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Deputy Director

Join the Circle

When you come to work at MIGIZI you join a legacy that spans back to 1977. MIGIZI’s mission is to provide a strong circle of support that nurtures the educational, social, economic, and cultural development of American Indian youth. We are passionate about the success of our young leaders and make sure resources are available while using our voice to advocate for equitable education for our community. Our vision is for American Indian youth to be acknowledged and honored for their sacred gifts and boundless potential – which they share – as leaders – with their communities and nations. When you join the Circle, you join a tradition in investing in our future leaders for generations to come. 

Current Programs


Indigenous Pathways 

Indigenous Pathways brings career development and income to youth ages 14-24 who are either currently enrolled in school or want to re-enroll in a diploma or GED program. We offer a pathway in media and social media marketing (First Person Productions) and STEM education dedicated to sustainable, green energies (Green Tech Pathway). Youth are paid $13.75 per hour for up to 60 hours over 10 weeks during afterschool 4 days a week. They may pursue an internship with a partner organization or with MIGIZI for contracted projects once training is complete. 


Culture, Leadership, Academics, & Well-being 

MIGIZI provides In School and Afterschool cultural and educational support utilizing Individual Development Plans for self- identified goals in academics, culture, leadership, community engagement and well-being.   We provide in-school educational support within St. Paul and Minneapolis districts and cultural groups and field trips in 5 suburban districts.  After school programming includes academic support, cultural and leadership development activities that lead to greater success in academics, life skills and connections to culture and community. MIGIZI offers an 8 week summer program that focuses on culture, life skills and experiential learning opportunities.

Job Summary 

MIGIZI seeks a full-time Deputy Director to direct the creation and management of MIGIZI’s programs, external partnership management and operations as it relates to school and community partnerships and projects, program design, implementation, data collection, evaluation, and reporting.

The Deputy Director is a critical thought partner in setting the strategic direction and achieving the overarching goals and priorities for MIGIZI programs. She/he/they have overall responsibility for planning, development, and supervision of programs/operations consistent with organizational mission, goals, and quality standards.


Reports To:

This position reports to the President.


Strategic and Programmatic Leadership

  • Provide strategic leadership, operational oversight, program quality and data-driven outcomes for programs in two tracks:  Culture, Leadership, Academic, Well-being (CLAW) -In and after school, summer programs and Indigenous Pathways: Media and Green Tech training /youth internships

  • Lead the implementation of all strategic initiatives for programs; Define goals and evidence-based outcomes (short and long term) for the programs, consistent with overall goals

  • Provide vision and expertise for program design within each individual program and across the programs

  • Work collaboratively with other staff to develop vision, programmatic and operational cohesion across the entire organization – work plan development for programs that meet goals and objectives

  • Lead partnership development and implementation with community partners and organizations on our programs and projects across MIGIZI’s program areas 

  • Provide leadership in writing the reporting activities of programs for funders

  • Partnership and contract development for programs in school districts, after school, consultants, Green Tech partners and contracted revenue partners for First Person Productions

  • Drive high-quality implementation and assessment of all program models, as defined by contracts, grants and funders

  • Oversee the collection, analysis, and reporting of program performance data (In Salesforce and other documentation), in concert with program staff, external evaluators, and leadership 

  • Facilitate cooperation and collaboration among program staff to achieve consistency in vision, approach, strategies, outcomes, and service delivery across program models. Track and utilize data to drive decision-making and best practices.


Staff Leadership and Talent Development

  • Supervise up to 10 program staff members, ensuring staff are organized and committed to fulfilling MIGIZI’s mission and vision

  • Attract, develop, coach, and retain high-performing staff, working with them to maintain consistent, high-quality programs and service delivery

  • Model effective leadership and help creative a positive culture with high morale, mutual support, and shared accountability for results

  • Analyze the professional development needs of individual staff and design staff development and advancement opportunities to address talent development

  • Delegate tasks to MIGIZI staff on various projects involving organizational partnerships/contracts

  • Foster a team approached philosophy within programming and throughout organization


External Affairs and Partnerships

  • Foster, strengthen and sustain collaborative relationships with all strategic partners, which includes school leadership, city and state agencies, public and private funders, non-profits, contracted partners, and others

  • Guide program staff in establishing and maintaining positive community-level partnerships throughout programming

  • Management of partnership agreements and contracts that support MIGIZI programs

  • Participate in organization-wide, community-wide, and department-wide events; and represent MIGIZI externally on relevant task forces and committees

  • Lead staff in recruitment of youth to programs to increase participation


Finance, Operations and Resource Development

  • Provide budget development and management in coordination with Finance and Administration

  • Ensure all human resource, fiscal and operations policies and procedures are implemented accurately and fully in full compliance with funding streams

  • Must be able to contribute to strong proposals, reports, presentations, and other technical writing to support resource development


Mandatory Knowledge & Skills

  • Excellent supervisory and leadership skills with ability to set and achieve goals, hold staff and oneself accountable, and provide constructive feedback/coaching

  • Strong knowledge of major contract deliverables in grants and ensuring goals and outcomes are met

  • Expertise working with youth in education and/cultural identity; teens a plus

  • Experience with training and internship programs for youth

  • Demonstrated success in building and sustaining strong partnerships with school leadership to support school-integrated programming

  • Highly collaborative with excellent relational and communication skills

  • Ability to manage complex programming, contracts, and budgets



  • Strategic Planning and Leadership--Visionary Leader able to set priorities, establish goals and drive to results

  • 5 – 7 years of progressive managing staff of 7-10 employees

  • Relationship Building--Prioritizes collaboration and partnership development

  • Initiative and Decision-Making--Ambitious leader able to assess importance, urgency and risks and make timely decisions

  • Effective Communication--speaks, listens, and writes in clear and timely manner

  • Bachelor’s Degree preferred; Strongly preferred in Education, Social Work or Public Administration 

  • A minimum of 10 years of experience in Youth Services, including demonstrated success in leadership roles

  • Deep understanding of youth development

  • Proven track record for managing government and partnership contracts


Compensation & Benefits  

Salary Range is $80,000 - $90,000 per year.  Benefits include health, dental, life, short- and long-term disability insurance, and a 401(k) match up to 2% of salary.  Paid time off starting at 22 days and 10 holidays.  MIGIZI Communications is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Application Process

E-mail applications to: Abby Paulsen at

Applications must include the following in a PDF or Word file:

· Cover letter

· Resume

· Three professional references w/email and phone number



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