Native Public Media Hiring Telecom Policy Analyst

Native Public Media

POSITION: Telecommunications Policy Analyst Consultant

Contract Position

Location: DC Preferred

DEADLINE:  May 16, 2011 Close of Business 5PM Arizona Time
All submissions are due by email to:
Position open until filled.

Contract will be for one year with option to renew beginning June 1, 2011.  This is a telecommuting position.


Must be self-motivated, and work well with people from different organizations and walks of life.  Telecommunications, Native American cultural knowledge and sensitivity required. Experience within the Native American media system a plus.  Travel required.  This is a telecommuting position, but it is expected that the Policy Analyst will reside in Washington in order to participate in various proceedings. AA/EOE. 

  1. Please submit resume or curriculum vitae that describes your experience and qualifications.
  2. Please provide a 1-2 page-writing sample.
  3. Please provide 3 references including contact information and describe the work done for them.


Native Public Media is seeking an experienced Policy Analyst that specializes in telecommunications policy. Good working knowledge of the Federal Communications Commission rulemaking process and knowledge of American Indian Tribes and Alaska Natives is desired.


Founded in 2004, Native Public Media’s mission promotes healthy, engaged, independent Native communities by strengthening and expanding Native American media capacity and by empowering a strong, proud Native American voice.


Candidate must possess:

  • Advanced educational degree, including J.D., Master’s degree, or other comparable credential (a Ph.D. is preferred, but not required);
  • A minimum of three years of experience in working on Indian policy and/or with American Indian/Alaska Native tribal governments or communities;
  • Experience in conducting research and writing reports on American Indian policy issues;
  • Strong writing, interpersonal, communication, and organizational skills;
  • The ability to take direction and work independently, taking initiative within areas of responsibility, as well as providing leadership and direction while working in a team oriented environment;
  • The ability to meet with, solicit cooperation of, and deal effectively with people at various levels and sectors, e.g., tribal representatives, funders, program directors, state and federal officials, consultants, etc.
  • Experience with and enthusiasm for working in a fast-paced and dynamic environment; and
  • The ability to adjust to changing priorities and growing responsibilities.



Under the direction of the NPM Director of Operations, the primary duties of the Telecommunications Policy Analyst are to:

  • Formulate policies and proposals that will advance the telecommunications interests of American Indian Tribes and Alaska Native Villages.
  • Work with NPM Director of Operations and staff to establish research priorities;
  • Ensure NPM policy is proactive policy development;
  • Create analysis and evaluations using qualitative, quantitative, case studies, survey research, model building and statistical analysis to best define problems, define evaluation criteria, identify solutions and/or alternatives, and best policy agenda, among other objectives.
  • Prepare High quality Documentation for publication when needed.
  • Assist with grant reports as needed.
  • Determine which of various alternative policies will most achieve a given set of goals.
  • Disseminate research results through academic publications, written reports, or public presentations.
  • Develop and test theories, using information from interviews, newspapers, periodicals, case law, historical papers, polls, and/or statistical sources.
  • Maintain current knowledge of government policy decisions.
  • Collect, analyze, and interpret data such as election results and public opinion surveys; report on findings, recommendations, and conclusions.
  • Interpret and analyze policies, public issues, legislation, and/or the operations of governments, businesses, and organizations.
  • Write drafts of legislative proposals, and prepare speeches, correspondence, and policy papers.
  • ·       Forecast political, economic, and social trends.
  • Utilize academic research and other resource materials;
  • Prepare reports and other written information for policymakers, practitioners, researchers, and funders;
  • Coordinate the dissemination of information on relevant research projects to tribal leaders, Indian programs, policymakers, federal and state agencies, partner agencies, funders, NPM NPM staff, and other individuals or entities in a timely manner;
  • Adhere to NPM core values, guiding principles, and policy regarding ownership of data, respect for tribal Sovereignty and community-driven research and evaluation activities;
  • Assist the Director of Operations in keeping the NPM President informed of policy positions and priorities;
  • Other duties as assigned.

Published by Traci L. Morris

Dr. Morris, the Director of the American Indian Policy Institute at Arizona State University is a member of the Chickasaw Nation of Oklahoma. Under her leadership, the AIPI has grown and diversified its service to Indian Country via an MOU formalizing a long-standing partnership with the Native American Finance Officers Association (NAFOA) and forming the Tribal Economic Leadership Program offering training in Tribal Economic Governance and Tribal Financial Management; access to Entrepreneurship training and tribal business support through Inno-Nations; and Economic Development Consulting; and, the formalization of the Institute via by-laws and an advisory board comprised of both internal ASU leadership and external tribal and non-tribal leadership. In her work at both ASU and prior, Morris has worked with Native American tribes; Tribal businesses; Native American non-profits; Native media makers, artists, and galleries; written a college-accredited curriculum in Native American new media; and has advocated for digital inclusion at the Federal Communications Commission and on Capitol Hill. Morris’s research and publications on Native American media and the digital divide is focused on Internet use, digital inclusion, network neutrality, digital and new media curriculums, digital inclusion and development of broadband networks in Indian Country. Her book, Native American Voices: A Reader, continues to be a primary teaching tool in colleges throughout the country. Dr. Morris is Affiliated Faculty at ASU's School for the Future of Innovation in Society, an Affiliate of ASU's Center for Gender Equity in Science and Technology, a Senior Sustainability Scholar at the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability, President of the Board of the Phoenix Indian Center, Board member of the Arizona American Indian Chamber of Commerce, and on the Advisory Council of the Association of Tribal Archives, Libraries and Museums. Formerly, Morris served member of the Advisory Board for the Department of Labor's Native American Employment and Training Council and served a two-year appointment (2014-2016 and 2010-2012) on the Federal Communications Commission's Consumer Advisory Committee. As an entrepreneur prior to her ASU appointment, Morris founded Homahota Consulting LLC, a national Native American woman-owned professional services firm working in policy analysis, telecommunications, education, and research assisting tribes in their nation-building efforts and working with Native Nations, tribal businesses and those businesses working with tribes. Morris has an M. A. and Ph.D. from the University of Arizona’s American Indian Studies, in addition to a B.A. in Liberal Arts from Colorado State University.

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