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Job Opportunity - Director of Education Programs

Posted: 10/7/2019

Posting Date: October 7, 2019
Closing Date: October 31, 2019

The Morris K. Udall Foundation (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 (P.L. 102-259). The 1998 Environmental Policy and Conflict Resolution Act (P.L. 105-156) created the U.S. Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution as a program of the Udall Foundation to assist parties in resolving environmental, public lands, and natural resources conflicts nationwide that involve Federal agencies or interests. In 2000, Congress authorized the Udall Foundation to conduct management and leadership education and provide assistance and resources for policy analysis for Native American and Alaska Native leaders (P.L. 106-568). In 2009, Congress enacted legislation to honor Stewart L. Udall and add his name to the Udall Foundation (P.L. 111-90). The agency is now known as the Morris K. Udall and Stewart L. Udall Foundation. The Udall Foundation’s enabling legislation is codified at 20 U.S.C. 5601-5609. The Udall Foundation is headquartered in Tucson, Arizona, with an additional office in Washington, D.C., and its operations and policies are overseen by a Board of Trustees.

The Udall Foundation awards scholarships, fellowships, and internships for study in fields related to the environment and to Native Americans and Alaska Natives in fields related to health care and Tribal public policy; connects youth from underserved communities to the Nation’s public lands and natural resources to foster greater understanding, appreciation, stewardship, and enjoyment of those lands and resources through photography, positive outdoor experiences, and environmental education through Parks in Focus®; provides funding to the Native Nations Institute for Leadership, Management, and Policy for research, education, and outreach on Native American and Alaska Native health care issues and Tribal public policy issues; provides funding to the Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy to conduct policy research and outreach on the environment and related themes; and provides assessment, mediation, training, and other related services through the U.S. Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution.

The Udall Foundation is recruiting for a Director of Education Programs (DEP). The DEP provides leadership, vision, and strategic direction for the full suite of Udall Foundation education programs and activities, including:

  • Udall Undergraduate Scholarships
  • Native American Congressional Internships;
  • Morris K. Udall and John S. McCain III Native American Fellowships in Tribal Policy;
  • Stewart L. Udall Parks in Focus® Program.

The DEP oversees all aspects of education program implementation and strategies for growth and improvement, including program planning, design, development, and evaluation. Major duties of the DEP position include:

  • Developing and overseeing annual operations and long-term strategies for the scholarship, internship, fellowship, and Parks in Focus programs;
  • Managing, mentoring, and evaluating performance of education program professional staff, including two full-time Program Managers;
  • Defining financial management needs and budgetary mechanisms for execution of the Udall Foundation education programs, in coordination with the Director of Finance and Operations;
  • Delivering high quality communications content, including for web- and social media-based platforms and in coordination with the Udall Foundation communications program and protocols, that promotes the education programs;
  • Liaising with the Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy and Native Nations Institute for Leadership, Management, and Policy on educational issues, such as development and implementation of the internship program;
  • Developing, managing, and maintaining relationships with faculty and staff at colleges and universities, including for scholarship and internship recruitment, application, and selection;
  • Cultivating and sustaining relationships with education program alumni, including identifying mentors and facilitators for the Udall Foundation’s annual Scholar Orientation;
  • Identifying potential new and maintaining existing donor relationships to support the Parks in Focus program;
  • Serving as the Udall Foundation’s principal external representative and spokesperson for its education programs, and identifying potential new partnerships and stakeholder audiences;
  • Enforcing appropriate internal controls and ensuring that programs adhere to the laws, rules, regulations, and policies of the Federal Government and the Board of Trustees, including through the provision of reports on education program activities to the Board as requested;
  • Fostering a mission-focused culture that reflects the Udall Foundation’s core values of Integrity, Civility, Consensus, Public Service, and Nonpartisanship.
  • Other duties as assigned.

The DEP reports directly to the Udall Foundation Executive Director and participates as a member of the Udall Foundation’s leadership team, which includes the Executive Director, Deputy Executive Director and General Counsel, Director of Finance and Operations, Director of the DC Office of the Udall Foundation, and Director of the Environmental Conflict Resolution Program. The leadership team works cooperatively on Foundation-wide management issues. Occasional travel and irregular work hours, such as during the annual Scholar Orientation, are required as part of DEP duties.

All Udall Foundation employees are full-time, permanent, excepted service positions within the Federal workforce. The DEP position is located at the Udall Foundation’s Tucson, Arizona, headquarters and is equivalent to a GS-14/15 General Schedule position, depending on experience and education, with a salary range beginning at $105,737. Relocation expenses may be paid in accordance with Federal Travel Regulations for new or existing Federal employees. Employee must relocate to Tucson, Arizona. Alternate location not permitted.

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 Federal payments made by direct deposit. A trial/probationary period may be required. All applicants must meet the qualifications by the closing date of the announcement. Telework eligibility as determined by agency policy.


  • Meets all applicable professional, educational, and licensing requirements as outlined in the Qualifications.
  • Graduate or Professional degree required.
  • At least 5 years of senior management experience, with demonstrated success in leading, mentoring, and managing professional staff.
    • Directs or leads programs of moderate complexity
    • Manages budgets
    • Monitors and evaluates program outcomes
    • Guides strategic planning
    • Guides and evaluates staff performance
  • Ability to work effectively under deadlines, and to delegate assignments while maintaining oversight over key areas of responsibility.
  • Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication practices, techniques, and methods to promote the Udall Foundation education programs and facilitate interactions with key stakeholders, including, but not limited to, government officials, university and college professionals, student organizations, Tribes, and other parties.
  • Experience in one or more of the following areas: recruitment; advising; selection of candidates for nationally competitive scholarships or fellowships; alumni development; educational and/or governance issues that impact Native Nations.
  • Leadership skills, as characterized by the ability to develop a common vision with other Udall Foundation programs, communicate and listen effectively, and engage and inspire others.
  • A facilitative management style that emphasizes teamwork, communication, collegiality, flexibility, and perspective.
  • Prior Federal employment and/or demonstrated knowledge of Federal regulations (e.g., performance management, Federal Acquisition Regulations) preferred.
  • Skill in operating a personal computer and associated software and audiovisual aids, and an ability to use them independently. Knowledge requirements include Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and Microsoft Outlook (email), databases, spreadsheets, research tools, online collaboration tools, and social media.

How to apply
Email the below required documents to Beth Monroe, Udall Foundation Executive Assistant, at

  • Cover letter detailing your interest in and qualifications for the position;
  • Transcripts showing possession of Graduate or Professional degree
  • Resume;
  • Contact information for 3 professional references.

How you will be evaluated
Application materials received in full by the announcement closing date will be given full consideration.

Applications will be evaluated based on how well the cover letter and resume reflect accomplishments, experience, and education that correspond to the position qualifications. Top applicants will be selected for one or more interviews, which may occur by telephone, videoconference, or in person at the Udall Foundation office in Tucson, Arizona.

The materials you send with your application will not be returned; send only those materials needed to evaluate your application.

Employment with the Udall Foundation offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, and participation in a Federal retirement system. To find out more about benefits offered to Federal employees, please visit

Other information
EEO Policy Statement: The Udall Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Selection for this position will be based solely on merit with no discrimination for non-merit reasons such as race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, protected genetic information, status as a parent, lawful political affiliation, marital status, physical/mental disability (if not a job factor), membership or non-membership in an employee organization, or any other non-merit factor.

Reasonable Accommodation: The Udall Foundation provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities on a case-by-case basis. Applicants should notify the point of contact on this vacancy announcement if a reasonable accommodation is needed for any part of the application and hiring process.

Privacy Act: Privacy Act Notice (PL 93-579): The information requested here is used to determine qualifications for employment and is authorized under Title 5 U.S.C. 3302 and 3361.

Signature: Before you are hired, you will be required to sign and certify the accuracy of the information in your application. If you make a false statement in any part of your application, you may not be hired; you may be fired after you begin work; or you may be subject to fine, imprisonment, or other disciplinary action.

Selective Service: If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from doing so under the Selective Service Law.

Financial Disclosure: All employees of the Federal Government are subject to the conflict of interest statutes and regulations, including the Standards of Ethical Conduct. This position requires the annual filing of an OGE 450, Confidential Financial Disclosure form.

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