Director of Tribal Relations, Administrator II, Temporary

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Work type: Management (MPP)
Location: Sonoma
Categories: MPP, Administrative, Temporary, Full Time, Telecommute eligible (work onsite as scheduled and/or as requested and telecommute as scheduled)
Position Description

Application Process

This position is open until filled. For full consideration, please submit application, along with cover letter and resume, by 8am on Monday, June 10, 2024.

Please review the position description listed above for full scope of responsibilities and qualifications.

Job Summary

Reporting to the Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs, the Director of Tribal Relations (Director) provides management and guidance for Tribal Relations for the university, supports and develops campus, national, and CSU initiatives and strategic priorities and supervises staff and student personnel. The Director serves as the liaison between the university and the Tribal communities, with a focus on the Sonoma State University service region. The Director oversees the many points of contact between campus programs and Tribal communities and represents SSU leadership, its academic programs, landholdings, and resources with consistent and open communication. The incumbent is responsible for supporting and developing collaborative initiatives that support university and Tribal interests, including Native American student welfare, academic success, retention, recruitment, and graduation, as well as equity and environmental stewardship of the land.

Key Qualifications

This position requires a minimum of three years of experience working with Federally and/or non-Federally recognized tribes, preferably California Native American tribes, including three years of progressively responsible and applicable administrative, management, and/or supervisory experience. Bachelor's degree in Anthropology, Museum Studies, Native American Studies, Historic Preservation or related field, or equivalent combination of education and experience to provide the required knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the duties of the position. A master’s degree in Cultural Resources Management, Anthropology, Archaeology, Native American Studies, or history of Native American people is preferred. Experience working proactively with Tribal nations on NAGPRA and respectfully handling ancestral remains and cultural items is strongly preferred. A minimum of one year of experience with collections management best practices and storage facilities is highly preferred. An understanding of federal and state NAGPRA regulations and knowledge of AB 275 and 389 is highly preferred. Higher education experience and knowledge of CSU processes, protocols, policies, and procedures is highly preferred. Proficiency with computers and Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Access) required. Knowledge of Google Suite, ArcGIS and PeopleSoft preferred. Documented experience building and sustaining collaborative and respectful working relationships with people from a diversity of backgrounds and interests.

Salary and Benefits

Starting salary placement depends on qualifications and experience and is anticipated to be in the range of $7,500 to $10,000 a month. This position is a member of the Management Personnel Plan and serves at the pleasure of the President.

This position is eligible for a broad range of benefits, including medical, dental, vision, life and disability insurances, retirement (CalPERS), tuition waiver, vacation and sick leave. In addition, 15 paid holidays are offered each year. Sonoma State University is also a Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program (PSLF) Employer.

A comprehensive benefits summary for this position is available online by clicking here to be taken to the CSU benefits page.

Supplemental Information

Sonoma State University is committed to achieving excellence through teaching, scholarship, learning and inclusion. In line with our Strategic Plan and our Seawolf Commitment, our values include diversity, sustainability, community engagement, respect, responsibility, excellence and integrity. We strive to cultivate a community in which a diverse population can learn and work in an atmosphere of civility and respect. We encourage innovation, experimentation and creativity, as well as contributions to equity and inclusion, in the pursuit of excellence for all members of our university community. 

The University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, disability, marital status, or protected veteran status. Mandated Reporting: This position may be 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.

Per the CSU COVID-19 Vaccination Policy, it is strongly recommended that all faculty, staff, administrators, and students who are accessing campus facilities follow COVID-19 vaccine recommendations adopted by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) applicable to their age, medical condition, and other relevant indications. Any candidates advanced in a currently open search process should be prepared to continue to help us protect and maintain a healthy Seawolf Community. More information related to campus level requirements can be found here:

CSU Out of State Policy - Sonoma State University, as part of the CSU system, is a State of California Employer. As such, the University requires all employees upon date of hire to reside in the State of California. As of January 1, 2022 the CSU Out-of-State Employment Policy prohibits the hiring of employees to perform CSU-related work outside the state of California.

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current employees who apply for this position.

Sonoma State University is not a sponsoring agency for staff positions (i.e. H-1B visas).

Positions are posted for a minimum of 14 calendar days.

For questions related to the application process, please reach out to The ADA Coordinator is also available ( to assist individuals with disabilities in need of accommodation during the hiring process.

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