Director - Tribal Relations

Job description

Position Title:

Director - Tribal Relations

Posting Number:


Classification Title:

Dir-Tribal Relations

Working Title:

Director - Tribal Relations

Classification Code:


RCW Exemption Criteria:

17 - Managerial

EWU Position Number:


CUPA Code:

No Match


Exempt - Administrative

% Full Time:


Salary / Wage Range:


Salary Information:

$55,000 – $75,400

Anticipated Start Date:


Term of Appointment:



Cheney, WA



Background Check:

Yes - Both

Responsible HR User:

Vara Lyn Conrath

Responsible HR User Email address:

[email protected]

Job Summary:

  • 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.
  • EWU expands opportunities for personal transformation through excellence in learning.

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 Spokane’s 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.

Diversity Statement:

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.

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.

Physical Demands :

  • If you would like to obtain a copy of the Essential Functions Analysis form, which describes the physical and mental demands of the position, please contact Vara Lyn Conrath at [email protected]

Pre-Placement Physical :


Hearing Test :


Medical Monitoring Post Hire :


Protective Equipment :

  • University, local, regional and state mandates for public and personal protection should be followed as needed.

Required Qualifications:

  • 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 Bachelor’s 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.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • 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.

Work Schedule Type:


Work Schedule:

  • This position is located on the Cheney campus with office hours
    Monday – Friday, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm,
  • Travel, evening, and weekend work will be required.
  • We are abiding by the Governor’s guidance and allow teleworking with supervisor’s approval.

Posting Date:


Open Until Further Notice:


Closing Date:


Screening to Begin:


Special Instructions to Applicants:

It is strongly recommended that you print a copy of these instructions and the position posting before you begin to complete the online application, as the instructions will not be viewable once you begin the application process.
1.Attach a detailed cover letter in which you explain how you meet each of the required qualifications [and preferred qualifications, if applicable]. It is preferred that you provide that information in a bulleted list or within a table within your cover letter.
2.Attach a chronological resume including work history and major duties, education, and any specialized training or skills related to the position. Please list at least 3 professional references including: names, titles, organization name, phone numbers, email addresses, and connection to you (these can be identical to the references listed on the application).
3.Complete the online application form and respond to the online questions, if applicable.
4.Diversity Response – As an equal opportunity employer with a multicultural staff and student population, we are interested in how your qualifications prepare you to work with diverse faculty, staff, and student populations representing various cultures and backgrounds that may be different from your own. You will be asked to attach a diversity response as part of the online application process: Please describe how you will apply an approach that is supportive to the diverse needs, including universal access, of our students, faculty, staff, and the public.

Application Types Accepted:


% of Time:


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 President’s Office in partnership with the Grants Office and the Advancement Office to support the university’s 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 EWU’s 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 MOU’s and agreements in place with regional tribes.
  • Other duties as assigned.

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Job No:
Posted: 4/4/2021
Application Due: 4/13/2021
Work Type: Full Time