Job Details

Indigenous Community Liaison

Metro, Portland, Oregon

Job - Government

Close Date: 03/15/2019

Deadline to apply: Continuous
Salary: $68,452.80 - $91,769.60 annually

Metro is excited to recruit for an Indigenous Community Liaison to help lead the Parks and Nature department's engagement and collaboration with the American Indian/Alaska Native community in Greater Portland. The Indigenous Community Liaison will play a key role in ensuring that the Indigenous community has the opportunity to connect with nature across the portfolio of parks, trails and natural areas that Metro stewards on behalf of the region.

This position will also play an important role in supporting the Parks and Nature department achieve goals in Metro's commitment to racial equity, diversity and inclusion strategy. The Parks and Nature department prioritizes engagement with the Indigenous community and recognizes that people indigenous to this place have unique relationships with the land.

The Indigenous Community Liaison will coordinate engagement with the Indigenous community on policy development, restoration, capital projects and land acquisition. This position will also manage the department's cultural use policy to ensure culturally appropriate access to parks and natural areas, develop and implement departmental policies for coordination with the Indigenous community, develop and tend to relationships with Native American/Alaska Natives in the region. This position will play a key part in improving the department's engagement and understanding of the Indigenous communities in Greater Portland.

The right person for this position will have experience working with the urban Native American community as well as knowledge of local tribal protocols, customs, traditions, and cultures. We're looking for someone who is willing to grow with the department as we learn how to be better partners with Indigenous communities.

This position's home base would be with the Special Projects team – a talented and supportive group of three senior regional planners. This specialized team works on a variety of strategic projects that focus on cross departmental integration and collaboration to maximize equitable impacts of the regions parks and nature system.

At Metro, we hire 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 of our employees can thrive.

First round review recruitment deadline, February 18 at 5:00 pm: open until filled, first review of applications will begin February 19.

Hires are typically placed in the lower to mid-range of the salary, depending upon experience and other considerations.

Any combination of education and lived experience that provides the knowledge, skills and abilities required to perform the job. This includes at least five years doing community engagement, some of which has been with Indigenous community; a Bachelor's degree in communications, public affairs, Native American studies, community development or related field is preferred but not required.

To apply: visit for the complete job announcement and a link to our online hiring center. Metro is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

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