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Recruitment Details

Position Details

Recruitment Number VA838
Posting Period

Open Until Filled (Review of Applications will begin 08/15/17. Applications received after that date may be considered.)

On Campus Only Promotional Opportunity No
Working Title DIRECTOR OF TRIBAL RELATIONS (Administrator II)
Level/Range/Grade 1
Salary Range (From $ to $) Salary commensurate with background and experience of the individual selected. (Anticipated hiring range: $65,000 - $80,000 per year).
Department President Ex Mgmt
Number of Positions 1
FLSA Code Exempt
Status At Will
Full-time/part-time (if part-time, indicate time base) Full-time
Pay Plan 12/12 month
CBU/MOU M80 - Management Personnel Plan
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Work Schedule

Hours Per Day 8 hours during the school year/10 hours during the summer
Days Per Week 5 days during the school year/4 days during the summer
Shift Day

Position Summary

Primary Duties

Under general direction of the President the Director of Tribal Relations on behalf of the President, serves as the liaison between the university and the tribal communities, with a focus on the CSU, Chico service region. The director represents CSU, Chico leadership, its academic programs, and resources in order to enhance, develop and create progressive and enriched relationships between CSU, Chico and tribal communities.

In collaboration with federally recognized tribal governments, tribal groups and affiliated organizations, the Director will be responsible for creating a vision for the advancement and the success of Native American students attending CSU, Chico. Incumbent also will be responsible for developing a 5- and 10-year plan for enhancement of our programs and policies, as well as, oversee the planning and development of educationally-focused relationships, providing expertise for university and tribal issues while providing guidance and assistance to the President and other university administrators. The Director will work toward the inclusion of Native American issues on campus ensuring representation at conversations and actions related to the diversity issues of the University. This position also will work closely with the faculty and staff in order to better support Native American students attending CSU, Chico.

This position represents the campus at events throughout local tribal communities including attendance at education-related meetings. The incumbent also represents the university at regional, statewide, and national Indian education events.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities


  • Comprehensive knowledge of Indian Education and the issues and challenges of K–16 education.

Thorough knowledge of:

  • Native American history and culture.
  • Student recruitment, advising, monitoring and matriculation processes in a educational environment.
  • Current trends and issues in higher education, particularly related to serving and retaining Native American students.
  • The principles of planning and management of a department/program.
  • Analyzing and tracking data/statistics, research methodology and preparing reports.

Working knowledge of:

  • The principals of administrative, personnel, and fiscal management.
  • Research and observation techniques for the purpose of recording, classifying, and interpreting factual information.
  • General knowledge of the principles, practices and trends of Student Services.
  • Computer literacy and proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite programs and database management and an ability to learn additional computer software programs.
  • Fluent in the use of standard office equipment (computers, copiers, phones, fax).

Incumbent must possess the following:

  • Demonstrated understanding of Native American perspectives and people.
  • Demonstrated experience working with or mentoring historically underrepresented students and their communities, preferably working with Native American students.
  • Excellent leadership; communication (verbal and written); customer service; interpersonal; planning, and organizational skills.
  • Demonstrated history of working effectively as a productive and collaborative member of a team or work group.
  • Demonstrated competence in understanding, interpreting, and communicating procedures, policies, information, ideas, and instructions.
  • Demonstrated skills setting priorities and deadlines to ensure project goals and objectives are obtained within timelines.
  • Advanced analytical, problem-solving and critical-thinking skills within a complex work environment and to adopt effective courses of action.
  • Public speaking skills directed to a diverse audience.
  • Demonstrated collaboration skills.
  • Understand problems from a broader perspective and anticipate the impact of problems and solutions on other areas.
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills.
  • A high degree of personal motivation, independent judgment, and persuasiveness.

Incumbent must have the ability to:

  • Collaborate with tribal leaders and educators.
  • Address the needs of Native American, first-generation or non-traditional college students.
  • Adapt to the dynamics of organizational, procedural and policy changes; organize resources to meet program goals.
  • Interpret and apply a variety of complex policies, procedures, regulations, and agreements, identify deviations from applicable policies to carry out responsibilities in accordance with University policies and applicable laws.
  • Conceptualize or identify needed changes, develop and implement practical, innovative and/or creative solutions using independent judgment to unusual and sometimes complex situations.
  • Use tact, diplomacy and discretion when handling sensitive and/or confidential matters or materials.
  • Collect and analyze data / information, draw conclusions from the analysis, effectively present the information and make recommendations.
  • Communicate effectively in a variety of formats to a broad range of audiences.
  • Work collaboratively with internal and external communities while establishing and maintaining cooperative relationships with the various partnering agencies and the campus community.
  • Work cooperatively and in a leadership role to implement agreed upon changes.
  • Prepare and present oral and written reports/data which are clear, concise, and comprehensive.
  • Plan, organize, and direct the work of subordinates and ability to delegate effectively.
  • Adjust to change and demonstrate flexibility and patience with changing expectations (e.g. technology, responsibilities and assignments).
  • Work a flexible schedule due to travel and varied hours.
  • Perform duties as assigned.
Required Education and/or Experience

Requires a Bachelor’s degree in a job-related field.
Five years of full-time progressively responsible experience in student service and program management in an educational environment.

Additional Requirements for this Position


Recruitment Preferences

Preference may be given to applicants with the following:

  • Master’s degree in a job-related field, (behavioral and social sciences, multicultural and gender studies, Native American studies).
  • Experience working with Indian education center(s).
  • Experience working with local, regional, state and national Tribal Communities.
  • Successful grant writing experience.
    Thorough knowledge of:
  • Northern California Indian history and culture.
  • California Department of Education, American Indian Education Centers policies, procedures and standards.
Special Requirements
  • The person holding this position is considered a “mandated reporter” under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.
  • This position is a Higher Education Employer-Employee Relations Act (HEERA) designated managerial position and comes under the Management Personnel Plan (MPP) of the California State University. Individuals appointed to management positions serve at the pleasure of the President or designee. They are excluded from the collective bargaining process, are not subject to probationary service, and do not receive tenure or permanent status. This position is exempt from the overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).
  • The duties of this position will include participation in a decision that may have a material/financial benefit to the incumbent. Therefore, this is a “designated position” under the California State University’s Conflict of Interest Code and the incumbent will be required to file a Form 700: Statement of Economic Interest and is subject to the regulations of the Fair Political Practices Commission.
  • Position requires frequent evening and weekend time commitments and travel for conferences, training and recruitment.
  • Throughout employment in this position incumbent must maintain a valid California Driver’s License as well continued completion and compliance of the CSU Defensive Driver’s Training course.
  • A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position. This is considered a sensitive position. As a result, current CSU, Chico employees are subject to a background check (including a criminal record check) unless they have successfully completed a criminal background check through CSU, Chico within the past 12 months. Incumbent is responsible for the safety and security of Level 1 data, sometimes also referred to as Level 1 protected data. This is confidential information that is in most cases protected by statutes, regulations, or other legal mandates.

Incumbent/applicant will need to be able to perform the essential job functions (duties) of this position with or without reasonable accommodation. This position alternates between remaining in a stationary position operating a personal computer for long periods of time and frequently moving about inside the office. Must be able to travel across campus to other offices and buildings for meetings and events.

This position involves frequent to constant interaction with students, faculty, parents, guests, and staff. The office is a typical office environment with standard office equipment. At times, the individual may have evening and weekend work. Travel to local tribal communities, community colleges, regional and national conferences is required.


This position qualifies for benefits including tuition fee waiver (if eligible).

Benefit Information

CSU, Chico offers a number of benefits to its employees (e.g., sick leave, vacation, health insurance). Eligibility for standard CSU benefits is based on an appointment of half-time or more for a period exceeding six months. Employees appointed less than half-time or less than six months are not eligible for standard CSU benefits but do receive prorated sick leave and vacation.

Eligibility for Affordable Care Act (ACA) benefits is based on an appointment of at least three-quarter time, hired to work a minimum of 130 hours per month over the course of the appointment or works an average of 130 hours or more per month during the measurement period. The ACA guidelines provide for health coverage or FlexCash only. ACA does not provide dental or vision plan coverage.

About the University and Community

Detailed information is available at As a university that educates students of various ethnic and cultural backgrounds, we value a diverse faculty and staff. CSU, Chico welcomes applicants who are knowledgeable about and interested in working within a cross-cultural learning environment. We also welcome those who share a passion and commitment to the University’s 6th Strategic Priority that focuses on sustainability, stewardship, and the environment – see

California State University, Chico is committed to achieving excellence through diversity in the classroom and the workplace. It strives to establish a climate that welcomes, celebrates, and promotes respect for the contributions of all students, faculty, and staff.

The university is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against persons on the basis of race, religion, color, ancestry, age, disability, genetic information, gender, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, medical condition, National origin, sex, sexual orientation, covered veteran status, or any other protected status.

Posting Details

Open Date (posting open date) 07/18/2017
Close Date (posting close date)
Open Until Filled Yes

Supplemental Questions

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Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Résumé
  2. Cover Letter
Optional Documents
  1. Optional Applicant Documents