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Regional Government Affairs Director

Closing Date: Open until filled.

Salary Range: $120,720-$128,768


  • Create strategy and outreach plan for initiating contacts and building regional relationships with key leaders in the public, private, non-profit, and tribal sectors to enhance their understanding of the CRITFC member tribes’ treaty-reserved fishing rights and co-management authorities in the Portland Metro region.
  • Monitor state legislative initiatives, laws, and rulemaking efforts and guide advocacy as it relates to impacts on the fishery, tribal treaty rights, or other pertinent areas of interest identified by tribal leadership.
  • Cultivate and maintain a network of tribal, state, and federal officials and committees to ensure a timely flow of information and input into processes. Assess and understand legislative context, make recommendations to Executive Director, Commissioners, and tribes, develop white papers and talking points, prepare/distribute testimony, and draft appropriate correspondence.
  • Work closely with the Executive Director and Federal Government Affairs Director in the development of regional and federal priorities, appropriation strategies, and outreach to legislative staff.
  • Routinely disseminate information: research and prepare briefing updates to the Commission and tribes; facilitate coordination meetings; work with CRITFC and tribal staff and attorneys, and provide information to tribal, federal and state agencies and outside groups on Commission priorities.
  • Represent CRITFC at local and regional meetings and hearings and give testimony and presentations when appropriate.
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Application Procedure

Online applications are preferred, however if circumstances prevent an applicant from completing an online application or require help with an electronic application, email for assistance.

Hiring preference:
CRITFC implements a tribal preference policy and encourages citizens and descendants of our member tribes (Nez Perce, Umatilla, Warm Springs and Yakama) and other federally recognized tribes to apply.

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.

CRITFC will consider non-citizen applicants who are authorized to work in the U.S. If not authorized to work in the U.S., CRITFC will provide reasonable support and accommodations to the candidate in obtaining U.S. work authorization. With the exception of certain employer required costs, CRITFC will not pay for costs related to applicant’s legal representation, filings for work authorization or immigration, or other costs related to obtaining work authorization.

*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.