Job Opportunities

We welcome you and thank you for taking the time to review our current job opening.

Director of People and Culture—Full time

Manages all aspects of the human resources function for the Foundation and serves as a member of the senior leadership team, guiding organization-wide decision-making and designing and sustaining a people-centered environment that reflects the Foundation’s mission, vision, values, and strategy.

Reports To:

Chief Executive Officer / President (CEO)


Hybrid work environment. Monday, Tuesday, and Friday, staff work either remotely or in the office. Wednesday and Thursday, staff are required to work in the office.


The mission of the Northwest Area Foundation (NWAF) is to support efforts by the people, organizations, and communities of our region to reduce poverty and achieve sustainable prosperity. Our region includes the eight states of Minnesota, Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana, Idaho, Washington, Oregon, and the 76 Native nations that share the same geography.

Guiding Values

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

  • Social Justice
  • Courage
  • Heart
  • Grantees Come First
  • Listen and Learn for Change
  • Trust
Our Commitment to Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI)

We have made an intentional commitment to advance JEDI because sustainable prosperity cannot be achieved without it. The policies and systems of our region don’t work for our priority communities—Native Americans, communities of color, immigrants, refugees, and people in rural areas—and, instead, create barriers to finding good jobs, starting businesses, or building assets that might lead to prosperity. Too many people in our priority communities live in crisis or a paycheck away from it. Our work on JEDI is an effort to change these realities.

Equal Opportunity Employer

NWAF is an equal opportunity employer and all employees and applicants for employment are afforded equal opportunity in every area of hiring and employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, religious creed, national origin, ancestry, sex, gender identity, age, disability, mental illness, sexual harassment, sexual orientation, genetics, military/veteran status, citizenship, arrest record, and any other legally protected characteristic.

Please note the recruiting and hiring process will be conducted by NPAG.

How to Learn More and Apply

For the Director of People and Culture position, interested candidates should submit a cover letter, outlining their interest and qualifications, along with their resume. This position will be open until filled.

Salary Range: The anticipated starting salary for this position is in the range of $126,000 – $156,000.

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