Senior Program Officer Position Available At First Nations

First Nations Development Institute (First Nations) has an opening for a Senior Program Officer. The application deadline is Nov. 3, 2014.

The position’s primary responsibility is to provide oversight and implementation of First Nations’ projects that may include, but are not limited to, designing evaluation plans, developing work plans, organizing and planning convenings and meetings, drafting grant reports, working with grantees under a variety of grant programs, providing and conducting technical assistance to First Nations grantees, managing project consultants, overseeing project financials, and monitoring incoming progress reports.

The Senior Program Officer may work in close collaboration other First Nations Senior Program Officers, the finance department to ensure accurate accounting for grant-related income and expenditures, and First Nations’ Development staff.


  • Works with other Senior Program Officers to implement and coordinate training and technical assistance by phone, through site visits, at conferences and through on-site and off-site trainings and workshops.
  • Works with the First Nations’ Grantmaking Officer in monitoring subgrant-funded projects to ensure proper grant reporting and compliance.
  • Coordinates and manages consultants/field staff working under the grant.
  • Acts as the project’s main liaison with the accounting department to ensure smooth operations between the subgrantees and First Nations.
  • Coordinates convenings, annual conferences, and site visits as necessary.
  • Oversees and manage projects to include evaluation, monitoring and reporting.
  • Development and delivery of training curriculum.


  • Bachelor’s Degree required; Master’s degree preferred.
  • Minimum of three years of relevant experience required (e.g. experience in a nonprofit organization and/or as a grantmaker/grantseeker).
  • Knowledge of nonprofit organizations and practices.
  • Travel required.
  • Experience in training and/or adult education desirable.
  • Knowledge of and/or familiarity with the historical and contemporary legal development and workings/status of tribal nations highly desirable.
  • Demonstrated experience working with diverse cultures and specific experience with American Indian communities and culture desired.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills required.
  • Competent self-starter who will take initiative and work independently.
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication and organizational skills.
  • Strong administrative ability and attention to detail required.
  • Ability to organize and meet deadlines for a wide variety of job assignments simultaneously, with minimum supervision.
  • Strong computer skills, including but not limited to MS Office, Excel and PowerPoint.
  • Positive attitude, good people skills and the ability to work closely with people at all levels of experience and proficiency required.

SALARY RANGE: $59,000 to $65,000


  • Employer-matched 403(b) retirement plan
  • Employer health insurance contribution
  • Health benefits package
  • Paid time off
  • Holidays

Provide a cover letter, resume and three references by email to or mail to:
Attn: Jackie Francke, Director of Programs & Administration
First Nations Development Institute
2432 Main St., 2nd Floor
Longmont, CO 80501

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS: November 3, 2014, at 5 p.m. Mountain Time

40 Hour Sexual Assault Tribal Advocate Training

40-Hour Sexual Assault Tribal Advocate Training
Monday, September 22, 2014 8:00 AM until Friday, September 26, 2014 1:00 PM

Red Wind is pleased to announce the Sexual Assault Tribal Advocacy Institute providing 40 hours of training to build the critical framework for Tribal Sexual Assault Advocates to effectively and appropriately respond to sexual assault survivors in their communities.

This training will prepare tribal advocates for seeking sexual assault advocacy certification and is the only training of its kind that includes relevant information that addresses tribal and federal responses. Topics will include:
• Historical Context for Sexual Violence Against Native Women
• Overview of Sexual Assault Sexual Assault Advocacy
• Special Populations
• Challenging Issues
• Safety Planning with Sexual Assault Victims
• Federal Protections
• Tribal Sexual Assault Response
• Victim Rights and Remedies
• Tribal/Community Resources
• Compassion Fatigue and Self-Care

Registration price: $625 — includes two working lunches

Registration is not confirmed until payment is received. You will receive a confirmation email at that time. The email will contain an agenda with meeting start and end times, logistical information and details about the area to assist you with your travels to Colorado Springs.

Lodging:  Drury Inn Pikes Peak is holding a room block for participants at a rate of $74.99 per night for single occupancy and double occupancy. Each participant is responsible for making their own lodging arrangements. Please make reservations before SEPTEMBER 15, 2014 and request the Group Number 2215406 to receive the reduced rate. The Drury Inn provides a complementary hot breakfast each morning to guests.

Any questions, you can contact our office at 866-599-9650 or

*Red Wind is seeking OVW approval for this training, however, it has not been OVW approved at this time. To ensure your ability to use your OVW funds for this training, you will need to seek approval from your Grant Specialist until further notice.

14th National Indian Nations Conference: Justice for Victims of Crime

14th National Indian Nations Conference: Justice for Victims of Crime
“Generational Voices Uniting for Safety, Justice, and Healing”

Now Accepting Scholarship Applications
Application Deadline: September 30, 2014
Conference Website:

A limited number of scholarships to attend the 14th National Indian Nations Conference are available to tribal representatives, service providers and victims of crime in Indian Country who would be unable to attend the conference without financial assistance.  Click here to submit a scholarship application.

Who Should Apply?
Priority will be given to the following work categories:
• Tribal Leader/Official
• Victims of Crime
• Victim Advocates
• Tribal Multi-Disciplinary Teams
• Service Providers
• Tribal Law Enforcement
• Tribal Court Personnel
• Tribal Youth
• Tribal Elders

A scholarship review committee will review and score your application based on the criteria listed on the webpage. Scholarships will be awarded to the top scoring applications.  Please check into the possibility of using other federal grant funds prior to submitting a scholarship application.

Questions?  Contact:
Tribal Law and Policy Institute
8235 Santa Monica Blvd., Suite 211
West Hollywood, CA 90046

P: 323-650-5467 ~ F: 323-650-8149


Tips for Designing Accessible Events Now Available

The Center on Victimization and Safety at the Vera Institute of Justice released the Designing Accessible Events Tip Sheet Series to help organizations plan events that are accessible to people with disabilities and Deaf individuals. The series contains tip sheets on key aspects of event planning from budgeting to registration to meeting set-up. Each tip sheet provides user-friendly information on access considerations, practical tips to maximize access, and resources for more information. Current titles include Designing Registration with Access in Mind and Budgeting for Access.

Government to Government Violence Against Women Tribal Consultation

The U.S. Department of Justice, Government-to-Government Violence Against Women Tribal Consultation is scheduled for Wednesday, October 15, 2014 in Rapid City, South Dakota.

The purpose of this one-day event is to solicit recommendations from tribal leaders on the following three topics:

  • Enhancing the safety of American Indian and Alaska Native women from domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, stalking, and sex trafficking
  • Strengthening the Federal response to the crimes of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking
  • Administering grant funds appropriated for tribal governments and programs created to benefit tribal governments by the original Violence Against Women Act and subsequent legislation

To register, please go to

New Item Available For Download

Culture Card: A Guide to Build Cultural Awareness of American Indian and Alaska Natives provides basic information for Federal disaster responders and other service providers who may provide or coordinate services in American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) communities.  This guide is intended to serve as a general briefing to enhance cultural competence while providing services.

While this item is available through our website, the document can be ordered from SAMHSA by calling 1-877-726-4727 and asking for Publication Number 08-4354.

OJJDP Announces New Funding Opportunity

OJJDP has announced several fiscal year 2014 funding opportunities, including one of special interest to tribal applicants.

Youth With Sexual Behavior Problems Program. This program will fund agencies that utilize a comprehensive, multidisciplinary approach to providing intervention and supervision services for youth with sexual behavior problems and treatment services for their child victims and families. Applications are due by July 17, 2014.

Please note that there is special category under the Youth with Sexual Behavior Problems Program grant for Tribal Project Sites. Eligible applicants are limited to federally recognized tribal governments, (as determined by the Secretary of the Interior) and tribal nonprofit and for-profit organizations.

To learn more, please visit

Family Violence Prevention and Services Act (FBPSA) Tribal Funding Applications Available

This announcement governs the proposed award of formula grants under the Family Violence Prevention and Services Act (FVPSA) to Native American Tribes (including Alaska Native Villages) and Tribal organizations. The purpose of these grants is to assist Tribes in efforts to increase public awareness about, and primary and secondary prevention of family violence, domestic violence, and dating violence and to provide immediate shelter and supportive services for victims of family violence, domestic violence, or dating violence, and their dependents. This announcement sets forth the application requirements, the application process, and other administrative and fiscal requirements for grants in Fiscal Year 2014. Grantees are to be mindful that although the expenditure period for grants is a two-year period, an application is required each year to provide continuity in the provision of services.

Deadline is June 30, 2014.  A copy of the RFP can be found at  For more information or if you have any questions, please contact Shena Williams at