Under general direction, the Tribal Relations Manager (or Tribal Liaison) is responsible for overall coordination of Sound Transit's relationships, interactions and consultations with Puget Sound Indian Tribes.
The following duties are a representative summary of the primary duties and responsibilities. Incumbent(s) may not be required to perform all duties listed and may be required to perform additional, position-specific duties.
• Establish and maintain critical relationships of trust and respect with Puget Sound area tribal governments and leaders.
• Act as a liaison between Sound Transit and tribal governments.
• Provide expert advice and policy direction to Sound Transit's Executive Leadership and Project Team Management.
• Ensure Sound Transit's consistent interpretation and application of laws, rules, policies and procedures impacting tribal relations.
• Coordinate training opportunities for Sound Transit staff.
• Coordinate closely with Sound Transit's leadership, environmental and project management teams and the Federal Transit Administration on consultation with Indian Tribes.
• It is the responsibility of all employees to follow the Agency safety rules, regulations, and procedures pertaining to their assigned duties and responsibilities, which could include systems, operations, and/or other employees.
• It is the responsibility of all employees to integrate sustainability into everyday business practices.
• Other duties as assigned.
Education and Experience:
A Bachelor degree in public administration or related field and five years of progressively responsible work experience directly related to the duties of the position is required. Experience must include extensive knowledge of Puget Sound tribal governments, treaty rights and Native American culture. Knowledge of public infrastructure development processes and the Federal Transit Administration is a plus.
Required Licenses or Certifications:
Valid Driver's License.
Required Knowledge of:
Extensive knowledge of tribal governments, treaty rights and Native American culture, with a special emphasis on Puget Sound Indian Tribes and public infrastructure.
• Plan, coordinate and monitor engagement plans, programs and functions.
- Build and maintain quality working relationships with Tribal Leaders and staff.
- Work collaboratively with Sound Transit staff (leadership, project management, co-workers) and external stakeholders.
- Coordinate training for relevant Sound Transit staff.
- Communicate effectively verbally and in writing to audiences of various social, cultural, ethnic, educational and economic backgrounds.
- Design and make effective presentations.
- Communicate with tact and diplomacy.
- Firm understanding of Tribal Governments, treaty rights and federal consultation.
- Ability to understand and communicate complex technical project, environmental and financial information.
- Understanding of Sound Transit's system expansion plans and goals.
- Understand Sound Transit's political environment and sensitivities.
- Ability to work with elected officials and all levels of government.
- Policy analysis.
- Apply Government Relations standard techniques and procedures.
• Maintain highest ethical standards and transparency.
• Willingness to take initiative and ability to juggle multiple task.
Physical Demands/Work Environment
• The Tribal Relations Manager makes field visits.
• Work a flexible schedule, which may include evenings, weekends and holidays.
• Work is performed in a standard office environment.
• Subject to standing, walking, bending, reaching, stooping, and lifting of objects up to 25 pounds.
• The Agency promotes a safe and healthy work environment and provides appropriate safety and equipment training for all personnel as required.
Sound Transit is an equal employment opportunity employer. No person is unlawfully excluded from employment action based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex (including gender identity, sexual orientation and pregnancy), age, genetic information, disability, veteran status or other protected class.