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Intergovernmental Affairs Director

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Great Plains Tribal Chairmen's Health Board


Rapid City, South Dakota

Skills And Qualifications:

  • Exemplify excellent customer service with tribal stakeholders, health board colleagues, program partners, service recipients, visitors and guests.
  • Foster a work environment of wellness, courtesy, friendliness, helpfulness and respect.
  • Relate well and work collaboratively with coworkers and all levels of staff in a professional manner.
  • Familiarity and/or experience working with American Indian populations and respect for and knowledge of traditional, cultural and spiritual practices of diverse American Indian communities, as well as an ability to work with other culturally and ethnically diverse populations.
  • Consistently demonstrate respect for and acceptance of differing capabilities, cultures, gender, age, sexual orientation and/or personalities.
  • Maintain and ensure organizational privacy and confidentiality.
  • Must be able to handle crisis and tolerate stress professionally.
  • Must be self-directed and take proactive initiative to assist others.
  • Possess the ability to resolve issues with other departments and coworkers without direct supervision.
  • Knowledge about the national health care agenda, issues, impacts, and trends, as they relate to American Indian and Alaska Native Tribes
  • Knowledge of public health related regulations and policies that impact American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) Tribes and Tribal members as well as the Indian Health Service, Tribal and urban Indian health programs (I/T/Us).
  • Knowledge political acumen and cultural competency related to tribal self-governance.
  • Knowledge and familiarity with titles XVIII and XIX of the Social Security Act, the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act and the Indian Health Care Improvement Act.
  • Strong organizational skills combined with the capacity to execute on priorities in a timely manner.
  • Skilled in verbal and written communication with keen attention to detail.
  • Skilled in project management.
  • Skilled in policy analysis and development.
  • Skilled in interpersonal communication and ability to connect and maintain relationships in order to support and move projects forward.
  • Skilled in community outreach and experience in community planning processes.
  • Skilled in meeting and group facilitation.
  • Skilled in analyzing interviews and documents for themes and trends.
  • Skilled in public speaking.
  • Ability to think strategically about how to support Tribes and Tribal leaders as they seek to strengthen healthcare access.
  • Ability to articulate an agenda, plan and vision for policy areas. 
  • Ability to take direction and work independently, take initiative within areas of responsibility, as well as provide leadership and direction while working in a team-oriented environment.
  • Ability to successfully work in a fast-paced, dynamic, and high-pressure environment.
  • Abilities to learn quickly and efficiently, work with diverse teams of people, multi-task and manage priorities.
  • Able to exercise flexibility to alter plans/routines when situations require and continue to perform without projecting stress/frustration that would adversely affect the work environment.
  • Ability to maintain a flexible work schedule, including evenings, weekends and overnight or extended travel as necessary.
  • Ability to effectively present information in one-on-one and small group situations to community members, consumers and other employees of the organization.
  • Proficiency with computer programs (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and other Internet technologies.
  • Valid driver’s license must be kept current, and certificates, credentials or licenses must be kept current and consistent with regulations required by applicable federal, state and/or grant regulations.
  • Ability to promote an alcohol-, tobacco- and drug-free lifestyle.
  • Embrace modes of appearance and attire that reflect a professional presence.
  • Adhere to GPTCHB policies and procedures. 

Required Education:

  • Minimum education required is graduate or doctorate degree in public policy/government, Native American Studies, health policy, health administration, or other relevant field.  Substantive work experience may substitute for a degree.
  • A minimum of five (5) years’ of experience in the Indian health care delivery system working with American Indian/Alaska Native tribal governments with demonstrated experience with policy analysis and development, research, project management and community engagement, and federal policy advocacy, working with Congress and the Administration.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills with the ability to be detail oriented.Computer and technical skills (including Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook, etc.).
  • Experience that indicates the ability to interact effectively with leaders among American Indian communities, government agencies, scientific and academic communities, medical and health-related organizations, nongovernmental groups and the public at large is required.

Duties And Responsibilities:

This position will have both internal and external facing responsibilities to advance the mission of GPTCHB through excellence in regulatory tracking, policy, advocacy, outreach, technical assistance, research and related projects.  This position oversees the interactions of the GPTCHB with tribal, federal and state governments and agencies in addressing all issues affecting health care in the Great Plains Area, and will assist with efforts to advocate for Indian health.  This position will be responsible for tracking and responding to federal health policies and regulations as they impact Indian Country.  This position will serve as a self-governance liaison for all Great Plains tribes.  It will also support the assumption of the Indian Health Service programs, services, functions and activities of the Rapid City Service Unit and the construction of the Rapid City Health Facility. The incumbent must have a strong understanding of health care delivery, the federal trust relationship with Indian Tribes as well as the legal, policy and political frameworks impacting Direct Service and Self-Governing Tribes as well as compacting and contracting Tribes. 

Salary And Benefits:

Competitive Salary

Benefits include: 

  • Health Insurance
  • Dental and Vision Insurance
  • Life Insurane
  • Paid Time Off
  • Retirement - Simple IRA

Additional Info:

The GPTCHB is a tribal organization which follows tribal preference laws. It is our policy to give preference to qualified Indian/Tribal candidates over qualified non-native candidates in hiring decisions, if all other qualifications are equal.

Employment is contingent upon the outcome of all required criminal background checks and a pre-employment drug screen. 

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Contact Info:

Christina Larson

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