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Deputy Director

Closing Date: May 31, 2022

The Deputy Director is a highly visible management position that assists the Executive Director in the development and execution of operational policies for the organization and the development and monitoring of progress towards strategic and department goals. S/he should be a high-level strategic thinker, work well under pressure, and be an experienced manager of people and processes. The Deputy Director must be very familiar with tribal culture, leadership, and governance. S/he should be comfortable working at the executive level, preferably bringing previous experience working with a board. Experience working in fisheries, natural resources, or tribal governance is important; a commitment to restoring salmon and protecting tribal treaty fishing rights is a must.

The Deputy Director will support the Executive Director and the Commission in the implementation of the mission and goals of the organization. As needed or directed, s/he will serve as acting Executive Director in the Executive Director’s absence. The Deputy Director will assist the Director in coordinating and supervising the activities of CRITFC’s nine departments and their managers, which include CRITFC’s Fish Science, Fishery Management, Watershed, Fishing Site Maintenance, Finance and Operations, Human Resources, Office of the Executive Director, Policy and Police departments. Together these support the implementation of Wy-Kan-Ush-Mi Wa-Kish-Wit (Tribal Salmon Restoration Plan) with its goal to put fish back in the rivers and protect the watersheds where fish live. Specific organizational strategies are defined in an annual workplan, and budget adopted by CRITFC’s governing body.

Position Details

  • Department: Office of the Executive Director
  • Classification: Regular, Full-Time, Exempt
  • Salary Range: $125,000 – $142,000 (DOQ)
  • Location: Portland, Oregon

CRITFC offers competitive compensation, 401(k) for eligible employees, excellent benefits, flexible work policies, and a collaborative work environment. We also provide professional development opportunities, promote from within, and have a Native hiring preference as part of our commitment to building tribal expertise, workforce development, and education. As a result, you will find a culture that supports and inspires fulfilling achievement in the protection of the natural world and the tribal cultural connection to it.

Essential Job Functions

Responsibilities and scope:

  1. Work with the Executive Director to coordinate internal administrative matters including day-to-day operational, human resource and financial activities.
  2. By working closely with department managers and the Executive Director, the Deputy Director helps to ensure that CRITFC’s administrative, financial , and legal obligations are met in a timely manner.
  3. Assists the Executive Director and department managers to implement the policy guidance provided by the Commission, CRITFC’s governing board and helps to ensure that assignments are delegated and coordinated appropriately among managers and staff. The Deputy Director will assist with oversight of support services for the Commission and CRITFC’s Executive Committee.
  4. Assists with the recruitment and retention of high quality and effective staff.


  1. The Deputy Director assists the Executive Director to coordinate with the Finance Department to implement CRITFC’s Fiscal Policies. These written policies guide the financial planning and expenditures of CRITFC. This position also can be expected to help the CRITFC secure public and private funding sources in collaboration with staff and CRITFC’s member tribes.
  2. The Deputy Director assists in the development and reporting of organizational goals, departmental objectives and workplan strategies in both short and long-term contexts. The position will help monitor progress towards them and assist with CRITFC’s quarterly reporting obligations.
  3. The Deputy Director will work with CRITFC staff to identify best practices to improve internal systems with an eye toward future needs and budget realities.
  4. The Deputy Director will help guide external communications and public education efforts that emphasize tribal treaty rights and the importance of restoring the Columbia Basin ecosystem to protect and enhance traditional foods.
  5. The Deputy Director will assist in planning and implementing human resource and public relations policies that maintain and improve CRITFC’s reputation, image, and relationships with its member tribes, tribal members, employees, grantors and funding agencies, and the public at large.

Job Requirements/Qualifications

  1. Bachelor’s degree or equivalent; appropriate work experience may be substituted for formal education.
  2. At least five years’ experience in the tribal arena, natural resources sector, or related field with demonstrated experience directing management of large programs and staff, including strategic planning, budgeting, meeting organizational goals and objectives, developing, and implementing policies, and personnel supervision.
  3. Broad knowledge and experience with organizational oversight and accountability..
  4. Knows how to communicate effectively with tribal leaders and exercises sensitivity to working in an advisory role with partner organizations.
  5. Deliver effective presentations on controversial or complex topics to employee groups, managers at all levels, board members, and outside organizations.
  6. Knowledge and experience with natural resources management, federal Indian law, applicable case law, related tribal treaty rights and obligations and a considerable knowledge of the Columbia Basin tribes’ histories and cultures.
  7. Experience overseeing project managers and organizational budget compliance.
  8. Experience engaging with the human resource functions, including the implementation of written policies as well as staff recruitment and retention.
  9. Outstanding communication and interpersonal skills are essential.
  10. Success in roles requiring execution of multiple tasks while responding to multiple priorities.
  11. Must possess a valid driver’s license and satisfy CRITFC’s Motor Vehicle policy requirement.
  12. Proof of vaccination against COVID-19 required as a condition of employment.

Additionally, the preferred candidate will:

  1. Have experience gained from working in both tribal and non-tribal settings.
  2. Possess acceptable computer literacy.


  • Supervision received: The Deputy Director will work closely with and be supervised by the Executive Director.
  • Supervision given: The Deputy Director will assist the Executive Director in overseeing eight department managers and work directly with staff in the Office of the Executive Director department.

Working Conditions

Must be able to work long hours and to travel extensively and frequently to national and international locations.

CRITFC Motor Vehicle Policy

Employees operating a CRITFC vehicle or their own private vehicle for business related purposes shall be in possession of a valid, unrestricted current driver’s license, or other operator’s license, as required by law; and be eligible for coverage under CRITFC’s Motor Vehicle insurance policy (available upon request.)

Application Procedure

The Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission (CRITFC) requires all new employees be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 prior to the first day of employment.

To apply, submit a completed CRITFC job application form. click here to download

Submit by email to and indicate job title in the subject line. We will confirm receipt of your submission.

Submit by mail:
Attn: Human Resources
700 NE Multnomah Street, Suite 1200
Portland, OR 97232

Hiring preference:
Hiring preference will be given to qualified enrolled members of the four CRITFC member tribes (Warm Springs, Yakama, Umatilla, and Nez Perce) and other federally recognized tribes and Alaskan Natives. Veterans will also be given preference.

CRITFC is committed to building a culturally inclusive community and a work environment that respects and inspires every person. Members of historically marginalized groups including women, people of color, those with disabilities, members of the LGBTQ+ community, those who have served in the military, and members of other underrepresented communities are invited to apply.

*Please note: the term “Commission” as used in this description refers to CRITFC’s governing body. CRITFC is a tribal organization that is wholly owned and governed by the Nez Perce Tribe, the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, The Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation of Oregon, and the Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakama Nation. As a tribal organization, CRITFC is subject to a unique blend of policies and laws.