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Tribal Education Policy Associate: National Indian Education Association

Tribal Education Policy Associate:  National Indian Education Association

Review Date:  Annually based on hire date.

Reports to:   Legislative Director

FLSA Status:  Exempt


The NIEA Tribal Education Policy Associate position is responsible for building support for the advancement of Native education policy through various vehicles – from working with key stakeholder groups to coalition partners and policy makers in the federal government. This position is critical to the organization’s purpose of promoting educational sovereignty by collaborating with education and policy leaders to support American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian communities.


The essential functions of this position, include, but are not limited to the following:

· In conjunction with NIEA’s Legislative Team, develop and implement advocacy priorities and initiatives concerning federal policy and legislation, particularly in NIEA’s work related to the Bureau of Indian Education (BIE), higher education, appropriations, and Native language and culture.

· Represent NIEA at policy-related meetings, conferences, workshops, forums, and other pertinent presentations to advance NIEA’s priorities and organizational reach.

· Provide analysis and technical assistance for legislation and policy recommendations, tribal consultations, presentations, webinars, inquiries, and membership communication.

· Support NIEA legislative summit, workshops, webinars, and meetings.

· Develop high-quality briefing papers, talking points, comments, testimony, articles, etc. to clarify and advance NIEA’s national policy agenda and membership resolutions.

· Build relationships and networks with key stakeholders including tribal governments, Native education advocates, governmental agencies, in particular the BIE, and Administration and Congressional policy staff.

· Analyze and synthesize research (or supplemental information) for developing stances to proposed and existing policies and legislation that are national in scope.

· Incorporate an education sovereignty lens into all national, state, and local policy work.

· Additional duties as necessary.


· Master’s degree in public policy, government relations, education, or related field

· At least 3 years of direct policymaking or advocacy experience, legislative background preferred.

· Knowledge and passion for furthering the mission of NIEA and a commitment to Native students and enhancing their educational opportunities.

· Demonstrated ability to build and maintain collaborative relationships with a variety of stakeholders including policy makers, local advocates, tribal governments, and educators regarding various education issues.

· Excellent written and verbal communication as well as interpersonal, public speaking, and presentation skills.

· Knowledge of and experience working with the BIE, tribes, Native communities, and national Native and civil rights organizations.

· Proven ability to work in team environment while demonstrating capacity to solve problems independently and address concerns in a timely and accurate manner.


Please submit your resume, cover letter, and three professional references to For additional information, contact Miriam Davis-Rosenbaum at 202.544.7290.