encouraged. Applications will remain open until the position is filled. WNV is an equal opportunity employer.


Nez Perce Community Organizer

Application is open until filled.

Western Native Voice (WNV) is a non-profit grassroots organization formed in 2011. We are committed to inspiring Native leadership so our communities flourish and to providing the information and tools necessary to give citizens an influential voice in decisions that affect their lives. We strive to protect the voting rights of Native American tribes and individuals through leadership development, education, advocacy, and engagement to promote social, racial, gender, economic, and environmental justice to preserve our land, culture, and way of life for the future generations. All WNV contractors are expected to adhere to this mission.

Staff Role Within the Organization

The development of the leadership potential of Native Americans is critical to our success. WNV staff work focuses on improving our members’ ability to participate in the organization and affect change in their community. The Board of Directors directs the organization. The staff receives direction from the Executive Director and Deputy Executive Director, who assigns the tasks necessary to carry out the Board’s directives.

Job Summary

While each contractor at Western Native Voice has individual work assignments, the entire staff works together to accomplish the goals set in the strategic plan. The contract position will be supervised by Western Native Voice’s Executive Director and/or Deputy Executive Director. The Idaho Community Organizer(s)often works independently and are given a high level of responsibility and discretion in their work assignments. They must use their independent judgment to develop collective, collaborative, coherent strategies to achieve the organization’s goals set by the Executive Director and Board of Directors. The Idaho Community Organizer(s) position is a contract position that is 30 hours per week and conducted, virtually or in-person, depending on the regulations and policies of the Tribal Nation the Community Organizer is serving. The Community Organizer contract position is paid $2,400 monthly or $1200 bi-weekly.

Responsibilities/ work plan

  • Work with Supervisor to establish Monthly and Weekly work plans.
  • The document established relationships in provided Google documents.
  • Maintain frequent communication with the staff team.
  • Prepare progress reports as needed.
  • Establish and maintain relationships with WNV allies doing civic engagement, voter engagement, census, and redistricting outreach work.
  • Network and build relationships with the community and community leaders.
  • Set up and recruit local volunteers for community meetings, house meetings, and other community activities.
  • Educate and engage community members for the 2030 census.
    Educate and engage Native voters for boards, commissions, and elections.
  • Schedule and attend outreach events, including setting up and working tables at events such as powwows, tribal college events, or other community engagements.
  • Organize and conduct outreach events in neighborhoods.
  • Research county-level races to help give intel into direct voter contact strategies.
  • Maintain frequent communication with the Billings-based team.
    Prepare progress reports as needed.
  • Input data in the WNV platform for tracking.
  • Assist with other duties as assigned.

Qualifications and Requirements

  • Familiarity with and commitment to organizing and the empowerment of local people through participation in the political process.
  • Strong interpersonal communication skills.
  • Able to work productively both independently and with a team.
  • Available for travel overnight, statewide up to 7 nights at one time, and work on weekends.
  • Reliable vehicle with drivers license and insurance.
  • Basic skills in the use of computers, social media, and smartphone technologies.
  • Must be reachable by both email and phone.
  • A heartfelt commitment to improving Native American communities in Idaho.

To Apply

Complete this application. All applications should include a resume, a writing sample, and three references. You can also send applications via email to Ronnie Jo, Executive Director, at rhorse@westernnativevoice.org. Phone inquiries are encouraged. Applications will remain open until the position is filled. WNV is an equal opportunity employer.