Researcher, Partnership for Tribal Governance - Open Until Filled
National Congress of American Indians
Skills And Qualifications:
Initial application review will include all applications received by July 15, 2019
| Founded in 1944, the National Congress of American Indians is the oldest, largest, and most representative American Indian and Alaska Native organization in the country. NCAI advocates on behalf of tribal governments and communities, promoting strong tribal-federal government-to-government policies, supporting and informing tribal nations’ efforts to strengthen their governance systems, and promoting a better understanding among the general public regarding American Indian and Alaska Native governments, peoples, and rights. For more information, visit the NCAI website at www.ncai.org
ABOUT THE POSITION | The National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) established its Partnership for Tribal Governance (PTG) in 2009 to create, coordinate, and share with tribal nations and leaders the knowledge, tools, and informational and educational resources they need to strengthen tribal governance systems and more effectively exercise tribal sovereignty. Through its growing web of partnerships with tribal nations, tribal intergovernmental and national Native organizations, academic institutions and policy centers, practitioners, policymakers, and others, PTG: (1) develops and shares new knowledge, tools, and resources on tribal governance (notably “best practice” case studies documenting tribal governance success stories and policy recommendations and tools for tribal leaders focused on critical aspects of governance); (2) provides and facilitates governance education, training, and technical assistance for tribal decision makers; (3) enhances communication, coordination, and collaboration among groups working to support tribal nations’ efforts to strengthen their governance systems; and educates and trains tribal leaders and key decision-makers about their particular roles in Native nation building and governance.
The PTG Researcher will support the PTG Director as part of the NCAI PTG team, and will be responsible for helping PTG advance its mission through the following primary activities: researching and writing tribal governance best-practice case studies, developing “how-to” toolkits on key tribal governance topics, designing multimedia-based informational and educational resources, designing and staffing PTG-led breakout sessions and panels on critical tribal governance topics at NCAI conferences, conducting video recorded interviews with tribal leaders about tribal governance, identifying and publicly sharing key informational and educational resources on critical tribal governance topics in coordination with PTG’s organizational partners, and providing technical assistance to tribal nations and leaders through webinars and in-person educational sessions. The PTG Researcher will work on a team of 2-4 people (reporting to the PTG Director), and will provide project-based supervision to NCAI fellows and interns assigned in whole or part to PTG.
SKILLS AND QUALIFICATIONS |Employee must possess:
• Master’s degree in public policy, public administration, tribal governance or administration, American Indian/Native American studies, education, law, economics, or a related field;
• At least three (3) years of experience working directly with tribal nation(s) on tribal governance and related topics;
• Exceptional writing skills, and demonstrated experience writing short-form educational/informational publications for tribal audiences;
• Experience conducting qualitative-based research on tribal governance and related topics;
• Experience developing educational resources and tools on tribal governance for use by tribal leaders and/or governmental employees;
• Experiencing teaching or otherwise publicly presenting curricula and/or research on tribal governance and related topics to tribal audiences;
• Broad working knowledge of federal Indian law and policy and tribal governmental forms across Indian Country;
• Demonstrated research project management skills, including: grant writing, grant management, project work plan development and maintenance, timelines, budgets, organizing meetings, developing meeting materials, coordinating communication with partners, managing timely completion of progress reports and deliverables, and ability to work on multiple projects at once;
• Experience producing educational content for dissemination online and through social media;
• Positive attitude and teamwork approach, ability to adjust to changing priorities and growing responsibilities, ability to take direction, work independently, and take initiative within areas of responsibility in a team-oriented environment;
• Strong interpersonal, communication, and organizational skills;
• Experience with and enthusiasm for working in fast-paced, dynamic, and high-pressure environment with changing priorities and deadlines;
• Precision and attention to detail, and excellent time management skills; and
• Ability to travel for NCAI/PTG meetings, conferences, and activities.
The ideal candidate also will possess:
• At least five (5) years of experience working directly with tribal nation(s) on tribal governance and related topics;
• Experience designing and developing curricula on tribal governance; and
• Experience researching and writing best-practice case studies for tribal audiences.
Duties And Responsibilities:
The primary duties of the PTG Researcher include:
• Research/write tribal governance best-practice case studies;
• Help to develop “how-to” toolkits on key tribal governance topics;
• Design multimedia-based informational and educational resources on tribal governance (infographics, podcasts, video blogs, etc.) for production by NCAI multimedia resources specialist;
• Help to design and coordinate PTG-led breakout sessions and panels on critical tribal governance topics at NCAI conferences;
• Conduct video recorded interviews with tribal leaders about tribal governance for use in PTG educational and informational resources;
• Identify and publicly share informational and educational resources on critical tribal governance topics in coordination with PTG’s organizational partners;
• Provide technical assistance to tribal nations and leaders through webinars and in-person educational sessions;
• Lead or participate in the design, management, and evaluation of grant-funded PTG research and resource development projects;
• Develop policy briefs, reports, and other written communications;
• Develop tools and deliver presentations on research;
• Manage all aspects of federal, non-profit, or private grants;
• Assist in writing research grant applications and help to identify potential sources of funding;
• Deliver presentations, design and moderate webinar and trainings, and carry out other related tasks as part of PTG’s educational/outreach efforts;
• Supervise PTG-designated fellows and interns as assigned;
• Contribute to overall NCAI activities, such as general support of conferences and events, through completion of other team-based duties as assigned; and
• Other duties as assigned.
Salary And Benefits:
This is a salaried position that offers competitive salary and benefits (including health benefits, 401(k) plan, vacation time, etc.). Salary will be determined based on experience. This position is a grant-funded position, and subject to funding availability.
APPLICATIONS |Position will be required to be located at NCAI’s Washington, D.C. offices and is open until filled. Initial application review will include all applications received by July 8, 2019. To apply, submit a cover letter, resumé/CV, brief writing sample (2-3 pages), and the names and contact info of three references by email (preferred) to Jobs@ncai.org, or mail to:
National Congress of American Indians
Attn: Ian Record
1516 P Street NW, Washington DC 20005
No phone calls please.
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