Program Manager

The Native American Journalists Association (Remote)

Posted 5 days ago

Salary: $50,000 a year

The NAJA Program Manager is responsible for effective implementation and evaluation of the organization’s programs, including the annual conference program and newsroom training under the Red Press Initiative.

The salary for this full-time staff position is $50,000 annually, plus a monthly reimbursement of up to $500 for health insurance. This is a remote position with a flexible 40-hour work week. Regular domestic travel is required and some international travel may be required.


Strategic Planning and Program Development

  • Works under the direction of the executive director to execute program strategy, including analysis and implementation of priorities, partnerships, and infrastructure needs
  • Ensures that program planning and implementation occurs according to the goals and objectives approved by the board of directors and delegated by the executive director
  • Assists in the management and support of the National Native Media Conference program, including managing committee members, presenters and volunteers
  • Analyze and report on program statistics and trends (internal and external) to aid in strategic planning and decision-making
  • Organize program information for monthly board meetings; Submit monthly program report to executive director prior to each meeting
  • Assist in newsroom trainings, as needed
  • Lead, manage and participate in internal and external organizational advocacy efforts; attend member events, journalism conferences and media events to represent NAJA

Business Development

  • Identify new program sponsors and grow ongoing partnerships; Work with the national staff to diversify NAJA’s revenue sources
  • Assist in cultivating new relationships with foundations, corporations and individual donors to secure grants and donations


  • Work collaboratively with NAJA’s 9-member board of directors, staff and volunteers, including committees, to fulfill the mission and inform programming
  • Oversee NAJA’s annual conference program and regional events meeting all deadlines
  • Communicate NAJA’s programs, initiatives and policies to members, funders and the broader external public
  • Recommend and develop efficient program policy and procedure in coordination with NAJA staff


  • Assist executive director in fundraising and grant writing; secure funds for new and existing programs or initiatives
  • Assist executive director with basic finance procedures:

a. Process incoming cash receipts and credit card payments
b. Maintain financial data ensuring that it is accurately entered into membership management software and accounting software
c. Generating invoices for program participants, newsrooms and partners

  • Provide support to the Board of Directors and committees as necessary

Program Management and Events

  • Lead planning, development and promotion of professional development, training, and networking programs and events that align with NAJA’s strategic direction
  • Collaborate with relevant staff, planning teams and subject matter experts, as needed for programs and events
  • Develop and update program curriculum including presentations, facilitator notes, and participant workbooks and handouts
  • Conduct or facilitate programs or assist other presenters
  • Coordinate program and event logistics such as participant registration, site selection, audio-visual equipment, materials, and refreshments
  • Collect and analyze program data such as attendance statistics, evaluations, feedback from presenters, and expenses compared to budget
  • Apply continuous improvement principles, research-based findings and Indigenous cultures and traditions to enhance and expand programs
  • Serve as contact for NAJA conference programs and events, including: the National Native Media Conference, newsroom trainings, monthly webinars and other programs as assigned
  • Prepare and maintain a schedule of relevant events and programs, developing project timelines for each and ensuring staff and/or volunteers are aware of their responsibilities and deadlines
  • Coordinate staff, vendor and volunteer responsibilities in relation to programs and events
  • Manage onsite logistics of events, such as A/V and developing / delivering PowerPoint presentations
  • Coordinate follow-up communications with presenters, attendees and planning committee members
  • Prepare and monitor event budgets to ensure that each program remains within budget; assist executive director in the review of expenses, coding for financial reporting
  • Manage the evaluation process for each event, including development of surveys, collection of data and final reports
  • Serve as a resource for internal and external event information inquiries


  • Develop and manage relevant website content using WordPress
  • Manage event registration processes
  • Attend board committee meetings as needed to represent NAJA staff; Report agenda highlights to staff
  • Gather information, write and edit public statements, including developing relevant program information
  • Publish and promote all program material across channels
  • Assist executive director in developing annual programs budget
  • Develop and deliver annual program reports during the annual National Native Media Conference
  • Other duties as assigned

This position works under the direct supervision of the executive director

Bachelor’s (Preferred)

Qualifications, Skills and Experience

1. Bachelor’s degree and at least 3 years of nonprofit leadership or management experience in media or journalism preferred.
2. Creative and visionary thinker
3. Demonstrated ability to take initiative; Works independently and finds creative solutions without prompting
4. Demonstrated ability to manage multiple projects from inception to completion
5. Strong, demonstrated understanding of social media and emerging technology
6. Understanding of the media and its changing business model strongly preferred
7. Excellent written skills; Command of Associated Press (AP) style
8. Strong interpersonal skills
9. Ability to resolve problems independently
10. Fundraising and event planning
11. Ability to budget and track income and expenditures
12. Ability to work effectively in a diverse workplace, including working with Indigenous communities
13. Ability to discreetly handle confidential information
14. Marketing and/or public relations
15. Experience with a chapter-based association preferred
16. Membership database software experience preferred
17. Experience in Adobe Creative Suite is strongly preferred
18. Regular domestic travel required
19. Expert use of G-Suite tools including Google Docs, Sheets and Slides


  • Flexible schedule
  • Health insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Professional development assistance


  • 8 hour shift
  • Monday to Friday

COVID-19 considerations
All work will be performed remotely with a flexible daily schedule.

Apply here. The deadline to apply is June 18.

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