IEN is now taking applications for two key staff positions within our organization; Communications Coordinator and a Philanthropic Relations Manager. You will find both job descriptions, requirements, deadlines, and email for submitting resumes below.

Communications Coordinator


Position Description

Reporting to the Executive Director (ED), the Communications Coordinator  will set and guide the strategy for all communications, website, and public relations messages to consistently articulate the Indigenous Environmental Network (IEN) mission. The Communications Coordinator  will ensure that IEN is viewed as a source, disseminator, and conduit of accountable information within the climate justice and Indigenous Rights movements. They will work closely with a senior peer group within the organization as the communications partner on a variety of strategic initiatives and campaigns. They will work with IEN base member groups as a communications partner to further their campaigns and strategic messages. They will also play key role in promoting IEN by creating informative content, press releases, and media opportunities to share the organization’s message, programs and campaigns.

Major Requirements

The Communications Coordinator  position will require the ability for frequent travel. It will require personal knowledge and experience regarding working with and in Indigenous communities. It will require the ability to confidently speak on camera, radio, and/or other media to convey the messages and platforms of IEN.

The Communications Coordinator  will be required to adhere to a 4-week minimum residency at the Indigenous Environmental Network national headquarters in Bemidji, MN upon employment with IEN. The purpose of this residency is to orientate employees to IEN workflow, culture, and structure. After residency is complete, employees are allowed to work remotely, based in their home community. The dates of this residency would be determined based on discussion and agreement with IEN Executive Director. Travel expenses to/from Bemidji will be covered. Housing for residency will be covered and arranged by IEN.

Communications Coordinator  Duties and Responsibilities

  • Be a public speaker / spokesperson for the organization
  • Manage relationships with press, reporters and journalists, including pitching stories to these contacts and placing IEN experts on media outlets
  • Develop and produce high-quality, informative, and interesting press releases, press kits, and related materials
  • Ensure all messaging aligns with key organization strategies
  • Develop or coordinate content for social media, websites, newsletters, press releases and any other distribution channels
  • Create presentations, articles, reports, and information for internal IEN use
  • Develop or coordinate media research as needed
  • Brainstorm and collaborate with IEN staff and base members for new ideas and strategies
  • Work with senior IEN staff to coordinate budgets, deadlines, objectives, and schedules
  • Develop quarterly and annual media activity reports
  • Plan, create, and oversee the design, content, and production of promotional and educational materials
  • Develop strategies for current and existing IEN campaigns and programs
  • Identify media and press opportunities

Communications Coordinator  Requirements and Qualifications

  • Preference given to applicants with at least 6 years experience working with Indigenous communities and/or living in an Indigenous community
  • Preferred minimum of a bachelor’s degree in mass communication, or related field experience
  • Experience with technologies and best practices for campaigns across multiple platforms
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong copywriting and content creation skills
  • Ability to multitask and monitor several projects on a daily basis
  • Ability to work well under pressure and manage time effectively
  • Ability to take initiative to develop new strategies and outside-the-box ideas for social media.
  • Excellent media relations skills
  • Ability to effectively speak on camera, radio, or other media
  • Ability to work independently or in a team
  • Ability to travel via airplane, bus, train, vehicle and other modes of transportation
  • Must have access to internet and phone services


Minimum annual salary of $45,000 with benefits.

Organization Description:

IEN is an alliance of Indigenous Peoples whose shared mission is to Protect the Sacredness of Earth Mother from contamination & exploitation by Respecting and adhering to Indigenous Knowledge and Natural Law


Please email a cover letter, resume, and 2 letters of recommendations to INFO@IENEARTH.ORG. Deadline, February 1, 2019


Philanthropic Relations Manager


The Indigenous Environmental Network is hiring an experienced, innovative, creative, motivated, self-starter individual with a demonstrable record of planning, organizing and coordinating fund-raising activities and opening new donor relations for IEN. IEN is a non-profit, all-indigenous organization, working in the field of environmental and economic justice with Indigenous peoples in North America and internationally.  Additionally, IEN is working towards developing a campaign for just transition away from extractive and industrial development on and near indigenous lands and territories that undermine the well-being of Indigenous communities and Mother Earth and transfer local economies into models of sustainability and resilience.

Job Overview

The Philanthropic Relations Manager will be responsible for providing strategic and operational philanthropic expertise and funding campaign development and support to IEN. The Manager will identify grant opportunities and managing grant development, proposals, and reporting. Because IEN has various dynamic and complex pieces of work going on at any given time, the Philanthropic Relations Manager will not be expected to be an expert on all of them, instead will depend on consultation and collaboration with staff, program consultants, working groups, and network community groups and organizations to create winning proposals and informative foundation and donor reports. Candidates must possess excellent verbal and written communication skills, a professional and resourceful demeanor, the ability to work both independently and as a team player, and a desire to take initiative and manage numerous fundraising projects simultaneously. This full-time position is based out of Bemidji, MN and reports to the Executive Director and Operations Manager.

Responsibilities and Duties

  • Responsible for researching and identifying prospective foundation, donors and other fundraising and grant opportunities.
  • Follow fundraising-related news, research, trends and best practices.
  • Possess broad knowledge of organizational structure, functions and needs.
  • Develop and execute an annual fundraising plan and donor-relations program.
  • Possess essential knowledge of a grant application process
  • Facilitate calls and meetings between funding and donor partners and IEN leadership and program staff where needed.
  • Develop effective grant proposals and grant reports.
  • Incorporate accurate and pertinent information in the proposal or application.
  • Interfacing and communicating with individuals at all levels of the organization.
  • Submit proposals and reports within deadlines.
  • Manage and maintain files and keep a well-organized portfolio of grant proposals and reports. Manage and maintain files on donors and events, including donor briefs, call sheets, strategy memos and other relevant correspondence.
  • Work closely with financial management department, ensuring the proper financial information and budgets for grant application and reports.
  • Work with the Executive Director, Leadership Team and Communications Coordinator to manage appeal mailings, marketing materials and donor stewardship communiques, monitoring IEN’s brand and assist in updating IEN’s profile on its website and social media sites.
  • Provide guidance in the preparation of solicitation media materials for distribution, i.e. copying, filing, media kits, email, etc.

Essential Skills and Abilities

  • Strong research skills and multi-tasking.
  • Excellent written, grammar and verbal communication skills.
  • Self-driven, pro-active, ability to work effectively both independently and as part of a team.
  • Experienced in handling confidential matters with discretion.
  • Responsible, organized and provides attention to details.
  • Knowledge of computer and software programs.


  • Preference will be given to candidates with at least 5 years’ experience in nonprofit philanthropic engagement and foundation and/or donor relations.
  • Bachelor’s degree or certification in grant writing is preferred, but a candidate with demonstrated strong writing skills without those qualifications may also be considered.
  • Excellent interpersonal and relationship building skills.
  • Excellent understanding and interest in funding trends and strategy.
  • Knowledge of computer programs and software used in fundraising including Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office, Microsoft Word, Microsoft PowerPoint, with preference given to knowledge of Raiser’s Edge, DonorPerfect, Sumac, or others.
  • Must demonstrate knowledge of American Indian or Alaska Native history, culture and rights-based struggles.
  • Familiarity with climate change, environmental and social justice as well as concepts pertaining to liberation, de-colonization and building power is a plus.


This is a full-time position with benefits package, salary commensurate with experience.

If you have questions or are interested in applying please contact, or submit resume and at least 3 references to Deadline, February 22, 2019