Tribal Initiative Policy Analyst

Position Title: Tribal Initiative Policy Analyst
Location: HHS/Family Services
Reports to: Family Services Director
Opening Date: November 28, 2017
Closing Date: December 12, 2017

Any individual who receives an offer of employment or will receive a payroll check are required to submit to a drug and alcohol test as a condition of obtaining employment.
Mille Lacs Band Member/American Indian preference applies

The Tribal Initiative Policy Analyst will work with all MLBO Departments and the State of Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) to assist in assessing the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe’s Family Services Department to move forward the Tribal Child Welfare Initiative. The Initiative supports building tribal capacity to provide a full array of Child Welfare services for tribal members living on tribal reservation. The position will focus on the development of the Policy infrastructure including but not limited to 3rd party reimbursement, integrating financial processes with MLBO systems, developing policy reporting policies.

• Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology, Social sciences or Public administration or a related field from an accredited university is required.
• Master’s degree in Public Administration or related field is preferred.
• Three (3) years of experience as a Policy analyst/writer in a public, private or tribal reservation program is required.
• Working knowledge of Indian Child Welfare act and MN Indian Family Preservation Act is required.
• Extensive knowledge and experience working with Native American communities, culture, customs and cultural laws is required.
• Prior experience in development and management of multiple policy projects is required.
• Ability to work independently with little or no supervision is required.
• Excellent communication, organization, and management skills are REQUIRED.
• Excellent collaborative skills working with multiple MLBO departments, counties, MN Department of Human Services, and Federal agencies are REQUIRED.
• Ability to understand and interpret state statutes as pertaining to Tribal Child Welfare Initiative.
• Knowledge of HIPAA, Affordable Care Act, Insurance Requirements and all federal regulations as it pertains to the electronic health record
• Knowledge of current and developing issues and trends in electronic health records
• Ability to gather data, compile information and prepare reports
• Excellent organizational and communication skills, both verbal and written
• Ability to work under pressure in a fast paced environment, multi task and prioritize
• Knowledge and sensitivity to Native American Culture.
• Must pass a pre-employment drug and alcohol test and background check.
• Must have a valid driver’s license and be insurable under the Band’s Auto Insurance Policy.

• Develop in conjunction with Director of Family Services and DHS representatives a work plan of developing the tribe’s capacity and infrastructure as to what the tribe’s financial management, policy and infrastructure needs are under the Initiative.
• In conjunction with Family Services Director hire staff to carry out infrastructure capacity.
• In conjunction with Family Services Director collaborate with DHS representatives to work on major program areas and reach agreements.
• Collaborate with the DHS to work on a transition plan with Mille Lacs, Aitken, Pine, Crow Wing Kanabec and Morrison Counties.
• Coordinate between all the various MLBO Departments which are involved in the project.
• Report to the Director of Family Services.
• Work with all the employees that are involved in the project, assisting with communication, training and dissemination of ongoing changes.
• Assist in the execution of the Tribal Child Welfare Initiative in whatever direction Administration (Director, HHS Executive Director) directs.
• Operates a computer and printer for the purpose of reviewing developing work plans and strategies for building departmental and tribal capacity.
• Analyzes and interprets child welfare information and data in the Intertribal System in order to ensure the accurate data compilation and analysis for planning and implementation of system changes.
• Participates with the Child Welfare and Foster Care teams to clarify documentation and work flows within the current systems and analyzes areas for improvement.
• Reviews encounters, identifies deficiencies, documents and reports on operational difficulties which have a significant impact on system operation
• Reports any outstanding problems and/or errors to supervisor.

• Nature of work is such that incumbent experiences infrequent periods of moderate to high stress levels while dealing with inside/outside entities.
• Working is almost inclusively in doors in a controlled climate area.
• Little threat of personal danger.
• Hours are typically 8-5, but possibly with some extra hours.
• Will involve working with many partners; both internal and external to Family Services.
• Local travel will be required, travel outside the state is very limited.
• Hours are typically 8-5, but possibly with some extra hours. May involve some evening or weekend work.
• Some local travel may be required.

Submit resume, cover letter, and employment application to:
Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe
Employment Coordinator
43408 Oodena Dr.
Onamia, MN 56359
Fax # (320) 532-7492
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