Nawayee Center School

Executive Director


Inspiring a sense of place and direction within the circle of life, from which students discover strength, purpose and vision. Center School will exemplify excellence in indigenous education.


Providing transformative education, grounded in indigenous life-ways and a love of learning.


The Executive Director is the Chief Executive Officer of Center School. The Executive Director reports to the Board of Directors, and has overall strategic and operational responsibility for Center School’s personnel, programs, development, finances, fundraising and execution of its mission.


Pursue the strategic directives of Center School; adhere to timelines, and secure the resources needed to support and actualize the School’s Mission
Ensure programmatic excellence and the consistent quality of finance, administration, fundraising, communications, and systems
Conduct official correspondence of the organization, and execute legal documents as prescribed by Center School policies
Develop, maintain, and support a strong, mission-driven Board of Directors
Develop annual budget in collaboration with business manager and Lead Teacher
Fund Development : Collaborate with Grant Writer to identify funding prospects, develop and submit proposals, gather data from programs and submit grant reports. Develop a network of community support and collaboration for and with the school. Maintain a community presence for the school via social media and school website
Develop relationships in the Native community and in Indian country at large.
Oversee the maintenance and repair of the building in collaboration with the school facilities manager (when one can be afforded)
Lead and co-lead professional development for all staff to include : school culture (culturally contextualized learning environment, Trauma-informed classroom, integrating indigenous language and culture into all areas of school curriculum, using relevant data to inform instruction and curriculum and indigenous educational pedagogy.
Maintain positive relationships with all staff
Recruit and hire new staff.
Ensure that school is in compliance with all government and MPS District requirements.
Organize/schedule/facilitate monthly meetings with Nawayee Board which include Director and financial reports
Organize/produce yearly Mde Maka Ska Canoe Nations Gathering event each May
Maintain Phillips Indian Educators (PIE) website and participate in and organize bi-weekly meetings to address educational issues in the Native community.
Work with PIE group to ensure that the MOA between MPS and Native community is honored and actualized. This includes monthly meetings with MPS superintendent
Make sure that all staff benefits and school insurance policies are current and cost-effective.
Support Engagement Coordinator in planning and developing initiatives to re-engage students in the wake of the COVID crisis and increase the school’s profile so as to help more potential students become aware of Nawayee and the wonderful opportunities it presents.


The Executive Director will be thoroughly committed to Center School’s mission. All candidates should be proven organizational leaders with the ability to coach staff, manage and develop high-performance teams, set and achieve strategic directives, and manage a budget.

Specific Requirements Include:

Prior knowledge and experience working with the American Indian community in Minneapolis or another urban setting
Prior knowledge and experience in education exemplifying indigenous pedagogies, experiential education and best practices in alternative education
Advanced degree or equivalent experience in an area related to Center School’s work; administrator and/or teaching license desired
Unwavering commitment to the success of young people through the design and delivery of quality education programs and data-driven decision-making
Past success working with a Board of Directors with ability to cultivate existing relationships and establish new ones
Fundraising successes that includes requests to government, private sector sources, and individual contributors
Excellent written and verbal communication skills with ability to present the compelling and passionate history and mission of Center School on behalf of our students

Additional Requirements:

Valid MN Driver’s License with regular access to reliable vehicle
Employment Background Check required as a condition of employment

Base compensation for this Executive Director position is $65,000+ Dependent On Qualifications.

A completed application will consist of an email (sent to: expressing interest, an attached cover letter and resume or CV sharing your education and employment history.

All full-time employees of Center School are eligible for a competitive benefits package.

Center School is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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