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Salary: $2,080.50 – $2,733.00 Monthly
Job Number: 2019-06618
Closing: 7/26/2019 11:59 PM Pacific
DescriptionThe Tribal Liaison leads outreach to Washington State tribal nations to develop positive relationships and support advancement of WSHS programmatic initiatives and exhibitions by ensuring appropriate tribal input and consultation.  The position reports directly to the Director and supports our mission of partnering with our communities to explore how history connects us all by leading partnership efforts with tribal communities and bringing the voice of Native American people, past and present, to the forefront at the Society.

DutiesDevelop positive and sustained relationships between WSHS and Washington’s tribal communities

  • Together with the Director, identify members for Native American advisory board, manage meetings and activities of the advisory board.
  • Support development and implementation of a WSHS Centennial Accord plan
  • Facilitate collaboration between tribal communities and WSHS to build trust, enhance understanding and improve the quality and effectiveness of WSHS programs.
  • Promote and improve cultural learning, cultural humility, cultural responsiveness, cultural competency, and promote government to government training within WSHS and with our partners to assure understanding of tribal issues that impact the effectiveness and inclusiveness of WSHS programs and exhibitions.
  • Provide strategic guidance on the consideration and inclusion of tribal issues in development of agency plans, programs, and policies.
  • Serve as key point of contact and assist tribes in navigating the agency.
  • Implement processes to ensure that tribes are consulted with and included in statewide plans and initiatives of the Historical Society.
  • Bring opportunities, concerns and feedback from tribal communities to the Director as appropriate.  Facilitate appropriate meetings between the Director and tribal representatives to support positive relationships and advance Society goals.
  • Work in collaboration with the Heritage Outreach team to ensure tribal communities are being served through their efforts.

Support the In the Spirit Exhibition and Festival

  • Support and manage the In the Spirit advisory committee to help them shape the event into a Native-led event.
  • In partnership with public programs staff, cultivate and solicit participation by Native American artists in the exhibition and festival.
  • Support event planning and logistics in partnership with public programs staff.

Ensure that Native American history and perspectives are represented in Society exhibitions, collections and programs

  • Participate on exhibition development teams, provide input, and consult with tribal partners as appropriate.
  • Provide input and support development and presentation of public programs
  • Actively participate in Great Hall redevelopment process
  • Serve on the Collections Advisory Committee

QualificationsRequired Qualifications:

  • 3+ years experience working directly with tribal communities and governments as a primary responsibility (knowledge and skills)
  • Demonstrated knowledge of  government to government sovereignty protocols.
  • A strong public service and customer-focus ethic.
  • Exceptional interpersonal and communication skills with the ability to understand and appropriately respond to the tribal stakeholder, customer, employee and management issues and concerns.
  • Strong written, verbal and presentation skills.
  • Ability to engage and build effective relationships with a wide range of stakeholders.
  • Attention to detail, follow-through, and ability to multi-task
  • Ability to manage a project effectively, including planning, budgeting, outreach to partners, and implementation.
  • Computer literacy with proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Publisher, PowerPoint, Outlook)

Preferred/Desired Qualifications:

  • 5+ years experience working directly with tribal communities and governments as a primary responsibility (knowledge and skills)
  • Knowledge of state and local history
  • Knowledge of historical society, museum, or heritage/cultural organization best practices.

Supplemental InformationApplication Process:
Attach to your application a letter of interest explaining how you meet the qualifications of this position and a resume.  If you are unable to attach your resume and/or letter of interest, you may inset them into the “resume text” section of the application.

Include three professional references in the “references” section of the application or include them in your resume.

Please carefully follow the above instructions.  We are looking for evidence in your application materials that you have the education, experience, skills, and abilities indicated in this job posting, so be sure to attach or insert your letter of interest and resume.  The information you provide will be used as a basis for deciding who will be selected for the next step in the process.  An incomplete application packet may automatically be disqualified.

Interviews are anticipated to occur the week of August 8th.

Washington State Historical Society is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of age, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity/expression, marital status, race, creed, color, national origin, religion or beliefs, political affiliation, military status, honorably discharged veteran, Vietnam Era, recently separated or other protected veteran status, the presence of any sensory, mental, physical disability or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability, equal pay or genetic information. Persons requiring accommodation in the application process or this job announcement in an alternative format may contact the Human Resources Office at (253) 798-5901. Applicants who are deaf or hard of hearing may call through Washington Relay Service by dialing 7-1-1 or 1-800-833-6384.
Prior to a new hire, a background check including criminal record history will be conducted.  Information from the background check will not necessarily preclude employment but will be considered in determining the applicant’s suitability and competence to perform in the position.

Ability to lift 30 pounds
Valid driver’s license
Must pass background check