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Job Opportunity: Native American and Alaska Native Program Associate/Senior Program Associate—Education Programs and National Center


Posted: 9/17/2021

INTRODUCTION

Reporting to the Director of Education Programs, the Program Associate or Senior Program Associate supports planning, coordination, and implementation of the Native American Congressional Internship Program (Internship) and outreach to enhance the Internship Program’s reach and impact.

In addition, the Program Associate or Senior Program Associate provides administrative and programmatic support to the John S. McCain III National Center for Environmental Conflict Resolution’s (National Center) Native American and Alaska Native (NAAN) Service Area and works broadly in environmental collaboration and conflict resolution program management and administration, case management assessment, contracting, client and stakeholder communications, meeting planning, and logistics.

The Program Associate or Senior Program Associate will help foster a mission-focused culture that reflects the Udall Foundation’s values of Integrity, Civility, Consensus, Public Service, and Nonpartisanship.

The Program Associate or Senior Program Associate is based at the Udall Foundation’s Washington, D.C. office to best facilitate support for all aspects of the Internship Program and NAAN Service Area. This position is situational telework eligible.

The Program Associate or Senior Program Associate will hold an excepted service term position within the Udall Foundation. The term of the appointment is for one (1) year, with the potential for renewal not to exceed four (4) years in total or may be made permanent without further competition.

The Program Associate or Senior Program Associate positions (AD-0343-09/11) are equivalent to GS-9 and GS-11 General Schedule positions, respectively, with a salary range beginning at $60,129 depending on experience and education.

Relocation expenses are not authorized.

MAJOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Support and assist the Director of Education Programs and other Education Programs team members with all aspects of the Internship Program by performing the following duties:

  • Coordinate education and mentorship programs for Native American and Alaska Native college students.
  • Support Internship logistics including events and activities; recruiting, selection, and notification of Interns; summer Internship Program planning and implementation; coordination with faculty and staff at colleges and universities; and coordination with staff of Congressional offices, Federal agencies, and other agencies and organizations.
  • Serve as the Internship point of contact for faculty and staff at colleges and universities, Federal agencies, Congressional offices, and Native American and Alaska Native and other related organizations; Internship Program alumni; and potential Internship applicants.
  • Manage and maintain relationships through effective communication with faculty and staff at colleges and universities, Internship Program alumni, Native American and Alaska Native Tribes, and other partners from target program areas.
  • Assist the Director of Education Programs with achieving project and program goals.

Support and assist the National Center’s NAAN Service Area Senior Program Manager, as well as other National Center team members, by performing the following duties:

  • Provide administrative and programmatic support to the NAAN Service Area including case study development, research, materials development, meeting planning and support, and communications and outreach support.
  • Support general project information intake; draft Scopes of Work (SOW); develop routine and complex budgets for projects and programmatic efforts; support the management of the National Center's role in the contracting process for neutral selection; and support the management of the neutral contract, often for multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Support environmental collaboration and conflict resolution projects including assisting with case/conflict assessments; planning and facilitating small group discussions; summarizing meeting discussions; managing meeting and event logistics; and drafting communications to stakeholders, project sponsors, and contractors.

Additional support to the Education Programs and the National Center:

  • Effectively lead and serve on internal and external teams focusing on issues impacting Native American and Alaska Native communities, particularly in the areas of education, environmental policy, natural resources, land use, health care, or Tribal self-governance.
  • Support Education Programs and National Center projects and programmatic efforts related to government-to-government relationships between Tribes and the Federal Government, particularly in the areas of education, environmental policy, natural resources, land use, health care, or Tribal self-governance, including the laws, science, policies, or planning related to complex public policy.
  • Develop and implement marketing, outreach, and recruitment strategies including the use of social media tools.
  • Enforce appropriate internal controls and ensure that programs adhere to the laws, rules, regulations, and policies of the Federal Government and the Udall Foundation.
  • Accurately implement Federal and Udall Foundation policies related to records management, personnel policies, database management, and project administration requirements.
  • Provide administrative support for the Udall Foundation’s Washington, D.C. office.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.
  • The position may involve up to 25% travel.

CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT

You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this position. The successful candidate will be subject to a background/suitability investigation. All Udall Foundation employees are required to have payments made by direct deposit.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED

General Qualifications

Demonstrated experience with organizational, administrative, financial, and/or project coordination.

Demonstrated flexibility and ability to work independently, while also being capable of working collaboratively with a team to develop and carryout an overall program.

Excellent collaborative interpersonal skills.

Demonstrated ability to ensure administrative tasks and processes are completed in a timely manner.

Proficiency with databases, spreadsheets, research tools, online collaboration tools, and social media.

Demonstrated excellence in both oral and written communication.

Technical Qualifications

Familiarity with issues impacting Native Americans or Alaska Natives, particularly in the areas of education, environmental policy, natural resources, land use, health care, or Tribal self-governance.

Interest in and a general understanding of environmental collaboration and conflict resolution techniques and approaches, including mediation, facilitation, and conflict assessment.

Knowledge of marketing, outreach, and recruitment strategies including the use of social media tools.

Experience with electronic tools, such as MS Office 365, including for developing and tracking project budgets.

HOW TO APPLY

The required documents to apply for this position include 1) a cover letter describing your interest in the position and relevant qualifications, 2) a current resume, 3) a recent writing sample, and 4) contact information for three professional references. Current Federal employees should also include a copy of their SF-50.

Please email the required documents to montes@udall.gov. No phone calls, please.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: October 18, 2021

ABOUT THE UDALL FOUNDATION

The Morris K. Udall Foundation was established by the U.S. Congress in 1992 as an independent executive branch agency to honor Morris K. Udall's lasting impact on this Nation’s environment, public lands, and natural resources, and his support of the rights and self-governance of Native Americans and Alaska Natives. In 2009, Congress enacted legislation to also honor Stewart L. Udall for his half century of distinguished national leadership in environmental and Native American policy. The agency is known today as the Morris K. Udall and Stewart L. Udall Foundation (Udall Foundation) and is headquartered in Tucson, Arizona.

The Udall Foundation is authorized by Congress to:


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