NICWA Employment Opportunities

NICWA offers Native and non-Native professionals opportunities for personal and professional development in a family-oriented environment. As a Native organization, NICWA promotes American Indian and Alaska Native values within the workplace, with an emphasis on cooperation, respect, and an appreciation for diversity.

We are looking for people who have a strong working knowledge of Native culture, tribal communities, tribal social service systems, and tribal government structure; who are creative and have strong project management skills; or who want to be part of a team that works together for positive change in the health and well-being of American Indian and Alaska Native children and families. Join NICWA to be a part of this change!

Open Positions:

 Training Manager | Hybrid, Portland OR 

Training Manager Job Description

NICWA’s events team plans and executes our annual conference, community-based activities, virtual and in-person trainings, as well as oversees curriculum sales and our online training courses. The training manager will be responsible for the annual planning and execution of the largest national convening of Native child welfare advocates, the Annual Protecting Our Children Conference. NICWA’s annual conference brings together diverse and influential stakeholders and offers rich programming on best practices, advocacy, and research in child welfare by 50 presenters to over 1,200 attendees each year. The role offers the unique opportunity to serve the organization in an operations and programmatic capacity by ensuring that current, relevant, and culturally-specific training and information are made available to Native communities and tribal programs so they can provide effective services to Native children and families. The training manager will lead the team in the planning and execution of the annual Protecting Our Children conference; coordinate marketing, site selection, contract negotiation, programmatic selection, outreach to community; and ensure the sound management of the annual budgets and resources, the organization’s largest annual source of unrestricted revenue. You can read more about this opportunity in the position announcement.

This position will remain open until filled with the first round of applications due November 4, 2022. This position will work a hybrid schedule at NICWA’s office in Portland on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, with remote working days on Mondays and Fridays. 

Member Relations Manager | Hybrid, Portland, OR

Member Relations Manager Job Description

As part of our work to increase the value of NICWA membership, we’ve revamped NICWA’s member relations manager role. We’re looking for the right candidate for this new position and our next member relations manager will be an integral part of NICWA’s program department, which takes the lead on all of our community development, public policy, and research work. The new member relations manager will help NICWA to develop a process for ongoing listening to our members. We’ll create regular opportunities for members to identify emerging issues, highlight program and practice strategies, share resources, and identify challenges they need help addressing. Additionally, we’ll intentionally draw on all of the information that members share with us to inform our advocacy priorities and strategies, resources, workforce training opportunities, conference programming, and funding proposals to support work that is meaningful and of benefit to you! If you genuinely love tribal child welfare and are interested in helping to lead this exciting transition to being in relationship with NICWA members in a new way, please consider applying for our member relations manager position. Read more about the opportunity in our position announcement.

The position will remain open until filled with the first round of reviews on November 18, 2022. This position will work a hybrid schedule in NICWA’s office in Portland on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, with remote working days on Mondays and Fridays. 

Strategic Communications Intern | Remote or Hybrid 

Strategic Communications Intern Job Description

The Strategic Communications Intern will learn many of the basic skills needed to become a communications professional at a national nonprofit. They will have the opportunity to network within the Native community, regionally and nationally. Interns will also have the opportunity to sharpen their advocacy skills. Interested applicants should have the following approach:

  • You value community-based and culturally appropriate services for children, families, and communities.
  • You are committed to storytelling as an approach for social change.
  • You value ethical journalism and fair coverage of Native communities.
  • You are sensitive to cultural differences.
  • You have a desire to learn about day-to-day operations of a Native nonprofit.

Applications are being accepted for spring 2023.

Application procedure:

Complete application materials should include: NICWA’s Employment Application, a cover letter, and resume.

Submit completed application materials to:

Email: Mariah Garcia:
Mail: NICWA, ATTN: Human Resources, 5100 S Macadam Avenue, Suite 300, Portland, OR 97239

NICWA offers a cafeteria-style benefits plan that includes options for group medical, dental, and vision, as well as life insurance, disability insurance, flexible spending accounts, and tax sheltered annuities. Employees receive up to four weeks of vacation per year, paid holidays, sick days, and bereavement leave.

Statement of Equal Employment Opportunity
NICWA is an equal employment opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of sex, age, race, color, religion, national origin, mental or physical disability, sexual orientation, political affiliation, or marital or veteran status. No application will be rejected as a result of a disability that, with reasonable accommodation, does not prevent performance of the essential job duties.