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The Denver Post Names American Indian College Fund a Winner of the Colorado Top Workplaces 2019 Award

The American Indian College Fund has been awarded a Top Workplaces 2019 honor by The Denver Post. The list is based solely on employee feedback gathered through a third-party survey administered by research partner Energage, LLC, a leading provider of technology-based employee engagement tools. The anonymous survey measures several aspects of workplace culture, including alignment, execution, and connection, just to name a few.


“Top Workplaces is more than just recognition,” said Doug Claffey, CEO of Energage. “Our research shows organizations that earn the award attract better talent, experience lower turnover, and are better equipped to deliver bottom-line results. Their leaders prioritize and carefully craft a healthy workplace culture that supports employee engagement.”


The American Indian College Fund aims to lift up American Indians through education. It raises funds and distributes scholarships for students to pursue higher education. After entry to school, the College Fund stays with students through a holistic support system to ensure their success. Half of the College Fund’s 60 employees are American Indians. Even off the clock, employees attend lectures, meetings and workshops.


The College Fund was founded in 1989. In its decades of helping students, its work has been fueled by a very motivated staff. In a 2018 employee engagement survey, 98 percent of employees responded that they were always or nearly always motivated by the mission and vision of the fund.


“The College Fund’s team is very appreciative of this award as we recognize that it is a reflection not only of the great environment we strive to have for our work but it also honors the people we serve. Indigenous people value relationships, industriousness, and creativity. We are proud to honor their values as we accept this recognition.” said Cheryl Crazy Bull, president and CEO. “To achieve our mission, we know it is important to have a collaborative and healthy workplace incorporating Native values to serve not only our Native students, tribal colleges and universities, and communities, but also our employees, who dedicate their careers to bring our mission to life.”


“Becoming a Top Workplace isn’t something organizations can buy,” Claffey said. “It’s an achievement organizations have worked for and a distinction that gives them a competitive advantage. It’s a big deal.”

Employees

The College Fund places its mission at the core of everything we do and how we do it. Our team is focused on creating and improving opportunity for Native individuals and communities who need it most. We thrive in our dedication to accomplishing our work together as a whole team.

President’s Team

Cheryl Crazy Bull (Sicangu Lakota)
President and Chief Executive Officer

Carrie Basgall
Executive Assistant to President and CEO

Lisa Smith
Human Resources Director

Emily White Hat, J.D.l (Sicangu Lakota)
Director, Strategy and National Outreach

Operations

Tammy Miller-Carlson, CPA
Chief Financial and Operations Officer

Doug Duniphin
IT Services Administrator

Veronica Schultz
Accountant/Building Manager/Benefits Administrator

JoAnna Thompson
Front Desk Administrator

Megan Thoms
Data Services Administrator

Norma Theisen
Controller

Cherylynn Tsikewa (Zuni Pueblo)
Assistant to the Chief Financial and Operations Officer

Program Initiatives

Tarajean Yazzie-Mintz, Ed.D. (Diné)
Vice President, Program Initiatives

Bridget Skenadore  (Diné)
Program Officer Native Arts and Culture

Kendra Teague
Program Officer

Cheryl LaRose
Program Officer

Hannah Gonzales 
Program Assistant

Research, Evaluation & Faculty Development

David Sanders, Ph.D.(Oglala Lakota)
Vice President, Research, Evaluation and Faculty Development

Aleks Humeyumptewa  (Hopi)
Administrative Assistant, Office of Research and Development

Crystal LoudHawk-Hedgepeth (Diné)
Research Associate

Rebecca Garvoille
Research and Evaluation Associate

Stephanie Renteria-Perez 
Intern, Office of Research and Sponsored Programs

Resource Development

NancyJo Houk 
Chief Marketing and Development Officer

Jamie Schwartz 
Director of Major Gifts

Karen Cheung 
Director of Marketing

Jordan Cooper
Grant Writer and Researcher

Antwan Martin
Donor Services Coordinator

Ted Downum
Grant Writer and Researcher

Emi Deguchi
Planned Giving Officer

Liana Epstein
Development Coordinator

Dan Khouri
Development Coordinator

Katie Keating
Community Engagement Manager

Amita Manandhar
Marketing Coordinator

Mackenzie Parker
Major Gifts Grant Manager

Elissa Regan
Development Coordinator  Corporate Partnerships

Elizabeth Russell
Manager, Corporate Partnerships

Aaron Smith
Assistant Director of Major Gifts

Kimberly Urish
Major Gifts Officer

Janna Stieg
Major Gifts Officer

Kim Williams
Resource Development Coordinator

Nancy Slyter
Database Manager

Student Success Services

Tiffany Gusbeth  (Northern Cheyenne)
Director of Student Success Services

David Bledsoe 
Communications Administrator

Cheryl DeGraff  (Potawatomi)
Administrative Assistant

Jacqueline “Jacque” Demko (Arikara, Ojibwe & Hidatsa)
College Admission Coach

Leia Fish (Blackfeet)
Transfer Program Coordinator

Alex Darling (Navajo)
Student Success Coach

Shonday Randall Muscogee (Creek) Nation
Senior Admissions Coach

Cody Emrick
Program Administrator – Scholarships

Teresa Melendez (Pokagon Band of Potawatomi)
College Success Coordinator

Kelley Mitchell  (Diné)
Senior Student Success Coach

Jack Soto (Diné/Cocopah)
Career Readiness Pathways Program Manager

Owen Sapulpa Jr.  (Sicangu Lakota/Mvskoke Creek)
Administrative Assistant

Public Education

Dina Horwedel, Esq.
Director of Public Education and Communications

John Williams
Webmaster

Why Work Here

The American Indian College Fund is a top-ranked national charity making a difference in Native peoples’ lives and communities, while working to effect policy change in higher education.

We asked our staff, "What are your top reasons for working here?" They said:

  • Working in a great team with the same focus to support Native Scholars

  • Motivated and united by our mission

  • Support of cultural values

  • Great salary and benefits

  • Flexible work schedule

  • Consistent and supportive learning environment

  • Great office culture

  • Promotion of healthy work/life balance

  • The staff are hardworking and fun!

  • Ethical and transparent practices

In our 2018 employee engagement survey we asked our employees to tell us about some things we are doing great here. Some replies included:

  • The College Fund is an organization with its mission at the core of what we do and how we do it. Our team is focused on creating and improving opportunity for individuals and communities who need it most. We thrive in our dedication to accomplishing our work together as a whole team.

  • I feel like leadership and my boss go out of their way to make us feel appreciated. I am happy and proud to work here.

  • Our mission is incredible and it is clear that individual staff members are deeply passionate about service to that mission.

  • We are always trying to figure out how to do things better, we are clear about the importance and focus on our mission and work, overall we are generous and treat employees/staff well.

  • There is an extremely warm and welcoming culture at this organization.

Diversity and Inclusion comments

  • This is the most inspiring work to me because Native people at the College Fund are spearheading these programs and are giving Native communities the chance to form their own pathway through these programs.

  • I like that we incorporate Indigenous perspectives in how we treat each other and go about our work.

  • We thrive in cultural literacy, which helps us understand the distant places from where our students come.

  • I get a strong sense of mutual respect and inclusion from all staff members at the College Fund.

College Fund Career Opportunities

Program Officer – Faculty Development

Job Details

Job Title

Program Officer – Faculty Development

FLSA

Exempt

Position Type

Full-time

Reports To

VP for Research, Evaluation, and Faculty Development

Location

Denver, CO

Date Modified

June 12, 2019

Description

The Faculty Development Program Officer has direct responsibility for administering and managing multiple grant-funded non-scholarship programs in the Research, Evaluation, and Faculty Development Department including, the Andrew W.Mellon Foundation Faculty Career Enhancement Program, the Andrew W.Mellon Foundation Master’s Fellowship Program, the Nyswander and Blanchard Faculty Fellowship Programs,the Mellon Building Sustainability Grant Faculty Fellowship,and Delta Gamma. In addition, the aculty Development Program Officer will coordinate pathways for dissemination of TCU faculty research including the supervision of the annual Tribal College & University Research Journal, coordination of the annual TCU Faculty Research Convening and Intensive Writing Retreat, and administering the Faculty Professional Development grants and supervising the administration of the Andrew W. Mellon Graduate Hours Program. Finally, the Faculty Development officer will develop and lead processes to engage Tribal College faculty to assist the College Funin our capacity to develop aditional opportunities for TCU faculty including the establishment of a first-ever Tribal College and University Faculty Advisory Group.

The continued growth and development of tribal colleges and universities (TCUs) create a need for support in areas other than student scholarships. These areas most often include building infrastructure and intellectual capital within the TCUs. In line with the College Fund’s Misson, this position provides for the administration of faculty felowship programs that support increasing the institutional capacity of TCUs.

The very nature of this position requires a strong belief inand support for education in Nativecommunitiesand an in-depth understanding of the role faculty at Tribal Colleges and Universities hold inthisarena. In order to recruit, administer,and provide ongoing support for TCU faculty programs, theincumbent mustassist candidates and subsequently the recipients of the various awards. This oftenincludes helping the potential candidates understand the importance of completing the fellowship requirements within the term of the fellowship and understanding the time commitment involved so that the leaders of the participating TCU may grant appropriate release time to the recipient. The incumbent must provide support and assistance (where appropriate) to the fellowship recipients during those times when completion of the program’s requirements is challenging. An individual, who has excellent program management skills, exceptional relationship development and maintenance skills, is familiar with the multiple responsibilitie faculty hold at institutions of higher education, and is also cognizant of and has engaged in academic research and the demands of writing and completing a Ph.D. dissertation or other graduate degrees can best achieve this. Familiarity of TCUs and the American Indian communities they serve is helpful.

This position also requires a high level of interpersonal contacts with a variety of program stakeholders. The incumbent will develop and foster relationships with their team; mem bers of the College Fund; administration and staff of the TCUs; past, present and potential future fellows; and donors.

Essential Job Functions

    Ensures that each faculty fellowship program has a sufficient pool of qualified applicants to support a competitive award process.

  • Identify, contact and recruit qualified applicants for all faculty fellowships;

  • Ensure applications submitted are complete, meet the program requirements and are ready for review by the published due dates;

  • Manage all aspects of the fellowship selection process, including follow-up communication with all awardees and candidates who have applied.

  • Develops and implements activities necessary to achieve programs’ objectives.

  • Provides ongoing support to fellows and TCUs in order that fellowship objectives are successfully met;

  • Organizes annual meetings to orient fellows to program objectives, facilitate progress in the writing of dissertations or theses, and develop knowledge of research methodologies and issues facing TCUs;

  • Monitors and manages programs’ budgets and ensures programs’ objectives are met within budget constraints;

  • Disburses fellowship payments so as to maximally support fellows and reward progress;

  • Develops and manages timelines to meet established programs’ objectives, assuring that milestones are reached, and reporting is on time;

  • Creates comprehensive and timely reports for donors that demonstrate outcomes and the impact of grants;

  • Assures program documentation is organized, timely, accurate, and accessible to all who may need it, including the fundraising, accounting, and management teams;

  • Identifies mentors, expert consultants, and external evaluators to support fellows and provide program assessment;

  • Develops contracts needed to meet programs’ objectives;

  • Manages relationships with all individuals and organizations related to designated grant programs.

  • Monitors progress throughout the programs’ processes and, if necessary, recommends and implements appropriate corrective actions.

  • Continually seeks feedback from Fellows, TCU administration, and external program evaluators (for programs that require an external evaluator);

  • Disseminates information about program administration and progress for fundraising and public education purposes;

  • Documents and communicates program achievements and challenges;

  • Intervenes when needed to keep fellows on track to completion of requirements.

  • Assists in the development of future and ongoing program grants based on the needs of the College Fund, the tribal colleges and the objectives of the donors.

    Coordinates annual avenues for TCU Faculty research dissemination including the publication of the Tribal College & University Research Journal, the Annual TCU Faculty Research Convening, the annual Intensive Writing Retreat, and administering Faculty Professional Development grants.

Job Requirements

    Competencies

  • Knowledge of doctoral or other graduate degree attainment processes;

  • Experience with grant writing and reporting;

  • Program evaluation;

  • Incumbent must be able to work independently to design, plan and implement activities associated with grants received;

  • Excellent computer and internet research skills;

  • Demonstrated experience with grant budget management and timelines;

  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail;

  • Demonstrated writing skills;

  • Good presentation and interpersonal communication skills;

  • Demonstrated ability to develop and maintain positive professional relationships with various constituents related to programs;

  • Familiarity with tribal colleges and American Indian culture, education and communities;

  • Knowledge of various research methodologies and process for publishing research findings

  • Be cognizant of Journal writing formats and publishing processes

  • Coordination and scheduling of research-oriented activities/events

Qualifications

  • Doctorate degree (ABD accepted).

  • 2 years of experience with grant budget management and timelines .

  • Experience working as a faculty member at an institution of higher education.

  • Experience with academic research and dissemination (publication and presentation) processes.

  • Solid understanding of either qualitative or quantitative methodologies.

  • Experience in higher education working with faculty members, or

  • Master’s degree considered with 5 years of experience with grant budget management and timelines, and experience in higher education working with faculty members and teaching experience.

Work Environment and Physical Activities

  • Professional office environment.

  • Ability to lift twenty pounds.

  • Ability to work under tight deadlines and on multiple projects simultaneously, with minimum supervision.

  • Travel will be necessary to tribal colleges, events, conferences, etc.

To Apply

Send your cover letter and resume to applications@collegefund.org

Please put your name and the job title in the subject line.

Note: The intent is not to provide an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities, or qualifications associated with this position. Incumbent may perform other duties as assigned.

The American Indian College Fund is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Marketing Manager

Job Details

Job Title

Marketing Manager

Position Type

Full time, Exempt

Reports To

Director of Marketing

Location

Denver, CO

Date Modified

June 28, 2019

Position Description

The American Indian College Fund (College Fund) strives to positively impact the lives of American Indians by supporting their higher education and career objectives. College Fund team members believe education is the answer and collectively we raise funds, provide scholarships, and holistically support students in achieving their goals. Programming, research, and enhancing the capacities of tribal colleges and universities are also integral elements of our mission.

This position will help achieve the goals of the Office of Resource Development. Professional writing/communication skills, the ability and desire to take initiative, and expert knowledge and proven results in effective fundraising and engagement through written words are essential to the success of this position and the entire organization.

The work environment is both dynamic and fast-paced; and the organizational culture is one that focuses on accountability, teamwork, and a strong passion for our mission. This position will have the opportunity to work with individuals across the organization, along with other business partners and donors of the College Fund.

Essential Job Functions

  • Technical writing/copywriting/editing in support of all general population marketing/ collateral, including direct response, telemarketing, digital marketing, social media, event marketing, planned giving, cases for support, Resource Development web content and newsletters.

  • Works with direct response agency and Director of Marketing in managing day to day implementation of direct response program, including tracking revenue and expenses. .

Job Requirements

    Competencies

  • Excellent writing skills, with the ability to condense complex thoughts into concise, compelling, engaging messaging.

  • Knowledge and expertise in direct response strategy and implementation.

  • Experience reviewing and editing direct response copy.

  • Knowledge of donor/customer relationship management database software.

  • Experience in budget preparation assistance, budget management and budget tracking.

  • Accuracy and attention to detail a must.

  • Must be able to work independently, managing multiple priorities and deadlines.

  • Strong project management skills, with high comfort working with consultants and agency partners.

  • Ability to work well within a diverse team and across departments.

  • Flexibility to adapt to a fast-paced and dynamic work environment.

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills via all channels.

  • Personal characteristics sought include initiative, discretion, mature judgment, positive behavior and performance.

  • Knowledge of or interest in learning about American Indian higher education.

Required Education/Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree.

  • 5-7 years of relevant experience with above qualifications .

  • 3 years of solid technical/copywriting experience .

Preferred:

  • Experience in direct mail strategy and oversight.

  • Experience in budgeting/budget management .

Work Environment and Physical Activities

  • Professional office setting

  • Occasional travel.

  • Frequent keyboarding.

  • Lifting--up to 35 pounds

To Apply

Send your cover letter and resume to applications@collegefund.org

Please put your name and the job title in the subject line.

Note: The intent is not to provide an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities, or qualifications associated with this position. Incumbent may perform other duties as assigned.

The American Indian College Fund is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Community Outreach Senior Coordinator

Job Details

Job Title

Community Outreach Senior Coordinator

Position Type

Full time, Non-exempt

Reports To

Director of Marketing

Location

Denver, CO

Date Modified

June 28, 2019

Position Description

The American Indian College Fund (College Fund) strives to positively impact the lives of American Indians by supporting their higher education and career objectives. College Fund team members believe education is the answer and collectively we raise funds, provide scholarships, and holistically support students in achieving their goals. Programming, research, and enhancing the capacities of tribal colleges and universities are also integral elements of our mission.

This position will help achieve the goals of the Resource Development Department. Professional communication skills, the ability and desire to take initiative, and excellent relationship management experience are essential to this role. The work environment is dynamic and fast-paced, and the organizational culture is one that focuses on accountability, teamwork, and a strong passion for our mission. This position will have the opportunity to work with individuals across the organization, as well as with other business partners and donors of the College Fund.

Essential Job Functions

    Develops existing and new community outreach programs for the purpose of generating revenue and increasing brand awareness; such as crowdfunding, third-party fundraising (e.g. Facebook, Amazon Smile), affinity partnerships, and national and regional point of sales promotions.

  • Works with College Fund team(s) to promote, manage, and grow crowdfunding and third-party fundraising opportunities across all channels (including direct mail and owned and paid digital properties).

  • Works with national/regional corporate partners to implement affinity relationship and community-outreach projects, including project planning and management.

  • Manages existing in-kind media relationships and the production of in-kind content, including public service campaign assets, for all media outlets.

  • Maintains and organically grows in-kind and paid placement opportunities, including broadcast, phone, radio, and digital outreach.

  • Secures reports from in-kind donors valuing in-kind donations.

  • Works with agency partner(s) to develop project plans and timelines and oversees the implementation of promotional asset placement strategies.

  • Ensures media partner requirements and deadlines for placement are met, including mechanical specifications and all other relevant production information.

  • Follows College Fund procedures for budgets, reporting, etc.

  • Assists in preparation of and tracks and oversees annual revenue and expense budgets.

  • Submits monthly media summary reports with supporting documentation to the College Fund finance team.

  • Submits a monthly written narrative summary report, including activities and outcomes to supervisor

Job Requirements

    Competencies

  • Familiarity with philanthropic sector and understanding of fundraising concepts and trends.

  • Experience with crowdfunding and/or third-party fundraising concepts and tools.

  • Understanding of and experience in tracking and evaluating strategies and results.

  • Excellent written, verbal, and visual communication skills.

  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple projects and meet deadlines .

  • Understanding of industry standard video editing, lay out, photography, and motion graphics software as well as basic photography, videography, and audio recording.

  • Experience developing and overseeing donor and/or customer relationships.

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite.

  • Ability to work well within a diverse team and across departments.

  • Flexibility to adapt to a fast-paced and dynamic work environment.

  • Ability to multi-task, organize and meet deadlines.

  • Personal characteristics sought include initiative, discretion, mature judgment, positive behavior and performance.

  • Knowledge of and/or interest in learning about American Indian/Alaska Native education.

Required Education/Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in advertising, PR, Communications, English, Journalism, or related communication-based curriculum.

  • 2-3 years’ experience working in media, agency or non-profit environment .

  • 1-2 years career/job experience in project management .

Preferred:

  • People and project management experience .

  • Experience working with tribal nation communities and knowledge of American Indian/Alaska Native culture .

Work Environment and Physical Activities

  • This position is often required to pack boxes and lift them for shipping, and to lift equipment (computers, printers, recorders, screens, etc.), up to 20 to 30 pounds.

  • Frequent keyboarding.

To Apply

Send your cover letter and resume to applications@collegefund.org

Please put your name and the job title in the subject line.

Note: The intent is not to provide an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities, or qualifications associated with this position. Incumbent may perform other duties as assigned.

The American Indian College Fund is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Volunteer or Contact HR

Are you looking to find a place where your contributions make a difference? Have you some free time to lend a hand? Looking to find a place where you can develop your job skills in a fun and learning environment?

If you answered yes, then we would like to meet you.

The American Indian College Fund is seeking a civic minded individual/s who can volunteer their skills in the following area: Office or clerical support – answer phone, file, data entry.

Contact Info

Human Resources
303-426-8900

Send Your Resumé to:

American Indian College Fund
Human Resources
8333 Greenwood Blvd. Denver, CO 80221

The American Indian College Fund is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer

The American Indian College Fund is dedicated to the principles of equal employment opportunity in any term, condition, or privilege of employment. We do not discriminate against applicants or employees on the basis of age, race, gender, color, religion, national origin, disability, genetic information, sexual orientation, or any other status protected by federal, state, or local law.

Contact Us

Telephone

303-426-8900

Toll Free

800-776-FUND

Fax

303-426-1200