The California Native Vote Project (CNVP) is the first-of-its-kind statewide effort to engage Native American voters and community members to build political power through an integrated voter engagement strategy. Since our founding in 2016, CNVP’s work has expanded into community and youth organizing, census policy advocacy and outreach, other issue-based advocacy, leadership development and base building.
CNVP’s ultimate vision is to achieve justice for Native American peoples in the state of California by increasing Native communities’ political participation and influence. CVNP is an alliance of grassroots leaders, spanning urban, rural, and suburban counties across the state, and Natives living on reservations and rancherias. We engage, educate, and organize Native American voters to make California’s electorate reflect Native peoples. To that end, we seek to build capacity around integrated voter engagement approaches and join the state’s progressive voter engagement infrastructure – where Native peoples have been absent too long.
CNVP’s Deputy Director (Deputy) is a new leadership position created at a pivotal moment in the organization’s growth and responsible for ensuring that the organization has the internal leadership, systems, and culture in place to support its mission. Reporting to the Executive Director, the Deputy will be responsible for ensuring CNVP’s operational and financial stability, managing the organization’s programs and staff, and overseeing the growth and quality of effective programs across the state of California.
Overseeing and directing the operations and administration of a $1.5M nonprofit with a geographically dispersed staff the Deputy will possess strong operational and financial acumen, enabling them to serve as an effective organizational leader and coach to the team. The Deputy will also serve as a steward of CNVP’s values and culture – investing in CNVP’s staff and supporting staff morale, accountability, and communication across the organization.
The ideal candidate is an entrepreneurial leader with a proven ability to manage a growing organization, demonstrated success overseeing and developing quality programs, and an eye for the continuous improvement of organizational teams, systems, and processes. They will have a deep commitment to serving Native American communities and established credibility with Tribes and Native organizations. Finally, the ideal candidate will have a passion for inspiring, developing, and empowering teams.
- Support short term and long-term strategic and organizational planning, collaborating with the Executive Director, staff, Advisory Board, and partners to set clearly defined goals and prioritize resources to achieve them
- Refine organizational systems and structures to promote cross-team collaboration, communication, and maintain efficiencies across the organization
- Ensure effective communication of priority issues and projects, including overseeing the production of regular staff meetings, and promoting organizational learning
Team Leadership and Culture:
- Provide overall direction, supervision, coaching, and mentoring to the CNVP team; carry out initiatives on best practices in organizational management, performance management, and leadership development
- Promote a culture of excellence, teamwork, inclusiveness, and accountability; build leadership practices that support the recruitment, development, engagement, and retention of a talented team
- Lead, model, and embed diversity, equity, and inclusion across all areas of CNVP
- Oversee the management and build-out of all CNVP’s programs, including but not limited to community organizing; voter education, engagement, and protections; leadership development; research; policy; and communications
- Oversee a data strategy to track and analyze key metrics across the organization, improving the systems and processes for each department through analysis and collaboration
Operations and Financial Management:
- Responsible for the successful execution of CNVP’s day-to-day operations, including hiring and retention of competent staff, establishing administrative policies and procedures across the organization
- Responsible for planning, operation, and oversight of annual budget, ensuring effective strategic financial decision-making and management, reporting, and compliance that operates within the approved budget, ensures maximum resource utilization, and maintenance of the organization in a positive financial position
- Review, approve, and manage contracts and agreements in alignment with the policies of CNVP’s fiscal sponsor, Community Partners
- Experience working with Native American communities and Tribal organizations, and a demonstrated commitment to and passion for the mission, vision, and values of CNVP
- Proven success in a senior leadership role with a demonstrated ability to manage the strategic, financial, human capital, and operational needs of a growing nonprofit organization
- Demonstrated experience and knowledge of nonprofit management and best practices
- Confidence and capability to adapt and lead in a fast-paced, changing environment while also navigating ambiguity and change
- A strategic, analytical, and tactical thinker, with a demonstrated capacity to successfully problem solve, plan, and facilitate growth in a complex environment
- Proven ability to attract, retain, and inspire talented staff and build a high-performing team
- A results-oriented leader who motivates and inspires confidence, sets clear expectations, and provides constructive feedback
- Superb interpersonal skills, collaborative management style, and cross-cultural competencies
- Unwavering commitment to quality programs and data-driven program evaluation
- Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written, and impeccable editing skills
- Demonstrated ability to get results; think strategically, proactively, and creatively
- A demonstrated commitment to highly professional, ethical standards, sound judgment, and a diverse workplace
- Experience in social justice environments, including community organizing