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Inter-Tribal Monitoring Data Project Coordinator

Closing Date: Jan 15, 2021


  • Starting Salary: $61,999 – $80,600 (CRITFC equivalent to GS11 plus benefits)
  • Department: Fishery Science
  • Classification: Full-time, Regular, Exempt
  • Duration: Term appointment through September 30, 2022, potential for extension based on available funding
  • Location: Portland, Oregon, Mandatory telework is required during COVID-19 pandemic

Position Details

The Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission (CRITFC) is seeking a Project Coordinator to lead the Inter-Tribal Monitoring Data Project (ITMD). The ITMD Project is a Columbia Basin Fish Accords project that supports fisheries and habitat data management at the Nez Perce Tribe, Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakama Nation, and Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation of Oregon. The ITMD Project is focused on three primary goals:

  1. Intertribal Coordination: Identify and promote opportunities for intertribal collaboration in implementing tribal data management strategies, policies, standards, practices, software and technology and assist tribal partners to build capacity to share metrics (or data) with regional partners.
  2. Data Management Services: Support data management services at tribal fishery programs and within CRITFC, which includes: a) partial support for tribal data stewards; b) partial support for developing and supporting central data management systems; and c) partial support for professional development and training.
  3. Regional Coordination: Serve as the CRITFC point of contact and tribal advocate in regional data management coordination processes, forums, meetings, and summarize that information to tribal partners.

The ITMD Coordinator is responsible for the development and submittal of annual ITMD statements of work, budgets, and tribal subcontracts, as well as tribal subcontract monitoring. Incumbent will also be expected to pursue and secure alternate funding sources (e.g., EPA Network Exchange Grants) to further support ITMD and tribal data management or programming needs. The ideal candidate will be a self-starter, organized, effective at communication, competent at leading in-person and virtual meetings, and capable of adapting the ITMD project to meet the evolving data management needs of the tribal fishery programs.

Essential Job Functions

  1. Intertribal Coordination – Maintain an organized and supportive coalition of tribal data stewards and fishery scientists to share expertise, technology, and experiences and further coordinate the development of new applications and technology, as well as reduce redundancies.
  2. Project Administration – Lead the ITMD Project, which includes: the management of Federal Contracts, EPA Exchange Network Grants, and sub-agreements; creation and management of project annual budgets; capital and minor purchases of hardware and software as recommended by CRITFC and tribal technical staff; and submit written quarterly and annual progress reports.
  3. Team Leader – Supervise and develop (via additional funding) technical staff to support the continued installation, maintenance, and evolution of centralized data management systems at the tribes and CRITFC. Promote a positive and collaborative team dynamic. Organize work plans, document and track data maturity models, perform annual performance reviews and coordinate meetings related to projects.
  4. Regional Coordination – Serve as a tribal point of contact in regional data management coordination processes, specifically StreamNet Steering Committee, Coordinated Assessments Partnership, Pacific Northwest Aquatic Monitoring Partnership, and the Environmental Protection Agency Data Exchange Network, which have regional data sharing nodes. Establish dialogue and respectful relationships with Tribal Commissioners, fishery program managers, data collectors, and data managers. Coordinate with staff of the Bonneville Power Administration, Northwest Power and Conservation Council and other appropriate regional fishery managers about project outcomes.

Job Requirements/Qualifications

Minimum Qualifications:

  1. A BS degree in a natural resource or environmental science related field, or the equivalent level of knowledge demonstrated by successful on-the-job performance;
  2. Due to the various locations of the four tribes, experience scheduling, coordinating and leading virtual monthly meetings, annual workshops, creating special workgroups, and identifying and organizing relevant training events for data stewards and tribal fishery staff;
  3. Ability to effectively and diplomatically communicate with a diverse set of tribal and non-tribal partners, especially consensus building;
  4. High proficiency with Microsoft Office (e.g. Word, Excel, PowerPoint), remote meeting software (e.g., GoToMeeting, Zoom, Teams); and standard office equipment (e.g., projectors).
  5. Demonstrable capacity for project management, ability to develop multi-year plans, create benchmarks, and document workflow;
  6. Knowledge of biological science and experience with the methods of data collection, entry and management;
  7. Experience working with or managing federal contracts, grant writing and administration, and managing budgets;
  8. Strong technical writing skills and verbal communication, including public speaking;
  9. Problem solving and critical thinking skills are essential;
  10. Ability to telecommute (i.e., work from home).

The following qualifications, although not required, are desirable:

  1. An MS degree in a natural resource or environmental science field;
  2. Familiarity with Fishery Management in the Columbia River Basin;
  3. Demonstrable examples of grant proposals that were submitted and awarded;
  4. Understanding of MS SQL Server database administration and development, or desire to learn;
  5. Experience recruiting and hosting temporary internships;
  6. Knowledge of computer security practices and methodologies, particularly with basic programming and website security, or desire to learn.

Supervision

This position reports directly to the Manager of the Fishery Science Department. The incumbent may act as the supervisor for full- and part-time ITMD project staff, as well as occasional temporary staff and internships. This position is responsible for coordinating team schedules, work assignments, annual performance reviews, and is the primary point of contact for the Nez Perce, Warm Springs, Yakama, and Umatilla tribal data stewards.

Working Conditions

Most of the work is sedentary and performed at a workstation at the Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission main office in Portland, OR. The routine schedule is Monday through Friday. During the COVID-19 pandemic, a 100% telework schedule is mandatory. Incumbent is expected to occasionally travel by auto and air to tribal field offices for site visits, installation and maintenance of equipment, meetings, and trainings. Employee may occasionally be exposed to inclement weather and uncomfortable work conditions during travel to and from tribal field and research facilities.

CRITFC Motor Vehicle Policy

The driver operating a CRITFC vehicle or their own private vehicle for business related purposes shall be in possession of a valid, unrestricted current driver’s license, or other operator’s license, as required by law; and be eligible for coverage under CRITFC’s Motor Vehicle insurance policy. Upon request, CRITFC’s Motor Vehicle policy is available to applicants to review the required criteria.

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