Job Announcement | Tribal Relations Advisor


The Tribal Relations Advisor will be responsible for establishing and maintaining relationships with Federally Recognized Tribal Governments for the Board of Commissioners and County programs.  As well as providing expertise to County Departments in the areas of Tribal history and Tribal recognition, formal Tribal consultation, customs, protocols, and service delivery to Native American residents.  The Tribal Liaison will represent the County and the Office of Government Relations in a number of venues.  

As this is a new position, you are encouraged to think big and be inquisitive, dig deep and contribute to strategy development. We are looking for someone that understands Tribal Government and Native American culture. Someone with a proven track record working with Tribes who can build a program from the ground up.
The full announcement can be found here

Current employees: Please apply through the employee portal to be considered for this opportunity.

Department:Non-Department

Job Type:Elected Official Staff

Exemption Status:United States of America (Exempt)

Closing Date (Open Until Filled if No Date Specified):May 26, 2022


  • The Opportunity:
  • Salary Range: $70,000 – $100,000
  • OVERVIEW
  • Multnomah County seeks a talented professional for the newly created position of Tribal Relations Advisor in the Office of Government Relations. This is a fast paced position that requires excellent community engagement, communication, strategy planning, and people skills with deep understanding with Oregon Tribal Governments, Tribal consultation, ​Native American​ and ​Native Alaskan​ culture, urban native issues in the Portland area, and the interplay between tribes. Multnomah County acknowledges the land that we occupy as residents is unceded Indigenous Iand and the traditional village sites of tribes including the Multnomah, Wasco, Cowlitz, Kathlamet, Clackamas, Bands of Chinook, Tualatin, Kalapuya, Molalla, and others. Because of the Relocation Act of 1956, Multnomah County is home to the ninth-largest urban Indian population in the United States. We honor the enduring relationship that exists between Indigenous peoples and this occupied land.
  • As the Tribal Relations Advisor, you are the Tribal Liaison responsible for establishing and maintaining relationships with Federally Recognized Tribal Governments for the Board of Commissioners and County programs. As well as providing subject matter expertise to the County in the areas of Tribal history and Tribal recognition, formal Tribal consultation, customs, and protocols to Native American and Native Alaskan residents. You will represent the County and the Office of Government Relations in a number of venues. In addition to the formal Government to Government role, you will create pathways for community-based organizations that serve urban Native American and Native Alaskan communities residing in Multnomah County to help shape programs, policy decisions, and funding priorities. 
  • Job responsibilities in this role will include:
    • Tribal Consultation: Serve as the subject matter expertise to county departments in the areas of Tribal history and Tribal recognition, formal Tribal consultation, customs, protocols, and service delivery to ​Native American​ and ​Native Alaskan​ community​. Educate community partners, stakeholders, media, and the public on issues critical to the Federally Recognized Tribes and organizations.
    • Community Engagement + Relationship Building: Develop alliances and collaborate across boundaries. Establish and maintain strong relationships with Federally Recognized Tribal Governments for the Board of Commissioners and County programs to advance agendas using equity-centered and inclusive design practices and tools. Serves as a liaison between the ​Native American​ and ​Native Alaskan​ community​ and the County. Develop an outreach plan. Demonstrate independent judgment and discretion in frequent contact with public officials, government agencies, county department directors and employees, and the public. 
    • Communication + Commitment: Deliver effective verbal and writing skills. Create briefing materials and clear/concise talking points with short turnaround time. Racial justice and equity focused. Track and monitor Tribal Government issues and policies that will impact the County. Commitment to Multnomah County’s mission and values.  The successful candidate will demonstrate the following qualities:
    • Tribal Knowledge– A deep understanding of Oregon Tribal Governments, Tribal Consultation, urban native issues in the Portland area, and the interplay between tribes.
    • Problem Solving – Ability to identify problems, take a solution-oriented approach, and put into action creative new strategies for success.
    • Change Advocate – Engage in advocacy strategies to inform and influence policy. Ensures diverse and underrepresented voices are included in policy development.
    • Communication – Excellent verbal and written skills in creating effective messaging and framing to build awareness, change public perception and move people to action. Ability to interact with others with diplomacy and tact. Demonstrated experience effectively communicating politically sensitive information.
    • Collaboration – Ability to establish and maintain strong networks and working relationships with internal/external stakeholders and public officials to advance an agenda. Ability to build alliances and collaborate across boundaries.
    • Political Savviness – Ability to remain objective in a political environment and to properly handle private and confidential matters. Ability to quickly get up-to-speed on the organizational nuances of Multnomah County and how to achieve desired outcomes. Ability to exercise independent judgment and discretion in frequent contact with public officials, government agencies, county department directors and employees, private organizations and the public. Be flexible and adapt as required, while working in a multi-faceted and sometimes ambiguous environment.
    • Strong attention to detail and strong work ethic.
    • Knowledge of and the ability to interpret and apply relevant sections of local, regional, state and federal mandates. TO QUALIFYWe will consider any combination of relevant work experience, volunteering, education, and transferable skills as qualifying unless an item or section is labeled required. Please be clear and specific about how your background is relevant. For details about how we typically screen applications, review our overview of the selection process page.Minimum Qualifications/ Transferable Skills*:
    • Bachelor’s degree (in lieu of degree, equivalent years of relevant experience will be considered).
    • Three (3) years experience working with an elected official and/or in a policy making arena and/or related fields.
    • Working knowledge of the traditions and customs of Oregon’s tribes including urban native issues in the Portland area, and the interplay between tribes.
    • Knowledge of and extensive experience with the Native American​ and ​Native Alaskan​ community​. This would be demonstrated by knowledge of the traditions, values, and customs of the Native American​ and ​Native Alaskan being served.
    • Experience developing briefing materials and talking points.
    • Demonstrated organization and project management skills and abilities.
    • A valid driver’s license at the time of hire. 
    • Pass professional reference checks.
    • 
  • Preferred Qualifications/Transferable Skills*: You do not need to have the following preferred qualifications/transferable skills to qualify. However, keep in mind we may consider some or all of the following when identifying the most qualified candidates. Please clearly explain on your application how you meet any of the following preferred qualifications/transferable skills.
  • Advanced knowledge of and experience working with the Federally Recognized Tribes and Community based organizations serving the Native American​ and ​Native Alaskan​ community.  
  • Demonstration of knowledge of the traditions, values and customs as well as the ability to  identify specific examples of experience working directly with tribes, or as a tribal member.  
  • *Transferable skills: Your transferable skills are any skills you have gained through education, work experience (including the military) or life experiences that are relevant for this position. Be sure to describe any transferable skills on your application and clearly explain how they apply to this position. 
  • COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement: To protect the health of the community and employees, Multnomah County requires employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or have an approved medical or religious exception as a qualification of employment. The rule applies to all employees, as allowable by law. Candidates who receive an offer of County employment must provide proof of vaccination upon hire or submit an exception request prior to their start date. 
     SCREENING AND EVALUATIONThe application packet consists of the following. Keep in mind we use your application materials as evaluation tools. The quality and strength of your application will determine if you move forward in the process. Respond to each section completely and concisely. Refer to your relevant experience (paid or unpaid) and training.Application Packet: Your completed application must include the following items:   
  • A completed online application and/or a resume covering relevant experience and education. Please be sure your resume includes the following for each employer: name of employer, location, dates of employment, your title, a brief summary of your responsibilities, the number of employees under your supervision.
  • An uploaded cover letter that expands on your resume and addresses:
    • The ways that your personal and professional experience supports your qualifications for this role.
    • Knowledge  of  and  experience  working  with  the  Federally Recognized Tribes and Community based organizations serving the Native American and Native Alaskan community.  
    • Knowledge of the traditions, values and customs as well as the ability to  identify specific examples of experience working directly with tribes, or as a tribal member.  
    • Communication skills in developing briefing materials and talking points.
    • Experience in public, community/government relations, and/or related fields.
    • Ability to incorporate diverse perspectives in work. 
    • Note: The application, resume and cover letter should demonstrate your work experience/skills and how it is related to those shown in the Overview and To Qualify sections of the job announcement. Please be thorough, as these materials will be scored and determine your eligibility to advance in this recruitment process. 
    • Internal candidates: After you have submitted your application, please check your Workday inbox and complete the Veterans’ Preference Questionnaire prior to the application deadline. 
    • Veterans’ Preference: Under Oregon Law, qualifying veterans may apply for veterans’ preference for this recruitment. Review our veterans’ preference page for details about eligibility and how to apply. The recruiter as listed on the job announcement must receive all required documentation by the closing date of the recruitment.The Selection Process and Timeline: For details about how we typically screen applications, review our overview of the selection process page. We expect to evaluate candidates for this recruitment as follows:
  • Initial review of minimum qualifications: We may do an additional preferred review and/or send out additional supplemental questions to identify those highest qualified.
  • Consideration of top candidates: We will consider qualified candidates in order of rank and score from the list of eligible candidates. This may include panel interview(s), a hiring interview, and/or additional testing/writing samples to determine the best candidates for a position.
  • Reference checks: All finalists must pass professional reference checks.
  • The hiring manager is flexible with the start date.
  • Type of Position: 
  • This is a 1.00 FTE salaried position and it is not eligible for overtime. 
  • It is classified as a Staff Assistant and is an Executive/Unclassified position and serves at the pleasure of the Director and may be subject to discharge at any time.Schedule:
  • Monday – Friday from 8:00 am – 5:00 pm.
  • This position will be a hybrid of telework and in office.
  • Will require infrequent evening and/or weekend commitments.
  • Work Location: Multnomah Building, 501 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, OR 97214 
  • Additional Information: This recruitment may be used to fill full-time, part-time, regular, temporary, limited duration and on-call positions.
    
  • Diversity and Inclusion: At Multnomah County, we don’t just accept difference; we value it and support it to create a culture of dignity and respect for our employees.We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. We evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran or protected veteran status, genetic information and other legally protected characteristics. The EEO is the Law poster is available for your reference. Multnomah County is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor. We request priority protected veteran referrals.
  • Veterans’ Preference: Under Oregon Law, qualifying veterans may apply for veterans’ preference. Review our veterans’ preference page for details about eligibility and how to apply.
  • Accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act: We gladly provide reasonable accommodation to anyone whose specific disability prevents them from completing an application or participating in this recruitment process. Please contact the recruiter below in advance to request assistance. Individuals with hearing or speech impairments may contact the recruiter through the Telecommunications Relay Service by dialing 711.
  • Questions? Recruiter:Anna Shy
  • Email:anna.shy@multco.us
  • Phone:+1 (503) 312-8987
  • Application information may be used throughout the entire selection process. This process is subject to change without notice.Disclaimer: This announcement is intended as a general descriptive recruitment guide and is subject to change. It does not constitute either an expressed or implied contract
  • Job Profile:9400 – Staff Assistant

Apply here!