Job Details

Tribal Affairs Advisor (Policy Advisor III)

Metro, Portland, Oregon

Job - Government

Close Date: 11/29/2019

Deadline to apply: Continuous
Salary: $90,865.00 - $129,056.00 annually

Metro, the regional government for greater Portland, works collaboratively with communities to ensure a healthy environment, strong economy and great quality of life for all of our region's residents. Metro provides a diverse set of services, including stewardship of over 17,000 acres of parks, trails and natural areas; land use planning and management of the region's urban growth boundary; creation of a long-term transportation plan and distribution of federal transportation funds; planning and oversight of the region's solid waste system; and operation of regional visitor venues, including the Oregon Zoo and Oregon Convention Center.

Metro is working to build better government-to-government relations with Native American Tribes with historic and continuing connections to the land within its jurisdictions and whose cultural resources and other interests may be impacted by its policies, plans and programs. Metro engages with local Tribes on planning processes or projects that could affect areas of cultural significance or which may occur within formal federal consultation guidance and coordination. In addition, Metro continues to improve its practices to engage with the urban Native community on issues that affect residents of greater Portland to ensure its policies, plans and programs address concerns and needs specific to the Native community.

The Tribal Affairs Advisor is a new position at Metro and will serve as a member of the Government Affairs and Policy Development (GAPD) team, which is part of the Chief Operating Officer/Council Office. The Tribal Affairs Advisor will report directly to the Chief Operating Officer, with day-to-day supervision provided by the director of GAPD. The Advisor's key responsibilities will include supporting the Metro Council's priorities by strengthening relationships and coordinating consultation with tribal governments and engagement with the American Indian and Alaska Native community in greater Portland. In addition to establishing ongoing relationships with tribal governments and the urban Native community, this person will develop relationships with people with expertise on tribal histories, treaties, protocols, customs and traditions, natural resources, relevant economic enterprises, cultural properties and issues of sovereignty. The Advisor will bring a tribal/decolonial perspective to the Metro Council and agency leadership.

Metro hires a workforce representative of the communities we serve, understanding that a diverse workforce strengthens our organization. We value diversity and support a positive and welcoming environment where all our employees can thrive.

• Bachelor's degree in a field related to assigned responsibilities or professional certification related to the job's duties; degree in Native American or related area of study preferred
• Four years of directly related and progressively responsible experience providing government affairs or related services, with experience working for a tribal government or providing tribal advocacy preferred; OR
• Any combination of education and experience that provides the necessary knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the position's duties and responsibilities.

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Application Requirements
1) Electronic application, 2) answers to supplemental questions, 3) a resume 4) and a cover letter describing your qualifications as they relate to the duties of this position.

Metro is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer

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