Summary Job Goal:  The Government Relations Manager coordinates advocacy and legislative efforts on behalf of AVCP in support of our Region’s top priorities; Family Services Center and Tribal Resource Center initiatives; and statewide or nationwide tribal issues. This position does not draft and propose legislation or seek or advocate for funding or prepare funding proposals.  This is not a lobbying position.

Performance Responsibilities: Include the following –

  • Research and draft white papers, reports, memos, and other advocacy materials as requested.
  • Monitor State of Alaska and federal congressional activities and hearings of interest to AVCP and member tribes.
  • Identify, track, and analyze State of Alaska and Federal legislation and regulations of interest to AVCP and member tribes.
  • Prepare AVCP Executives for and/or deliver verbal testimony for tribal consultations and listening sessions, legislative hearings, interviews, etc.
  • Prepare written testimony for tribal consultations and listening sessions.
  • Prepare model consultation and listening session comments/talking points for AVCP member tribes.
  • Collaborate with and serve as the liaison to other tribal organizations/consortia in joint advocacy efforts.
  • Coordinate tribal participation in regional/AVCP advocacy initiatives.
  • Coordinate with the Communications Department in creating educational advocacy content, including press releases and newsletter articles.

QUALIFICATIONS:  To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

EDUCATION and EXPERIENCE:

  • Education
    • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent from an accredited college/university in a discipline relevant to the position; OR
    • An acceptable combination of education, training, and experience relevant to the position.
    • Minimum of two to three years relevant experience in advocacy, communications, government relations, public affairs, public policy, public relations, or related field required.
  • Experience working and/or living in Alaska strongly preferred.
  • Experience representing or working with Indian tribes, tribal consortia, or tribal non-profit organizations strongly preferred.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES REQUIRED

  1. Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  2. Strong analytical and critical thinking skills.
  3. Strong interpersonal skills, including working in a team, working and communicating in a multicultural environment, working and communicating with remote teams, and receiving and giving constructive criticism.
  4. Familiar with general principles of federal Indian law and laws applicable to Alaska Native tribes and tribal entities.
  5. Ability to work independently while successfully prioritizing diverse tasks.
  6. Ability to stay organized and multi-task in a fast-paced environment.
  7. Ability to research, investigate and effectively communicate legislative matters to lay audiences.
  8. Excellent time management and delegation skills.
  9. Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite or related software.

This position is a Grade 8 and has a Salary Range of:  $74,494 – $111,741

Job Posting Expiration Date: June 30, 2022

We hope to have this position filled by date listed above, if no qualified applicant is hired we may advertise an additional 30 days.