Job Opportunity – Intergovernmental Affairs Liaison

Rapid City, South Dakota

Job Summary:

This position will have both internal and external facing responsibilities to advance the mission of GPTCHB through excellence in regulatory tracking, policy, advocacy, outreach, technical assistance, research and related projects.  This position oversees the interactions of the GPTCHB with tribal, federal and state governments and agencies in addressing all issues affecting health care in the Great Plains Area, and will assist with efforts to advocate for Indian health.  This position will be responsible for tracking and responding to federal health policies and regulations as they impact Indian Country.  The Intergovernmental Affairs Liaison will establish and strengthen ties and relationships with tribal councils, chairpersons, officials, staff, and tribal members in the OHC Service Area. The incumbent must have a strong understanding of health care delivery, the federal trust relationship with Indian Tribes as well as the legal, policy and political frameworks impacting Direct Service and Self-Governing Tribes as well as compacting and contracting Tribes, and this position is expected to understand the intricacies of how tribal political bodies, including the Councils and their Committees, and the tribal executive branches work. 


  • Minimum education required is graduate or doctorate degree in Law, public policy/government, public administration or other relevant field; Juris Doctorate preferred.
  • A minimum of five (3) years’ of experience in the Indian health care delivery system working with American Indian/Alaska Native tribal governments with demonstrated experience with policy analysis and development, research, project management and community engagement, and federal policy advocacy, working with Congress and the Administration.
  • Demonstrated analytical skills.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills with the ability to be detail oriented. Computer and technical skills (including Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook, etc.).
  • Experience that indicates the ability to interact effectively with leaders among American Indian communities, government agencies, scientific and academic communities, medical and health-related organizations, nongovernmental groups and the public at large is required.
  • Must successfully pass a criminal and background check, and a pre-employment drug screen.

Essential Functions:

Specific duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Develop and maintain strong relationships with key partners, networks, coalitions, organizations, and other GPTCHB partners critical to the achievement of the organization’s legislative agenda; convene and regularly communicate with an array of tribes and national, regional, and tribal organizations focused on a broad range of policy priorities.
  • Build relationships with Congressional and Administration contacts that are necessary to further the overall mission and responsibilities of GPTCHB, including interaction with tribal partners, federal partners, national and regional organization partners, constituent inquiries, and correspondence.
  • Attends meetings of groups and individuals affected by the GPTCHB programs and build positive partnerships.
  • Assist in development of strategies for GPTCHB discussions and negotiations with represented tribal governments to create mutually beneficial agreements and partnerships.

The GPTCHB is a tribal organization which follows tribal preference laws. It is our policy to give preference to qualified Indian/Tribal candidates overqualified non-native candidates in hiring decisions, if all other qualifications are equal.

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