Program Manager

Native American Journalists Association

Posted 2 years ago

The NAJA Program Manager is responsible for effective implementation and evaluation of the organization’s programs and outreach coordination, including the annual conference program, external communication and membership.

The salary range for this contract position is $38,000 – $40,000 annually, plus a monthly stipend to be applied toward health insurance. The contract term will be June 1, 2019 through May 31, 2020, with the potential for extension. This is a remote position with a 40-hour work week. Regular domestic travel is required. Experience working with diverse communities is required. Please list tribal affiliation on application.


Strategic Planning and Program Development

  • Works under the direction of the executive director to execute organization development strategy, including analysis and implementation of priorities, partnerships, and infrastructure needs
  • Ensures that departmental 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 Native American Journalism Fellowship (NAJF), including a team of volunteers and student newsroom leaders
  • Analyze and report membership/industry statistics and trends (internal and external) to aid in strategic planning and decision-making
  • Organize operational information for monthly board meetings; Submit monthly program report to ED prior to each meeting
  • Assist in the organization board 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 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, program directors and chapter leaders to fulfill the mission and programming.
  • Oversee NAJA’s annual conference and regional events; demonstrate excellent organizational skills and the ability to meet daily, weekly and monthly deadlines
  • Communicate NAJA’s programs, initiatives and policies to members, funders and the broader external public; Familiarity with email communications including content development, promotion, social media and event marketing is essential. Graphic design skills and a working knowledge of the Adobe Creative Suite are preferred.


  • Assist executive director in fundraising and grant writing; secure funds for new and existing programs or initiatives
  • Supervise and assist accountant with:

a. Processing incoming cash receipts
b. Input and maintenance of financial data (including dues, meetings, giving, and purchasing), ensuring that financial data is entered into membership management software and accounting software
c. Generating outgoing payments to vendors

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


  • Serve as contact for all NAJA conference programs and events, including: annual National Native Media Awards, National Native Media Conference, the Native American Journalism Fellowship, NAJA scholarships, regional trainings and annual tribal media convention program, in addition to other programs as assigned
  • Prepare and maintain a schedule of all 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
  • Coordinate necessary follow-up event communications with vendors, presenters, attendees and planning committee members
  • Prepare and monitor event budgets to ensure that each program remains within budget. Review all bills and expenditures, coding for financial records.
  • Manage the evaluation process for each event, including development of surveys and collection of data
  • Serve as a resource for internal and external event information inquiries


  • Develop and manage website content using WordPress
  • Manage membership database using Wild Apricot software
  • Attend board committee meetings as NAJA staff representative; Report agenda highlights to ED
  • Gather information, write and edit public statements, including developing program information
  • Publish and promote all organizational material across channels
  • Assist ED in developing annual communications and promotions line budget
  • Develop and deliver annual operations report with ED during the annual National Native Media Conference
  • Other duties as assigned


  • This position works under the direct supervision of the executive director


  • Bachelor’s degree and 3 years of nonprofit leadership or management experience; Master’s degree in business administration, public administration, public relations, or a related field and experience in fundraising and working in media or journalism preferred.
  • Creative and visionary thinker
  • Demonstrated ability to take initiative; Works independently and finds creative solutions without prompting
  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple projects from inception to completion
  • Strong, demonstrated understanding of social media and emerging technology
  • Understanding of the media and its changing business model strongly preferred
  • Excellent written skills; Command of Associated Press (AP) style
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Ability to resolve problems independently
  • Fundraising and event planning experience
  • Ability to budget and track income and expenditures
  • Ability to work effectively in a diverse workplace, including working with Indigenous communities
  • Ability to be discreet and to handle confidential information
  • Marketing and/or public relations experience
  • Experience with a chapter-based association preferred
  • Membership database software experience preferred
  • Experience in Adobe Creative Suite is strongly preferred
  • Regular travel required
  • Expert use of G-Suite tools including Google Docs, Sheets and Slides

Job Types: Full-time, Contract

Salary: $38,000.00 to $40,000.00 /year


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Job CategoryAdministrative, Communications