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Director of Human Resources

Closing Date: Open until filled.

We seek an experienced, organized, and capable Human Resources (HR) leader to be our next Director of Human Resources. This role is responsible for providing the full spectrum of HR services to the organization, including recruiting, onboarding, retention, compensation, benefits, employee relations, and HR information technology. This is an exciting role, with the opportunity to build the organization’s HR infrastructure and set forth effective and sensible HR practices that will best serve its employees.

This position reports to the Executive Director and serves as a member of the management team. The new Director of Human Resources will be able to hire a vacant Human Resources position, which will help in the development of the department’s workplan and assist with its implementation. The HR team will work from the CRITFC offices in Portland and will include periodic travel to visit the organization’s offices located in Oregon and Idaho and off-site commission meetings hosted by our member tribes.

Position Details

  • Department: Human Resources
  • Classification: Regular, Full-time, Exempt
  • Salary: $100,00 – $110,000 (DOQ)
  • Location: Portland, Oregon
  • Closing Date: Open until filled, applicants are encouraged to apply early.

Essential Job Functions

  • Human Resources Policies and Procedures:
    • Manage and provide administration of all HR functions.
    • Ensure the Personnel Policy Manual is up to date with applicable laws and regulations, internal policies, and best practices.
    • Proficient with or the ability to quickly learn the organization’s Human Resource Information System (HRIS): ADP Workforce Now.
    • In coordination with in-house legal counsel, learn how CRITFC, as a subdivision of sovereign tribal governments, has different legal obligations and requirements than other non-Indian organizations. Standard labor and employment laws do not apply (or apply differently) to CRITFC which may affect HR processes.
  • Recruitment and Hiring:
    • Develop recruiting strategies and protocols for the organization and with hiring managers, co-lead the recruitment of key roles.
    • Provide coaching for the recruitment of all CRITFC roles.
    • Develop the CRITFC employment brand
    • Provide orientation for all new employees.
    • Assist in development of internship, externship, and workforce development opportunities for tribal members.
  • Employee Compensation and Benefits:
    • With our benefits broker, administer the organization’s benefits programs.
    • Lead compensation management to retain current employees, ensure equity, reward work and innovation, and ensure consistency.
    • Audit and optimize the accuracy and completeness of employee data in our HRIS.
    • In partnership with the Executive Director, develop a set of meaningful HR metrics that the HR team will monitor.
  • Performance Management Support:
    • Establish solid interpersonal working relationships with the leaders of each of CRITFC’s seven departments.
    • Provide coaching and counseling about HR matters to employees and leaders alike. Be an advocate for both.
    • Administer the organization’s performance review process, optimizing equity and usefulness.
  • Training and Organizational Development:
    • Get to know every CRITFC job and every employee.
    • Analyze training and development needs of CRITFC managers, supervisors, and employees, both individually and organization wide.
    • Recommend, develop, and coordinate training opportunities, which may involve outside trainers and/or conducting internal training.
    • Initiate a salary equity analysis for the organization.
  • Strategic Orientation:
    • Develop and implement department budget.
    • In partnership with the Executive Director, assess the organization’s HR needs and set forth a two-year work plan for the HR team.
    • Keep abreast of human resources best practices and propose recommended adaptions for the organization’s policies and procedures.
    • Attend specific training in Native American human resources (e.g., National Native American Human Resources Association)

Job Requirements/Qualifications

  1. Bachelor’s degree in Human Resources, Business Administration, or related field.
  2. Minimum seven years’ experience in Human Resources administration, management and/or recruitment.
  3. Minimum three years’ experience in a supervisory role or in direct support of executive relations.
  4. Minimum three years’ experience administering employee salary and fringe benefits programs (including workers comp, unemployment, and disability claims).
  5. Experience in, or knowledge of, employment law as applied to Indian Country, is highly desirable.

Additionally, the preferred candidate will have the following skills and abilities:

  1. Exceptional project management skills and adherence to details and deadlines, with the ability to identify and implement efficiencies when necessary.
  2. Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  3. Excellent interpersonal, negotiation, and mediation skills, including understanding of and respect for confidentiality requirements.
  4. Strong supervisory and leadership skills.
  5. Strong technological skills and experience including proficient use of Microsoft software and human resources information systems (HRIS) software.
  6. Strong background in managing budgets and spreadsheets.
  7. Ability to adapt to the needs of the organization and employees.
  8. Ability to prioritize tasks and to delegate them when appropriate.
  9. Preference for working in a team environment.
  10. Evidence of continuing education and skill building, such as certification as a Tribal Human Resources Professional (THRP), Professional in Human Resources (PHR), Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR), Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), or similar certification.


  • Supervision received: This position reports directly to the Executive Director
  • Supervision given: This position manages and oversees all functions of the HR department and will supervise the HR team.

Working Conditions

Primarily sedentary work in an office setting; occasional out-of-town and overnight travel by plane and auto is required.

CRITFC Motor Vehicle Policy

The driver 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. Upon request, CRITFC’s Motor Vehicle policy is available to applicants to review the required criteria.

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.