Tribal Liaison

Nebraska Indian Child Welfare Coalition, Inc.

NICWC.org | Nebraska, Remote

 

Do you feel a burning desire to impact racial equity and social justice? Hungry to build hard and soft skills within a make-a-difference organization? Super organized and self-motivated? A remote-virtual position with the Nebraska Indian Child Welfare Coalition, Inc. might be perfect for you.

 NICWC, Inc. is a small nonprofit, built upon 12+ years of grassroots coalition efforts, that is working toward diversifying funding and building our capacity to continue making an impact on Native American children, youth and relatives. We educate, we advocate, and we bring people together to protect the rights and cultural connections of Native American children and families in Nebraska.

While we’re building our infrastructure, we’re clear that:

All children deserve to be raised by loving families, in supportive communities, surrounded by the culture and heritage they know best.

 But, history has shown:

Native children are 2.5-3x more likely to be removed from families and relatives and placed in foster care.

 Native girls are 20x more likely to be ordered into the state’s juvenile facility than the general population.

 Native boys are 10x more likely to be ordered into the state’s juvenile facility than the general population.

 Historical trauma of family separation and genocide is compounded by the present-day removal of children.

 There are approximately 200 Tribes represented in Nebraska, where four tribes have their governmental headquarters. You will work remotely and will be invited to participate in-person at meetings and events. The Executive Director, Misty Frazier, works from home on the Santee Sioux Reservation in Nebraska.

 We’re looking for a Tribal Liaison to work with our tribal partners and NE DHHS to help build infrastructure for services and supports to older youth aging out of the system.  The Tribal Liaison will also provide direct service and support to tribal youth and young adults aging out of the foster care system.

 If you have…

  • A strong desire to learn about and contribute to racial equity.
  • A “can do” attitude and approach.
  • Leadership ability.
  • Good communication skills
  • Emotional intelligence and kind demeanor with everyone.
  • Great listening skills that show up in the notes you take and suggestions you make.
  • A drive to deliver on tasks assigned based on a standard for excellence.
  • Sound technology skills
  • Existing experience using software like Doodle, infographics, PPT and Word that you can demonstrate.
  • Ability to take direction and run toward success.

Primary Duties:

  • Developing and implementing legal advocacy and Tribal liaison programming in support of NICWC’s mission and vision.
  • Self–managing multiple priorities simultaneously.
  • Consulting with the Training and Development Director, Strategy and Development Director and Executive Director for sustainability strategies.
  • Coordinating and collaborating with all relevant stakeholders regarding tribal wards’ access to independent living services, including, but not limited to, Bridge to Independence (B2I), Chafee, etc.).
  • Actively organizing and participating in relevant meetings and committees.
  • Evaluating aspects of new legal advocacy opportunities and projects and providing recommendations.
  • Identifying and reporting trends while estimating their impact on the ICWA and Native children and families.
  • Provide support and technical assistance for tribal and state child welfare programs, court systems, and other system stakeholders.
  • Identifying and developing training with the Training and Education Director to build and sustain infrastructure.
  • Assisting with fundraising by identifying potential funding opportunities and assisting with grant writing and administration, as needed.
  • Other duties and responsibilities as assigned.

 What qualifications we are looking for…

The Tribal Liaison is thoroughly committed to the organization’s mission, vision, and work. Experience working in or with the Native communities in Nebraska is essential. Knowledge of and experience with the ICWA is necessary. Experience with State and/or Tribal Courts is ideal. Other qualifications include:

  • Associate’s or bachelor’s degree with experience in social work, child welfare, management, communications, marketing, or other related fields. Relevant work experience may be substituted.
  • Past success working with Native families and communities.
  • Ability to engage a wide range of stakeholders, especially our tribal partners.
  • Strong written and verbal communications skills, a persuasive and passionate communicator.
  • Action-oriented, adaptable, and innovative.
  • Ability to work effectively in collaboration with diverse groups of people.
  • Proficiency with computers.

 Salary: $45,000 – $55,000 DOE

Location: All NICWC employees work remotely.  It will be very beneficial that this person lives within close driving distance to the Nebraska tribes. 

 Sound intriguing? Send your resume’, two refences, and a letter of interest to Misty Frazier, NICWC, Inc. Executive Director at Misty@NICWC.org by COB August 23, 2021.

 For questions or further information contact Misty at 855-280-2526 ext. 500 or at the email address above!