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Policy Analyst

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National Congress of American Indians


Washington, DC

Skills And Qualifications:


Founded in 1944, the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) 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. We promote a better understanding among the general public regarding American Indian and Alaska Native governments, peoples, and rights. 


NCAI is a leader in government relations surrounding issues that impact Native Americans. The organization provides essential information and education on key policy initiatives, enhances coordination and consultation with tribal governments, and leads efforts to unite tribal advocates to promote progressive, proactive Indian policy. NCAI also manages several grants to enhance relationships between tribal governments and the federal, state, and local governments in order to better meet the needs of tribal citizens, and uphold the government-to-government principles that are essential to the autonomy of tribal governments. The Policy Analyst will support the policy and advocacy functions of NCAI and manage relevant grants to advance the priorities of tribal governments. 

Duties And Responsibilities:


A bachelor’s degree in public policy/government, Native American Studies, or a related field preferred. Substantive work experience may substitute for a degree;

Two or more years of experience working on Indian policy and/or with American Indian/Alaska Native tribal governments;

Two or more years of experience in federal policy advocacy, working with Congress and the Administration; 

Knowledge of economic development and infrastructure policy, including as those policy areas relate to tribal governments; 

Two or more years of experience in multiple grant portfolio management;

Demonstrated experience working collaboratively with diverse stakeholders, including tribal leaders, intertribal organizations, legislative staff, federal agencies, and non-governmental organizations;

The ability to articulate an agenda and plan to advance policy priorities within issue areas, as assigned;

Strong writing, interpersonal, communication, organizational, and grants management skills;

The ability to take direction, work independently, and take initiative within areas of responsibility while working in a team-oriented environment; and

Experience with and enthusiasm for working in a fast-paced, dynamic, and high pressure environment.


Under the direction of the NCAI Vice President of Government Relations and reporting directly to the NCAI Director of Policy and Legislative Counsel, the primary duties of the Policy Analyst include:

Develop and maintain relationships with Congressional and Administration contacts that are necessary to further the overall mission and responsibilities of NCAI, including interaction with federal partners, national and regional organization partners, constituent inquiries, and correspondence;

Work with other members of the NCAI government relations department to implement policy priorities through communications and outreach strategies;

Monitor and analyze legislation, regulations, and other materials related to policy affecting Indian Country;

Develop Congressional testimony, legislative analyses and alerts, policy briefs, and other written documents;

Assist with development of grant proposals related to priority issue areas, create required reports and manage deliverables for all grant awards, and manage sub-grantees as needed; 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, paid time off, etc.). Salary will be determined based on experience.

Additional Info:

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties, or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

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APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Applicants should send their resume, a brief writing sample (2-3 pages), three references, and a cover letter by email to

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