Health Policy Analyst/Indian Health Care Advisor

Job Title: Health Policy Analyst / Indian Health Care Advisor
Reports To: Executive Director
Classification: Full-time, Regular
Salary Range: $21.99 – $27.58 DOE
Education level: Minimum of bachelor’s degree
Location: Billings, Montana
Opening Date: May 14, 2019
Closing Date: June 1, 2019
Starting Date: Immediately

How to apply: Applicants should send a cover letter, resume, and RMTLC job application to jobs@rmtlc.org

For application form and this job description, please visit https://www.rmtlc.org/about-us/work-with-us

Background:
The Rocky Mountain Tribal Leaders Council (RMTLC) is an Inter-Tribal council serving Tribes in Montana and Wyoming, the Shoshone Bannock Tribe in Idaho, and the Piikani Nation in Canada. The RMTLC Board of Directors consists of elected Tribal Leaders from each of the Tribes served. In October 2018, the Board of Directors passed a resolution to support the creation of a Health Subcommittee to provide a forum to discuss health issues impacting Tribal membership both on and off the reservation.

Position Overview:
The Health Policy Analyst / Indian Health Care Advisor is responsible for providing support, leadership, and guidance to the RMTLC Health Subcommittee in consulting and collaborating with Billings Area Tribes on Indian health, and serving as a liaison between RMTLC and regional and national stakeholders. This position’s salary will be based upon experience and education.

Essential Functions:
• Facilitate Tribal Leaders’ and Urban Indian Representative’s selection of RMTLC Health Subcommittee delegates
• Plan and provide administrative support for the quarterly meetings of the RMTLC Health Subcommittee (the Subcommittee)
• Provide expert policy analysis and recommendations to the Subcommittee on topics affecting Indian health in the region
• Record Subcommittee minutes and recommendations
• Prepare position papers, white papers, and health impact assessments for submission and/or presentation by the Subcommittee at RMTLC Board of Directors’ meetings
• Support Subcommittee in presenting recommendations to the RMTLC Board of Directors
• Prepare and submit grant reporting documents, including budgets, workplans, and progress narratives, on a semi-annual basis
• Communicate with Indian Health Service (IHS) Area Director and other key IHS staff to ensure issues critical to IHS in their service to Tribes are included on the Subcommittee and RMTLC Board Meeting agendas
• Support Tribal Leaders in advocating for Tribal Health Priorities, Urban Indian Health, and funding for the IHS Billings Area Office at the IHS Budget Formulation Workgroup regional and national meetings
• Collaborate with RMTLC IHS Support Staff to track and facilitate filling vacancies on federal advisory committees (FACA)
• Support participation in FACA committees by regional Tribal delegates and alternates
• Review minutes from FACA committee meetings
• Provide support in the Tribal Consultation process and other IHS-RMTLC initiatives
• Participate in the American Indian Health Leaders quarterly meetings, conference calls, and other activities involving Tribal Health Directors and Urban Indian Health Program Directors
• Assist the Montana Health Care Foundation and other federal, state, and local stakeholder groups in developing and maintaining strong communications with Tribal Leaders
• Work with the RMTLC Tribal Epidemiology Center to develop health policy recommendations based on aggregate and Tribal-specific data analyses
• Regularly communicate critical health updates and policy information to RMTLC Tribal Leaders and key stakeholders
• Integrate culturally-based information and Tribal best practices into health policy recommendations
• Seek additional funding opportunities as required for sustainability of activities
• Other duties as assigned by the RMTLC Executive Director
Requirements/Qualifications:
• Minimum of bachelor’s degree in Health Policy, Public Policy, American Indian Studies, Political Science, Public Administration or related field
• Minimum of 3 years of direct experience in a related field
• Experience in policy analysis and/or health-related governmental liaison work is strongly preferred

Knowledge, Abilities, Skills, and Additional Functions:
• Strong verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills
• Demonstrated proficiency with writing and communicating policy documents
• Policy analysis
• Grant management
• Knowledge and understanding of the unique culture and jurisdictions of different Tribes in the region
• Strong organizational skills
• Work in a cooperative and professional manner with all RMTLC staff
• Demonstrate experience and proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, Outlook, and Power Point
• Sensitivity to others and ability to work respectfully and cooperatively with the organization’s partners
• Ability and willingness to travel throughout the Montana and Wyoming service area as assigned. Overnight stays are often required
• Ability and willingness to use Microsoft outlook calendar system to track important dates, meetings, project deadlines, requested time off, etc.
• Valid driver’s license and background check may be required

Strongly desired:
• Experience working with Tribes in Montana and Wyoming and/or American Indian Tribal communities
• Familiarity with the Indian Health Care and Public Health systems
• American Indian/ Alaska Native encouraged to apply
• Veteran’s preference will be considered

Job Classification: Regular Status, non-exempt, 1.0 FTE position with a six-month probationary period.
Upon hiring, applicant must read, sign, and comply with the Rocky Mountain Tribal Leaders Council Policy and Procedures.

Environmental Factors:
• Performs duties in a controlled, tobacco-free office environment.
• Employment period based on performance, as well as duration of grant funding – pending successful receipt of additional funding.

Statement of safe work practices:
As an employee of Rocky Mountain Tribal Leaders Council (RMTLC), you will be required to comply with all RMTLC safety standards, policies and procedures, and all other applicable Federal, State, or Local safety laws and regulations as a condition of employment. This is a condition of employment in order to promote a safe working environment for all employees, contractors, and Tribes. This will be accomplished through observation and enforcement of safe work practices, which include, but are not limited to:
• Keeping yourself informed of conditions affecting your health and safety;
• Participating in training programs, as required and as they become available to you;
• Adhering to health and safety practices in the workplace;
• Promptly reporting potential hazard(s) in the workplace;
• Promptly reporting any injuries or accidents to your supervisor;
• Properly using RMTLC’s property/equipment and protecting it from damage or misuse;
• Respecting other RMTLC employees, contractors, and Tribal employee rights to a safe environment.

At-Will Employment:
All employment with Rocky Mountain Tribal Leaders Council is At-Will Employment. While we strive to provide fulltime employment to all of our employees who so desire, we make no guarantees, expressed or implied, to provide and guarantee number of hours of employment in a given week. Changing conditions in Federal and private grants make it impossible to predict the demand for our services and as a result, all of our offers of employment are offers of At-Will Employment.

Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE):
Except for Indian preference, all candidates will receive equal consideration without regard to race, color, gender, religion, national origin or other non-merit factors.

Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA):
RMTLC abides by the mandates of the ADEA (protecting individuals 40 years and older) and considers age a non-merit factor in all employment decisions and considerations.

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA):
RMTLC abides by the mandates of the ADA and considers disability a non-merit factor in all employment decisions and considerations. Furthermore, RMTLC will make any practical, feasible, and reasonable arrangements to accommodate qualified applicants and employees with disabilities.