Navajo Tribal Relations Specialist

The Navajo Tribal Relations Specialist will report to the Chief Commercial Officer, with key responsibilities to the Chief Executive Officer and Chief Legal Officer. The Navajo Tribal Relations Specialist will be expected to develop and maintain external relationships with elected officials within the Navajo Nation Tribal Government, including tribal council delegates, executive staff members, Chapter officials, heads of key departments such as the Resources and Development Committee, Telecommunications Regulatory Committee, etc. Key responsibilities include educating and communicating with these individuals and groups regarding SBi/Cellular One initiatives and offerings, such as new technologies (e.g. VoLTE and Broadband), proposed projects (e.g. new towers, fiber), and community impact (charitable). Explain how we manage and develop our network, why outages or technical difficulties occur, resolutions to common trouble ticket issues, what changes are coming in technology, what is feasible in rural markets, and details regarding the different programs we offer e.g. Free4Life, ACP. This includes defining and enhancing SBI/Cellular One’s reputation as a company that brings value to the Navajo Nation and serves as a trusted resource. The position requires strong writing/oral communications skills to produce materials such as fact sheets, presentations, speeches, emails, memoranda, papers, and letters, and to review/edit/produce official correspondence. The Navajo Tribal Relations Specialist will represent SBi/Cellular One at public meetings, legislative hearings and government events and functions as the face of the brand and eyes, ears, voice of the business. Regularly attend a variety of events where key influencers and communities gather, including chapter meetings, agency meetings, economic summit, events at the colleges, flea markets. 

PRIMARY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES 

 Establish regular contact and spend one on one time with politicians, political advisers, civil servants, key decision makers i.e. taking them to coffee, lunches and dinners. Report back to the business on the content of such meetings and arrange follow-up meetings. 

 Bring insights and opportunities for involvement from SBi/Cellular One. 

 Strong communications skills for regular radio appearances. Work with radio partners to develop and host a “Connect Navajo” radio show. 

 Monitor proceedings of the political environment, milestones at institutions and provide analysis of these for senior management (SMT). Provide written or oral briefings for SMT and advise them on contact with decision-makers. Keep abreast of important media stories on tribal lands daily. 

 Serves as point person on various trade association committees and organizations. 

 Using existing contacts and interpersonal skills to build and maintain effective and cooperative relationships with Tribal governments, federal agency partners, and local governmental representatives to develop new or expanded opportunities and outlets for dissemination of information about the organization’s initiatives. 

 Utilizing strong writing/oral communications skills to produce materials such as fact sheets, presentations, speeches, emails, memoranda, papers, and letters, and to review/edit/produce official correspondence. 

Navajo Tribal Relations Specialist 

KEY SKILLS 

 Excellent writing and speaking skills, ability to write briefings and consultation responses, as well as give presentations internally and externally. 

 Great networking skills: More than for most jobs, networking skills are integral to the role. Possess or hone the ability to confidently approach a diverse range of people and strike up a conversation. This needs to be allied to the ability to stay in touch with decision-makers and retain contacts. 

 Information gathering and interpreting: The ability to take on board and understand reams of new information is a key skill that is required. The individual must keep abreast of ever-changing political developments and advise SMT of the implications for the business. 

 Political knowledge: An intimate knowledge of the political process and landscape on the Navajo Nation. 

QUALIFICATIONS: 

Education 

 BS/BA degree in related discipline preferred but not mandatory. 

Experience 

 At least three (3) years of experience in working with Southwest Native American Tribes. 

 At least three (3) years’ of experience in the telecommunications or technology industry. 

 At least two (2) years’ of experience in a management role or leading cross functional projects preferred. 

Skills 

 Advanced Excel abilities: Prepare spreadsheets and databases, develop formulas, pivot tables, linking worksheets, trouble shoot functions. 

 Excellent MS Office abilities; Word, Access, PowerPoint. 

 Strong universal computer skills: Ability to work in a variety of applications to pull data and produce reports. 

 Strong organizational skills; time management, task prioritization and tracking. 

 Professional communication and interpersonal skills; ability to write clearly and interact within the department and with vendors. 

 Minimum: conversant in Navajo, fluent in Navajo a plus. 

Working Conditions 

Out of office environment primarily. Position involves periods during which working extended hours to meet business needs is required. Traveling regularly throughout the Four Corners Region and the Navajo Nation is required for this position. Periodical travel to Phoenix and Show Low, Arizona; Albuquerque, Farmington and Gallup, New Mexico will be required. The position shall include a company car and an expense account for business purposes. 

This job specification lists the major duties and requirements of the job and is not all-inclusive. Incumbent(s) may be expected to perform job-related duties other than those contained in this document and may be required to have specific job-related knowledge and skills. Job duties and responsibilities are subject to change based on business needs and conditions. Any offer of employment is contingent upon the results of a pre-employment drug test and background check. 

Smith Bagley, Inc. complies with the EEO, Navajo Preference and is an Equal Opportunity Provider and Employer. 

The above declarations are not intended to be an “All-Inclusive” list of duties and responsibilities of the job described, nor are they intended to be such a listing of the skills and abilities required to do the job. Rather, they are intended only to describe the general nature of the job, and be a reasonable representation of its activities.