Colorado Nonprofit Association

Communications Associate

 First Nations Development Institute: Mission  

Nations Development Institute (First Nations) is a 44-year-old Native American-controlled
nonprofit organization whose mission is to uplift and sustain the lifeways and economies
of Native communities through advocacy, financial support, and knowledge



position summary 

plays an integral role in supporting
the communications team in meeting the strategic goals of the department and
the overall organization. This includes amplifying First Nations’ role as a
leader and advocate for Native communities, raising awareness about the
organization and our community partners, elevating First Nations’ brand, and managing
and maintaining First Nations’ internal resources for effective communications.
Communication Associate’s
primary responsibilities include:



Essential Job Duties  

Essential job duties are performed in
adherence to First Nations’ standards, policies, and procedures, and to local,
State, and Federal laws and regulations. Reasonable accommodation may be made,
if requested, to enable individuals to perform the essential functions of the

This job description is not designed to
cover or contain a comprehensive listing of job duties. First
Nations is a collaborative organization
that relies on teamwork.
Other job duties may be assigned as

Mandatory Covid-19 Vaccination  


First Nations
requires all staff to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. First Nations
follows the Centers for Disease Control’s (CDC)
COVID-19 vaccination recommendations. The selected
candidate must provide proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 prior to
hiring by submitting vaccine documentation to Simone Klein at  

With direction from the Director of Communications, the
Communications Associate coordinates and supports First Nations’ communications
team including:

· Assisting in
the scheduling and tracking of communications requests, deadlines, and
deliverables using the AirTable project management system;

· Providing immediate, partial-time communications support
specifically for the Community Navigator Project;

· Creating and
scheduling social media graphics and posts using social media programming
software and in line with First Nations’ overall social media plan;

· Writing,
editing, and proofing content as assigned for use in First Nations’ publications,
email marketing, and press releases;

· Maintaining administrative
files of documents and images for improved recall and sharing;

· Maintaining editorial
calendars of content publications;

· Accompanying program officers on site visits to acquire content
and images of community partners as assigned;

· Maintaining
calendars of media inquiries and external publications; and

· Providing
graphic and editorial assistance as needed.





Under the guidance of the Director
of Communications, the Communications Associate is committed to maximizing
training and professional development opportunities afforded by First Nations

· Identifying
and advocating for training needed to effectively and efficiently carry out the
job duties of this position;

· Developing an
annual individual training and professional development plan and related
timeline; and

· Setting
specific and measurable performance goals annually.




The Communications
is committed to:  

· Modeling First Nations’ Mission, Vision, and Guiding

· Serving First Nations’ community
partners with an eye to customer service;

· Contributing positively to a
diverse, equitable, and inclusive work environment where team members
experience a sense of belonging; and

· Finding ways
to integrate First Nations’
Mission, Vision,
and Guiding Principles
meetings and conversations with team members and colleagues.






· Bachelor’s Degree in marketing, communications, English,
or graphic design

· Strong computer skills, including MS Outlook and Office
applications (Excel, PowerPoint and Word)

Preferred Requirements 

· 1+-year of relevant experience in writing, graphic
design, marketing, or communications

· WordPress software experience 

· Adobe and Microsoft software experience  

· Experience with, and knowledge of, nonprofit
organizations and best practices

· Knowledge of and familiarity with Tribal Sovereignty and
the historical and contemporary legal development and workings/status of Tribal
Nations (highly desirable)


· Comfortable learning new software and databases 

· Excellent
customer service and interpersonal skills

· Strong written, verbal, and listening
communication skills

· Positive attitude and effective in working with
people at all levels of experience/proficiency

· Demonstrated
ability to work in a team environment

· Competent self-starter who takes initiative
and works independently

· Strong administrative ability with keen attention to

· Ability to organize, prioritize, and manage multiple
projects, and work under pressure to meet deadlines on multiple job assignments

· Strong analytical and problem-solving skills 


1. Supports achievement of the goals of the communications department’s
strategic plan

2. Upholds the communications department’s role as a
supportive asset to First Nations’ program teams

3. Maintains complete and accurate files and records of communications
department timelines and deliverables

4. Provides excellent client service to First Nations’ teams
toward an overall goal of best serving Native communities

5. Complies with all First Nations’ standards, policies, and

6. Demonstrates teamwork and collaboration with
all colleagues


· Regular computer use throughout the day, ability to sit
for lengthy periods of time

· Stand and walk for periods of time up to one hour during
an 8-10 hour day

· Capable of communicating and interacting with leadership,
staff, and associates

· Noise in the work environment is usually moderate 

· Lift, push, pull, or carry various objects of
1-10 pounds on occasion

· Availability to travel occasionally 

· Hybrid work schedule possible after first 30
days of employment (two days in office, two days at home)

Nations makes every effort to provide reasonable accommodation to staff to
perform their essential job functions.