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Program Assistant
Running Strong For American Indian Youth in Alexandria, Virginia
Date Posted 09/02/2021
Nonprofit-Program Management
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline Open until filled

Running Strong for American Indian Youth® is a national nonprofit organization serving American Indian communities throughout the United States. Cofounded over thirty years ago by Billy Mills (Oglala Lakota), we are building a new generation of leaders among today’s Native youth.

Not only do we address the physical needs of the American Indian people we serve, we also foster a sense of hope among people who want to make a better life for their families and create positive change in their communities. We are committed to building the capacity of local Native communities so that they are well equipped to respond to the challenges that they face. Together, we address the important needs of food, shelter, youth initiatives, and culture and language preservation. By supporting Native-led programs, we remind youth that they can create their own future and to take pride in their identity. To learn more, visit

The Program Assistant is responsible for providing administrative support to Running Strong staff for cash and inkind grant programs and helping coordinate Running Strong special events.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

Assisting Running Strong staff with clerical duties, including filing, scanning and copying, assembling materials and publications, maintaining inventory of office and program supplies, taking minutes, maintaining schedules and calendars, and scheduling meetings and travel.

Monitoring main telephone line and email; responding to telephone, written and email inquiries from staff, donors, partners, and members of the public.

Helping manage Running Strong cash and inkind grants, maintaining accurate files, and working with grantees to obtain timely reporting to support the requirements of our annual audit as needed.

Relieving the Executive Director of administrative-type functions in order to increase the time available for executive level responsibilities. Assisting in a wide variety of situations and conflicts involving administrative and program functions, including confidential information.

Assisting the Executive Director with Board meeting materials and logistics, including but not limited to powerpoints, board reports, and arranging travel and accommodations as needed.

Compiling and maintaining monthly expense reports for Accounting Department as needed; using financial schedules to track grants, income and expenses and audit needs.

Helping coordinate special programs such as Dreamstarter and its companion programs; Assisting in the planning, organization, and implementation of events such as Dreamstarter Academy.

Attending and helping coordinate special events on behalf of the Running Strong and its affiliates as needed, including but not limited to Intertribal Creatives events, the Annual Running Strong Tour, and Team Running Strong events in the Marine Corps Marathon. Helps recruit and manage interns and volunteers as necessary.

Some travel may be required. Travel alone or with other staff to visit program partners or donors when necessary.

Other duties as assigned.


Bachelor’s Degree preferred. AA degree required.

Strong computer skills in Microsoft Office applications required (Word, Excel, Outlook, Teams, Powerpoint) required. Knowledge of WordPress and experience with donor databases a plus.

Strong initiative and careful attention to detail, excellent organizational skills, and the ability to prioritize and multitask without direct supervision is required.

3-5 years of administrative experience and demonstrated verbal and written communication skills required.

Ability to work well with others in a collaborative environment, efficiently communicate with coworkers and supervisors, and remain flexible, positive, and reliable under pressure required.

Knowledge of/experience with American Indian communities required.

Proof of COVID-19 vaccination required.

To Apply:

No phone calls please. EOE.

We offer competitive salaries and benefits which include medical, dental, vision, 401(k) with match, tuition reimbursement, and apartment discounts.

Job Type: Full-time

Pay: $22.00 per hour


  • 401(k)
  • 401(k) matching
  • Dental insurance
  • Flexible schedule
  • Flexible spending account
  • Health insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Vision insurance


  • 8 hour shift
  • Day shift
  • Monday to Friday


  • Bachelor's (Preferred)

Work Location:

  • One location

Work Remotely:

  • No
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