Seeking a Chief Operating Officer – Apply Today!

American Indian Graduate Center is seeking a talented individual for the role of Chief Operating Officer to join our team and help us empower Native students pursuing higher education.
Sound like the job for you? Please visit NPAG’s candidate portal for more information and apply today!


In support of its mission, American Indian Graduate Center now seeks a new Chief Operating Officer (COO) who will be responsible for the oversight and management of daily operations including managing and stewarding the financial health of the organization. Reporting to the Executive Director, the COO is a key member of the senior management team and will manage a diverse group of operations, finance and program staff committed to American Indian Graduate Center’s core values of excellence, impact, respect, empowerment and It’s Personal. The ideal candidate is detailed and process oriented, with strong financial management skills and working knowledge of Tribes and Tribal organizations. This is an exciting opportunity to lead core operations and oversee programming excellence with the premier organization funding and empowering the next generation of Native leaders across all sectors.


The ideal candidate will be a proven leader with high attention to detail, strong analytic skills and proven financial acumen. S/he/they will have previous experience managing high functioning, cross-functional teams. While no one candidate will embody all the qualifications enumerated below, the ideal candidate will possess many of the following professional and personal abilities, attributes and experiences:

• Bachelor’s degree; master’s preferred in business administration, accounting, management, or related field.

• Minimum 5 years of experience in a similar operations role responsible for fiscal management and budgeting, institutional fundraising, human resources, IT, business/program development, programming and strategic planning.

• Familiarity with American Indian history and culture; knowledge of Tribes and Tribal organizations, federal contract regulations and procedures, and financial aid procedures.

• Superior written, verbal and presentation skills to effectively communicate with all levels within the organization, external partners, funders, public and media.

• Strong relationship building and interpersonal communication skills.

• Track record of successful financial and budget management, including experience supporting organizational strategy though the effective stewardship of resources.

• Proven track record of effectively leading teams through strong project management by tracking, reporting, holding managers accountable for achieving goals and fostering a culture of collaboration, trust, and high achievement.

• Excellent understanding of principles and practices required to lead nonprofit organizations or educational institutions.

• Demonstrated experience creating and adapting policies and procedures including creating efficiencies and guiding investment in people and systems.

• A strategic and collaborative approach to planning and problem solving; ability to analyze situations and adopt appropriate courses of action.

Candidates may submit their cover letter, outlining their interest and qualifications, along with their resume via NPAG’s candidate portal.