Tribal State Policy Associate:  NIEA


Tribal State Policy Associate: NIEA

Tribal State Policy Associate

Reports to:  Legislative Director

Review date:  Annually based on hire date

FLSA Status:  Exempt

Position Summary

The NIEA Tribal State Policy Associate position will support the development and facilitation of tribal and state relations regarding policy issues that are important to NIEA membership and Native education advocates. This position will provide expertise on Native education history, treaties, sovereignty, self-governance, and protocols. This position will also be responsible for building support for the advancement of Native education policy through work with key stakeholder groups, coalition partners, and policy makers in tribes with a particular focus on key, high Native population states. This is an exciting opportunity to work closely with Native communities, Native organizations, and education leaders to provide support for American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian education policy.

Essential Functions

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

· Work with the Legislative Director to develop and implement advocacy priorities and initiatives concerning state policy and legislation.

· Provide advocacy and policy assistance and technical support to groups of Native education advocates in states; develop Native coalitions in state in support of Native education priorities developed at the tribal and local levels.

· Build a network of designated liaisons to strengthen tribal and Native education stakeholder engagement through regular communications with Native advocates in states on a consistent basis.

· Collaborate with the communications team to develop messaging and materials that engage Native education stakeholders and elevate Native education issues.

· Collaborate with the program team to ensure local implementation of tribal and state policy is supporting Native students to be college, career, and community ready.

· Develop briefing papers, talking points, comments, testimony, articles, etc. to advance NIEA’s policy agenda.

· Work with external education partners in ESSA implementation, in particular tribes, regional tribal organizations, and state Indian education associations.

· Provide NIEA leadership information to elevate the needs of Native students by building and strengthening partnerships.

· Develop and maintain effective state tracking and reporting mechanism to measure progress and document outcomes.

· Analyze and synthesize research (or other information) for tribal and state-specific support or opposition to proposed and existing policies and legislation.

· Additional duties as assigned.


· Bachelor’s degree in public policy, education, or related field preferred; Master’s degree desired but not required.

· At least 2 years of direct policymaking or advocacy experience, legislative preferred.

· Knowledge and passion for the mission of NIEA and a commitment to Native education.

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

· Excellent written and verbal communication and interpersonal skills.

· Strong analytical skills and proven ability to effectively manage multiple projects.

· Knowledge of and experience working with Native people and Native organizations.

· Proven ability to work in team environment while demonstrating capacity to solve problems independently.


Please submit your resume, cover letter, and three professional references to For additional information, contact Miriam Davis-Rosenbaum at or (202) 544-7290