Career Opportunity | Tribal Affairs Program Coordinator


SALARY: $75,948.00 – $105,567.00 Annually

OPENING DATE: 10/21/22

CLOSING DATE: 11/28/22 05:00 PM

POSITION SUMMARY: Metro is dedicated to shaping a better future for the greater Portland region. The work the people of Metro do every day benefits the lives of the people who live here, today and tomorrow. We offer a highly competitive compensation and benefits program. offers. Learn more about the benefits Metro Metro is hiring for a Tribal Affairs Program Coordinator.

The Tribal Affairs Coordinator will help implement Metro’s new Tribal Affairs agenda, in partnership with the Tribal Affairs manager and the rest of the Government Affairs team. This critical role will work across the agency, with staff and elected officials, to help Metro work closely with Tribes as sovereign partners in all areas of our work. This position will also provide subject matter expertise to Metro staff in the areas of tribal norms, customs, tribal history, and best practices for consultation and engagement to increase awareness, understanding and skills and abilities of Metro staff and leadership to support successful tribal relations.

As the Tribal Affairs Program Coordinator, you will: Help your team members within the Government Affairs team and the Tribal Affairs program implement the agency’s tribal affairs program including priorities for policy development, project support, staff and elected official training, and engagement. Support Metro and tribal policy advisor efforts to establish and maintain strong relationships with Tribes including Tribal Chairpersons, Councils, representatives, and staff to help Metro achieve the region’s six desired outcomes, tribal affairs program goals, mutual goals identified by Metro and Tribes, and other strategic goals and objectives of the agency. Serve as an internal subject matter expert on tribal history, treaties, sovereignty, selfgovernance, protocols, customs and traditions, and natural and cultural resources for Metro staff.

This position will be supervised by the Government Affairs and Policy Development Director within the Office of the COO. Attributes for Success/Desired Qualifications: Knowledge of local, state and federal Indian law and policy; Knowledge of local, state and federal historic and cultural resources and natural resource policy, related laws and regulations; Ability to advise on and support tribal consultation and tribal relations; Ability to coordinate closely with a broad range of internal and external team members, agency departments, Tribal governments, staff and representatives, and Metro stakeholders to efficiently advance an agenda and deliver projects; Ability to build alliances and collaborate across boundaries; Ability to interact with others with diplomacy and tact; Ability to analyze social, cultural and/or political factors to advise on agency policy development, relationship development and complex project actions or implementation;Experience effectively managing and communicating politically sensitive projects and information; Ability to identify problems, take a solution-oriented approach and put into action creative solutions for success; Ability to proactively escalate concerns and issues to team members and leaders; Competency and skills in the basic principles of project management including project development, planning and monitoring; Experience developing and managing contracts including ability to interpret and apply basic budgeting and public procurement processes; Strong organizational and technical writing skills; Strong cross-cultural communication and collaboration skills; Familiarity with and ability to apply principles of racial equity and diversity to policy decisions, conflicts, and operation questions.

TO QUALIFY We 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 in your application materials on how your background is relevant. Minimum qualifications: A Bachelor’s or other degree in business or public administration, political science, Native American studies, behavioral or social sciences or any degree demonstrating the capacity for knowledge and skills and relevant work experience; AND Three years of related and progressively responsible work experience supporting productive relationships with Tribal governments and diplomatic relations OR Any combination of education and experience that provides the necessary knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the duties and responsibilities of the position. COVID-19 vaccination requirement: Metro is committed to ensuring the health and safety for our employees and our community. As a part of this commitment, Metro has implemented a vaccine requirement policy for employees, paid and unpaid interns and volunteers. Proof of full COVID-19 vaccination is considered a minimum qualification requirement for Metro job applicants. This proof will be requested during the hiring process. If you require an accommodation under this policy for a medical condition or disability, or sincerely held religious belief, please email If this statement is true for you, then you may be ineligible to apply: If I was terminated for cause during any of my employment with Metro, or resigned in lieu of termination, I understand I may be ineligible for rehire for a minimum of 3 years.

COMPENSATION AND REPRESENTATION Based on the Oregon Pay Equity Act requirements, Metro’s internal equity review process, and the candidates’ qualifications, the appointment will typically be made between $75,948.00 $83,351.00 annually. The full-salary range for this position is $75,948.00 – $105,567.00 annually. This position is not eligible for overtime and is not represented by a union. It is classified as Policy Advisor II. Classification descriptions are typically written broadly and do not include the specific duties and responsibilities of the positions.

SCREENING AND EVALUATION The application packet: The application packet consists of the following documents. Please ensure that you upload these documents in your online application. Make sure your application is complete, missing any part of these items could result in an incomplete application and will not be moved forward in the recruitment. Attachment of a resume Attachment of a cover letter (no more than two pages) highlighting why you’re a good fit for the role and specifically answering the question, “What your experience is working with Tribal Governments or tribally established organizations”. Please be detailed in your response and how your qualifications relate to this role. Attachment of three references (name, contact information, and relationship)

The selection process: We expect to evaluate candidates for this recruitment as follows. The selection process is subject to change. Initial review of minimum qualifications In-depth evaluation of application materials to identify the most qualified candidates Consideration of top candidates/interviews Testing/assessments (if applicable) References check Questions? Recruiter: Megan Warneke Email: