Community Outreach Specialist

Standing Rock, ND


SAGE, “Strategic Advancement Goals for the Environment”, provides renewable and sustainable energy resources in balance with Natural Law to recognize the interconnectedness of all living things.

The Standing Rock (“SAGE”) Renewable Energy Power Authority acts as a Public Power Authority (PPA) that will control and operate all the energy production assets within the reservation. SAGE institutionalizes SRST’s involvement in renewable energy projects, facilitates agreements with third-party entities, and holds Standing Rock’ s equity interest.

SAGE Core Values:

  • Wisdom Natural Law ― the respect of the balance of all living things
  • Respect Tate Topa (four winds) ― the winds each bring different aspects that give life
  • Caring/Compassion 7 generations/good ancestors mindset ― make sound decisions that will have a positive impact to our relatives in 500 years
  • Fortitude/Bravery Protecting ― local control and ownership respect for SRST law and individual land ownership
  • Generosity To be equitable ― to give a fair return on revenue and fair pricing for energy to our customers
  • Humility Leadership ― be willing to listen, learn and lead to build community
  • Honesty Fiscally responsible ― follow general accounting principles and work within the APPA standards for public power


We are looking for a part-time Community Outreach Specialist to join our growing organization! This position will require an on-site presence in the community as an essential support to the Communications and Development Director and will be responsible for implementing the communications and engagement plan as well as developing and executing community outreach events.  Top essential functions and duties include but are not limited to: 

  • Implement initiatives to support the communications strategy plan developed by Communications and Development Director, in collaboration with the Marketing Manager. 
  • Take ownership approach to the promotion and informing of target audiences about SAGE through execution of marketing and promotional services for community events and programs.
  • Undertake planning and execution of outreach events for the local community.
  • Create copy, digital content creation and media outreach in support of SAGE’s goals, identity and message.
  • Assist Communications and Development Director with identifying target audiences and create strategies to effectively engage them – including key SAGE stakeholders (investors, nonprofit partners, corporate partners and/or Tribal/federal government offices), eternal constituents (e.g. the wider community of Standing Rock), and wider general public. 
  • Responsive to marketing department’s initiatives, in alignment with annual department budget, through support and execution. 


Our ideal candidate will be a people person with a keen sense of self awareness, high emotional intelligence, collaborative and diligent. This person will also be experienced with and be eager to develop Lakota/Dakota and Native American-centered content that helps build brand awareness and engagement through social media initiatives and outreach events. Our candidate will also embody the following skills, abilities and values:

  • Upbeat personality & persistence with resilience and the ability to bounce back from setbacks.
  • Good team spirit and thrives on supporting each other to achieve our best.
  • A passion and genuine interest in utilizing the unique opportunities to expand reach and awareness through social media platforms. 
  • 1-3 years of experience implementing marketing and communication initiatives and plans by developing tone and persona-aligned content. 
  • Demonstrable experience with developing and executing community outreach events.
  • Creative thinker with captivating and engaging communication skills to thoughtfully and professionally craft conversation starters and responses that align with SAGE’s identity and message.  
  • Highly responsive self-starter with the ability to prioritize tasks, and effectively use databases to organize and track task progress.
  • Enjoys working with internal teams as well as members of the community.
  • Meticulous organizational methods.


The Community Outreach Specialist role is an on-site, part-time, position with frequently required engagement activities and events in and around Standing Rock/ Bismarck, North Dakota. 

Compensation is dependent on experience and ranges between $19 to $26 per hour.

SAGE places importance on the value of supporting employees with a comprehensive total benefit package. The following benefits are available after completing the introductory period:

  • Health Insurance (Medical, Dental, and Vision)
  • LTD and Life Insurance
  • Retirement Benefits
  • Generous Paid Time Off, Holidays, & Spiritual Leave
  • Financial contributions for professional development 
  • Financial contributions for Lakota/Dakota language and cultural development


If you are someone who seeks community engagement and advocacy, aligns with SAGE values, and is eager to contribute to their mission through creative marketing and communication methods, please apply with your resume and cover letter. Within your cover letter, please share with us why you feel your background fits well in this position.

SAGE complies with federal and state disability laws and makes reasonable accommodations for applicants and employees with disabilities. If reasonable accommodation is needed to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and/or to receive other benefits and privileges of employment, please message us through the portal with your application. 

SAGE and Gorge HR have partnered up in the recruitment efforts of this position.