EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

Manager, Information Technology (IT) Strategy & Solutions

Position Summary

We’re seeking a talented, collaborative professional to join Northwest Area Foundation (NWAF) as its Manager of IT Strategy & Solutions. Our ideal candidate has excellent technical skills and equally strong interpersonal and communication skills.

We seek a professional who enjoys supporting the daily business needs of NWAF staff and can think strategically about how those needs translate into longer-term IT investments.

The Manager of IT Strategy & Solutions will need to utilize a broad-based skillset, including collaboratively making decisions on the strategy, infrastructure, systems, applications, security, disaster recovery, vendors, and IT projects in a way that proactively advances the mission of NWAF and supports the staff in their work.

This is a unique opportunity to lead IT strategy and solutions for NWAF. This full-time, salaried position manages the IT department, collaborates with NWAF’s IT managed services provider, and reports to the Operations Director.

About Northwest Area Foundation

We believe that every staff member plays a role in and contributes to advancing the organization’s mission and vision. Our mission at NWAF is to support efforts by the people, organizations, and communities of our eight-state region to reduce poverty and achieve sustainable prosperity.

We support organizations anchored in the culture of the people they serve across our region of 75 Native nations and eight states (Iowa, Idaho, Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, and Washington). Our grantees are dedicated to expanding economic opportunity in under-resourced communities by advancing good jobs and financial capability. They build on the untapped potential within our priority communities: Native Americans, communities of color, immigrants, refugees, and people in rural areas.

Our vision is that the people in our priority communities will thrive on their own terms.

The Foundation has 24 employees. You can learn more about us at nwaf.org.

Job Purpose

To manage NWAF’s IT, including the strategy, infrastructure, systems, applications, security, disaster recovery, vendors, and IT projects.

CORE RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Align technology with the needs of the organization; collaborate with users to understand processes and identify and recommend applications and services that will enable users to be more effective and workflows to be more efficient.
  • Identify, recommend, and implement an IT security standard as the basis for guiding NWAF’s security levels and protocols, including security awareness, a cyber security program, ongoing education, and training and testing of employees.
  • Develop and manage a robust IT Disaster Recovery Plan as part of NWAF’s business continuity efforts; conduct annual testing of the plan and identify and resolve gaps.
  • Identify, assess, and recommend adoption of cloud initiatives; lead cloud implementations by applying project and change management practices.
  • Identify, assess, and recommend adoption of diversity, equity, and inclusion strategies into IT.
  • Develop and manage IT policies and procedures consistent with diversity, equity, and inclusion values.
  • Manage the audiovisual equipment and life cycle of technology assets.
  • Cultivate and manage IT vendors.
  • Draft and manage the IT budget, including capital improvements; review/approve vendor invoices.
  • Collaborate with NWAF stakeholders to gain an understanding and consensus around the organization’s needs and goals.
  • Identify and strive to achieve ongoing and annual IT goals.
  • Identify and recommend integration across systems used by NWAF.
  • Provide regular advisement on technology-related issues as needed across the organization.
  • Work on evenings and weekends when required.

CANDIDATE SHOULD HAVE THE FOLLOWING MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in IT or a related field.
  • 7+ years’ experience working in IT, in successively complex roles.
  • 3+ years as Manager of IT, with experience in project and change management of complex technology projects and implementation of systems.
  • Ability to think strategically and provide leadership by anticipating future technology needs and positioning technology enhancements to support the organization’s changing needs.
  • Ability to drive decisions concerning development methodology, architecture, tools, processes, resource allocation, and delivery of the application solutions.
  • Experience working with leading technologies in the security industry to protect the perimeter, secure cloud technologies, and protect users and their devices from malicious activity.
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively interact, communicate, and collaborate with people from a wide range of cultural backgrounds.
  • Commitment to the mission and values of NWAF, including diversity, equity, and inclusion.

PHYSICAL AND OTHER REQUIREMENTS

  • This position requires the following, with or without a reasonable accommodation: sitting, seeing, hearing, and regular, sustained utilization of a computer and office equipment.
  • This position requires an individual to work alone and with others, including regular verbal and electronic communication with others.

Organizational Values

All staff are expected to carry out the mission of the Foundation in a way that upholds and demonstrates our Guiding Values:

MAKING A POSITIVE DIFFERENCE: We are focused on one thing—supporting workable, effective, and long-term solutions to reduce poverty in a sustainable way in our region.

ENGAGEMENT: We are committed to mutual engagement and embrace the full participation and diverse perspectives of others to create stronger, more adaptable, and more resilient communities and partners.

ACCOUNTABILITY: We establish clear long-term goals, regularly measure our performance, and openly report, discuss, and learn from our results.

LEARNING: We are passionate learners, actively sharing and incorporating the knowledge we have gained, and constantly working to improve on our ability to achieve our mission.

INTEGRITY: We are steadfast stewards of the Foundation’s many assets and we demonstrate our high level of integrity in both our words and our actions—among ourselves and with others.

RESPECT: We honor the dignity and worth of all people, striving for humility and acting with thoughtfulness.

AN EQUAL-OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER
Northwest Area Foundation is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to building a diverse team and ensuring nondiscrimination in all areas of employment including race, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, religion, marital status, disability, age, national origin, or any other category protected by local, state, or federal laws.

How to Apply

The Northwest Area Foundation has partnered with Solution Builders to complete this search. Interested candidates are invited to email a resume, along with a cover letter that includes compensation requirements, to Greg Hoffman via Ghoffman@sbinc.com.

Analyst Intern (Graduate level), Investment Department

Position Summary

We’re seeking a Graduate-level student to join Northwest Area Foundation (NWAF) as an Analyst Intern within our investment department. The commitment will be part-time, 10 hours per week Monday through Friday, for a 6-month time frame. This is an opportunity to apply research skills to help us further our work toward diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI).

About Northwest Area Foundation

We believe that every staff member plays a role in and contributes to advancing the organization’s mission and vision. Our mission at NWAF is to support efforts by the people, organizations, and communities of our eight-state region to reduce poverty and achieve sustainable prosperity.

We support organizations anchored in the culture of the people they serve across our region of 75 Native nations and eight states (Iowa, Idaho, Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, and Washington). Our grantees are dedicated to expanding economic opportunity in under-resourced communities by advancing good jobs and financial capability. They build on the untapped potential within our priority communities: Native Americans, communities of color, immigrants, refugees, and people in rural areas.

Our vision is that the people in our priority communities will thrive on their own terms.

The Foundation has 24 employees. You can learn more about us, including additional information on our DEI journey, at nwaf.org.

Job Purpose

This internship is a temporary position with NWAF. The purpose of this position is to identify the diverse nature of our investment portfolio.

CORE RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Research policies and processes for measuring diversity at peer institutions.
  • Design survey tool.
  • Collect, clean, and analyze data.
  • Analyze and illustrate recommendations and findings.
  • Gather data on manager diversity across asset classes.

CANDIDATE SHOULD HAVE THE FOLLOWING MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Currently enrolled in a Master’s degree program at a college or university.
  • Completed at least 1 year of relevant coursework, including research methodologies, data analysis or statistical analysis.
  • Demonstrated research best practices pertaining to quantitative and qualitative research skills.
  • Strong attention to detail.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Strong time management skills and the ability to work independently and at times in a remote working environment.
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively interact, communicate, and collaborate with people from a wide range of cultural backgrounds.
  • Commitment to the mission and values of NWAF, including DEI.

PHYSICAL AND OTHER REQUIREMENTS

  • This position requires the following, with or without a reasonable accommodation: sitting, seeing, hearing, and regular, sustained utilization of a computer and office equipment.
  • This position requires an individual to work alone and with others, including regular verbal and electronic communication with others.

Organizational Values

All staff are expected to carry out the mission of the Foundation in a way that upholds and demonstrates our Guiding Values:

MAKING A POSITIVE DIFFERENCE: We are focused on one thing—supporting workable, effective, and long-term solutions to reduce poverty in a sustainable way in our region.

ENGAGEMENT: We are committed to mutual engagement and embrace the full participation and diverse perspectives of others to create stronger, more adaptable, and more resilient communities and partners.

ACCOUNTABILITY: We establish clear long-term goals, regularly measure our performance, and openly report, discuss, and learn from our results.

LEARNING: We are passionate learners, actively sharing and incorporating the knowledge we have gained, and constantly working to improve on our ability to achieve our mission.

INTEGRITY: We are steadfast stewards of the Foundation’s many assets and we demonstrate our high level of integrity in both our words and our actions—among ourselves and with others.

RESPECT: We honor the dignity and worth of all people, striving for humility and acting with thoughtfulness.

AN EQUAL-OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER
Northwest Area Foundation is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to building a diverse team and ensuring nondiscrimination in all areas of employment including race, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, religion, marital status, disability, age, national origin, or any other category protected by local, state, or federal laws.

How to Apply

Interested candidates are invited to email a resume and cover letter to Ann Naithani, our Director of Organizational Effectiveness and Talent Development, at: anaithani@nwaf.org.