Seeking New Team Member / Honor Native Land Project Leader

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The U.S. Department of Arts and Culture is seeking an experienced, collaborative, imaginative, and movement-oriented leader to join our core team and help steward the next phase of the #HonorNativeLand campaign.

ROLE: The Honor Native Land Project Leader will advance the next phase of the USDAC’s #HonorNativeLand campaign by deepening narrative strategy, building and growing partnerships with other organizations, and developing grassroots organizing strategy and capacity to move an array of constituencies “From Acknowledgment to Action.”

APPLICATION PERIOD: Accepting applications until July 24th, 2019. Interviews will begin, on a rolling basis, on July 22nd, 2019. Apply early. Details below.


This is a part-time, 12-month contract beginning in September, 2019. 

The successful candidate must be available to attend a USDAC Team Retreat (all expenses covered) from September 3-7 in Albuquerque, NM. 


In collaboration with the USDAC team, the Honor Native Land Team Leader will: 

  1. Plan and coordinate an “Honor Native Land: From Acknowledgement to Action” gathering in late 2019, including: 

    • Identifying, inviting, and communicating with a group of practitioners, mission-aligned organizations, and thought-partners to join the USDAC in developing next steps for the #HonorNativeLand campaign. 

    • Coordinating travel of participants, venue, and other gathering logistics. 

    • Creating a timeline, agenda, and content.

    • Generating reports, action items, and post-gathering communication.

  2. Project manage and co-author the “Beyond Acknowledgement” supplement and web-content that will be based off of recommendations from the convening of practitioners and partners. The “Beyond Acknowledgment” supplement/campaign #HonorNativeLand guide will further advance the practice of Indigenous Land Acknowledgement as an entry point to adopting practices and policies that center healing action and justice by, for, and with Indigenous communities across the U.S. 

  3. Build relationships and connective tissue between Native leaders and allies, and accomplices committed to developing grassroots cultural organizing strategies in service of Indigenous rights and sovereignty. The USDAC has already cultivated partners with other entities doing mission-aligned work; the person in this role will help to activate these and other partnerships in an intentional way toward measurable change. 

  4. Create and implement a year-long #HNL activation strategy. Alongside the release of a subsequent toolkit/guide, the USDAC seeks to proactively move groups of people along a ladder of engagement from acknowledgment to action. While the precise programmatic work will emerge from the voices and vision of thought leaders at the gathering, we imagine that one critical element of this role will be in organizing specific communities of practice. For example, the Honor Native Land Project Leader might organize several thematic cohorts—cultural institutions (museums, theaters, etc), municipal leaders, K-12 educators, university faculty and staff—and offer online calls for learning and connection to advance strategic action in particular sectors. 

  5. Participate in team-wide strategic planning related to USDAC’s broader mission and work. For example, contributing to thinking and strategy around how Indigenous land acknowledgement and its implications are present in the USDAC’s climate justice work. 

  6. Amplify what we learn and when we win. The person in this role will also develop methods to lift up success stories and case studies to spread and inspire further action. After a year of organizing across key constituency groups, we will once again evaluate to determine next steps.


  • Demonstrated experience contributing to projects that center Indigenous people and communities

  • An understanding of the Native arts and culture field and a broad knowledge of and relationships with tribal communities across the U.S.

  • Strong program development and implementation experience

  • A collaborative ethos 

  • Good at developing and implementing processes and systems for collaboration

  • Expertise in one or more of the following: community cultural development, cultural organizing, network-weaving/building, grassroots organizing and movement-building

  • Local and national leadership experience

  • Willingness to “make the road by walking”

  • Comfort working remotely

  • Strong writing and communications skills

  • Strong operational chops with an eye for detail

  • Track record of moving ideas into action

  • Values-alignment. See our statement of values.

THE USDAC: The U.S. Department of Arts and Culture is a people-powered department—a grassroots action network inciting creativity and social imagination to shape a culture of empathy, equity, and belonging. Learn more at:

The successful candidate will be joining the USDAC at an exciting moment of transition, as we create an alternative organizational model that de-centers the traditional role of the ED/founder, distributes leadership and decision-making among a core group of “stewards”, makes intentional space for BIPOC leadership, and enables visionary practitioners to lead projects and leverage the USDAC network as a commons for powerful cultural work.