The Executive division is seeking a dynamic professional with federal or state tribal law and/or tribal taxation experience to fill the role of Tribal Liaison. While the position reports to the Tribal Partnerships Program Manager, the incumbent will have a special reporting relationship to the Agency Director, the Senior Assistant Director of Tax Policy, and the executive management team on tax policy issues involving tribal governments.

The Tribal Liaison plays a key role in managing the agency’s statewide relationships with tribes, tribal citizens and tribal organizations utilizing their unique expertise in Indian law. This position will establish and foster strong working relationships between the department and tribes located in Washington state, tribal members and organizations. The incumbent will assist in negotiations and consultations with tribes on behalf of the Governor’s Office and Revenue Director and must ensure that the tribal perspective is accurately communicated to state officials and that the state’s positions are accurately understood by tribal representatives.

The Department of Revenue is committed to fostering its government-to-government relationship with each tribe located in Washington state by dedicating staff time and resources to work with the tribes, tribal citizens, tribal businesses and others that do business in Indian Country.

This year, the Governor signed Substitute House Bill 2803 into law which authorized the state to enter into “retail tax” compacts with federally-recognized tribes located in Washington.

To help implement this new legislation and focus more resources on tribal issues, the department created the Tribal Partnerships Program in March 2020. This position is an integral member of the Tribal Partnerships Program.


Major duties of this position include:

Utilize expert knowledge in Indian laws and tribal relations, provide briefings, issue analysis, and advice to the Director and Governor’s Office.
Coordinate the department’s Indian policy, guidance and outreach with all divisions within the department to maintain consistency and fairness throughout.
Accurately and completely communicate tribal perspectives and positions to the Director, the Tribal Partnerships Program, and other department staff.
Represent the Governor’s Office and the Department of Revenue in meetings, conferences and in other public forums, including the legislature and association meetings.
Present, staff, and actively participate in the department’s Tribal Tax Advisory Group (TTAG).
Plan, staff, and support TTAG’s subgroups while serving as co-chair of each subgroup.
Collaborate with and provide advice to members of the Tribal Partnerships Team.
Develop, recommend, and implement statewide policy and procedures regarding tribes and tribal citizens’ business activities inside and outside of Indian Country.
Work directly with tribal governments, federal and state agencies in enforcement matters related to state taxation.
On behalf of the Director, participate, staff, and represent the department in tribal consultations.
On behalf of the Governor’s Office and the department, participate as a member of the negotiating team for tribal compacts and other negotiations.

Please ensure that your application materials address the following qualifications~

Bachelor’s degree in political science, public administration, American Indian studies, or related field and five (5) years of experience in the area of federal Indian law and/or state and federal constitutional issues regarding law and taxation.

This position requires experience and skills in the following:

Advanced knowledge regarding tribes located in Washington State.
In-depth knowledge of governance structures at both the state and tribal levels.
Strong negotiation skills and diverse interpersonal skills.
Effective written and verbal communication skills.
Ability to work well with others in a collaborative and respectful manner, and the ability to also work independently.
Ability to accurately represent the department’s position to adverse groups, and to accurately represent that group’s response and positions back to the department.
Some travel is required.

Preference may be granted to candidates with:

Knowledge of, and/or connection to tribal communities.
A law degree with knowledge of Washington tax laws and rules and a familiarity of landmark tribal tax case law.
Experience successfully mediating disputes or representing parties in disputes between tribal and non-tribal governments or other tribal entities.

About Washington State Department of Revenue

Apply at dor.wa.gov of careers.wa.gov