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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.



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.

Download application Click here —>Employment application

And send resume’ and cover letter to tedp@thenndf.org.






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 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.


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.


Now-Hiring-imageWant to work in a great environment? Fun people? Do you like accounting? A place where there are constantly new things happening?

If you think you have something to offer the Northwest Native Development Fund then we want to hear from you. We are actively seeking a staff accountant. Currently it is a part time position that will be four days a week at seven hours per day. A very high possibility that it will lead to a full time position after training and company growth.


—Staff Accountant—

Organization: Northwest Native Development Fund (NNDF)

Position title: Staff Accountant

Supervisor: NNDF Executive Director

Salary and Benefits:    DOE

Hours: Part time to start. Four seven hour days.

Minimum Qualifications: Degree in finance, accounting or business administration is preferred with course work in business finance and analysis. Acceptable experience in lieu of education would be a minimum of five years experience in accounting, bookkeeping, finance or other related business field. Non-profit experience strongly desired. Must possess excellent computer, organizational and communication (verbal and written) skills. Must be familiar with word processing and spreadsheet software and common office equipment. Must have and maintain a valid Washington State driver’s license and have own, reliable auto. Must meet physical demands of the position.

Desired Skills and Experience: Knowledge of Quickbooks accounting software and Excel Spreadsheet software is essential. Must possess the ability to generate financial reports for multiple funding entities. Be able to track grant/funding dollars based on services provided. Applicants for the position will be expected to lean how to prepare and present written and oral loan summaries and portfolio reports using computerized financial analysis programs and loan portfolio management software. Must also be able to communicate clearly and effectively, both verbally and in writing. Ability to pay close attention to numerous details. Must be self motivated and able to work independently, but also cooperatively with co-workers, clients, governmental agencies, financial institutions, the private sector, the general public and others. Must be able to meet deadlines and work effectively under pressure.

Duties of the Position:            The successful applicant will be responsible for preparing monthly financial reports (Quickbooks), tracking grants and assisting Executive Director in preparing reports for Board of Directors and Funding Authorities.

The position also coordinates technical assistance for borrowers and potential new clients in cooperation with the NNDF Small Business Counselor/Executive Director, local Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs), SCORE, business training entities such as the community college, work source and skill source, and economic development organizations. The technical assistance involves referring clients or existing borrowers to these resources as well as following up to assess the impact and progress.

Occasional travel is required within the areas surrounding the Colville Indian Reservation, the Spokane Indian Reservation and the Kalispell Indian Reservation and Airway Heights. Some travel to other parts of the state may be required for meetings, workshops and training seminars.

Abilities and physical Demands: Position requires the ability to talk to and communicate with the public, co-workers and groups. Sits at a desk, at meetings and in vehicles for long periods of time. Uses hands and fingers to handle the telephone, computer, office equipment and write. Vision abilities require reviewing technical and legal documents, reports, telephone numbers, analytical and statistical reports. Stands and walks short distances. Stoops and bends, handles and lifts books, papers, client folders and office equipment up to 50 pounds.

Email resume to damariso@thenndf.org and request an application form. Call (509) 633-9940.

Download application here: Employment application



First Plateau Native Art Show/Sale a huge success!


With more than a dozen of some of the best Native Artists of the Eastern Washington Region showing up the first Plateau Native Art Show ended up being a great success. Virtually every artist who made the trip to Grand Coulee Dam Washington agreed that we must do it again. There was a lot of cross-pollination learning between the artists. We had experienced art show veterans and some new faces on the art scene all in attendance.


Here Diane Covington’s paintings of the women of the plateau region were on display. This was her first art show and  she said she wants to come back again. And we at the NNDF definitely want to help her market her works in the future.

The NNDF provided a judged contest with cash prizes to the top three contestants for their work. Each artists was allowed to choose one piece of work to be judged by a three person panel. All the works were amazing and the judges had a very hard time trying to choose a winner. However the winners were:

1st Prize – Roma Tynan with an incredibly detailed and intricate necklace.

horse regalia2nd Prize – Aurolyn-Stwyer with a jaw dropping full horse regalia.

3rd Prize- Jeanne Jerred, with a full beaded bag.

Our thanks go out to the artists who participated an all will be on our “first call” list for future events.



We also want to thank the First People’s Fund for their generous support in helping to put this event on. We would not be able to do this without their help.

Big Taste, Small Town Burgers


‪Small Business Spotlight!


Who: S & T Burgers

Where: Nespelem WA

No one needs to tell Seanette Hodge and Terrance Gallaher about hard work. They have been doing it their whole lives. Whether it be for the local school or working in the woods.

But now they have taken their hard work and pointed it in the direction of building their own food stand business. And hard work it is to turn a vacant street corner in Nespelem Washington into a thriving little meeting place for lunch time patrons.

S & T Burgers owner/cook Terry has developed a reputation of whipping up the best burgers in town. And the NNDF has even utilized them as caterers for some of our events. If you want some real personal service they are eager to please.

A year ago S & T came to the NNDF for some financial assistance and technical assistance. We were able to provide some micro-financing and a small amount of guidance to help them cut some of their costs. “We are happy to report that they have fulfilled their financial obligations AND they are a thriving little business filling a void in the small town of Nespelem,” said Ted Piccolo, Executive Director of the Northwest Native Development Fund.

Congratulations S & T and here’s to many more years of service to your community.

Native Awards Gala Draws 100’s

The 2014 Native Business Awards Gala drew hundreds of attendees.

The night was elegant, light, fun and a great way to set off the holiday season.

Here are a few pictures from the evenings event.


Hundreds of attendees had a great time and enjoyable evening.

Hundreds of attendees had a great time and enjoyable evening.

Attendees had an opportunity to view and bid on work by local artists.

Attendees had an opportunity to view and bid on work by local artists.

Wondering if they should "up" the bid?

Wondering if they should “up” the bid?

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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.


Pull quote mania here:TedOFN

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.

Want to bid on a Virgil “Smoker” Marchand original sculpture?

Have you ever wanted to own an original piece by renowned Colville artist Virgil “Smoker” Marchand?


The Salmon Chief

This beautiful piece is being crafted especially for the Native Business Awards gala on November 21st by Smoker Marchand.

You can be the proud owner of the “Salmon Chief.”

Virgil “Smoker” Marchand is a world renowned artist, sculptor, painter. He is an enrolled member of the Colville Confederated Tribes and his work can be seen at many public places in both the United States and Canada.

The NNDF is overwhelmed by Smoker’s donation. He is a true leader in the community and a supporter of the Small Business community in Indian Country. A great big heartfelt “thank-you” goes out from the NNDF to Smoker Marchand.

John GrantThere are many other items up for bid at the silent auction. There is a numbered limited edition John Grant print, pottery piece by Luke Langholz, turquoise bracelet, a couple of vacation packages and much more.

Immediately following the silent auction we will have the dinner buffet and entertainment by 2 time Grammy nominee Randy Wood and following the dinner and entertainment there will be the presentation of the Native Business Awards.

SANYO DIGITAL CAMERADon’t forget that immediately following the silent auction there will be a dinner and entertainment by 2 time Grammy nominee Randy Wood.

Evening begins with the silent auction at 5:30

Tickets are only $15 each or purchase a table of 10 for $120.

Tickets are selling fast so be sure to order yours ahead of the event by emailing Damaris Ortiz at   damariso@thenndf.org.

Call Matthew at (509) 634-2626.