LCIS Executive Officer

  • State of Oregon - Oregon Legislature
  • Salem, OR, USA
  • Nov 06, 2018
Full-Time Government / Civil Service

Job Description

The Legislative Commission on Indian Services (LCIS) is recruiting for their Executive Officer position.  This position is located in the State Capitol Building in Salem, Oregon.

The Legislative Commission on Indian Services (LCIS) was created in 1975 as detailed in ORS 172.100 for the purpose of improving services with American Indians in the State of Oregon and promoting communication and relations between the State of Oregon and the federally recognized Indian Tribes in Oregon.

LCIS does not speak for Tribal Governments nor interfere with the individual relationship a Tribal government has with the State or Federal government.
The Commission interacts with state-wide elected officials, the legislature, over 30 state agencies, leaders and staff from Tribal governments, the judicial branch, local government, local, state and national organizations, individual Indians, Indian communities and the public on issues that affect Indians.

The Duties and powers of the agency are:

  •  Compile information relating to services available to Indians, including but not limited to education and training programs, work programs, housing programs, health programs, mental health programs including alcohol and drug services, and welfare programs from local, state and federal sources and through private agencies.
  • Develop and sponsor in cooperation with Indian groups and organizations, programs to inform Indians of services available to them.
  • Develop and sponsor programs to make Indian wants and needs known to the public and private agencies the activities of which affect Indians. Encourage and support these public and private agencies to expand and improve their activities affecting the Indians.
  • Assess programs of state agencies operating for the benefit of Indians and make recommendations to the appropriate agencies for the improvement of those programs.
  • Report biennially to the Governor and the Legislative Assembly on all matters of concern to Indians of this state and recommend appropriate action.
  • Facilitating government-to-government relationship with all federally recognized Tribes in Oregon on matters of shared interest and concern. 
  • Coordinating with State agencies who are responsible for developing and implementing programs of the state agency that affect tribes.
  • Consulting with the Department of Administrative Services (DAS) to provide training to state agency managers and employees who have regular communication with tribes on the legal status of tribes, the legal rights of members of tribes and issues of concern to tribes.

The Executive Officer is the professional administrator and Executive Officer of the Commission and serves as agency head for the Commission. The Executive Officer is responsible for the LCIS Office's day-to-day operations.
This position reports to the Commission who is the Appointing Authority.

The Executive Officer:

  • Advises the Commission on all Indian matters, recommending policies, implementing procedures, directing all operations of the Commission office with a high degree of autonomy serving the tribes, legislature and state departments as well as public relations;
  • Develops LCIS meeting agendas working with the Chair and Commission members;
  • Recommends staff organization and manages daily office operations;
  • Hires, supervises, performs performance evaluations, disciplines, terminates and rewards agency staff;
  • Participates in bi annual budget preparation and has oversight for the distribution of budget and funds.
  • Represents the LCIS before the legislature, groups, bodies, agencies, and organizations and at tribal events and Ceremonies;
  • Serves as liaison with state, tribes, legislators and governor's office.
  • Directs and implements developmental strategies to support LCIS operations;
  • Promotes tribal sovereignty and tribal consultation as fundamental elements;
  • Provides support to commission members in their commission roles and functions. 

Other essential duties of the Executive Officer include:

  • Commission Organization and Administration;
  • Research;
  • Legislation Analysis and Tracking;
  • Project Coordination;
  • Communication.

Skill Requirements

A Bachelor's degree in Public or Business Administration or a related field (e.g., Public Policy, Political Science, or Communication).
Six (6) years of professional experience in management of a small- medium organization, business, agency or governmental entity (city, county, special district or Tribes).
You must have an understanding and background in working with legislation, statutes, Indian laws, Native culture or Tribes and communities. 
This experience must include supervision or management of administrative staff and include responsibility for the following:

  • Management in multi-issue program administration and program evaluation;
  • Development of long- and short-range goals and plans;
  • Development of program rules and policies;
  • Budget planning and development; and,
  • Supervision of staff (hiring, work assignment, performance evaluation, and disciplinary action).

Must have own transportation, a valid driver's license, and vehicle insurance as required by Oregon law.
Preference may be given for an advanced degree or graduate level coursework in a related field (e.g., Business, Law or Public Administration).
Preference may be given for prior legislative experience.
Preference may be given for prior Tribal Government experience or work in a tribal setting.
**An equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to demonstrate ability to perform the duties of the position may be considered.


  • Knowledge of principles of management and administration;
  • Demonstrated ability and commitment to working with diverse stakeholders;
  • Proficiency in current technology;
  • Excellent skill and experience in oral and written communication within a public policy environment.
  • Excellent ability to facilitate cooperation among the various legislative support units including statutory committee executive officers and the presiding officers;
  • Ability to understand and interpret federal laws and regulations regarding program operations;
  • Ability to solve problems, and evaluate and improve services;
  • Ability to work autonomously;
  • Strong writing, editing, research, communications and presentation skills;
  • Demonstrated experience managing a budget;
  • Demonstrated experience with developing and implementing equity lenses for the work with tribes and tribal members;
  • Demonstrated experience with project and multi project management.