Program Specialist (Tribal Liaison - Southwest Region)

U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of Tribal Relations

About the organization

The Office of Tribal Relations (OTR) serves as a single point of contact for Tribal issues and works to ensure that relevant programs and policies are efficient, easy to understand, accessible, and developed in consultation with the American Indians and Alaska Native constituents they impact.


This position serves as the USDA 1994 Tribal Colleges and Universities (1994 TCU) Program Liaison with responsibility for advising and counseling 1994 TCUs, Native American students, Native American serving educational institutions, Tribal Nations, tribal communities, and Native American farmers, ranchers, and foresters in the Southwest Region (Arizona and New Mexico) on USDA programs, initiatives, services, and resources.


-Serves as a USDA resource person to 1994 TCU faculty and staff by identifying their annual priorities and emergent issues that USDA can address.
-Communicates closely with the Program Director and other 1994 TCU liaisons on recruiting efforts
-Assists the Director in collaborating efforts with USDA Mission Areas and Offices and implementing the 1994 Tribal Scholars Program and other internship programs.
-Identifies and facilitates opportunities that will enhance greater advocacy and outreach between USDA stakeholders and USDA agencies, mission areas, and offices
-Collaborates and maintains communication with and provides resources to TCUs and Tribal Nations, focusing on the issues and concerns of importance to them and their Tribal citizens
-Coordinates meetings with TCUs, Tribal leaders, organizations, and Tribal citizens as applicable with USDA or other federal partners

This is a federal position that may be hired at the General Schedule (GS) level 09, 11, or 12 pay scale with full potential to GS-13.


Applicants MUST have demonstrated knowledge and experience in:

1. Working with and for Tribal communities in the Southwest region (New Mexico and Arizona)
2. Working with tribal colleges or on behalf of indigenous students in the Southwest region (New Mexico and Arizona)
3. Tribal cultural competencies and indigenous world views.



Application instructions

Contact email: [email protected]

Email the follow documents as attachments to [email protected] with the subject line "1994 TCU Liaison - Southwest"

-NCE document
-Writing sample
-Three (3) professional references

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