ATNI Postion Announcement: Project Coordinator

Position Description

Interdisciplinary Research Leaders-Team Akiak

Project Coordinator (Part-time contract)

TITLE: PROJECT COORDINATOR (Contract Position)

HOURS: Up to 20 hours per week

LOCATION: Remote within the Greater Northwest and Western Alaska

PAY RANGE: $28-30 per hour (No benefits included)

SUBMISSION DATE: Wednesday, March 24, 2021 at 5 PM (PT)

Job Description:  PROJECT COORDINATOR

This position is open to interested contractors.  Serious part-time applicants please send a cover letter, resume/CV and three references (name, title, organization, email, phone) to James Parker of ATNI at jparker@atnitribes.org by March 24, 2021 at 5 PM (PST).   This is in conjunction with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Project Overview

This study builds on an established community partnership between our interdisciplinary team and an Alaskan Native community.  This study embodies Indigenous research methodologies including ethical tribal engagement at all stages of research design, implementation, dissemination and policy impact.  Our work will yield two broad results: water quality data on local watersheds and a better understanding about how environmentally related stress experienced by the Alaska Native community is impacting their health.  In addition,we will initiate extensive conversations around the topics of water and health by building a network of tribal leaders and policy makers to prioritize their local needs and to identify culturally grounded solutions.

Who are we? 

This study is a community-academic partnership endeavor between ATNI, University of Washington and an Alaska Native community. Through this partnership ATNI has an outstanding opportunity for a Project Coordinator reporting to the Project Director for the environmental research project, “A Holistic Environmental Health Approach to Promoting Health, Equity and Water Security in one Alaska Native Village.”

Position Purpose

The primary purpose of this Project Coordinator position is to provide research project coordination and support for a research team across ATNI, University of Washington and an Alaska Native community to achieve the aims of the environmental health study. The Project Coordinator works under the general direction of the Project Director, and provides overall coordination. 

Under the guidance of the Project Director, the Project Coordinator will be responsible for day-to-day administration of the project. This will include, but is not limited to, scheduling virtual and in-person meetings, record keeping, assisting with coordinating data collection and arranging water quality data testing in labs among partnering institutions, assuring fidelity to data collection protocols, ordering supplies, and managing travel arrangements. Additionally, he/she/they will provide logistical support for quantitative and qualitative data collection in the Pacific Northwest and Alaskan sites. He/she/they will also generate progress reports to funders and Tribal partners, create posters and other communication tools, and coordinate dissemination of research results at the community-level, as well as support the research team in publication of research results. This position requires a high degree of flexibility and tact, the ability to work with a wide range of community and academic partners, and experience developing, implementing, and monitoring research protocols.

Position Dimensions

The part-time (up to 20 hours per week) position bridges the often wide gap – real and perceived – between academia and community, especially with respect to environment health research. By building mutual trusting relationships between academia and communities, both parties will be able to address environmental health disparities to the mutual benefit of community well-being, as well as academic research.

Duties and Responsibilities

Responsibilities for the study include but are not limited to:

  • Work with the Principal Investigators to design and implement the various phases of the research project.
  • Coordinate work plans to meet strategic objectives for continued partnership engagement, recruitment of participants, focus groups, water sample, online survey development, data collection, data analysis and dissemination.
  • Assess unique research approval mechanisms for the UW and the partnering tribes, identify diverse approval steps, and complete all necessary processes (including IRB applications, administrative letters, and tribal resolutions) to obtain research approval from partner tribes. 
  • Assist the team in establishing protocols to standardize daily operating procedures and promoting an organizational culture that is transparent and accountable to all stakeholders.
  • Organize, maintain and revise project files and the large number of documents within those files.

Requirements

Master’s degree in Information School, American Indian or Indigenous Studies, Environmental Science, Public Health, Psychology, Tribal Colleges and Universities or related field and 2-3 years of relevant experience to include:

  • At least 2 years of Community-Based Participatory Research education and/or experience
  • At least 2 years of work with American Indian/Alaskan Native communities 
  • Strong project management skills, including meeting scheduling, travel logistics and financial reconciliation
  • Knowledge and prior experience with human subjects institutional review process
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, Zoom, References and Bibliography software (e.g., Endnote)
  • Strong commitment to social justice and experience partnering with under-served communities for purposes of health equity 
  • Ability to work independently, prioritize and manage multiple tasks, and conduct follow-up
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills (written and spoken), with demonstrated ability to earn trust and respect of colleagues and partners at all levels and from diverse backgrounds and cultures
  • Flexibility with shifting priorities and competing demands 
  • Ability to work as a collaborative, cooperative, and congenial member of an interdisciplinary research team, as well as work independently.   

Desired

Experience in tracking, completing and revising research ethics and project recruitment materials in tribal settings.  

Start and End Dates

The position is open immediately, March 15, 2021, with funding guaranteed through Sep 1, 2023. 

NCAIED Survey: Assessing the Economic Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Indian Country

Your Opinion Needed: Assessing the Economic Impact of COVID-19 on Indian Country 
Native American and Alaska Native tribal governments and enterprises encouraged to participate in new survey

March 10, 2021Tribal nations are now one year into the COVID-19 pandemic. Having real-time data on the economic impacts of COVID-19 in Indian Country is critical to ensure public policy solutions respond to the needs of tribal communities.  

Our partner, the Center for Indian Country Development (CICD), continues to assess the evolving economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on tribal governments and tribal enterprises, and your feedback is critical. CICD’s fourth COVID-19 pulse survey addresses current and anticipated revenue declines and the impacts on employment and the provision of government services as a result of current or anticipated declines in revenues. 

The National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development previously partnered with CICD for a survey on the state of Indian Country businesses. You can view the results of that survey here

The survey should take no longer than 5 minutes to complete. All responses are anonymous, and only aggregated results will be shared publicly. The deadline to complete the survey is 7:00 p.m. CDT Friday, March 12.

Feel free to share the survey link with tribal government and tribal enterprise leaders in your network.

NICWA 39th Annual Protecting Our Children Conference

Our 39th Annual Protecting Our Children Conference season is well underway. We are excited to announce that this year, to do our part in protecting communities, we are having a fully virtual conference. With over 1,400 attendees, and growing every year, this four-day conference has become the premier national event addressing tribal child welfare and well-being. Keynote speakers range from tribes sharing best practices and lessons learned to youth with lived experience in child welfare systems.

NICWA provides meaningful programming to conference attendees and creates a space where participants can learn about the latest developments and best practices from experts in the field and from one another. Participants represent a cross-section of experience and interests including child welfare, mental health, and juvenile justice service providers; legal professionals; students; advocates for children; and tribal, state, and federal leaders.Check out our draft agenda here

Exciting new elements to look forward to this year:

• Sweepstakes with two grand prizes

• Recorded sessions for post-conference viewing

• Virtual exhibitor booths

• Newly designed conference schedule

Participants will be able to attend from the comfort of their own homeor office. All attendees will need internet access or a phone for call-in options.Webcams are encouraged for networking activities. Please be sure to register each person individually as they will be given a unique login.

Remember! We have integrated our member discounts into our online registration software. If you are a current member, when registering online, be sure to use the email address connected to your membership to automatically receive your member discount. All others registering at the attendee rate will automatically purchase a year-long Abalone membership. 

Questions? Email training@nicwa.org

ATNI Presidential Transition Planning Summit 2021

WHEN:Tuesday, December 8, 202010 AM – 4 PM PTWHERE:
Register in advance for this meeting:https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIldemhrzIvHdPwnFurPTu3Ubtu0iyyMy3_ After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
Members of the Biden Transition Team will present during the first hour of the Summit including Janie Hipp who will be focusing on BIA issues and Geoff Roth who is working on HHS issues.


Following the Biden Transition Team presentation, we will review the priorities and recommendations of the ATNI committees to discuss, approve and forward to the Biden Transition Team.


Biden-Harris Plan for Tribal Nations
https://joebiden.com/tribalnations/#


NCAI Transition Plan
https://www.ncai.org/…/draft-presidential-transitionplan-with-committee- input-111320

The National Park Service Submits Final National Historic Preservation Act Rule to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs

On March 1, 2019, the National Park Service (NPS) proposed revisions to the regulations governing the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) that would affect the nomination process of properties eligible for inclusion on the National Register of Historic Places. More recently, on October 8, 2020, NPS submitted the final rule to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) for review pursuant to Executive Order (EO) 12866
There is still an opportunity to comment on the effects the Rule would have on the cultural heritage of your nation. To request an EO 12866 meeting with OIRA, click here
You may also request government-to-government consultation with OIRA pursuant to EO 13175. To request EO 13175 consultation send a letter via email to:
Paul J. Ray, AdministratorOffice of Information and Regulatory AffairsRegulatory Information Service Center (RISC)General Services Administration 1800 F Street, NWWashington, D.C. 20405oira_submission@omb.eop.govmatthew.p.oreska@omb.eop.gov
To view NCAI’s submitted comments in response to the proposed rule, please click here
To view NCAI’s July 2019 comments, please click here.
NCAI Contact Info: Darren Modzelewski, Policy Counseldmodzelewski@ncai.org

U.S. Department of Energy Announces Formal Process to Request Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs Cost-Share Reduction

Requests due no later than December 3, 2020 

On October 30, the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs (OIEPP) announced a formalized process for tribal nations and eligible tribal entities to request cost-share reductions under the Energy Policy Act of 2005. OIEPP provides funding for technical assistance and financial assistance to tribal nations and eligible tribal entities to develop, plan, and implement energy projects.
OIEPP will accept cost-share reduction requests within the next 30 days – due no later than December 3, 2020 – and will review requests in the order they are received.
For more information about the cost share reduction, click here.
NCAI Contact Info: Darren Modzelewski, Policy Counseldmodzelewski@ncai.org

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Announces $20 Billion in New Phase 3 Provider Relief Funding

Submission Deadline: November 6, 2020 

On October 1, 2020, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced its decision to allocate an additional $20 billion in new funding for providers on the frontlines of the coronavirus pandemic. The new phase three general distribution is open to providers that have already received Provider Relief Fund payments. Additionally, providers that were previously ineligible, such as those who began practicing in 2020, are now invited to apply. The phase three distributions also expand the group of behavioral health providers that are eligible for relief payments.
For more information, please click here.
NCAI Contact: Nicholas Courtney, Policy Analystncourtney@ncai.org

Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Extends Deadline for Written Comments on the Development of Internal Tribal Policies and the Implementation of the Juvenile Justice and Reform Act of 2018

Written Comments Due:November 6, 2020
On June 25, the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) hosted a virtual tribal consultation on the development of OJJDP tribal policies and implementation of the Juvenile Justice Reform Act of 2018. The 2018 Act amended the long standing Juvenile Justice Delinquency Prevention Act. OJJDP has extended their deadline for tribal nations to submit written comments. The National Congress of American Indians has provided draft comments for tribal nations to consider when crafting their own comments for submission.  To view the NCAI draft comments, please click here
To view the OJJDP tribal consultation framing paper, please click here
To view the text of the Juvenile Justice Reform Act of 2018, please click here
To view NCAI’s Tribal Juvenile Justice Webpage, please click here
Tribal nation comments can be submitted via email to OJJDPTribalConsultation@ojp.usdoj.gov
NCAI Contact: Kelbie Kennedy, Policy Counselkkennedy@ncai.org

Reform Act of 2018

HHS Extends Deadline for Tribal Nations to Choose COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution

New Deadline: November 6, 2020 

On October 30, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released a Dear Tribal Leader Letter announcing Operation Warp Speed approval of a one-week extension for tribal nations with healthcare facilities to determine their vaccine distribution preference. Tribal nations with healthcare facilities now have until November 6, 2020, to contact Indian Health Service (IHS) if they would like to be included in IHS’s distribution plan, or contact their State health authority if they wish to be included in the state’s vaccine distribution. 
Tribal nations are encouraged to reach out to their state health authority and their IHS Area Office COVID Vaccine Point of Contact to better understand the details of their COVID-19 plan in order to make this decision based on the most updated information available. 
Indian Health Service Area Vaccine Point of Contact

For general questions or concerns, contact the Center for Disease Control’s (CDC) Federal Entities Planning Team at eocevent474@cdc.gov.NCAI Contact: Nicholas Courtney, Policy Analystncourtney@ncai.org

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ National Native American Veterans Memorial Webinar

November 4, 2020 at 3:00 p.m. EST 

On November 4, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the Office of Tribal Government Relations (OTGR) will be hosting a webinar to discuss the history of the National Native American Veteran Memorial, and provide a behind-the-scenes look at the construction of the memorial. Speakers will include Rebecca Trautmann, Alexandra Harris, and Betsy Gordon. 
If you have questions, or require special accommodations, please contact Pete Vicaire at peter.vicaire@va.gov.To register for the webinar, please click here.NCAI Contact: Nicholas Courtney, Policy Analystncourtney@ncai.org