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Administrative Assistant

Duties and Responsibilities – Grants Administrator/Human Resource

Now-Hiring-imageThe grants administrator’s responsibilities will include reporting and implementing various funding streams. The administrator will also work with
the Executive Director during the planning and writing process in order to
be aware of the uses of potential funding. In all, he/she has the
ability to perform grant program design and implementation, com
pliance and grant reporting. The successful applicant will report to the executie director and will play a leadership role while supervising th
e staff during the impleentation of grant related activities. He/she will work closely with the fund raising team in order to make the grant process work effectively and efficiently. The position requires a methodological and analytical approach to meet such requirements. They also need to provide clear communication of proper rules and regulations for approving grants, its specifications, requirements and objectives across all departments of the organization and the management.

Human Resource administrator will ensure all personnel files are up do date. Will monitor state and Federal employment rules and regulations to ensure that the organization is compliant. Will track, monitor and report employee time cards, vacation time, retirement plan.

Duties and Responsibilities of a Grants Manager

  • Managing and supporting the grants requirement and implementation for the organization
  • Identify and develop strategies to optimize the grants administration process
  • Perform relevant research to identify available grant opportunities and evaluate the results
  • Directly involve in grant writing by coordinating with grant writers or coordinators
  • Oversee if the grants are implemented according to the operational and financial needs of the organization
  • Keep the relevant staff informed about upcoming deadlines and deliverables, thereby ensuring smooth completion of work responsibilities
  • Oversee if other grant staff (coordinators, writers and administrators) is complying with their job responsibilities
  • Oversee the job of invoicing, accounting, reporting, and other administrative functions to ensure successful execution of grant process
  • Prepare financial or budget plans and allocation along with the planning and finance department in accordance with each requirement
  • Analyze the budget trends and make recommendations for cost control and reduction for various grants
  • Provide detailed reports to the funders and the board of directors with respect to the organization’s progress
  • Monitor paperwork and other related documents connected with grant-funded programs
  • Maintain records of all payments and receivables and prepare monthly records for all grant related activities

Essential Skills and Abilities

  • Excellent project management skills with experience in managing and supervising administrative projects
  • Posses supreme organizational skills
  • Strong command over written and verbal communication
  • Excellent interpersonal and presentation skills
  • Good understanding of the organization’s overall business and its objectives
  • Possess good knowledge of planning and strategizing financial and budgeting issues
  • Ability to work within a team and provide support to the Organization Staff
  • Ability to perform in cross-functional team approach and job responsibilities
  • Experience with basic financial management skills including developing and monitoring budgets and financial reporting
  • A multi-tasker with strong ability to work under under pressure
  • Ability to prioritize work, meet deadlines and produce quality results on time with attention to detail.
  • Proficient in using computers with related knowledge of software programs and Internet. Proficient in Microsoft office products is essential (Excel, Word, Outlook).

 

Educational Requirements

A bachelors degree is preferred or experience that will relate to the position advertised.  An understanding of accounting terms and financials is preferred.

 

Compensation

This is an hourly position at $15-$20 per hour DOE.

Full time employees receive a retirement package.

Health benefit stipend.


Native preference will be given.

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NNDF Receives Access to New $22M Loan Fund

Coulee Dam, WA – The Northwest Native Development Fund (NNDF) will soon have a major increase in its lending capacity – to support tribal community facilities projects.  In conjunction with Craft3, a nonprofit lending institution that serves Washington and Oregon, NNDF has been granted access to a $20 million Community Facilities loan fund from USDA Rural Development, and a $2 million grant from Northwest Area Foundation.

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“I’m thrilled to partner with Craft3 to help NNDF gain access to over $20 million dollars in long-term facilities financing could fill a huge hole in our community,” said Ted Piccolo, NNDF Executive Director.  “As an example, with this new type of funding, the NNDF could have funded the recently completed Coulee Medical Center project. That is the scope of project we will be actively seeking out.”

The NNDF already provides loans for business startups and equipment financing.  This new opportunity focuses on a different financial need in our area– developing community facilities.  Funds from the program, which was announced in October, can be used to purchase, construct or improve essential community facilities, purchase equipment and pay related project expenses.  Examples of essential community facilities include:

  • Healthcare facilities such as hospitals, medical clinics, dental clinics, nursing homes or assisted living facilities
  • Public facilities such as town halls, courthouses, airport hangars or street improvements
  • Community support services such as child care centers, community centers, fairgrounds or transitional housing
  • Public safety services such as fire departments, police stations, prisons, police vehicles, fire trucks, public works vehicles or equipment
  • Education services such as museums, libraries or private schools
  • Utility services such as telemedicine or distance learning equipment
  • Local food systems such as community gardens, food pantries, community kitchens, food banks, food hubs or greenhouses

(For a complete list see Code of Federal Regulations 7 CFR, Part 1942.17(d) for loans; 7 CFR, Part 3570.62 for grants.)

The NNDF will be looking for projects that fit the above criteria in and around the Colville and Spokane reservations.

“Lack of capital in tribal communities means a lack of opportunity – and that lack of opportunity has helped create generational, persistent poverty.” said Adam Zimmerman, President & CEO of Craft3. “We’re proud to be partnering with USDA Rural Development and the Northwest Area Foundation on Uplift America to make critical investments that improve quality of life, reduce poverty, improve access to capital, and create jobs.”

“These investments will lift the economic prospects of our communities and create jobs, especially in those areas that have not yet realized their potential for growth,” said Mario Villanueva, Washington State Director for USDA Rural Development. “Thanks to this financing, USDA Rural Development’s local partners will have the resources to build, create and invest in the essential community facilities and services, like public safety, health care and education.”

Community Facilities loan funding from the Uplift America program will be available at the beginning of 2017.  For more information regarding Community Facilities loan opportunities, contact Ted Piccolo at the Northwest Native Development Fund, (509) 634-2624.

NNDF AWARDED $240,000 WELLS FARGO GRANT

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NNDF one of 12 organizations nationwide selected

COULEE DAM, WA – The Northwest Native Development Fund (NNDF) has been selected as one of only 12 nationwide Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) to receive a “Wells Fargo Works for Small Business: Diverse Community Capitol” grant (DCC). CDFIs like the NNDF are private, nonprofit financial institutions that assist underserved populations. Wells Fargo & Company announced on Monday that it is providing $11.2 million to help CDFIs better serve diverse-owned small businesses – $8.17 million in lending capital and $3.075 million in grants.

The NNDF was selected for this round of the Wells Fargo DCC program from among 98 applicants and will use its portion of the DCC loan funds to solidify operations and provide loans to small business owners who may not qualify for traditional financing.  The NNDF will then utilize the grant funds to expand outreach to diverse small business owners, upgrade technology, enhance products and increase technical assistance and coaching to borrowers.

“CDFIs play an important role in helping small business owners access resources that can be critical to success,” said Mike Rizer, Wells Fargo’s head of Community Relations. “Wells Fargo recognizes the vital role that CDFIs play and we are excited to continue the Diverse Community Capital program and to know that more small businesses will start and grow as a result.”

“This has been quite a welcome surprise.” said Ted Piccolo, NNDF Executive Director.  “The NNDF is honored to be one of only a couple Native CDFI’s in the entire nation to receive this award and we look forward to plowing these resources back into helping Indian Country.”

Funding from the Wells Fargo DCC grant will allow the NNDF to address a number of current challenges:

  • Provide a loan loss reserve fund so the NNDF can increase lending.
  • Allow the NNDF to employ a small business coach and also fund more hours for a loan officer.
  • Provide a funds match for the NNDF’s IDA clients – people saving for a first time home or small business. (IDA = Matched savings program. You save $1 we match it with $8.)
  • Inject $70,000 into the NNDF direct lending capital – providing more financing directly into the local community.

The DCC grant program will help the NNDF address challenges that diverse and remote Native owned businesses face when starting or growing their own businesses. This is a unique program that is a collaboration between Wells Fargo and Opportunity Finance Network, a national network of CDFIs. Opportunity Finance Network will be offering a “social capital” component of this program that will focus on helping the NNDF grow stronger through activities like in-person networking, mentorship, consulting and peer learning.

ABOUT THE NNDF

The Northwest Native Development Fund seeks to foster economic and financial independence for Native people by assisting in the development of personal assets through financial and entrepreneurial education as well as providing access to capital through creative lending products. NNDF will promote this mission by increasing home ownership and economic opportunities.

Northwest Native Development Fund Provides Funding For Local Business

Coulee Dam, WA – The Northwest Native Development Fund (NNDF) makes another small business loan in Indian country. Brian Nissen, Chairman of the Boar of the Colville Security company, recently led the company to provide security services for Chief Joseph Dam. Colville Security is an 8a certified company that is now employing over 28 people on (and around) the Colville Indian Reservation.1872

Due to a natural delay in billing cycles, the fledgling company needed funds to purchase some necessary equipment at the front end of the new deal. That led them to the Northwest Native Development Fund and the relationship is a natural fit. The NNDF was able to provide the working capital funding needed to bridge the billing gap.

“This is a case where the NNDF has shown a natural fit as a financing entity. The business gets the job, hires the people, purchases the equipment and NNDF provides the ‘first in’ financing where no one else could do it.” said Ted Piccolo, executive director of NNDF (pictured with Brian Nissen).

The NNDF looks forward to serving the Native owned security company on further cashflow needs as they continue to grow and add more jobs to the Colville Indian Reservation and surrounding communities.
About The Northwest Native Development Fund

The Northwest Native Development Fund seeks to foster economic and financial independence for Native people by assisting in the development of personal assets through financial and entrepreneurial education as well as providing access to capital through creative lending products. NNDF will promote this mission by increasing home ownership and economic opportunities.

For more information on the NNDF, go to www.thenndf.org.

NNDF Receives Financial Assistance Grant

Northwest Native Development Fund Announced as a 2017 CDFI Fund Award Recipient

 

Nespelem, Washington (October 10, 2016) – The Northwest Native Development Fund (NNDF) is the recipient a $500,000 grant from the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Community Development Financial Institutions Fund (CDFI Fund).

This grant will allow the NNDF to continue its goal of helping individuals create and build assets such as, but not limited entirely to, homes and small businesses.  The NNDF accomplishes this by providing financial and technical assistance services for those who may not qualify for other sources of funding.  They leverage their available resources with local lenders and technical assistance providers.

“We are truly grateful for the CDFI Fund award this year,” said Ted Piccolo, Executive Director of the Northwest Native Development Fund. “This comes at a pivotal time for the NNDF in making more small business loans to Natives in the Plateau region of Eastern Washington. We can bring more vital financing to the Colville and Spokane Indian Reservations where small business financing is incredibly difficult.”
About the CDFI Fund

Since its creation in 1994, the CDFI Fund has awarded more than $2.2 billion to CDFIs, community development organizations, and financial institutions through the CDFI Program, the NACA Program, the Bank Enterprise Award Program, the Capital Magnet Fund, and the Financial Education and Counseling Pilot Program. In addition, the CDFI Fund has allocated $43.5 billion in tax credit allocation authority to Community Development Entities through the New Markets Tax Credit Program, and $852 million has been guaranteed in bonds through the CDFI Bond Guarantee Program.

To learn more about the CDFI Fund and its programs, please view the Fact Sheet or visit the CDFI Fund’s website at www.cdfifund.gov.
About The Northwest Native Development Fund

The Northwest Native Development Fund seeks to foster economic and financial independence for Native people by assisting in the development of personal assets through financial and entrepreneurial education as well as providing access to capital through creative lending products. NNDF will promote this mission by increasing home ownership and economic opportunities.

For more information on the NNDF, go to www.thenndf.org.

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The NNDF A Little Loan Fund That Could… Help a New Restaurateur

—News Release—

The NNDF A Little Loan Fund That Could… Help a New Restaurateur

Tribal member Theresa Desautel-Gilcrist opens up the first restaurant in the Colville Tribes new Government Center

February 4, 2016 – Nespelem Washington.

In November of 2014, Theresa Desautel saw an opportunity. The Colville Tribes had just opened a brand new multi-million dollar government center that would house the entire Tribal administration. Hundreds of employees would be working in the new, state-of-the-art building. All those employees needed to eat.

Mrs. Desautel-Gilcrist approached the Tribe with a proposal to operate a cafeteria in the new building, offering healthy, tasty fare for breakfast and lunch. The new cafeteria would be operated by a private person, a Tribal member, rather than the government. The Tribal administration liked her idea and said, “Yes” to her proposal.Theresa sign

There was one problem. Mrs. Desautel-Gilcrist needed start up capital and some help with her business plan. The Northwest Native Development Fund has established itself as the “go to” local organization for both funding and business expertise for budding native entrepreneurs. Theresa turned to the Northwest Native Development Fund for help and the staff at NNDF went to work helping her make her dream come true.

The Executive Director of the NNDF, Ted Piccolo, noted some of the challenges Theresa faced, “Revenue projections for restaurants are difficult. Projections for a café, on a Reservation, in a brand new building of this size are even more difficult,” he said, “but things are always easier when the owner dives right into the project and Theresa really did.”

Entrepreneurs with a new business idea often find that start-up capital is extremely difficult, and often impossible, to get. Trying to get that kind of financing for a Tribally owned building on an Indian Reservation adds to that challenge. It most often entails more difficulties than an outside bank can address. However, the Northwest Native Development Fund was established to meet challenges just like this and has built itself upon doing those difficult deals. The specialized vision of the NNDF allows it to see true potential, accurately assessing the capabilities of the prospective native entrepreneur and then providing the financing needed.

Piccolo said, “In the case of Red Willow Café’, the market was there. The customers were right there in the building. The owner, Theresa, was burning the midnight oil leading up to the opening and the Tribal government administration really wanted a private individual in there who could service their employees. There was just many reasons a financing entity in the right place, with the right philosophy of lending, would take the opportunity to partner with Mrs. Desautel-Gilcrist.”

Eight weeks later the Red Willow Café’ opened its doors. Inside were 5 new employees and a whole new line-up of foods for the Nespelem area including healthy salads, sandwiches, soups, and smoothies. It might have seemed normal for Seattle, but for this small proud community located in the heart of the Colville Indian Reservation it is new and exciting. Very exciting.

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NNDF In The News

The Northwest Native Development Fund was in the news recently for our efforts in micro-enterprise development in the region.

Check out this news story from the Public News Service.

 

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In Okanogan County, the Northwest Native Development Fund is having its second Small Business Gala to honor not just business owners but those who are their best customers. Executive Director Ted Piccolo says every week is Entrepreneurship Week in northern Washington. “For folks like us, we’re looking around thinking, ‘Well, join the party!’” he says. “It’s what we do every day, working with microenterprise and small business.” Piccolo says his group also is congratulating a new group of Indianpreneurship graduates, who have taken a rigorous 10-week course to emerge with a business plan, and working to help market the area’s Native American artists. – See more at: http://www.publicnewsservice.org/2014-11-17/livable-wages-working-families/nurturing-local-global-entrepreneurs-in-wa/a42883-1#sthash.lkgxEXsT.dpuf

In all actuality it is not us doing the hard work. It is all those entrepreneurs out there fighting the elements and the odds to make it happen.

NNDF Recognized For Exemplary Service

NNDF Executive Director Elected to National Board

NCNBOARD2Tuesday October 14th, NNDF Executive Director, Ted Piccolo was elected to the Board of the Native CDFI Network (NCN).

The NCN is the leading advocacy body for the Native CDFI Industry.

 

Two-­‐time Grammy Nominee, Randy Wood, to headline 2nd Annual Native Business Awards Gala

SANYO DIGITAL CAMERACOULEE DAM WASHINGTON – On November 21st, the Northwest Native Development Fund (NNDF) will be holding its Second Annual Business Awards Gala Dinner at the Northern Quest Resort in Airway Heights. Renowned singer, dancer, and speaker Randy Wood will headline the entertainment. Mr. Wood is the first Native American to ever be nominated in the “Native American Music Awards” category, including the 2002 Grammy and JUNO awards for his first solo recording album. His third recording album won Best Traditional album at the 2005 Native American Music Awards. His second Grammy nomination came in 2006 for his song “Our love will never die.”

“We could not be more excited at the prospect of Mr. Wood coming to perform for us this November,” said Ted Piccolo, NNDF Executive Director. “We thought last year’s event was great but this year’s gala is going to be an extra special event,” Piccolo said.

The event will honor three members of the local native community for their work on behalf of native business development. The Eagle Award will be given to honor the Native Business of the Year, the Salmon Award to honor the Native Purchaser of the Year, and the Bear Award for the Native Business Advocate of the Year. Those receiving these prestigious awards will be announced at the event.

The 2013 Native Business Awards Gala drew over 100 people and was sponsored by Sterling Savings Bank, The Colville Tribes, and the Northwest Area Foundation. The event was attended by local business owners, civic and tribal leaders, representatives from the finance industry, and high school youth leaders.

This year the NNDF is expecting twice as many attendees. In addition to the bestowing of the prestigious business awards and the entertainment from Mr. Wood, the event this year will also feature a silent auction. The proceeds of the auction will help promote local Native Artists.

The NNDF’s Eagle, Salmon and Bear Awards

The NNDF has designed special awards to recognize the significant contributions of Native entrepreneurs and business people to the economic development of the local native community.

The Eagle Award is presented to the Native Business of the Year. In Native Culture, the eagle is recognized, as being a visionary. He exemplifies someone who possesses great courage and wisdom. The 2013 Eagle Award went to Claw Construction, a Native owned company in Coulee Dam Washington.

The Salmon Award recognizes a person, business or government organization who purchases Native products and services. The salmon have always provided for Native people, also the salmon have been a major source of trade for the Native people in the Pacific Northwest. It is appropriate that the award recognizing someone for supporting Native businesses is compared to the salmon. The first recipient of the NBN Salmon award was Wildhorse Resort/Casino and their COO Gary George.

Finally, the third award is the Bear Award and recognizes the Native Business Advocate of the year. The Bear is recognized in Native Culture as a protector of the woods. The Bear is seen as wise and someone who will stand up for the smaller animals in the forest. As such the Native Business Advocate of the year possesses those same attributes as the 2013 Bear Award winner David Bonga does.

NNDF Executive Director, Ted Piccolo, believes this growing event serves an important purpose in the development of the entrepreneurial spirit in the Native community. “I am glad to see real public support and recognition for the entrepreneurial spirit in the native community,” said Piccolo.

“The Eagle, the Salmon, and the Bear represent important symbols in the Native community and we think it is appropriate for those who are leading and building businesses to be recognized and honored with these awards,” he added.

Piccolo and the NNDF staff are happy to see the awards dinner become an annual event and celebration for business people and entrepreneurs from the local Native community. Doors to the event will open at 5:00 pm for early view of auction items and meet the entertainer. Auction and networking event begin at 5:30. Ticket costs are $15 per person or $12 per seat to sponsor a table of 10.

Reservations are not required, but the NNDF requests that those who want to attend RSVP, as seating is limited.
“Together with our sponsors and grant partners, we have worked to keep the cost affordable so that everyone can participate in supporting business growth in the Native community,” Piccolo said.
For more information, or to RSVP to attend, contact Matt Pleasants at 509-634-2626 or via email at info@thenndf.org.

The Northwest Native Development Fund was established in 2011 and seeks to foster economic and financial independence for Native people by assisting in the development of personal assets through financial and entrepreneurial education as well as providing access to capital through creative lending products. NNDF will promote this mission by increasing home ownership and economic opportunities. Since 2011, the NNDF has had over a $17 Million Dollar impact on the Colville and Spokane Indian Reservations.

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