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Tribal Relations Specialist II

Department of Human Services Minnesota $65,000-$80,000
Policy/Advocacy Program Full Time

Job Details

Working Title: Tribal Relations Specialist - Region 4 (Northern MN) 
Job Class: Human Services Program Representative 2
Agency: Human Services Dept

  • Who May Apply: Open to all qualified job seekers
  • Date Posted: 03/25/2024
  • Closing Date: 04/15/2024
  • Hiring Agency/Seniority Unit: Human Services Dept / MAPE DHS Central Office
  • Division/Unit: Aging and Disability Services / Transitions, Tribal & Transformations Division
  • Work Shift: Day Shift
  • Work Hours: 8:00am - 4:30pm
  • Days of Work: Monday - Friday
  • Travel Required: Yes, 50-70% of the time
  • Salary Range: $30.55 - $45.02 / hourly; $63,788 - $94,001 / annually
  • Classified Status: Classified
  • Bargaining Unit/Union: 214 - MN Assoc of Professional Empl/MAPE
  • FLSA Status: Nonexempt
  • Telework Eligible: No, this is a remote position, in Northern Minnesota
  • Designated in Connect 700 Program for Applicants with Disabilities: Yes

The Department of Human Services is unable to provide sponsorship for work visas. Applicants must be eligible to work in the United States at the start of employment.

Make a difference in the lives of Minnesotans.

The work you’ll do is more than just a job. Join the talented, engaged and inclusive workforce dedicated to creating a better Minnesota.

Job Summary

The position provides technical expertise to ensure high quality programming that focuses on American Indian well-being, increased access to services, and equitable outcomes related to Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) and Long-Term Services and Supports (LTSS) .This position initiates systems change work within DHS and other state systems that impact American Indians and helps to coordinate and develop legislative and budget proposals that expand innovative initiatives to ensure all American Indians are able to access culturally appropriate services to meet their needs.

This position is assigned to support Region 4 which includes the following Tribal Nations:  Red Lake and Bois Forte. The incumbent of this position is considered a remote worker, which is a term and condition of the appointment. As a remote worker, the incumbent will have their home, or an alternative location assigned as their principal work location; will be permanently assigned to their principal work location; and will not be assigned to an agency facility for their principal work location.


Responsibilities include but may not be limited to:

  • Develop and maintain collaborative relationships with the assigned Tribal Nations in Minnesota.
  • Support those Tribal Nations by providing statewide leadership in the development of policies, procedures, and implementation of the respective Tribal Initiatives.
  • Technical assistance to Tribal Nations; consultation and training regarding regulations, funding, and program eligibility.
  • Act as a convener with cross-agency, division, and state representatives to ensure equitable outcomes for American Indians.
  • Lead the development of agency, interagency and interdepartmental policy initiatives to ensure a continuum of services that support and strengthen services and programming for American Indians.


Minimum Qualifications

**To facilitate proper crediting, please ensure that your resume clearly describes your experience in the areas listed and indicates the beginning and ending month, day and year for each job held.**

Three (3) years professional experience with Tribal Nations, rural and urban tribal communities, and the American Indian Worldview. Demonstration of experience in the following:

  • Tribal governance and sovereignty, as well as the unique relationship that Tribal Nations and American Indians have with the state and federal government.
  • State and local human service delivery systems and funding streams such as for older adults, child welfare, adult and children with disabilities, or behavioral health.
  • Medical Assistance and home and community-based services and programs.

*Bachelor’s Degree in public administration, human services, social work or related field may substitute for 1 year of experience OR Master’s degree in public administration, human services, social work or related field may substitute for 2 years of experience*

Preferred Qualifications

  • Demonstrate leadership, facilitation and negotiation skills sufficient to build commitment, collaboration, and to resolve conflicts.
  • Design and deliver effective training using a variety of tools and methods to a variety of audiences.
  • Variety of experiences working effectively with others from different backgrounds and cultures.

Additional Requirements

REFERENCE/BACKGROUND CHECKS – DHS will conduct reference checks to verify job-related credentials and a criminal background check prior to appointment.

Application Details

How to Apply 

*This position is being extended to allow for a more competitive applicant pool*

Select “Apply for Job” at the top of this page. If you have questions about applying for jobs, contact the job information line at 651-259-3637 or email For additional information about the application process, go to

If you have questions about the position, contact Jasmine Grika at

To receive consideration as a Connect 700 Program applicant, apply online, email the Job ID#, the Working Title and your valid Proof of Eligibility Certificate by the closing date to Alexander Duren at

If you are an individual with a disability and need an ADA accommodation for an interview, you may contact the Department of Human Services’ ADA Coordinator at 651-431-4945 or for assistance.

About Human Services Dept 

WE MAKE A DIFFERENCE! The Minnesota Department of Human Services impacts the lives of 1.7 million people every year, helping them meet their basic needs so they can achieve their highest potential.

Why Work for Us 

Diverse Workforce 

We are committed to continually developing a workforce that reflects the diversity of our state and the populations we serve. The varied experiences and perspectives of employees strengthen the work we do together and our ability to best serve the people of Minnesota.

A recent engagement survey of State of Minnesota employees found: 

  • 95% of employees understand how their work helps achieve their agency’s mission 
  • 91% of employees feel trusted to do their jobs 
  • 88% of employees feel equipped to look at situations from other cultural perspectives when doing their job 
  • 87% of employees report flexibility in their work schedule 

Comprehensive Benefits 

Our benefits aim to balance four key elements that make life and work meaningful: health and wellness, financial well-being, professional development, and work/life harmony. As an employee, your benefits may include: 

  • Public pension plan 
  • Training and professional development 
  • Paid vacation and sick leave 
  • 12 paid holidays each year 
  • Paid parental leave 
  • Low-cost medical and dental coverage 
  • Prescription drug coverage 
  • Vision coverage 
  • Wellness programs and resources 
  • Employer paid life insurance 
  • Short-term and long-term disability 
  • Health care spending and savings accounts 
  • Dependent care spending account 
  • Tax-deferred compensation 
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP) 
  • Tuition reimbursement 
  • Federal Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness Program 

Programs, resources and benefits eligibility varies based on type of employment, agency, funding availability, union/collective bargaining agreement, location, and length of service with the State of Minnesota. 


Minnesota state agencies are equal opportunity, affirmative action, and veteran-friendly employers. The State of Minnesota recognizes that a diverse workforce is essential and strongly encourages qualified women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans to apply.

We will make reasonable accommodations to all qualified applicants with disabilities. If you are an individual with a disability who needs assistance or cannot access the online job application system, please contact the job information line at 651-259-3637 or email and indicate what assistance is needed.

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