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First Things First (Arizona Early Childhood Development and Health Board) is one of the critical state partners in creating a child and family‐centered, comprehensive, collaborative and high‐quality early childhood system that supports the development, health and early education of all Arizona’s children. Created by voter initiative in 2006, First Things First is governed by a state Board with 28 regional partnership councils. First Things First is a decentralized organization that engages diverse constituencies to accomplish its mission. Organizational values include a focus on accountability, transparency, coordination, collaboration and on the outcomes that will ensure young children start kindergarten healthy and ready to succeed in school and in life.
First Things First values its government-to-government relationships with Arizona’s tribes and Tribal Affairs is an integral part of the agency’s work. Arizona’s tribes can participate in First Things First in one of two ways: by electing to have their tribal lands treated as separate regions by the statewide FTF Board, or by electing to have their tribal lands treated as part of the FTF regions in which their lands are geographically located. To date, 19 federally recognized tribes have elected to participate in First Things First (10 as separate regions, and nine as part of the region in their geographic area). More information on FTF Tribal Affairs is available at http://azftf.gov/tribal-affairs.
In its mission to serve all Arizona children, FTF recognizes that Arizona’s tribes are sovereign nations with complete authority over all activities occurring on their tribal lands, including services provided, work performed by the tribe’s departments and employees, and research and data collection conducted on their lands. Under the supervision of FTF’s Senior Director for Tribal Affairs, the Tribal Liaison will support First Things First’s ongoing commitment to continuous consultation and open dialogue with tribal governments regarding all proposed or actual FTF-funded activities on tribal lands, including potential studies on which to collaborate as well as on specific tribal approval processes necessary for programmatic implementation and evaluation (including the corresponding data collection). This position assists the Senior Director of Tribal Affairs in carrying out a variety of activities to enhance Arizona’s relationships with tribes; build awareness of the importance of early childhood among stakeholders working in and with tribal communities; and enhance the cultural responsiveness of early childhood programs. In addition, the Tribal Liaison is responsible for coordinating with regional, program and evaluation staff to request appropriate tribal approvals for data collection, analysis and publication (e.g. regional needs and assets, programmatic data and research and evaluation).
The ideal candidate will enthusiastically support the vision and mission of First Things First and possess the personal qualities of integrity and credibility. The Tribal Liaison will have the proven ability to work within teams to accomplish multiple tasks and keep multiple projects organized and progressing. The Tribal Liaison will also have demonstrated capacity to work in a fast-paced environment, and the proven ability to deal with sensitive situations with efficiency, diplomacy and tact. The Tribal Liaison must have strong knowledge of and experience in working with tribes in the areas of planning, program implementation, program evaluation and/or data collection protocols and processes on tribal lands. In addition, the Tribal Liaison must have strong research, analysis and critical thinking skills and the ability to analyze and apply those skills to the development and implementation of the First Things First Evaluation Plan and funded programs.
Typical Duties and Responsibilities
The Tribal Liaison is part of the Public Affairs unit and reports to the Senior Director of Tribal Affairs. The Tribal Liaison will have the capacity and desire to work within teams to accomplish multiple tasks and keep multiple projects organized and progressing towards successful completion. The Tribal Liaison will work as a collaborative partner with FTF cross-divisional teams and community partners to promote the effective implementation of funded programs and data/evaluation activities with Arizona tribes. The position requires the ability to communicate effectively, work as a contributing team member, and share expertise and findings with colleagues and partners.
******This position requires day and evening travel within and outside of Maricopa County*****
In the AZ State Personnel System, the position is classified as a Grade 23 and has a hiring salary range of $47,500 – $55,000. The position is not covered under the State of Arizona Merit system rules. The State of Arizona offers an outstanding comprehensive benefits package.
Arizona State Government is an EOE/ADA Reasonable Accommodation Employer. During all phases of the selection process, people with a disability may request a reasonable accommodation, such as a sign language interpreter, by contacting FTF’s Human Resources Office via e-mail at HR@firstthingsfirst.org.