NAFSA is hiring!
Facilitator RFP for NAFSA’s 2018 Leadership Council Meetings
Please submit proposals electronically no later than Sept 17th, 2018 to: email@example.com
The Native American Food Sovereignty Alliance (NAFSA) is dedicated to restoring, supporting and developing sustainable Native community food systems through best practices and advocacy. NAFSA brings people, communities (rural, remote and urban), organizations and tribal governments together to share, promote and support best practices and policies that enhance dynamic Native food systems that promote holistic wellness, sustainable economic development, education, reestablishment of trade routes, stewardship of land and water resources, peer-to peer mentoring, and multigenerational empowerment. NAFSA works to put the farmers, wild crafters, fishers, hunters, ranchers and eaters at the center of decision-making on policies, strategies and natural resource management. Successfully established as a new inter-tribal organization with a diverse leadership council and a membership base spanning the nation, NAFSA is poised to make a difference in the lives of Native peoples.
NAFSA’S founding council and Board of Directors is comprised of eighteen activists that have been working on Native food sovereignty issues for many years. Their combined wisdom and experience have provided the organization with a firm foundation on which to build and sustain a movement that will affect Native communities now and in the years to come. NAFSA’s Vision Statement comes in the form of a “Call to Action” whereby the organization takes an active leadership role in “advocating for and supporting all levels of food security and food sovereignty in local, tribal, regional, national and international arenas”. Restoring Native food systems is an immediate and fundamental need for the continued survival, physical and spiritual well-being of Native peoples and our Mother Earth now and into the future.
NAFSA’s vision is centered on honoring and facilitating community food sovereignty efforts in Native communities. During the past decade there has been a huge growth in awareness of the importance of the connection between food and health, not only what we eat, but where it comes from and who grows, gathers, and raises it. The questions of who benefits economically, as well as recognition of tribal land and water issues has contributed to this movement.
NAFSA start-up was supported by First Nations Development Institute and the Christensen Foundation and we greatly appreciate the opportunity to request an additional $300,000 from the Christensen Foundation to support building our programs and core capacity to fulfill our mission.
In January 2013 NAFSA initiated a multi-platform survey of our membership to define our program areas:
- Resource Development
- Education/Health through cooking
- Peer-to-Peer Mentoring
- Youth Engagement
- Reestablishment of Indigenous Trade Routes
NAFSA’s strategic plan was refined in October 2016 at Tamaya Resort in NM, to include providing assistance and peer mentoring through several means, including training programs, train the trainer, curriculum for long distance learning, publications and videos highlighting tribal community’s success stories of food sovereignty systems; speaking at regional, national and international conferences about the work of NAFSA and tribal food sovereignty efforts; robust website development to share these stories, which includes a “contact us” feature to be regularly monitored by staff to identify which members might be able to mentor communities. We serve as an information hub and offer mentees opportunities to attend classes, visit similar programs, and find resources, technical assistance and funding.
NAFSA’s involvement with both regional and national food summits which feature Indigenous chefs and culinary experts, as well as hands on presentations with traditional agricultural practices, is key to sharing information among tribal peoples. These summits also promote the revitalization of ancient trade routes through sharing foods and establishing markets to provide incomes, which is central to NAFSA’s vision.
Currently, NAFSA has three program areas we support 1) Indigenous Seed Keepers Network 2) Indigenous Storytelling Project 3) Native Chefs and Culinary Mentorship; as well as our signature NAFSA Food Sovereignty Summit.
We are hosting a strategic planning and annual meeting for our Leadership Council ( Board of Directors) held in Taos New Mexico on October 28-29, 2018 and are seeking assistance of a Facilitator to guide our process in these meetings.
Scope of Work
Key areas of work with approximate timelines are as follows:
- Conduct a strategic assessment of all key program areas, including a thorough review of existing materials and interviews with key stakeholders (staff, board members, partners, donors, program participants, volunteers, and beneficiaries)
- Work with key staff and leadership to create a summary review of the strategic agenda for discussion by the Leadership Council that identifies and outlines key questions to be discussed at a facilitated retreat.
- Design and facilitate strategic planning meeting(s) for the board, staff, and key stakeholders to discuss the key questions, aiming for consensus results.
- In collaboration with staff and Executive Committee of the board, synthesize the discussions into a proceedings and actions steps beyond the meeting.
- Demonstrated experience with facilitating a consensus-based strategic plans.
- Prior experience developing strategic plans for public libraries and/or non-profit membership organizations.
- Strong facilitation skills.
- Experience at creating a neutral environment for, and soliciting input from, individuals from – various parts of the organization.
- Experience at gathering and utilizing data to inform the strategic planning process.
- Experience in inspiring others to think creatively and innovatively.
- Ability to constructively challenge participants, guiding conversations that will benefit the long term health and vitality of the organization.
- Ability to travel to Taos Pueblo, New Mexico to attend the meetings scheduled October 28-29, 2018.
If interested, please submit one electronic copy of a proposal in response to this RFP. The proposal should include the following information:
- Name and contact information and the names of any other participating consultants;
- Statement of qualifications to undertake this initiative;
- Summary of similar work conducted, highlighting specific accomplishments and also highlighting your experience evaluating, updating and revising strategic plans versus conducting the process from the ground-up;
- Your opinion on 5 critical factors that contribute to successful strategic planning;
- A narrative description of the proposed process, activities and approach,
- Timeline for the work;
- A detailed list of time/date commitment conflicts; these are any and all dates the respondent would be unavailable to conduct a Friday to Saturday overnight facilitation during the months of September through November;
- Timeline for the work;
- Fee & budget (identifying anticipated expenses in addition to fees);
- Three business references; and
- Copy of current resume(s).
Please submit proposals electronically no later than Sept 10th, 2018 to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Update: We are accepting applications for the Fundraiser and Communications Consultant RFP until June 15th.
Freelance Fundraising and Communications Consultant Job Summary
The Native American Food Sovereignty Alliance (NAFSA) is dedicated to restoring, supporting and developing sustainable Native community food systems through best practices and advocacy. NAFSA brings people, communities (rural, remote and urban), organizations and tribal governments together to share, promote and support best practices and policies that enhance dynamic Native food systems that promote holistic wellness, sustainable economic development, education, reestablishment of trade routes, stewardship of land and water resources, peer-to peer mentoring, and multigenerational empowerment. NAFSA works to put the farmers, wild crafters, fishers, hunters, ranchers and eaters at the center of decision-making on policies, strategies and natural resource management. Successfully established as a new inter-tribal organization with a diverse leadership council and a membership base spanning the nation, NAFSA is poised to make a difference in the lives of Indigenous peoples.
NAFSA is seeking a motivated, adaptable, team-oriented fundraising and communications consultant that has experience with non-profit organizations to develop continuing opportunities for our programming.
The Fundraising and Communications Contractor works with the NAFSA’s Leadership Council, Executive Committee, Fundraising and Development Committee, Executive Director, and Coordinators to develop and write grant proposals, explore new fundraising strategies, and strengthen and continue to develop its communications platforms. The Grant Writer is responsible for writing proposals and reports to foundations, government and corporate partners, institutional supporters as well as individual donors; this includes assisting in documenting grant materials and managing grant deadlines. NAFSA is seeking an experienced advancement professional with strong grant writing, fundraising and communication skills and a passionate commitment to the native grassroots food sovereignty movement.
The following include tasks the consultant may participate in:
- Prepares, writes and submits grant proposals and renewals.
- Effectively participate in meetings and discussions that create new program concepts or expansions.
- Craft outstanding proposals that win government (Federal, state and local) and private foundation funding.
- Write reports to funders presenting program performance, operations, and use of award funding.
- Writes grant reports and complies with all reporting requirements.
- Maintains familiarity with the NAFSA’s programs, goals and financial need.
- Works closely with management and Leadership Council to transform ideas into grant proposals; interacts and collaborates with program consultants and coordinators involved in grant funded activities.
- Researches new funding prospects
- Performs other duties or special projects as assigned.
Qualifications and Skills
- Excellent writing and oral communication skills.
- High capacity to work independently and manage time effectively in deadline driven environment.
- Excellent organizational skills; thorough attention to detail; accurate maintenance of records.
- Ability to maintain confidentiality.
- Professional demeanor and positive attitude.
- Flexibility to work within the needs of our developing Non-profit environment with unique cultural values that meet our mission.
- At least five years experience in grant research, development and writing.
- Experience with multiple software systems, including Google Drive and Microsoft Office.
- Creative thinker, independent worker, and self-starter with the drive to manage multiple projects and to create positive results.
Job Type: Contract
Compensation; commensurate with experience.
- Works satellite from anywhere that has a stable and reliable internet connection and communications systems.
Deadline to submit Application: June 1st, 2018
*Preference given to Indigenous applicants
Web-designers RFP: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1qHkY_M4zz9mbxHK2wl6oRPwnvMuKJxpqqYnS1zJE8OA/edit?usp=sharing
Apply by May 1st, 2018
Videographers email your resume to email@example.com by May 1st, 2018.