This position is located in the Washington, D.C. Office of the National Park Service. The incumbent serves as the Assistant Director, Native American Affairs and reports directly to the Director. The incumbent has Service wide responsibilities for representing the NPS, its programs, and the Director to Indian Tribal Governments and other Native American, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian groups and related organizations.


The major duties of the Native American Affairs Liaison position include but are not limited to the following:

  • Serves as the principal advisor to the Director and Regional Directors of the National Park Service in the complex and sensitive issues regarding NPS Tribal government relationships.
  • Serves as the NPS Tribal Liaison Officer in accordance with Secretarial Order 3317. Provides technical assistance and leadership throughout the Service through program managers and support staff for all operations relating to Indian tribal governments and the National Park Service.
  • Initiates the development of policy programs for review by Department counsel and officials to ensure that the strategic objectives of the Service are fulfilled.
  • Directs Service-wide development and evaluation of Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act programs, including regulations, policies, standards, and program direction for compliance.
  • Serves as the lead in interagency workgroups working with appropriate tribes, park managers and partners.
  • Creates, provides content, and gives training in events for the National Park Service, and in support of other Department of the Interior bureaus, tribes, museums, and government officials at all levels on American Indian issues.
  • Investigates and prepares responses concerning a wide variety of topics pertaining to the National Park System prompted by Congressional, Presidential, or inquiries from other official governmental organizations.