Title: Vice President of Tribal Affairs
Reports to: President
Position: Full-Time, Exempt, Hybrid
Location: Within 3 hours travel of Oregon City, OR
Salary: $130,000-$150,000/year
Benefits: Employer-paid health; retirement; flexible schedule

About Willamette Falls Trust

Willamette Falls Trust (the “Trust”) is a non-profit organization located in Oregon City, OR, dedicated to promoting and preserving an unparalleled Willamette Falls experience, fostering year-round connections to the magnificence of the Falls. Our mission aims to provide historical and cultural interpretation, maintain a healthy habitat, create public open spaces, and amplify tribal voices and interests in the Falls and its waterway.

The leadership of the Trust includes tribes with historic and current connections to the Falls, which include the Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakama Nation, Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians, Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, and Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs.

About the Position

Our Project, the Willamette Falls Inter-Tribal Public Access Project, will create spaces for the public to gather near the second-largest waterfall in North America. As such, the Vice President of Tribal Affairs plays a pivotal role, helping the organization navigate inter-tribal interests, multi-community and organizational needs, while advancing the Project and the organization’s overall mission during this time of increased engagement.

The Vice President of Tribal Affairs will report directly to the President, providing strategic and operational support for Tribal Affairs programming and leadership. They will have the depth of understanding to center indigenous voices within the Trust’s activities.

The Vice President of Tribal Affairs is a member of the Trust Leadership team and will work collaboratively with Trust Leadership, staff and board, and key contractors and vendors.

The key role for the Vice President is to nurture and maintain connections with the tribal communities that possess historic connections to the Falls and represent their voice and position throughout the Project’s development. Significant connections with Pacific Northwest Tribes will be needed in this role.

Vice President of Tribal Affairs Responsibilities:

Core Responsibilities:

• Serve as the primary Tribal liaison to the Trust’s Member Tribes, building and managing relationships.

• Help the Trust staff team implement indigenous-centered initiatives, including policy development, board coordination, project support, planning, and training.

• Serve as the primary source of outreach with tribal communities.

• Serve as the primary lead on strategy and coordination of government affairs.

• Establish and maintain favorable relationships with government, nonprofit, and private project constituents.

• Serve as an internal subject-matter expert on indigenous-related initiatives.

• Collaborate with the Trust staff team around philanthropic initiatives and strategies.

Tribal Policy and Government Affairs:

• Develop and maintain the Tribal Policy and Indigenous Affairs of Willamette Falls Trust.

• Maintain partnerships and relationships with the Trust Member Tribes, and further develop relationships with tribal organizations and other tribes with historical connections to the Falls.

• Align Trust strategy and tactics with tribal and local policy and protocols to support programming directions.

• Center indigenous community engagement in communications with media, partners and Trust leadership.

• Lead indigenous engagement for the Willamette Falls Inter-Tribal Public Access Project.

• Coordinate external communication with the Trust Vice President of Communications and staff.

• Center indigenous voices in all activities including: email, media, grants, fundraising, testimony, and partner work.

Additional Responsibilities:

• Attend and support 6-12 Trust fundraising events each year.

• Co-lead and/or attend project site tours as needed.

• Provide content for proposals, donor solicitations, grants and other revenue activities.

• Travel regional, statewide, and national as needed.

• Determine with Willamette Falls Trust Leadership team other activities needing Vice President of Tribal Affairs support and engagement to further the mission of the organization.

Preferred Qualifications:

• Certification or degree in American Indian Policy; or equivalent relevant experience.

• Masters, J.D., or other advanced degree.

• Experience in and with indigenous communities.

• Strong commitment and engagement with Justice, Diversity, Inclusion, Equity, Accessibility, and Belonging.

• Detail-oriented with ability to provide summary analysis of complex systems for internal and external audiences.

• Excellent written and verbal communication highlighting experience with diverse audiences.

Working Conditions

Occasional evening or weekend work is required to carry out events and meetings. Frequent travel is required largely within the region (Oregon, Southwest and Central Washington, and Idaho) to participate in and facilitate meetings, events, and professional development trainings. Work may be fast-paced with multiple projects and objectives in motion, sometimes requiring moderate physical activity. Prolonged periods of working on a computer is required as well.

Salary & Benefits

$130,000-150,000/year, plus benefits: health, vision, and dental insurance with 100% premiums paid by employer; up to 6% employer-matched retirement; 3 weeks starting PTO, 40hrs Sick Time, 11 holidays and 2 floating holidays; generous maternity/paternity leave; and, a flexible schedule with a hybrid work model based out of the Portland Oregon Metro area. Benefits are non-negotiable.

Willamette Falls Trust is committed to improve its diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts and foster an environment where all people are welcome, we therefore encourage applications from a diverse pool of applicants. Willamette Falls Trust provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation or gender identity.

Application Instructions & Hiring Timeline:

Nonprofit Professionals Now is pleased to be working with the Willamette Falls Trust on this key leadership role.

For all applicants:
Please provide a resume and a written sample of testimony, proposal or presentation on a topic relevant to the Indigenous community.

Application Link: https://apptrkr.com/5339279
Application Deadline: July 18, 2024

Proposed Interview Schedule:
Initial Phone Interviews to be scheduled: Week of July 22, 2024
Initial Meetings with Search Team: August 5 and 6, 2024
Interview Panel with Tribal Leadership Committee: August 15, 2024
Final Decisions by: August 30, 2024