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Deputy Executive Officer

StrongHearts Native Helpline

The Details

Location & Travel: Minneapolis, MN | 20-25% Travel

Start Date: August 2022

Salary Range: $101,000 - $112,000 + Benefits

Reports To: Lori Jump, Chief Executive Officer (Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians)

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The Opportunity

As StrongHearts enters year six of operations and continues to expand, the need to streamline operations has become more important. Reporting to the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), the Deputy Executive Officer (DEO) will have both internal and external facing responsibilities to support the organization holistically. The DEO will play a key role in the growth of StrongHearts through cultivating a strong Services division, supporting org-wide strategy, and managing the annual grants process.


Your Day-to-Day


40% - Team Management & Leadership

You will lead a growing team of 50 professionals, including three direct reports, to deliver victim-centered, trauma-informed support to victims of domestic and sexual violence. In this role, you will ensure the alignment of staff and resources to fulfill organizational objectives, develop and review operational manuals, protocols and procedures to support staff, and support the Services team leaders as a manager, mentor and coach.


30% - Grants Management

As DEO, you will lead StrongHearts’ annual grants cycle, engaging with internal and external stakeholders to complete grant applications in a timely manner. In collaboration with the Chief Financial Officer, the DEO will also support annual budget planning and management.


30% - Organizational Strategy

You will collaborate with the Chief Executive Officer in developing, implementing and evaluating operational initiatives, setting strategic goals and effectively guiding staff in implementing changes to best meet the needs of StrongHearts’ operations and the communities it serves. Externally, the DEO will support the development of external partnerships across Tribal, State, and Federal levels that advance StrongHearts programs. You will also occasionally represent the organization through public speaking opportunities, written communications, participation in national conferences, and/or committee appointments.

The Skills You'll Need

Success in the Deputy Executive Officer position will require deep knowledge and commitment to advocating on behalf of Native communities and survivors of domestic and/or sexual violence. The ideal candidate will bring significant leadership experience as well as many of the following competencies, skills, and qualifications:

  • 5+ years of experience in nonprofits with demonstrated results as a senior leader

  • Desire and ability to lead a growing team, supporting their continued learning and development, demonstrated by at least 3+ years of supervisory experience

  • Experience leading programmatic strategy and/or managing multiple org-wide initiatives from the ideation stage through implementation

  • Expertise in public relations, external affairs, communication, and/or policy for nonprofit organizations

  • Ability to effectively track, monitor and use data to guide decision making

  • Commitment to StrongHearts’ values of culture, balance, interrelatedness, humility, bravery, resilience, and trust

  • (Preferred) experience in direct service to survivors of domestic and/or sexual violence

  • (Preferred) experience in a small, startup environment supporting operational growth

The People

In this role, you will report directly to the Chief Executive Officer, Lori Jump. You will manage the Services division with three direct reports: 2 Service Managers and the Administrative Assistant. The DEO will frequently collaborate with the Chief Financial Officer, Rita Bricker as well as StrongHearts’ communications and data teams.

The Organization

In 2012, the National Domestic Violence Hotline and National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center (NIWRC) developed a program concept for a Native hotline developed and run by Native advocates to support tribal communities across the United States. With tribal and expert support, they launched StrongHearts Native Helpline in 2017.


Since its launch, StrongHearts has increased operating hours to 24/7/365, launched a new website, implemented chat and text technology, opened a branch office in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, and in October 2021, became a national, Native nonprofit 501(c)3 organization. StrongHearts is a culturally-appropriate, anonymous, confidential service dedicated to serving Native American survivors of domestic violence and concerned family members and friends.

The Next Steps

This search is being led by Imagine Consulting, a talent and recruitment firm specializing in supporting nonprofit organizations in securing an equitable and antiracist future for our world. Interested candidates should click the link below to apply. If you have questions or need support completing the application, please reach out to our team at careers@imagineimpactllc.com.


Historically, people of color, women, transgender, GNCNB, and disabled individuals face insurmountable oppression when engaging with employers and recruiters. At Imagine, we understand that talent is not bound to a single story and that our intersectional identities are value adds in every space we enter. StrongHearts and Imagine are committed to building and supporting a diverse staff, and investing in fostering leadership from marginalized communities.


Land Acknowledgement: StrongHearts Native Helpline’s headquarters are located in the greater Minneapolis/St. Paul area on the ancestral lands of the Sioux Santee (Eastern Dakota) Wahpekute (Waȟpékhute) peoples.