Colorado Nonprofit Association

Director of Human Resources

 First Nations Development Institute: Mission  

First 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


The Director
of Human Resources
position will
work closely with the First Nations leadership team in the development and
management of the First Nations Human Resources (HR) department.

of Human Resources’

primary responsibilities include, but are not limited to:


The successful candidate requires an
individual with experience in human resources specifically within a Native
American-controlled organization working primarily with Native American
professionals and nonprofit management, and should be grounded in Native
community issues and Tribal Sovereignty with an understanding of and commitment
to the mission and vision of First Nations.




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 job.


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 needed.


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 




Human Resources: With direction from the Chief Operating
Officer and the First Nations leadership team, the
Director of
Human Resources’
functions include:

· Finalize
the strategic plan for all Human Resources functions, including recruiting,
selection and placement, compensation and benefits, employment records,
information systems, performance development and evaluation programs, and HR
policies and

· Ensure
that First Nations Development Institute is in compliance with applicable
federal and state employment laws and

· Establish
and maintain a sound employee relations program in the following areas:
employee communications, grievance resolution, and conflict

· Manage
organizational strategy for the appraisal, transfer, promotion, and termination
of employees

· Develop, direct,and monitor a complete employment record keeping system;ensure the accurate and timely
processing of employee changes within established policies and procedures

· Establish
and implement human resource policies and procedures for First Nations,
including interpreting human resource policies and procedures for employees and
management staff to ensure consistency, fairness, and adherence to the goals
and cultural values of First Nations

· Develop,
implement, and administer a competitive and cost-effective compensation program
that utilizes objective criteria to establish methods of compensation, salary
ranges, and rates of compensation

· Oversee
and manage health, dental, and vision benefits for First Nations employees

· Oversee
all new employee general orientation programs, staff developmental meetings,
and all employee meetings for First Nations

· Support,
as needed, the Finance Department in addressing any payroll process issues and
ensure alignment with state employment practices

· Create
policies and procedures for HR staff to ensure consistency and adherence to

· Host
regular HR staff departmental meetings to ensure communication among staff
regarding related departmental

· Ensure
that appropriate documentation on incidents as required by policies and
procedures are maintained 

· Prepare
and present reports on the status, activities, and plans for current and future
operations; keep leadership and other departments informed of status of human
resources activities by attending meetings and submitting

· Supervise
First Nations HR staff;
assign, review, and delegate work and job

· Coordinate
training, orientations, and continuing education of HR

· Other
duties as





Under the guidance of the Chief Operating Officer, the Director
of Human Resources
is committed to maximizing training and professional
development opportunities afforded by First Nations by:

· 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





The Director of Human Resources is committed to:  

· Modeling First Nations’ Mission, Vision, and Guiding Principles; 

· 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
into meetings and conversations with team members and





Minimum Requirements 

· Bachelor’s
Degree in Human Resources or related

· Six
or more years of progressively challenging work experience in Human
Resources for a Native American-
controlled organization

· Professional
Human Resources (PHR) Certification

· Experience
working in a nonprofit and demonstrated understanding of nonprofit management

· Frequent travel required – two to three times per

· Valid driver’s license  

· Must
pass background check for

· Available to work in an office setting four days per week 

Preferred Requirements 

· Master’s degree
in Business Management or Human Resources Management

· Knowledge of
non-profit organizational structure, legal issues, boards of directors, and

· Demonstrated
experience working with diverse cultures and specific experience with American
Indian professionals

· Certified
Employment Benefits Specialist (CEBS), Senior Professional Human Resources
(SPHR) Certification, and/or Certified Compensation Professional (CCP)

· Demonstrated
organizational process and policy development

· Documented Native
American tribal affiliation



· Strong computer skills with
knowledge and experience with Microsoft Office 365 Suite including, but not
limited to, Outlook, Word, Excel, and Teams

· Knowledge
and experience with virtual presentation platforms including, but not limited
to, GoToMeeting, Zoom, and GoToWebinar

· Knowledge of and/or familiarity with the historical and contemporary
legal development and workings/status of Tribal Nations

· Strong
written, verbal, and listening communication skills

· Strong customer service focus 

· Demonstrated ability to work in a team environment 

· Competent self-starter who takes initiative
and works independently

· Excellent
interpersonal, communication, and organizational skills

· Strong
administrative ability and attention to detail

· Ability
to organize and meet deadlines for a wide variety of job assignments
simultaneously, with minimum supervision

· Positive attitude, good teamwork skills, and the
ability to work closely with people at all levels of experience and proficiency

· Passion for the organization’s missionand advancing Tribal Sovereignty and racial and economic justice 

· Strong analytical and problem-solving skills 



· Department
timelines and goals are met and assigned duties are performed

· First Nations’
resources are used effectively and efficiently

· Is team oriented
and open to collaboration with colleagues

· Delivers
high-quality materials and resources

· Provides
professional customer service within First Nations and with external partners

· Adheres to First
Nations’ Core Values & Guiding Principles

· Takes ownership
of professional development and career goals

· Manages upward to
assist with on-time deliverables, projects, and convenings



· 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- to 10-hour day

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

· Noise in the work environment is usually

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

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