Job Details

California State University, San Bernardino
  • Position Number: 5400833
  • Location: San Bernardino, CA
  • Position Type: Academic Vice Presidents and Provosts

Director, Tribal Relations (Administrator II) - University Advancement
California State University, San Bernardino

Job No: 536223
Work type: Management (MPP)
Categories: MPP, Administrative, At-Will, Full Time Job Summary:

The Director, Tribal Relations will provide strategic development and operational objectives
and is responsible for the overall administration of tribal relations programs to the President, Senior Leadership and campus communities by building and sustaining relationships with the native nations within CSUSB service area, state-wide and Native American serving organizations. This position serves as the primary point of contact with Native American tribes, federal and state agencies, and applicable consultants. This position is responsible for Tribal regulatory compliance, consultation and communication, outreach, and records management. The Director will collaborate and manage ongoing Native American Initiatives and events with Admissions, Student Affairs, Faculty and Elder in Residence. The Director will retain campus regulatory compliance authority over all tribal Native American collections under the administrative control of the University, including oversight of NAGPRA and CALNAPRA compliance requirements.

Major duties and responsibilities:

Consultation and communication:
  • Serve as CSUSB's primary liaison and conduit with tribal nations, governments and urban Indian communities for the President and campus leadership, strengthening the identity of the university as a national leader in tribal engagement and partnerships.
  • Build respectful, authentic, and symbolic relationships with tribal nations, communities and within the Riverside/San Bernardino Counties and State of California.
  • Serve as CSUSB's representative to all CSU tribal related initiatives, meetings and events.
  • In consultation with the Associate Vice President of Government and Community Relations and members of the President's Cabinet, work to create opportunities and advise the President on an internal and external strategy to engage with tribal leaders to build and advance relationships.

Regulatory compliance and records management:
  • Provide strategic direction and management of NAGPRA/CALNAGPRA compliance timelines, reports and communications with the California Native American Heritage Commission.
  • Research, summarize, and analyze information, compile data to prepare special and recurring reports containing specialized or sensitive information following general direction, and select relevant information from a variety of sources.

  • Collaborate with various internal and external entities, including but not limited to, the Assistant Vice President for Admission and Student Recruitment, CSUSB Elder in Residence and Director of First People Center, and the Office of Strategic Communication.
  • Develop and implement programs and policies focused on educating tribal communities statewide on the advantages and expectations associated with baccalaureate degree attainment.
  • Responsible for providing overall opportunities and programs that would increase native student enrollment, helping to navigate those internal bureaucracies that have historically inhibited greater matriculation to CSUSB.
  • Develop and implement events, conferences, or meetings under general guidance of the Office of the President, that advance tribal cultural/educational opportunities so as to build greater relationships with tribal nations.
  • Develop consistent communication tools (i.e. newsletters) that keep tribal leadership current on the events and activities of the university.
  • Provide counsel and support to the San Manuel Student Union (SMSU) for CSUSB's annual hosting of the San Manuel Pow Wow.
  • Provide advocacy support in collaboration with Tribal Colleges and Universities at the federal level.

Other job related duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications: Required Education and Experience
  • Bachelor's degree
  • 5-8 years of professional and supervisory experience.

Required Qualifications
  • Knowledge of NAGPRA and CalNAGPRA federal and state legislation and compliance implementation requirements.
  • Knowledge of administrative, personnel, and fiscal management principles.
  • Knowledge of standard office policies and procedures.
  • Knowledge and skill using personal computers and business office software packages such as Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Power Point).
  • Attention to detail.
  • Skill in English composition, grammar, spelling, and punctuation.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Master's degree from an accredited higher education institution in a field appropriate to area of assignment.
  • A minimum of five (5) years of demonstrated experience working collaboratively on higher education issues with First People, Native American organizations and students through diplomacy and building bridges with tribal consultation. In addition, experience in outreach and enrollment initiatives promoting First People, Native American university attendance and degree completion.
  • Previous experience in design and implementing a plan to build connections and partnerships between university and tribal nations and communities.
  • Ability to work effectively with tribal education departments.
  • Must be able to work both independently and as a part of a team to handle multiple tasks and responsibilities simultaneously.
  • High level of attention to detail.
  • Excellent communication (written and oral), customer service, problem solving, and decision-making skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to create personal relationships on all levels.
  • Strong organizational skills with "hands on" attitude, including the ability to prioritize and manage multiple events, projects, and activities at the same time.
  • Experience coordinating events and meetings.
  • Experience working with a wide range of government constituents and national tribal organizations.
  • Ability to communicate in a tribal language.
  • Experience working within a large institution.
  • Ability to have active relationships with regional tribal communities.
  • Comprehensive knowledge and understanding of Tribal history and Sovereignty.
  • Knowledge of Federally Recognized Tribes, Non-Federally Recognized Tribes and California Recognized Tribes.
  • Knowledge of Native American Tribal protocols, cultures, histories, sovereignty, and governments relations, particularly for California Native Nations.

Compensation and Benefits:

Anticipated Hiring Range: $8,333 - $10,417 per month

The salary offered will take into account internal equity and experience among other factors.

The CSU system provides a comprehensive benefit package that includes medical, dental and vision plans, membership in the California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS), sick and vacation time, and 15 paid holidays a year. Eligible employees are also able to participate in the fee waiver education program. A summary of benefit information can be found here.

Position Information:

Work status: Full-time/Exempt/At-Will

Academic year schedule: Monday through Friday (8:00 am - 5:00 pm), some evenings/weekends.

Summer schedule: Monday through Thursday (7:00 am - 5:30 pm), some evenings/weekends.

This is a full-time management (MPP) position. MPP employees serve at the pleasure of the campus President. MPPs do not serve a probationary period and never receive permanent status.

This position is a "designated position" in the California State University's Conflict of Interest Code. The successful candidate accepting this position is required to file Conflict of Interest forms subject to the regulations of the Fair Political Practices Commission.

First considerations will be given to candidates who apply by Monday, March 19, 2024 and will continue until the position is filled; however, the position may close when an adequate number of qualified applications are received.

As of January 1, 2022, the CSU Out-of-State Employment Policy prohibits the hiring of employees to perform CSU-related work outside the state of California.

California State University, San Bernardino in not a sponsoring agency for staff or management positions (i.e. H1-B Visas).

Conditions of Employment

Background Check

Satisfactory completion of a background check (including a criminal records check) is required for employment. CSU will make a conditional offer of employment, which may be rescinded if the background check reveals disqualifying information, and/or it is discovered that the candidate knowingly withheld or falsified information. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the continued employment of a current CSU employee who was conditionally offered the position.

Drivers License Check

Possession of a valid Driver's License is required. Employees in this position will be enrolled in the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) Government Employer Pull Notice Program which confirms possession of a valid driver's license and reflects driving record.

Mandated Reporter

The person holding this position is considered a `mandated reporter' under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.


CSUSB hires only individuals lawfully authorized to work in the United States. In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification form upon hire. See Form I-9 Acceptable Documents at

Statement of Commitment to Diversity

In our commitment to the furthering of knowledge and fulfilling our educational mission, California State University, San Bernardino seeks a campus climate that welcomes, celebrates, and promotes respect for the entire variety of human experience. We welcome people from all backgrounds, and we seek to include knowledge and values from many cultures in the curriculum and extra-curricular life of the campus community. We will create, promote, and maintain activities and programs that further our understanding of individual and group diversity. We will also develop and communicate policies and promote values that discourage intolerance and discrimination.

California State University, San Bernardino is proud to be an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. We recruit, hire, train, and administer all personnel actions without regard to race, ethnicity, religion, color, caste, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, genetic information, medical condition, disability, marital status, protected military or veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable law. This position adheres to CSU policies against Sex Discrimination, Sexual Harassment, and Sexual Violence, including Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, and Stalking. This requires completion of Sexual Violence Prevention Training within 6 months of assuming employment and on a two-year basis thereafter. (Executive Order 1096) For more information about Diversity & Inclusion at CSUSB, please visit

Closing Statement:

Reasonable Accommodation

We provide reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees with disabilities. Applicants with questions about access or requiring a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application or hiring process should contact CSUSB Benefits at


CSUSB is a smoke and tobacco-free campus. See policy at

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