Native Communities Project Manager

Position Description

The Center for Rural Affairs is hiring a Native Communities Project Manager. This role oversees current programs with two Nebraska Native American Tribes, along with expanding to others. The projects include food security, small business development, and health/nutrition outreach and education. The Native Communities Project Manager reports to the Farm & Community Director.

Position Details

This is a full-time position located in Walthill or Hartington, Nebraska.  Compensation is commensurate with experience and a comprehensive benefits package will be provided.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Assist the Farm & Community Director (FCD) in the management of all project activities for the Center's Native American initiatives.
  • Identify and develop opportunities for partnerships and new ventures in current and potential project communities.
  • Assist the FCD with directing a team of full-time, part-time and seasonal staff as well as contractors who conduct project activities.
  • Assist the FCD in providing direction, feedback, and recognition to team members through 1 on 1s, quarterly conversations, and annual performance reviews.
  • Plan, organize and manage activities, training, and events to achieve project objectives while ensuring that expenses and activities align with grant and funder expectations.
  • Communicate and report on program activities, performance, and trends to FCD regularly.
  • Build relationships with community leaders and partners and collaborate with experts and local organizations to promote the Farm & Community Program and its activities.
  • Assist the FCD with program strategy development and implementation.
  • Collaborate with the FCD and the Brand Marketing and Communications Manager to develop a marketing strategy and create outreach materials for the project, and all media needs related to program activities, serving as a first point of contact.
  • Lead and contribute to fundraising efforts to support project activities, such as grant writing.
  • Prepare and deliver presentations showcasing program activities, outcomes, and success stories.
  • Develop and maintain positive internal relationships with all Center staff.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree preferred with experience considered.
  • Tribal membership a plus.
  • Ability to lead, motivate, and delegate to others.
  • Strong organizational, planning, and time management skills; excellent attention to detail; ability to apply innovate approaches to problem solving.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills; ability to collaborate with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Experience working with Native American governments or Tribal organizations.
  • Experience working in rural communities.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills including public speaking.
  • Reliability and trustworthiness; ability to demonstrate a high degree of discretion and maintain confidential information.
  • Experience with project, data and budget management.
  • Knowledge or experience with agricultural production, health/nutrition, or small business development.
  • Willingness to travel throughout the state of Nebraska on a regular basis and outside the state as needed.   
  • For the right candidate, would consider relevant experience different than the preferred qualifications.

Application Instructions

Interested individuals can apply by sending their resume, cover letter (indicating where you saw the job posting), and three professional references to The position will remain open until filled.

The Center for Rural Affairs is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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