The Bears Ears Inter-Tribal Coalition is looking to hire a Communications Specialist.
The Communication Specialist is responsible for overseeing media and communications to engage with the Coalition’s dynamic audiences, which includes informing and regularly updating Coalition members and partners; and building relationships with various communities to empower Indigenous voices, perspectives, and traditional knowledge for the dual purpose of uplifting the Coalition’s mission and engaging with broader Indigenous issues pertinent to Bears Ears.

About the Position 

  • Pay Class: Full-time, exempt
  • Location: Albuquerque, New Mexico or Regional Area Preference
  • Reports To: Operations Director
  • Start Date: July-August 2021

Salary and Benefits

Compensation range may be $35,000-$49,000 per year, commensurate with experience. This full-time position offers excellent competitive benefits including health insurance, paid time off, a 401(k) plan, and student loan benefits.

How to Apply

Send resume to info@bearsearscoalition.org with the subject line “Communications Specialist – [YOUR NAME].”

Full Position Description

The following duties are included as part of this role:

Support consistent and effective public communications and collaborate with partners to advance the Coalition’s work (40%)

  • Creates and maintains consistent and effective public communications, including the website, newsletter, and social media content, as well as any other materials and medium meant for public consumption and distribution.
  • Serves as lead contributor to materials for public platforms and events, including requests for conferences, speaking engagements, hosted events, etc.
  • Works with staff, Coalition Leadership, and partners to implement and execute specific media campaigns.
  • Responds to communications requests and inquiries in a timely manner, including coordination and contribution to partners’ messaging and initiatives, as appropriate.
  • Provides Coalition leadership and staff support by drafting internal and external correspondence for effective communication and relationship-building.
  • Identifies opportunities to build pathways toward advancing the empowerment of Native communities through storytelling, photography, social media and other mediums deemed appropriate at the direction of Coalition leadership and staff.
  • Highlights Indigenous perspectives through content sharing and incorporates Indigenous knowledge and perspective into content creation when appropriate.
  • Implements strategy to increase audiences and virtual presence, to include increasing the outreach capacity of the Coalition’s social media platforms and garnering more supporters.
  • Engages with audiences at public speaking engagements to provide information or participate in group conversations as an assistant speaker, workshop leader, communications counsel, etc.
  • Stays informed and apprised of social issues affecting and related to Bears Ears, to inform Coalition messaging and outreach, including environmental and social justice, climate change, Indigenous rights, and other pertinent issue areas.
  • Regularly exercises good independent judgment and discretion in matters of significance as they relate to Coalition engagement activities and communications, and seeks counsel when necessary in complex situations.

Support efficient and effective organizational communications (40%)

  • Participates in weekly Coalition calls and contributes to takeaways and minutes, drafting leadership materials such as talking points and comments, and updating and providing information to member Tribes’ aides and legal counsel, as appropriate.
  • Oversees vetting and approval process for communication and outreach pieces through respective decision-making bodies. Incorporates feedback and manages coordination to meet project deadlines.
  • Creates and manages Communication Plan, consistent with Coalition goals and objectives. Coordinates tribal leadership and cultural advisor input and feedback, as necessary.
  • Attends and documents meetings with tribal leadership, advisors, cultural practitioners and elders, tribal communities, and stakeholders to synthesize priorities for organizational purposes while adhering to appropriate cultural protocols.
  • Collaborates with staff to advance common goals and programs, including fundraising, donor engagement, customer service, marketing and merchandise, community engagement, and public speaking.
  • Assists in general organizational aspects as needed, including grant and report writing, editing and providing input into organizational documents, informing fundraising materials, and leading or contributing to special projects.

Develops strategies for engagement with Native communities to elevate Indigenous perspectives (20%)

  • Integrates tribal traditional knowledge into the organization’s work and ensures Coalition practices and initiatives are informed by tribal communities.
  • Engages with the five Coalition Tribes to produce media projects through various mediums which uplift their shared and distinct perspectives, voices, and ideas.
  • Participates in landscape visits, cultural site surveys, and community events with tribal leaders, cultural practitioners, elders, and community members to create appropriate media to uplift the Coalition’s broader mission alongside honoring multiple Indigenous communities’ objectives.
  • Helps to promote, support, and amplify other Indigenous organizations and events relevant to Bears Ears and Indian Country as appropriate and vetted by the Executive Director and/or the Coalition member Tribes.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Minimum of two to three years’ experience in communications, public outreach, media and marketing, or related field.
  • Graduation from an accredited college enrolled in one or more of the following areas of study: communications, marketing, public relations, journalism, political science, and Native American and indigenous
  • Familiarity with indigenous rights, tribal sovereignty, conservation, environment and social justice issues.
  • Outstanding writing, editing, proofreading, and verbal and written communications skills and proven ability to effectively organize and manage multiple responsibilities.
  • Ability to represent the Coalition’s positions effectively to internal and external constituencies.
  • Ability to perform tasks with a high degree of accuracy and attention to detail, as well as anticipate informational needs as situations and projects develop.
  • Ability to interact and perform in a fast-paced, team-oriented environment.
  • Ability to adhere to numerous deadlines, conflicting priorities and handle multiple tasks efficiently. Ability to receive, balance and handle direction and input from multiple colleagues.
  • Strong project management skills including organization, attention to detail, time-management, and coordination among varied parties.
  • Innovative and solutions oriented – demonstrated resourcefulness, optimism, and flexibility in approach to project assignments.
  • Experience with tribal consultation and ability to engage with diverse stakeholders around issues of natural and cultural resource management and protection, is preferred.
  • Knowledge of natural and cultural resource conservation and management for indigenous communities.
  • Technological abilities to ensure compliance with confidentiality policies and procedures necessary for the protection of RLF data, and to efficiently complete tasks.

As a member of the RLF team, the Communication Specialist:

  • Works well independently and as a part of a team;
  • Conceives of individual actions as part of a greater whole;
  • Accepts and integrates methods of environmental conservation in work production;
  • Possesses high standard of integrity and a professional, courteous manner of communication;
  • Adheres to RLF standards of quality, presentation, protocol, and confidentiality;
  • Possesses self-awareness: accepts responsibility and recognizes accountability when necessary;
  • Takes initiative and sees a project through to completion; seeks new challenges and professional opportunities within a diverse group;
  • Demonstrates flexibility in working style and range of work performed;
  • Demonstrates strong work ethic, attention to detail, and a consistent commitment to thoroughness and quality; and
  • Thrives professionally in an innovative, constantly expanding work environment;
  • Commits to preserve the sovereignty of Tribal Nations while promoting cross-cultural collaboration;
  • Possesses a high standard of integrity and understanding of tribal protocols to ensure that work is culturally appropriate, respectful, and meets tribal ethical standards;
  • Exhibits self-awareness, humility, and patience when working with diverse groups;
  • Thrives professionally in a collaborative work environment that celebrates cultural differences, prioritizes empowerment, and promotes fellowship.

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About Bears Ears Inter-Tribal Coalition

The Bears Ears Inter-Tribal Coalition (Coalition) is comprised of five Tribes—Hopi, Navajo Nation, Ute Mountain Ute, Ute Indian Tribe, and Pueblo of Zuni—that successfully advocated for the creation of the Bears Ears National Monument and were also tasked with collaborative management of the Monument. The mission of the Coalition is to protect and promote sacred, spiritual, historical, natural, scientific, and cultural resources within the Bears Ears landscape. The Coalition’s greater mission is served by several key goals which include: (1) development of the Tribally-led, culturally informed collaborative land management plan (LMP) for the 1.9 million-acre Bears Ears landscape; (2) integration of Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) into the monument’s land management practices; (3) creation and strengthening of relationships with conservation partners and federal land managers; (4) advocacy for restoration of the monument boundaries and Tribal collaborative management and; (5) promotion of conservation stewardship as informed by indigenous perspective and values.

Resources Legacy Fund (RLF) acts as fiscal sponsor for the Bears Ears Inter-Tribal Coalition Project (“Project”); the Project operates for the benefit of the Coalition. All project staff are RLF employees. RLF works with philanthropists to conserve land, water, and ocean resources while advancing healthy communities and social equity. We engage economically and ethnically diverse communities as we foster new funding and better policies for environmental protection and climate change adaptation.

RLF is committed to creating and maintaining a workplace where all team members feel at home, whatever their race, gender, age, sexual orientation, disability status, religious or political affiliation, or any other dimension of diversity. We know that our work is enriched by the varied origins, experiences, and perspectives of our colleagues, so we make an earnest and conscientious effort to recruit, welcome, train, develop, and retain talented individuals from diverse backgrounds.