Job opening with Ojibwe tribe


CHIEF BLACKBIRD CENTER                                        P.O. BOX 39                                               ODANAH, WI 54861


Job Title:                                                Communications Director, Defend the Bad River

Department:                                          Legal

Hourly Rate:                                          Negotiated

Exempt:                                                 Yes/Salaried

Supervisor:                                            Lead Attorney

Summary: Within the scope of the communications program are projects addressing the creation of communications strategy to protect the natural environment of the Bad River, working with (harvesters) to create access and sustainable use of natural environment, communications with regulatory staff protecting natural system processes for fish, wild rice, plants, endangered species habitat, and working with local communities creating sustainable economic approaches to water protection in the watershed.

                This position is a great opportunity for high achieving, communications savvy person to work in a nonprofit, campaign driven public relations setting focused on water protection policy issues and solutions, nonprofit communications system and strategy, and the mechanics of writing and promoting to diverse audiences.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities including the following. Other duties may be assigned.

Defend the Bad River’s communications work supporting and protecting the natural environment of the Bad River by conducting research and managing information to support implementation of specific communication and media strategies.

Supporting social media activities and web content; and traditional media outreach mechanisms.

Participate in Bad River Watershed communications and partnership strategy discussion and follow-up.

Conduct research to identify key contacts in stakeholder groups and potential partners; help to create and maintain partnership and media lists and information.

Manage and develop print and other publications and presentations, including research, writing, design, and production related activities.

Improve knowledge management capacity (updating photo library for easy retrieval of specific subject matter, compiling, creating, and cataloging video, photos, graphic, and electronic mail for use in communications materials.)

Draft media releases.

Qualification Requirements: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential function satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative to the knowledge, skills and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Education and/or Experience:


Minimum of two (2) years undergraduate educational training in strategic communication, marketing, advertising, print or broadcast journalism, or communication; or pursing degree; or demonstrates experience in the above essential duties and responsibilities.

Other Skills and Abilities:


Ability to complete time sensitive assignments;

Independent and highly organized and able to create systems for collecting, organizing and retrieving information;

Demonstrated strong written and oral communications skills; and experience with social media such as development and management of material for websites, blogs, twitter, and facebook.

Background Check: This position is contingent on ability to pass background check required. This position requires a regular background check to be run.Subject to change based on needs from our Background Office.

Physical Demands: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Must be physically able to perform all job duties, including field work. Walking, standing, bending stooping and occasional lifting up to 25lbs and/or carrying for short distances required. Extended periods sitting also required. Subject to inside and outside weather conditions.

Working Environment: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Noise level is moderate. Subject to inside and outside weather conditions.

Drug-Free Workplace in accordance with the Drug Free Workplace Act of 1988, P.L. 100-690 and the Bad River Tribe’s Employee Policy & Procedure Handbook. Indian Preference will be given in accordance with P.L. 93-638 and the Tribe’s Preference Policy.

                                                                                                          Send Application and Resume To:

                                                                                                                      Bad River Tribe

                                                                                                                      Attn: Personnel

                                                                                                                      P.O. Box 39

                                                                                                                      Odanah, WI 54861




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