Position Summary:

The director of events and training at the National Indian Child Welfare Association (NICWA) is responsible for ensuring that training activities, community-based trainings, annual conference, and other resources related to the health and well-being of Native children, families, and communities are made available to Native communities, programs, service providers, and advocates to enhance their helping skills and improve the lives of Native children. The director of events and training has overall responsibility for the management of internal and external organizational event and training activities.

Primary Responsibilities:

Responsible for the oversight, coordination, and planning of NICWA’s virtual and in-person training and educational opportunities

Plans and manages NICWA’s annual Protecting Our Children conference, the largest national conference on American Indian/Alaska Native child advocacy and child welfare practice

Oversight of annual conference budget, our largest unrestricted revenue generating event

Leads the annual conference planning team, including project management and partnership with the NICWA Program Team to offer the latest developments and best practices to our constituency

Supervises project/department staff by assisting with hiring and onboarding; setting clear performance expectations; providing appropriate feedback, coaching, and training; implementing organizational policies and procedures; preparing timely performance/introductory evaluations; and, if necessary, handling disciplinary actions

Essential Functions:

Directs the coordination of virtual and in-person training opportunities to continuously provide the best resources for service providers to provide effective services; explore new methodologies and vehicles to provide training effectively

Oversees, promotes, markets, and negotiates opportunities so that high quality, timely, culturally appropriate community-based trainings, technical assistance, and online courses are made available to Indian communities, programs, workers, and other agencies

In partnership with the Program Team, ensures the ongoing research and development of content to make all training current, relevant, and effective, including forecasting future issues and strategic planning of training and curriculum development; works to manage evaluation of training activities

Manages curriculum inventory and sales through oversight, management, and marketing of the NICWA online store

Provides sound budget and fiscal management of departmental resources, including budget development and monitoring

Negotiates hotel/facility site selection, supplier, and consultant contracts to NICWA’s best advantage

Acts as team leader of the annual Protecting Our Children conference planning team: selects appropriate team members, schedules regular team meetings, coordinates meeting records, manages volunteers, and handles team performance issues to make sure the workplan, timeline, and deliverables are met on or before deadline and that the team functions with a high level of organization and accomplishment

Coordinates the annual Protecting Our Children conference by interfacing with the Program Team for theme, workshop topics, and plenary presenters, ensuring that the conference content is culturally appropriate, relevant, state-of-the-art, and suitable for the intended audiences

Coordinates conference participation with local planning groups and recruits high-quality vendors and exhibitors for the annual conference exhibition hall, making sure that all available space is filled to capacity and that activities in the hall are arranged to promote exposure of exhibitors to conference participants

Develops professional, timely, and accurate conference/meeting print materials, such as board reports, calls for presentations, agenda, evaluation forms and reports for marketing purposes; negotiates production with design, print, and mail vendors; and ensures timely mailing to achieve maximum participation

Uses technology to enhance and improve trainings and meetings

Supervises project/department staff by assisting with hiring and onboarding; setting clear performance expectations; providing appropriate feedback, coaching, and training; implementing organizational policies and procedures; preparing timely performance/introductory evaluations; and, if necessary, handling disciplinary actions

Additional Responsibilities:

Perform other duties and assignments as directed.
Participate in NICWA activities and teams as required.


This position works under the direct supervision of deputy director.

This position provides supervisory responsibilities to the training manager and events and training project coordinator.

Core Competencies:

Models ethics, integrity, and accountability
Exercises sound judgement
Adheres to accuracy and quality standards
Contributes to NICWA’s learning community
Manages workload effectively
Manages adversity
Develops strategic perspectives
Displays professional effectiveness
Promotes NICWA’s mission, vision, philosophy, and goals
Builds organizational knowledge
Maintains constituent focus and builds constituent knowledge
Champions change
Builds relationships
Communicates effectively and powerfully
Fosters collaboration and teamwork
Inspires and motivates others to high performance
Abides by NICWA policies, procedures, and organizational structure
Supervisors are expected to:
Staff effectively, utilize talent, and empower staff
Foster a culture of continuous improvement by offering recognition and rewards


Bachelor’s degree in human services, social work, business administration, or related field required

Five to eight years relevant work experience related to the essential functions

Demonstrated experience in budget creation and management

Strong knowledge of Native culture and social service systems with demonstrated working experience with tribal organizations, tribal service systems, or tribal government structures

At least three years of general supervisory experience

Demonstrated knowledge, experience, and ability to manage projects, using skills and tools to organize project work involving competing deadlines and to balance internal and external demands

Demonstrated knowledge, skills, and experience to communicate through oral presentations in settings at the national, regional, and community level, as well as in tribal settings to different types of audiences in an effective and timely manner
·        Excellent interpersonal, communication (including listening, writing, speaking), customer service, and time management skills essential

·        Demonstrated knowledge, skills, and experience to actively cooperate in a team environment, both in leadership and peer relations, and motivate others to do the same

Demonstrated knowledge, skills, and experience facilitating group discussions, meetings, and trainings

Demonstrated knowledge, skills, and experience with various training methodologies and vehicles to provide training effectively (online courses, blended online/in-person learning formats, etc.)

Demonstrated knowledge, experience, and ability to administer learning management systems and online courses
·        Proficiency with operating a variety of office equipment and computer software applications specifically related to

Microsoft Office products is required

·         Ability to learn new software. Experience with software including Cvent, Constant Contact, and Zoom.

·        Strong writing and grammatical skills with attention to detail

·        Ability to analyze and problem-solve

Travel Requirements:

Travel is approximately 10–15% of the year

Working Environment:

This role operates in an office environment, and routine uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers and filing cabinets.

Physical Demands:

Frequently involves sitting or standing for long periods of time. May require the ability to lift laptops, files, open filing cabinets, walking, bending, stooping, or reaching.  The physical demands are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this position with or without reasonable accommodation.


The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by employees assigned to this classification. They are not intended to be construed as exhaustive; duties, responsibilities and activities may change with or without notice.

NICWA is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, sex, disability, veteran, or any protected status.



To Apply:


To learn more about this position and other open positions at NICWA, candidates are invited to attend a webinar “Job Opportunities at NICWA” on November 4, 2021, at 11:00 a.m. PT. Please register here:



After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.


Complete application materials include: a cover letter, resume, and NICWA’s employment application

(which can be found at https://www.nicwa.org/employment/). Please submit completed application

materials to nstewart@nicwa.org by November 19, 2021.


Paper application materials may be mailed to:



Human Resources Department

5100 S Macadam Avenue, Suite 300

Portland, OR 97239

About National Indian Child Welfare Association

NICWA works to eliminate child
abuse and neglect by strengthening
our families, tribes, and the laws
that protect them.