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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. (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 and 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, Ph.D.
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 and 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

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

Career Readiness Coach

Job Details

Job Title

Career Readiness Coach

FLSA

Exempt

Position Type

Full-time

Reports To

Senior Program Manager, Career Readiness

Location

Denver, CO

Date Modified

June 25, 2019

Position Description

The Career Readiness Coach supports the development of career readiness programming with the Career Readiness Senior Program Manager and partners to further departmental goals in increasing the number of American Indian/Alaska Native Employable Graduates. Career readiness programming will focus on enhancing opportunities and knowledge that allows AIAN students to explore, develop, and thrive in setting and meeting personal and professional goals. Programming will provide connections to meaningful networks, exposure to career readiness exploration and assessments, and experiential education strategies to support their educational and career aspirations.

Responsibilities of the coach will include aspects of program design, implementation, and evaluation. The coach will also collaborate with department and inter-departmental teammates to meet organization goals and objectives. The Career Readiness Coach will also assist in establishing a program tracking and monitoring system to support the evaluation and measurement towards department and organizational goals.

Essential Job Functions

    Support Employable Graduate and Career Readiness Needs and Execute Strategies:

  • Collaborate with student success team members to identify and coordinate Employable Graduate objectives across all student success initiatives

  • Work with the Career Readiness Senior Program Manager to develop and execute career readiness strategies to effectively and efficiently achieve objectives; includes but not limited to career exploration activities (i.e. internships, job shadowing), Career tool implementation, student coaching

  • Engage and develop meaningful relationships with community partners, regional, and national organizations to support student success to Support effective collaboration and complimentary student services efforts with the TCUs and other partners

  • Support program and department evaluation with effective and accurate student monitoring and reporting on progress and outcomes

  • Stay current with trends college success and career readiness, program planning and design, and experiential education in and out of Native higher education and communities

  • Support Cross-Departmental Collaborative Efforts to Achieve College Fund Student Success and Career Readiness Objectives:

  • Routinely share relevant information across the College Fund, including but not limited to, student stories, student success activities, outcomes and accomplishments, and other relevant information related to career readiness.

  • Maintain accurate records and reporting of student career experiences, progress towards goals and objectives

  • Actively Participate in other Student Success Services and College Fund activities as needed:

  • Work in a team environment and assist other team members in meeting departmental and organization goals and objectives

Job Requirements

    Competencies

  • Proficient IT skills particularly with databases and Microsoft Office products

  • Demonstrated initiative and creativity in program development

  • Ability to develop and enhance relationships

  • Ability to meet deadlines for a wide variety of job assignments

  • Ability to manage numerous tasks and/or projects at one time

  • Attention to and tolerance for detail

  • Ability to work independently with minimal direction

  • Ability to work collaboratively within and across departments as well as with external partners

  • Proven ability to accomplish defined goals and objectives

  • Experience presenting for small and large groups

  • Willingness to travel during certain periods

Education/Experience:

  • BA Degree

  • Experience working with AIAN or underserved population college students and communities

Preferred Qualifications:

  • MA in Higher Education Administration, Student Affairs, or related field and/or four years of work experience in an education related setting

  • Involvement and/or experience with career readiness and planning process

  • Two years of experience working in a field related to career readiness or planning

Work Environment and Physical Activities

  • Professional office environment

  • Frequent keyboarding

  • Lifting from 20-30 pounds

  • Travel as assigned, airplane and car


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


Resource Development Coordinator

Job Details

Job Title

Resource Development Coordinator

FLSA

Non Exempt

Position Type

Full-time

Department

Resource Development

Reports To

Chief Marketing and Development Officer

Location

Denver, CO

Date Modified

September 20, 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.

This position works directly with the Chief Marketing and Development Officer (CMDO) and the Resource Development team in support of the College Fund’s strategic objectives.

This position will manage specific departmental functions/projects, including event management, as well as provide direct project and administrative support to the CMDO. Initiative, professionalism and discretion are imperative to success.

This position shares in the front desk operations to provide professional and efficient management of visitors, telephone calls and messages.

Essential Job Functions

    Provides direct administrative support to CMDO and Resource Development Department. Examples of administrative support include:

  • Administering travel plans and travel preparation

  • Departmental budget development, tracking and administration

  • Meeting scheduling, administration and attendance

  • Participates in departmental planning and implementation, including:

  • Event planning (i.e., E.A.T.S.S. events, donor-driven events, third-party events)

  • Student Ambassador participation and logistics

  • Technology needs for fundraising events and donor communications

  • Department collateral

  • Donor cultivation and management

  • Oversight of department inventory, including collateral and supplies

  • Responsibilities for front desk administration include:

  • Receives and directs telephone callers and visitors in a professional manner

  • Ensures knowledge of staff whereabouts and maintains accurate and complete information for the Daily Schedule

  • Manages the incoming College Fund general email and voicemail messages

  • Supports College Fund teams as requested and takes on special projects as needed.

Job Requirements

    Competencies

  • Strong computer skills, with expertise in Outlook, MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint

  • Strong writing and editing skills

  • Demonstrated ability to work as a proactive self-starter with the capability of problem solving and managing details

  • Ability to organize and meet deadlines for a wide variety of job assignments

  • Ability to communicate and work effectively with internal teams and external constituents

  • Budget tracking experience

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Advanced presentation development and PowerPoint skills

  • Experience with fundraising, including building donor relationships

  • Experience with marketing

  • Event planning and implementation experience

  • Experience with non-profit CRM applications

Education/Experience:

  • Associates Degree required, Bachelor’s Degree preferred

  • 4 years progressive relevant experience with the above requirements

Work Environment and Physical Activities

  • Ability to lift up to thirty pounds

  • Multi-tasking with a variety of different responsibilities

  • Ability to travel via airplane or car (limited)

  • Ability to travel via airplane or car (limited)

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


Accountant

Job Details

Job Title

Accountant

FLSA

Exempt/ Professional

Position Type

Full-time

Reports To

Controller

Location

Denver, CO

Date Modified

October 2019

Position Description

The Accountant is responsible for supporting the accurate and timely accounting and financial reporting for the American Indian College Fund. The position will support investment and budget management, reporting and analysis, and provide back-up for day-to-day accounting functions.

This position has significant contact with all fund staff regarding financial information and communicates with external vendor partners.

Essential Job Functions

    Conducts monthly investment allocations and reconciliations:

  • Endowment investments

  • Program and operational investments

  • Trust investments

  • Manage monthly program/project budget to actual reports:

  • Work with program officers and project managers to create budget to actual templates, including clarifying account coding for budget line items

  • Update budget to actual reports monthly

  • Review monthly reports with program officers and project managers to ensure accuracy of accounting and appropriate budget management

  • Complete monthly organizational and department budget to actual reports, and review and analyze at organizational level:

  • Post monthly departmental budget to actual reports and directly share with department leads

  • Provide organizational monthly budget to actual variance report, including variance explanations

  • Support annual budget creation process

    Provide quarterly reporting on allocation of disbursements to TCUs by program categories and in total

    Support all Board reporting

    Support annual audit and 990 completion

    Support additional month and year-end accounting processes as needed

    Provide back-up support for day-to-day accounting functions (i.e. accounts payable processes, donor batch posting)

Job Requirements

    Competencies

  • Skilled in general accounting, allocation, and reconciliation theory and process

  • High level skill and comfort with accounting systems, payroll systems, Excel and Word

  • High level of attention to detail and accuracy

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills

  • Ability to hold oneself and others accountable

  • Ability to work independently and in collaboration with others

  • Ability to multi-task and meet deadlines

Education/Experience:

  • Associates or bachelor’s degree in accounting or finance

  • 3+ years accounting experience

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience in non-profit fund accounting

  • Experience with budget management

  • Experience with investment earnings accounting and allocation

  • Experience with Financial Edge

Work Environment and Physical Activities

  • Professional office setting

  • Visual acuity is essential in the performance of this job

  • Constant keyboarding makes the ability to use a computer for long periods of time essential

  • Occasional lifting up to 25 pounds

To Apply

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

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.


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



The American Indian College Fund is an Equal Opportunity Employer


Program Administrator – Tribal Colleges and Universities

Job Details

Job Title

Program Administrator – Tribal Colleges and Universities

Position Type

Full time

Reports To

Vice President, Programs

Location

Denver, CO

Date Modified

October 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 the College Fund and our Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (ORSP) achieve its strategic goals and objectives through administering a variety of sponsored programs.

Program Administration ranges from basic grant distribution to the Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCU) to more complex programming involving strategic design, development, implementation and documentation of outcomes. This position is responsible for the implementation of grant components to achieve objectives that are required by each program grant. Program implementation includes developing program plans and monitoring systems, managing budgets aligned with grant purposes, and supporting the adherence to program milestones and reporting timelines. Current programs include, but are not limited to, supporting TCUs with workforce development and high school equivalency degree programming, and assisting in a pilot program for reentry for Native young adults.

Responsibilities include evaluation and impact assessment of sponsored programs. Evaluation and impact assessment are a collaborative effort within the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs to assess best practices and overall programmatic impact towards the College Fund’s strategic goals.

This position will work directly with TCU administration, staff, faculty, students, and other external constituents such as donors and contractors, and fellow College Fund employees. Close collaboration and proactive communication with other members of the ORSP, Student Success Services, and Resource Development departments are essential for overall sponsored program success.

Essential Job Functions

    Conducts monthly investment allocations and reconciliations:

  • Endowment investments

  • Program and operational investments

  • Trust investments

  • Coordinate and execute the timely implementation of a variety of sponsored programs:

  • Develop and implement program plans and monitoring systems

  • Draft and distribute requests for proposal, administer selection process, and communicate and disburse awards

  • Monitor grantee progress towards grant objectives and provide support and guidance, and problem solve as needed to ensure objectives are met

  • Coordinate gatherings and site visits

  • Coordinate consultants and contractors, as needed

  • Collect and maintain data for program accountability and reporting purposes

  • Track, analyze, and manage program expenses to ensure efficiency and accountability

  • Ensure communication and reporting to donors are appropriate and timely

  • Support the TCUs with needs and questions related to a variety of sponsored programs:

  • Provide TCUs with comprehensive communications regarding programs, such as, program requests for proposals, program awards, program budgets and objectives, and reporting expectations

  • Determine the need for and develop technical assistance strategies for TCUs related to program administration

  • Conduct site visits as required or as needed

  • Administer financial and administrative processes for a variety of sponsored programs:

  • Manage vendor, contractor, and consultant agreements and invoices

  • Prepare travel authorization documents

  • Prepare check requests and ensure payments are sent with proper documentation

  • Create and gather monthly summaries of sponsored programs for reporting to Board and senior leadership

  • Conduct routine review of financials: expenditures and budgets

  • Collaborate with other teams within the College Fund to accomplish organizational goals:

  • Disseminate information about Sponsored Program activity for internal accountability, fundraising and public education purposes

  • Engage in ORSP and College Fund discussions related to program impact, and provide summarized/analyzed project information

  • Provide input for future programming

  • Explore areas for related or new programming with TCUs

    Administer other duties as assigned

Job Requirements

    Competencies

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite

  • Ability to work collaboratively 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

  • Demonstrated skill in program administration and implementation

  • Proven ability to accomplish defined goals and objectives within timelines

  • Self-motivated, ability to independently follow activities through to completion with minimal direction

  • Ability to manage multiple programs, budgets, and grants

  • Demonstrated initiative to identify challenges, and create and implement solutions

  • Ability to communicate verbally, in writing, and present to diverse audiences

  • Ability to develop and enhance relationships and project partnerships

Education/Experience:

  • Master’s or Juris Doctor

  • Minimum three years of experience administering grants and/or sponsored programs

  • 1-2 years career/job experience in curriculum development or coordination of curriculum development and/or partnership development

  • Experience working directly with culturally diverse groups of people

Preferred Qualifications:

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

  • Workforce development and education experience and/or career readiness experience

Work Environment and Physical Activities

  • Professional office environment

  • 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

  • Air and car travel

To Apply

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

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.


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



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? Do you have 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