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City of Seattle Tribal Affairs Director in Seattle, Washington

Position Description

The Office of Intergovernmental Relations (OIR) promotes the interests of the City of Seattle with local, regional, tribal, state, federal and international governments. OIR is recruiting for a Tribal Affairs Director to build and maintain the City’s government to government relationship with federally recognized tribes.

In this role you would:

  • Be the City’s primary point of contact with tribes, communicating with tribal representatives about issues of mutual concern and interest, particularly related to treaty rights
  • Advise elected officials and City staff on policy, strategy, and pro-active engagement regarding tribal-related issues and resolving City/tribal differences
  • Develop strategic priorities, a workplan, and outreach strategies to identify and advocate for mutual City and tribal federal policy priorities Job Responsibilities

To be effective in this job you have:

  • Navigated politically challenging situations on behalf of your organization in a way that builds trust and gains buy-in
  • Collaborated on high level projects with team members within and outside your reporting structure
  • Significant experience in policy analysis and development in natural resources management, cultural resources, tribal protocol, culture, and/or tribal government relations
  • Knowledge of tribal government, negotiations, and government to government relationships
  • Understanding of tribal law and rights under treaties between the federal government and Northwest tribes, appropriate handling of cultural artifacts, tribal decision-making, and inter-tribal relationships Qualifications

We are looking for candidates that can demonstrate they have the skills listed above through a combination of their work, education, and life experience as demonstrated in their resume, cover letter, and answers to supplemental questions.

Additional Information

In addition to completing the application , please upload:

  • A PDF of your current resume
  • A cover letter explaining why you are interested in this job and the skills and experience you would bring to it

Questions? Please contact Kate Moore at

This hiring process involves a background check of conviction and arrest records in compliance with Seattle's Fair Chance Employment Ordinance, SMC 14.17.Applicants will be provided an opportunity to explain or correct background information.

Who may apply: This position is open to all applicants that demonstrate their ability to perform this job. The City of Seattle values diverse perspectives and life experiences. Applicants will be considered regardless of race, color, creed, national origin, ancestry, sex, marital status, disability, religious or political affiliation, age, sexual orientation, or gender identity. The City encourages people of all backgrounds to apply, including people of color, immigrants, refugees, women, LGBTQ, people with disabilities, veterans, and those with diverse life experiences.

Salary: $114,840.00 - $135,720.00 Annually

Location: Seattle, WA

Job Type: Civil Service Exempt, Regular, Full-time

Department: Intergovernmental Relations Office

Job Number: 2021-00029

Closing: 2/2/2021 4:00 PM Pacific

Agency: City of Seattle

Address: Seattle Municipal Tower 700 5th Avenue, Suite 5500 Seattle, Washington, 98104