Legislative Director

Review Date: Annually based on hire date
Reports To: Executive Director
FLSA Status: Exempt


The NIEA Legislative Director 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 in the federal government. This position will directly
supervise the State Policy Associate.

The essential functions of this position, include, but are not limited to the following:
• Work to develop and implement advocacy priorities and initiatives concerning federal policy and
• Attend policy-related meetings, conferences, workshops, forums, and other pertinent presentations
to expand NIEA outreach and networking capabilities.
• Develop 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, 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.
• Additional duties as necessary.

• Bachelor’s degree in public policy, government relations, education, or related field preferred;
Master’s degree desired but not required.
• At least 5 years of direct policymaking or advocacy experience, legislative background
• 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 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 niea@niea.org. For
information, contact Ahniwake Rose at 202.544.7290.

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