Tribal Government Relations Coordinator

Recruitment #220511-UNCE-276



Position Requirements:
Under the direction of the Tribal Government Relations Associate Director, the incumbent has the primary responsibility for the development, coordination, implementation, and monitoring of outreach and health promotion activities to tribal partners and stakeholders.  Additionally, this position is responsible for monitoring service utilization to determine trends and identify opportunities for improvement for the health care of SoonerCare tribal citizens.    Additionally, special project areas identified by the Tribal Government Relations Associate Director that are in need of research, analysis, and development to promote positive health outcomes and cost containment measures for programs overseen by the unit. This position represents the unit and agency at internal and external meetings and events with a professional and collaborative disposition. 

The incumbent is assigned advanced level professional work and given wide latitude in exercising independent judgment in developing processes and procedures for completing projects and assignments and recommending and implementing improvements when needed.  Work is generally performed with a high degree of administrative freedom to plan, develop, organize and complete tasks within program guidelines.

The principal activities include the following:
- Supports logistical oversight of bi-monthly, and other agency tribal consultation and planning meetings.
- Identifies and analyzes target populations and potential barriers to members and ITU providers recommending appropriate interventions and strategies for quality improvements.
- Assists with community outreach activities and collaboration with Tribal Relations Services, Center for Medicare/Medicaid Services, sovereign Tribal entities and Urban Tribal Relations care providers.  Participates in meetings and promotes best practices on a federal, state & local level. 

- Assists in completing projects and working on programs as they relate to Tribal Relations.  Identifies new initiatives and outreach efforts.

- Conducts research and reporting for policy, procedural, project planning, and tribal consultation for a variety of issues..

- Keep abreast of policy and trends related to behavioral health and advises unit leadership on potential interventions and actions steps

- Assists with strategic planning and organization of unit project timelines and deadlines.

- Develops training presentations and plans, organizes and conducts regular training sessions for tribal partners.

- Primary lead for the Tribal Medicaid Administrative Match program, including tracking invoices, partner inquiries, and training.

- Provides technical support to Government Relations legislative efforts and Community Relations, Performance and Health Improvement.

- Assists in the development of culturally-sensitive educational and outreach materials specific to the SoonerCare American Indian population.

- Collaborates and maintains positive relationships with program tribal partners and interagency staff to develop strategies for improving the health status of American Indian members enrolled in the Medicaid.

- Assists unit with maintenance of ITU contact listings, and mass communication efforts as needed.
- Assist with consultation with sovereign tribal governments and key Indian health stakeholders and complete necessary action items.

- Interfaces verbally and in writing in a professional and timely manner to clients, providers, contractors and coworkers.

- Works on special projects and performs other duties as assigned.

TRAVEL: Travel in and out of state on an “as needed” basis. 

QUALIFICATIONS:  To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. 

The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. 
*In depth knowledge of principles and practices of Federal and State Laws, rules and regulations and policies relating to administration and programs of health agencies; of the structure, function and management of large government agencies; of management principles, practices and techniques; and knowledge of analytical and evaluative methods. 
*Skill in establishing and maintaining effective interpersonal relationships; in retaining and motivating qualified staff; in analyzing complex situations and adopting appropriate courses of action; able to think conceptually; in communicating clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing; and in negotiating effectively with other state officials and other key personnel; in making sound decisions in a timely manner; and in managing staff to accomplish organizational goals.

Accommodation Statement:
The Oklahoma Health Care Authority complies with applicable Federal civil rights laws and does not discriminate.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, sex, religion, disability, age, national origin, or genetic information. If a reasonable accommodation is needed to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and/or to receive other benefits and privileges of employment, please contact the Civil Rights Coordinator at 405-522-7335.


- Bachelor’s Degree in Native American Studies, business administration, social science, behavioral science or a closely related field AND
- One year of Medicaid experience OR
- One year of Tribal and/or Indian health care system experience OR
- An equivalent combination of education and/or experience totaling five years.

- Medicaid/SoonerCare experience
- Health related work experience
- Experience working with tribal governments and/or tribal populations
- Advanced Education