Associate Program Officer

The Native American Agriculture Fund (NAAF) is searching for an associate program officer

(APO) to join our organization. NAAF is the largest U.S. philanthropic organization focused exclusively on the needs of Native American farmers and ranchers. This position requires someone who has a proactive personality and engaging team player style with a passion for and commitment to the mission and core values of NAAF.

The APO position provides dedicated guidance and support directly to the grantees and support staff. The APO reports to the Director of Programs and will work closely with the program officers to administer grants. Incumbents may also on a regular basis support an office-wide initiative or assist the CEO, finance, communications, and compliance departments with a special project. The APO will often serve as a frequent point of contact for grantees and external stakeholders and will from time to time be asked to give presentations at conferences and meetings.

Required Competencies and Skills:

  • Beginning knowledge of best practices in grant making, grants management software and information technology skills
  • Ability to learn effective workflow processes and procedures
  • Capability to foster an atmosphere which recognizes and respects cultural and individual differences
  • Basic data entry skills
  • Strong computer and office 365 skills
  • Good communication and relationship skills
  • Sound judgment
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to multi-task Primary responsibilities include but are not limited to:
  • Act as point of contact for grantees
  • Communicate with grantees
  • Assist grantees with onboarding


  • Review grantee updates and reports
  • Participate in applicant evaluation and deliberation
  • Conduct ongoing grants administration
  • Assist with writing and updating reporting templates
  • Assist with program support activities
  • Assist with grantee meetings and conferences
  • Schedule travel occasionally for participants of NAAF grantee meetings
  • Develop maps and presentations
  • Undertake special projects as assigned or initiated

Degree in agriculture and or equivalent experience in agricultural work with Native farmers and ranchers preferred.

NAAF is a registered North Dakota private charitable trust with the mission to provide grants that benefit Native farmers, ranchers, and food and agriculture sector activities through a robust grant-making, educational and charitable focus. NAAF offers a competitive salary and an excellent comprehensive benefits package that includes low-cost healthcare options; dental and vision; disability; life insurance; vacation, sick and personal time off, retirement plan options. This is a remote position for the foreseeable future. However, due to the changing nature of our environment during a pandemic, it is possible this job will require a return to the office in the future.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, natural origin, sex, age, genetic information, or physical or mental disability. In addition, NAAF is committed to providing equal employment opportunities for all employees and applicants without regard to marital status, sexual orientation, gender identification, political affiliation, personal appearance, family responsibilities, matriculation, tribal membership, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.

How to Apply

  1. Go to GRANT INTERFACE (click this link)
  2. Select ‘Create New Account’ and fill out the registration form.
    1. We use this system for grant-making as well, so some of the questions serve dual purposes.
      1. Enter your full legal name for Organization Name.
      2. Enter “00-0000000” for EIN.
      3. Enter “APO” for Business Title.
      4. Select “Yes” for Organization Signing Authority.
  3. From the Applicant Dashboard, click “Apply” in the top left area of the page.
  4. Enter the code “APO” in the top right area of the page. Click the blue “Apply” button to start your application.
  5. Be sure to click the blue “Submit” button to send your application to NAAF for review.
  6. You may reach out to Sandy Martini at with questions.