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Lead Mediator/Facilitator (Native American Tribal Expert)

Position Summary

With appropriate oversight, the Lead Mediator/Facilitator serves as lead professional and project manager for multiparty disputes and consensus building processes dealing with substantially complex and controversial public polices issues, using an interest-based approach to problem solving. This responsibility includes the provision of process design and needs assessment services as well as the preparation and delivery of mediation and facilitation services.

The Lead Mediator/Facilitator is required to master the policy content and relevant political dynamics for each case in order to provide effective facilitative leadership, strategic direction, mediation interventions, and guidance to a team of professional colleagues. Additionally, incumbent serves as lead on client projects requiring strategic planning, visioning, and public involvement services.

The Lead Mediator/Facilitator assumes Center development responsibilities, including attracting client work to the Center, preparing responses to RT solicitations, coordination of professional development activities for other practitioners, and other internal development tasks. This position also serves as the Center’s leading expert on Tribal policy, culture, and facilitation and mediation approaches that are effective for engaging Native American Tribes in the work of the Center.


  • Bachelor’s degree or its equivalent from an accredited institution
  • Demonstrated experience conducting multi-party public processes having a substantial degree of policy, political and stakeholder complexity, requiring developed skills in large and small group facilitation and mediation methods, collaborative process design, assessments, interest-based negotiation, strategic planning, visioning and public involvement
  • Current knowledge in several policy issue areas, such as natural resources, transportation, energy, health, water, and flood management
  • Demonstrated experience working with government officials at various levels, with a solid understanding of political dynamics as well as how public policy is developed and implemented
  • Strong, personable presence in front of small and large groups, with developed public speaking skills
  • Excellent writing skills and verbal communication skills in combination with a demonstrated capacity for policy, organizational, and political strategic analyses
  • Demonstrated leadership abilities, strong interpersonal skills, and ability to work impartially with stakeholders and colleagues with very diverse backgrounds, styles, and perspectives
  • Project management skills; ability to organize and manage large quantities of editorial and financial detail in developing statements of work, project budgets, responses to requests for proposals, and other written documents
  • Expert knowledge of Tribal policy, culture, and effective ways of engaging Tribes in the work of the Center
  • Demonstrated successful, documented experience working or volunteering with Native American tribes in California
  • Experience with Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook; experience with Internet Explorer and Google


Salary Range: $2,441 - $8,269 (Monthly)
Hiring Range:  $6,667 - $7,500 (Monthly) 
Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Application Review

Applications received by Wednesday, May 27, by 5:00pm will be considered in the first review process and will continue until the position is filled. Committee will determine next priority review date.

How To Apply

Applications are only accepted through the Sacramento State jobs website.  External applicants can apply by clicking on the "Faculty, Staff and Management Opportunities at Sacramento State" link.  Internal applicants can apply by logging on My Sac State.
The website job identification number is #101348.

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California State University, Sacramento is a Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.