About Eastern Washington University: Eastern is a regional, comprehensive university located in Cheney, 20 minutes from downtown Spokane. In addition to our primary campus in Cheney, we also offer programs in Spokanes innovative University-District, plus additional teaching/learning centers located in other cities throughout Washington State. Enrollment has reached over 12,000 students. The Cheney-Spokane area is the heart of the Inland Northwest, with excellent restaurants, theater, shopping, skiing, hiking, lakes, a choice of living in a medium-sized city or a small town, and high quality schools and housing.
Eastern Washington University is seeking a Director of Tribal Relations This position is responsible for connecting the institution and its resources with local and regional tribal governments and urban native organizations by facilitating open dialogue between the university and those tribes and organizations by working to build collaborative relationships between the university and those entities. The Director will represent the President as liaison and envoy to American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) and First Nations governments. The Director will facilitate events to educate the campus community about interpretations of related law and cultural protocols. The Director will report to the President but will work with the Chief of Staff on daily matters. The Director of Tribal Relations will coordinate and collaborate with various departments and offices including the President, Academic Affairs, Admissions, Diversity and Inclusion, Human Resources, Grants Office, Advancement, and Student Affairs to identify opportunities to develop infrastructure to support American Indian/Alaska Native and First Nations student recruitment, retention, and graduation.
The candidate selected for this position will be rewarded with competitive compensation and a comprehensive benefits package which includes highly subsidized health/dental plans, retirement plan with 100% university match, generous paid vacation and sick leave, 11 paid holidays, tuition waiver benefit and more.
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Masters or Ph.D. in education administration, public administration, AI/AN leadership, education, ethnic studies, communications studies, environmental resources, social psychology, or a related field that includes coursework and/or experience communicating and working with AI/AN or First Nation communities OR Bachelors degree in one of the listed or closely related fields plus four years of related experience including experience communicating and working with AI/AN or First Nation communities.
Demonstrated success in securing grants and Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) development.
Strong knowledge of American Indian treaty rights and law, including sovereignty and self-determination.
Excellent written and oral communication skills with strong interpersonal skills including the ability to effectively conduct public presentations, and to effectively use social media and other communication tools.
The ability to build lasting relationships with others at all levels of the organization.
Knowledge of tribal protocols, cultures, histories, sovereignty, and government relations, particularly for Pacific Northwest tribes, but also for AI/AN or First Nations communities as a whole.
Tribal community member.
Professional demeanor and ability to maintain discretion and confidentiality.
Minimum of 3 years working in any capacity in higher education and/or in a Native Educational setting.
Demonstrated ability to identify and support college access and success strategies for AI/AN or First Nations students.
Ability to manage conflict and build consensus across various points of view effectively, to collaborate, as well as the ability to work both independently and effectively as a leader or member of a team, task force or committee.
Demonstrated experience managing program budget
Candidate must demonstrate interest, ability and/or experience promoting cultural competency, universal accessibility and/or diversity.
Ability to communicate across cultural lines to include interpretation of policy between tribal and Washington State government.
Analytical ability and familiarity with student success metrics.
Excellent presentation skills and experience delivering policy level briefings.
Washington State tribal community member.
Minimum 5 years of experience working with AI/AN or First Nations students in higher education.
Other Skills and Abilities:
Job Duties: % of Time: 100 Responsibility / Duty:
Provide leadership for the identification of opportunities and strategies that lead to the successful development of sustainable and mutually beneficial relationships between the university and tribal governments.
Identify grant and fundraising opportunities on behalf of the Presidents Office in partnership with the Grants Office and the Advancement Office to support the universitys efforts in recruiting, serving, and retaining AI/AN students and support efforts of regional tribal nations.
Work with Academic Affairs to identify academic partnerships that strengthen and advance relationships and EWUs educational, research, and service partnerships and programs involving tribes, and the broader American Indian community.
Attend, participate in, and effectively represent the university at tribal events, conferences, leadership meetings and council meetings that may include the Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians (ATNI), the National Education Conference (NIEA), National Congress of American Indians (NCAI), the Washington State Indian Education Association (WSIEA), the Western Washington Native Education Consortium (WWNAEC), Tribal Leadership Alliance, and Tribal Council to develop effective strategies to support institutional recruitment, retention and service of AI/AN students.
Work with the President and appropriate university stakeholders to develop diversity and inclusion programming for tribal summer camps, and plans that support the integration and inclusion of AI/AN students into the university community.
Serve as an internal specialist for the university and other stakeholders to provide content expertise for the purposes of supporting outreach and engagement, training, programming and strategy design and implementation.
Support and implement the current MOUs and agreements in place with regional tribes.
Other duties as assigned.
Essential Function Indicator: Yes
Conditions of Employment:
This position, during the course of university employment will be involved in the receipt of, or accountability for, university funds or other items of value; as well as the unsupervised access with the developmentally disabled, vulnerable adults or children under the age of 16. The offer of employment is contingent upon successful completion and passing of a background check prior to beginning employment.
Travel, evening, and weekend work will be required.
Salary Information: $55,000 $75,400
Posting Date: 03/11/2021 Open Until Further Notice: No Closing Date: 4/11/2021 Screening to Begin: 04/12/2021
Special Instructions to Applicants: Submit your application materials through our online applications portal provided below. If you are unable to submit through the applicant portal, please contact Human Resources Services at (509) 359-2381.
EWU does not discriminate in its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, citizenship or immigration status, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, genetic information, age, marital status, families with children, protected veteran or military status, HIV or hepatitis C, status as a mother breastfeeding her child, or the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability or the use of a trained guide dog or service animal by a person with a disability, as provided for and to the extent required by state and federal laws.
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Eastern Washington University is a regional, comprehensive public university located in Cheney, Washington. Home to over 12,000 students, Eastern offers more than 100 fields of studies, nine master’s degrees, one applied doctorate, one educational specialist degree, and 11 graduate certificates. The university offers an exceptional learning environment that offers hands-on, real-world learning opportunities. Eastern offers a comprehensive liberal arts curriculum, which prepares students to succeed in the competitive job market. Students at Eastern receive a traditional, yet unique college experience.