Project Coordinator

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 our customers a fair return on revenue and fair pricing for energy.
  • 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 full-time Project Coordinator to join our growing organization! The Project Coordinator is responsible for project supervision, permitting, contracting, and the budget as project needs are assigned. The Project Coordinator will support the contracting process and coordinate various projects, contractors, subcontractors, and associated timelines. Top essential functions and duties include but are not limited to:

Project Life Cycle Management

  • Project scope may vary depending on business needs and may include, but is not limited to:
    • Community Solar
    • Microgrid
    • Commercial Wind
    • Electric Vehicles
    • General Business
  • Assign tasks to others to keep projects moving forward on schedule and ensure timely completion.
  •  Track the progression of project tasks regularly using project management tools.
  • Serve as the liaison between SAGE and technicians/contractors and report on progress to stakeholders.
  • Identify internal and external resource requirements and coordinate with consulting firms to develop a plan through completion and pre-commissioning. 
  • Expand knowledge of sustainable energy components in the current market.
  • Build relationships with consulting firms to develop a plan through the completion of the project.
  • Provide financial, technical, and analytical support in policy and project development.
  • Practice risk analysis techniques to reduce potential threats to successful project completion.
  • Support efforts toward future grant procurement.

Budget Management

  • Continuously review the budget for cost-savings opportunities.
  • Leverage network relationships to reduce costs.
  • Work diligently to stay within the project budget.

Business Development

  • As needed, lead the initiative on new projects to develop a business plan and economic analysis in accordance with SAGE values.
  • Increase business development and growth by exploring new markets of opportunity and capitalizing on existing relationships to expand programs.
  • Prepare project financial forecasts, projected business development activities, and actions, and participate in net new and existing business growth activities.
  • Federal grant management and reporting.

Other duties as the organization requires


Our ideal candidate will bring a strategic, “can-do” approach to their work. They will also have either:

  • At least six (6) years of demonstrated experience on the job in larger energy-related projects with a high school diploma or
  • At least two (2) years of demonstrated experience in large energy-related projects with a bachelor’s degree in engineering or other related technical four-year degree.

Our ideal candidate will also embody the following skills, abilities, and values:

  • Communication - Effective, clear, and concise communication throughout all levels of the organization.
  • Project completion – Strong desire and ability to ensure all project elements are present and complete.
  • Project management – Exercise outstanding organizational and project management skills to ensure all project steps are on track, within budget, and consistently moving through to the completion stages.
  • Flexibility – Plans a few steps to account for unplanned changes and quickly adapts to a new plan.
  • Teamwork - Interact productively with a team and play to each person’s strengths.
  • Business development – Ability to identify and establish trusting relationships within key networks.
  • Fiscal responsibility – Exercise a fiscally conservative approach.
  • Deadline-oriented – Works consistently through deadlines.
  • Judgment - Use sound judgment to work through complex situations.
  • Is adept in Microsoft Suite, G-suite, Adobe, and project management software (such as Asana).
  • Preference is extended to Native American candidates.


The Project Coordinator role requires an on-site presence at the SAGE office in Fort Yates/Standing Rock, North Dakota. The position will be a full-time position with an annual compensation range between $65,000 and $80,000 and is commensurate with experience, skills, qualifications, and schedule. 

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 aligns with SAGE values and is eager to contribute to their mission through your passion for sustainable energy for the Lakota/Dakota Native nation, 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. 

Don’t exactly fit the description?  Research shows that certain demographics, especially women and other marginalized groups, tend to only apply for a job when they meet all the criteria.  If this role sounds like a great fit for you but you don’t meet every item on the description, we’d encourage you to apply anyway 

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