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Indigenous Just Transition Program Associate

The Indigenous Environmental Network (IEN) is seeking an energetic Program Associate to join our Indigenous Just Transition program. The  Program Associate  will play a crucial role in the development and launch of this innovative program.   
IEN is seeking candidates that possess a background in any of the following areas, or all areas: program planning and development; community-based organizing and community development. The candidate must be knowledgeable and experienced with the importance and inclusion of Indigenous women, their voice, knowledge and perspective in the inclusion and creation of an Indgenous feminine regenerative economy. They must have strong written and verbal communication, administrative, organizational skills and the ability to maintain a realistic balance among multiple priorities. The position will report directly to the Indgenous Just Transition Program Director and will work with the Program Advisory Committee and the Executive Director and organizational Leadership Team. This position will be based in a 100% remote arrangement from a home/office environment.
IEN Indigenous Just Transition Program
Indigenous Just Transition (IJT) is a framework, a set of principles, to shift from a “stopping the bad to building the new”. In Indigenous thought, it is a healing process of understanding historical trauma, internalized oppression, and decolonization leading to planting the seeds, feeding and nurturing the “Good Way” of thinking in building healthy, sustainable communities and nations. It is lifting up “Indigenous Original Instructions” and teachings of respecting ourselves, our clans, our family systems, our Indigenous nations and how we are all related with all living things and our relationship with the spirit, personality and consciousness of the sacredness of Mother Earth and Father Sky. A Just Transition requires us to build an Economy for Life in a way that is very different from the dominant societies’ economy we are in now. This calls for strategies that democratize, decentralize and diversify economic activity while we damper down consumption, and redistribute resources and power. These principles are fundamental ideals for how the Indigenous Environmental Network envisions Indigenous Just Transition building sustainable Indigenous Nations and communities across Turtle Island. This is the foundation upon which Tribes and our communities can build localized, living economies for the next seven generations and beyond. 
The Indigenous Environmental Network (IEN) is a network of grassroots Indigenous Peoples whose mission is to protect the sacredness of Mother Earth from contamination and exploitation by strengthening, maintaining, and respecting traditional teachings and natural laws. The candidate must be able demonstrate knowledge of Indigenous cultural lifeways, spirituality and values.
Overview of the Position
This position involves a variety of tasks and roles: The Program Associate works with the  IJT Program Director, additional staff, and the IJT Advisory Committee to develop and implement the IJT Program in “Indian Country”. The Associate will work with the Director in program development and strategic planning in developing and implementation of an Indigenous-based campaign on Just Transition. The position will assist in the writing of popular education and information materials on Indigenous-based Just Transition, with its Indigenous lens and approach. The Associate will respond to Indigenous Peoples seeking more information on the IJT Program and its program services. Indigenous community engagement is a key process of the IJT Program. This engagement will include a diversity of Indigenous Peoples, such as, but not limited to Indigenous community-based groups and Indgenous nations with goals to build sustainable communities and nations. A component of this Program will network with Indigenous communities and groups that have been active in resistance to extractive industries to support their vision of Just Transition within their communities.The IJT Program Associate position may require the ability for frequent travel. IEN policies on Covid pandemic safety conditions will be recognized.  
Duties and Responsibilities:
  • The Program Associate will work with the IJT Director in the IJT program development, strategic planning, and implementation of the IJT Program in Indian Country.
  • Assist in the writing of popular education and information materials on Indigenous-based Just Transition. 
  • Engage communities and Indigenous nations and identify, organize and facilitate networking and community strategy and learning sessions.
  • Participate in and facilitate IJT workshops or trainings with partners and communities.
  • Must be committed to rebuilding an Indigenous feminine regenerative economy.
  • Co-organize community meetings, sectoral peer gatherings and help plan regional IJT convenings.
  • Build relationship with IEN affiliated members and partners who are important to the
IJT campaign goals and collaborate with them to explore and expand campaign
  • Contribute to the creation of training and popular education materials for Indigenous
nations and communities.
  • Generate monthly reports regarding the IJT program and create a list of follow up
actions and subsequent strategy.
  • Work with the IEN communications and media team in crafting infographics, social media, and other digital content to share program updates, stories and otherwise support, uplift and amplify the IJT Program of work.
  • Occasionally represent the Indigenous Environmental Network in print, digital and video
Candidate Qualification
  • A minimum of a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent related experience.
  • Must have a demonstrated commitment to IEN’s mission and values.
  • Be respectful, open, accountable, positive, and ethical in community engagement and overall work.
  • Must have personal knowledge and experience working with and in reservation and rural-based Indigenous communities.
  • Have some program development and planning, organizing  and community development experience or knowledge thereof.
  • Experience strategizing, analyzing, developing, organizing and running successful programs required.
  • Strong analytical and problem solving skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal, written and visual communications skills.
  • Experience or interest in campaign development.
  • Knowledge of and/or strong interest in Indigenous energy, environmental, food, economic and climate justice.
  • Ability to multitask and monitor several projects on a daily basis.
  • Ability to work well under pressure and manage time effectively.
  • Ability to work independently and in a team.
  • Ability to travel via airplane, bus, train, vehicle and other modes of transportation.
  • Must have reliable access to internet and phone services.
  •  A successful track record in setting priorities and meeting deadlines.
  • Demonstrate self-awareness, emotional agility, good coping and stress management skills.
  • Excellent communication and relationship-building and team-building skills with an ability to prioritize, negotiate, and work with a variety of internal and external stakeholders.
  • Have experience working with either Indigenous Nations, non-profit Indigenous Peoples Organizations and demonstrate a working knowledge of North American Indigenous lifeways and culture.
Compensation: $55,000 annually with a competitive benefit package. Full-time position.
Application timeline: The application process is open until filled. Applications will be reviewed as received until the position is filled.
Include letter of interest, resume and at least four (4) references.
For questions or to apply, please email
To apply, please email cover letter and resume to the interviewing team at 
and include “IJT Program Associate” in the subject line.
Established in 1990, The Indigenous Environmental Network is an international environmental justice nonprofit that works with tribal grassroots organizations to build the capacity of Indigenous communities. I EN’s activities include empowering Indigenous communities and tribal governments to develop mechanisms to protect our sacred sites, land, water, air, natural resources, the health of both our people and all living things, and to build economically sustainable communities.
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