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Indigenous Engagement and Communication Specialist
Anchorage, Alaska, USA
Interagency Arctic Research Policy Committee (IARPC)
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Indigenous Engagement and Communication Specialist

The Indigenous Engagement and Communication Specialist (IECS) will coordinate across agencies and serve as a communication hub between IARPC federal agency members and Indigenous communities, including but not limited to federally recognized tribes, Alaska Native corporations, Alaska Native organizations, and IARPC agency members. The IECS will be responsible for developing, facilitating, and documenting communication linkages between the federal agencies and Indigenous communities. However, the IECS does not replace established Tribal liaisons nor have the authority to speak on behalf of agencies.

This is a full-time position. The position will remain open until filled, with initial review of applications beginning November 1.

Scope of Work

The IECS will be required to communicate effectively with federal agency scientists and Indigenous peoples living in Alaska to share information, develop partnerships, and build trusted relationships and networks.

The IECS will perform these tasks:

  • Develop and maintain an engagement strategy to improve communication between Indigenous communities and the IARPC research agencies
  • Develop trusted two-way information and educational sharing networks between Indigenous entities and federal agencies with Arctic research missions
  • Develop and maintain outreach coordination and communications databases to include local points of contact, key leaders in Indigenous communities, and Alaska Indigenous organizations
  • Understand the research missions of the IARPC principal agencies
  • Identify Indigenous communities, tribes, and Alaska Native organizations that may benefit from engaging with one or more of the IARPC principal agencies
  • Identify opportunities where federal researchers can attend cultural events and festivals in rural communities to gain a deeper understanding of Indigenous lands and culture
  • Facilitate information sharing and help Indigenous communities find answers to their questions about federal research in Alaska
  • Attend and participate in organized forums, as appropriate, to provide communication opportunities between Indigenous communities and federal agencies
  • Meet with Indigenous communities and offices of the IARPC agencies (in person when possible)
  • Develop and propose to IARPC educational and outreach materials for Indigenous communities, tribes, Alaska Indigenous organizations, and the IARPC research agencies
  • Identify well-established and successful communication networks and help the IARPC agencies develop best practices to share information and engage Indigenous partners
  • Develop, produce and maintain guidance documents for the IARPC agencies about different knowledge systems and principles for conducting research in the Arctic
  • Coordinate with the existing network of federal tribal liaisons to facilitate communication and avoid duplication of effort
  • Prepare annual reports to IARPC and ARCUS to monitor progress, successes, needs, and potential challenges
  • Coordinate strategies for Indigenous engagement with ARCUS

Highly desirable candidates will have knowledge, skills, and abilities in these areas:

  • Knowledge of Indigenous communities, traditions, and ways of communicating in Alaska
  • Demonstrated understanding of Alaska’s cultural diversity
  • Connections and experiences with Indigenous communities
  • Strong cross-cultural communication skills
  • Understanding of Indigenous knowledge, conventional science, and co-production of knowledge
  • Understanding of equity principles in research
  • Familiarity with the breadth of federal research investment in Alaska
  • Ability to organize information for public communication purposes
  • Strong project management, facilitation, and organizational skills to facilitate tracking and dissemination of information
  • Ability to work independently and meet deadlines

Preferred experience includes:

  • Background in communications, community engagement, or negotiation
  • Masters level degree or equivalent education and experience
  • Understanding of the FAIR and CARE principles
  • Experience using appropriate social media platforms to facilitate communication and information sharing

Additional Details

This will be an Arctic Research Consortium of the U.S. (ARCUS) staff position that is detailed to IARPC. Salary will be commensurate with education and experience, within a range of $72,000-$87,000. ARCUS has a generous benefits package that includes health and dental insurance, retirement benefit, and paid time off.

This position is full time, 30-40 hours/week, and will report to the IARPC Executive Director. This is a one-year contract with the expectation of an additional year pending funding. Some travel is expected, and will be funded.

The IECS will be based in Anchorage, Alaska, with an office at the Anchorage Museum. The museum will provide a computer, IT support, and additional office supplies. Parking expenses will not be reimbursed.

How to Apply

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This position will remain open until filled. Review of applications will begin on November 1.

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