Local recruitment: Policy Specialist (Environmental Sustainability and Natural Resources)

National Congress of American Indians (NCAI)

Washington, D.C., USA 馃嚭馃嚫

OPEN DATE: 2021-11-12


CLOSE DATE: 2022-01-31


ORGANIZATION: National Congress of American Indians


LOCATION: Washington, DC


SKILLS AND QUALIFICATIONS:

ABOUT NCAI

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.

ABOUT THIS POSITION

NCAI is a national leader in policy and government relations concerning issues impacting Tribal Nations and peoples. 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 federal Indian policy. NCAI also manages several grants to enhance relationships between tribal governments and federal, state, and local governments 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 Specialist – Environmental Sustainability and Natural Resources will support the policy and advocacy functions of NCAI with respect to Land, Natural Resources, Environmental Sustainability, Climate Change, and related areas.

REQUIRED SKILLS, KNOWLEDGE AND ABILITIES

  • Knowledge of land, natural resources, energy, water, and environmental sustainability policy issues, including as those policy areas relate to tribal government;

路         Strong working knowledge of Native American culture and the land, natural resources, energy, water, and environmental sustainability policy issues impacting tribal governments, experience in tribal government operations or understanding tribal governments a plus;

路         Superior communication skills both orally and writing in an effective, organized, professional, and timely manner, including authorship, editing, and proofreading;

路         Attention to detail, accuracy, and deadlines;

路         Strong organizational skills to handle multiple overlapping projects;

路         Excellent problem solving and negotiation skills;

路         Ability to effectively collect, analyze, organize, distill, and present information;

路         Ability to represent NCAI in a professional manner;

  • 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, and organizational 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.

 JOB REQUIREMENTS

  • Bachelor鈥檚 degree in public policy/government, Native American Studies, Environmental Studies, or a related field preferred. Substantive work experience may substitute for a degree;
  • Two or more years of experience working on federal 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 land and natural resources and related policies, including as those policy areas relate to tribal governments
  • 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 the land, natural resources, energy, water, and environmental sustainability and related policy issue areas
  • Strong writing, interpersonal, communication, and organizational 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.

WORK HOURS

This position is classified as exempt pursuant Sections 13(a)(1) and 13(a)(17) of the Fair Labor Standards Act as defined under 29 C.F.R. Section 541.400

COMPENSATION

Annual Salary: Negotiable based on experience and skill set related to the qualifications stated.


DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

Under the direction of the NCAI鈥檚 Chief Executive Officer carrying out the primary duties of the Policy Specialist-Environmental Sustainability and Natural Resources including but not limited to:

  • Supporting NCAI鈥檚 work with leaders, NCAI staff, and partners to develop and drive a national Indian Country policy agenda that supports and advances broad environmental sustainability and natural resources efforts including, but not limited to, Indian Country鈥檚 consensus-based natural resources, land, and energy priorities;
  • Developing and maintaining relationships with Congressional and Administration contacts that are necessary to further the overall mission and responsibilities of NCAI and Indian Country鈥檚 national policy agenda for land and natural resources, including interaction with federal partners, national and regional organization partners, constituent inquiries, and correspondence;
  • Developing and maintaining close working relationships with NCAI鈥檚 coalition partners to facilitate the advancement of Indian Country鈥檚 national policy agenda for land, natural resources, energy, and water;
  • Monitoring and analyzing legislation, regulations, and other materials related to policy affecting Indian Country;
  • Assist the policy team on environmental sustainability and natural resource protection issues including developing resources, talking points, and reports;
  • Developing Congressional testimony, legislative analyses and alerts, policy briefs, and other written documents;
  • Update and maintain information on the website;
  • Perform grant activities as requested; and
  • Other duties as assigned.

CONTACT INFO:

Policy Specialist – Environmental Sustainability and Natural Resources must live in the greater Washington D.C area. This position is opened until filled. Resume, cover letter, and sample writings (2-3 pages) should be sent to: [email protected]


CONTACT EMAIL: [email protected]


ORGANIZATION WEB SITE: www.ncai.org

Apply By: ASAP


POSITION TYPE

EXPERIENCE-LEVEL

DEGREE REQUIRED