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Director, Tribal Relations

California State University, Long Beach

Last Updated: 3/07/23

Job Description

Director, Tribal Relations

Job No: 524272
Work Type: Management (MPP)
Location: Long Beach
Categories: MPP, Administrative, At-Will, Full Time

Job Summary

Serve as the university's primary point of contact with Native American tribes, federal and state agencies, and applicable consultants. Campus manager responsible for Tribal regulatory compliance, consultation and communication, outreach, and records management. The Director will retain campus regulatory compliance authority over all tribal Native American collections under the administrative control of the University.

The Director of Tribal Relations at CSULB will be responsible for maintaining and developing university and tribal relations through an intergovernmental process of consultation, outreach, education, and communication.

CSULB benefits from the oldest American Indian Studies program in the field with 4.5 full-time faculty and robust American Indian student services. CSULB has an active NAGPRA Lab and working actively towards repatriation and deaccession.

CSULB is uniquely situated within the Tongva ancestral and sacred village of Puvungna, and is actively engaged in the stewardship of the land. Puvungna means the “gathering place” in the Tongva language. Puvungna is a sacred site because it is featured in several creation stories and stories of emergence. Today, Tongva/Gabrieleno/Acjachemen and many other Native people visit Puvungna regularly for spiritual sustenance, to hold ceremonies, and to gather and maintain community relations.

In 2022, the university established a restrictive covenant and conservation easement to protect the undeveloped 22-acres on campus, which includes Tribal ceremonial and repatriated, reburial grounds. The University is actively implementing new administrative oversight to protect and maintain the integrity of Puvungna as a critical cultural resource.

Because of our unique location within the traditional territory of a sacred village site, our urban setting, and our proximity to over thirty federal Indian reservations, CSULB prides itself in serving both a diverse urban and reservation-based American Indian community.
Key Responsibilities

  • Consultation and communication
  • Regulatory compliance
  • Outreach
  • Records management
Knowledge Skills and Abilities

Thorough knowledge of the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA), National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, CalNAGPRA, AB 275, AB 52, NAHC, and SHPO statutory and regulatory requirements as well as the applicable roles, responsibilities, and points of interface with these local, state, and federal agencies. Demonstrated superior written and verbal communication skills in English. Ability to 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. Ability to conceptualize or identify needed changes, develop, and implement practical, innovative and/or creative solutions using independent judgment to unusual and sometimes complex situations. Ability to use tact, diplomacy and discretion when handling sensitive and/or confidential matters or materials. Ability to collect and analyze data / information, draw conclusions from the analysis, effectively present the information and make recommendations. Ability to work collaboratively with internal and external communities while establishing and maintaining cooperative relationships with the various partnering agencies and the campus community. Ability to plan, organize, and direct the work of subordinates and ability to delegate effectively.

Ability to communicate with an ethnically and culturally diverse campus community. Ability to follow all university policies, procedures, and guidelines including but not limited to safety, civility, information security, and non-discrimination policies and procedures. Ability to contribute to a positive university experience for each and every student, and assist in achieving the university's commitment to a "vision of excellence."
Education and Experience

Bachelor's degree and a minimum of five (5) years of related professional experience working for a Native American tribe and/or in maintaining constructive relationships with Native American tribes that hold interest in California required. Thorough understanding of the salient issues and opportunities in advancing the University's engagement with Native communities preferred. Supervisory experience preferred.

University Relations

The hiring range for this position is $7,500 to $8,750 per month, commensurate with experience. Salary placement is determined by the education, qualifications, internal equity, and the hiring department's fiscal resources.

The salary range for this position is $6,907 to $10,361 per month.

Administrator I

This is a management level position with an attractive benefits package, which includes a vacation accrual rate of 16 hours per month, and excellent choice of medical, dental, and vision insurance, long term disability coverage, life insurance, educational fee waiver, and retirement benefits.
Application Procedures

Click Apply Now to complete the CSULB Online Employment Application.
Additional Information

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 Revised July 21, 2017 as a condition of employment.

CSULB is not a sponsoring agency for staff and management positions (i.e. H-1B Visas).

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily and is required for employment. CSU will make a conditional offer of employment, which may be rescinded if the background check reveals disqualifying information, and/or it is discovered that the candidate knowingly withheld or falsified information. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the continued employment of a current CSU employee who was conditionally offered the position.

Due to the nature of this position, current CSULB employees are subject to a criminal record check unless they have successfully completed a criminal background check through CSULB within the past 12 months.

California State University Long Beach expects respectful, professional behavior from its employees in all situations. Acts of harassment or abusive conduct are prohibited. Demonstrated appropriate professional behavior, treating others with civility and respect, and refusing to tolerate abusive conduct is expected of all employees.

CSU Vaccination Policy

The CSU requires faculty, staff, and students who are accessing campus facilities to be immunized against COVID-19 or declare a medical or religious exemption from doing so. Any candidates advanced in a currently open search process should be prepared to comply with this requirement as a condition of employment. The system wide policy can be found at and questions may be sent to
Out of State Employment Policy

California State University, Long Beach, 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.
Equal Employment Statement

California State University Long Beach is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer that is strongly committed to promoting diversity in all areas of the campus community. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to age, physical or mental disability, gender or sex, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, medical condition, nationality, race or ethnicity, religion or religious creed, sexual orientation, and veteran or military status.

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Application Closes: Mar 14, 2023 (11:55 PM)

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Company Details

Long Beach, California, United States
CSULB, one of the largest universities in the CSU system, is located in Long Beach on a beautifully landscaped, 320-acre campus near the ocean and the thriving downtown area. The school’s faculty and staff are engaged in a broad array of high-quality undergraduate and graduate programs, significant research, in addition to a wide range of community and professional service organizations.