Climate Resilience Program Coordinator

Do you want to be inspired every day? Are you interested in working for a dynamic intertribal organization that works at the intersection of Tribal sovereignty, climate solutions, environmental justice, and Indigenous cultures? The Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians (ATNI) is hiring a full-time Assistant Tribal Liaison for our Climate Resilience Program! Come work for an exciting intertribal organization working at the cutting edge of climate adaptation science. Our staff work on a wide-variety of projects and your job will be crafted to best fit your interests and your skill sets. ATNI also offers competitive salaries, benefits, and the best job that you have ever had. You deserve more than a job; you deserve a career that will feed your soul.

This full-time position is an employee of ATNI will serve as the Program Coordinator for ATNI’s Climate Resilience Program, which serves Tribes located in the Pacific Northwest. The duty station for this position is flexible within the Pacific Northwest. The Program Coordinator will work with ATNI’s programmatic and administrative staff to coordinate and support our climate programs. This staff person should be an expert in coordinating programs and projects which may include managing travel logistics & coordination, managing special event logistics, tracking accounts payables and receivables, assisting with budget development, assisting with developing draft contracts, meeting coordination, agenda coordination, notetaking, managing / meeting project reporting requirements, and other administrative duties as assigned. This person should also be an expert at internal and external communications and demonstrate high standards of professionalism when working with a wide range of internal and external partners, including Tribes, Federal agencies, intertribal organizations, researchers, interns, and other tribal and non-tribal partners. The ideal candidate will have: 1) extensive experience working with a wide range of partners, including Tribes and intertribal organizations; 2) a demonstrated passion for the missions of ATNI and our Climate Resilience Program; 3) a penchant for managing ever-competing priorities with partnerships that often require flexibility; and 4) do all of the above with a positive attitude and a smile.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Provides specialized administrative support in the development and implementation of our Climate Resilience program and services;
  • Serves as a central point of contact between our program, partners, or Tribal leaders and staff regarding programmatic, operational, and administrative matters;
  • Assists with event planning and logistics, special projects, and general problem-solving, as needed;
  • Coordinates activities of support staff, consultants, partners, and volunteers in implementation of programmatic efforts;
  • Monitors and administers project and program revenues and budgets; Assists with development of funding proposals and budgets for the program; tracking programmatic income and expenditures; monitoring and managing budgets vs. actuals.
  • Maintains program & project records, files, and documents using cloud-based file management systems; researches information; prepares project reports, summaries, or replies to special inquiries;
  • Performs or delegates clerical, administrative support, and human resource-related tasks, including creation, typing, and editing of program correspondence, purchasing documents, reports, and other documents.
  • Performs specialized activities of a programmatic nature in direct support of program objectives and miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.
  • Tracks related activities and corresponding metrics;

Qualifications Required (applicants will be assessed based upon these qualifications)

  • At least 5 years of experience directly related to the duties and responsibilities specified.
  • Demonstrated oral and written communication skills; demonstrated organizational skills; Experience in event planning and logistics; strong note taking skills; proficiency in using cloud-based file management systems; proficiency is tracking financial income and expenditures for programs;
  • Demonstrated ability to work both independently and as a collaborative team member;
  • Demonstrated ability to organize, prioritize, document, and manage multiple projects.
  • Ability to coordinate and organize meetings and / or special events.
  • Clerical, word processing, and/or office skills; skills in the use of personal computers and related software applications; and general clerical, word processing, spreadsheet manipulation, and office skills;
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community.
  • Knowledge of finance, accounting, budgeting, and cost control procedures.
  • Records maintenance skills.
  • Ability to interact with co-workers, partners, and others in a team environment while maintaining positive attitude.
  • Ability to gather and analyze statistical data and generate reports.
  • Ability to make administrative/procedural decisions and judgments.
  • Native American hiring preference. ATNI preferentially hires citizens of federally recognized Tribal Nations.

This position reports to:  ATNI’s Program Director for Climate Resilience Program

Duty location:  Flexible within the Pacific Northwest

Salary: $58,560– $87,613/year [location dependent and commensurate with experience, and based upon the GS salary schedule ranging from a GS-9 (Step 1) to a GS-12 (Step 1)]

Benefits: ATNI offers a generous benefits program that includes comp time, a retirement program, and health benefits program.

Required application materials: Qualified candidates must submit a single pdf document that includes: 1) cover letter that highlights any experience with Indigenous communities and program management; 2) résumé; 3) unofficial transcripts (undergraduate, graduate, etc.); 4) salary history; and 5) an example of writing skills or your logistical and or planning related experience.  Incomplete applications may be determined ineligible.

Application instructions: Initial review of applications will begin on Oct 23, 2022 and the position remain open until filled. All necessary materials must be e-mailed to  Subject line should include: ‘Program Coordinator Applicant’

For more information, contact

Chas Jones, PhD

ATNI Acting Climate Resilience Program Director

(815) 456-4173