The Fernandeño Tataviam Band of Mission Indians (FTBMI) is a sovereign Native American Nation that is state recognized, located within northern Los Angeles County and eastern Ventura County in the State of California. The Education and Cultural Learning Department (Department) established by FTBMI legislative body, Tribal Senate, to provide higher education, cultural learning, cultural research, and extension programs. Job Title: Director, Education and Cultural Learning Department

Salary: $68,400 to $80,000
Job Type: Salaried Exempt; Full-Time
Reports to: Tribal President, ECL Committee, PAC

Job Description

The Director will provide strategic leadership for the Department and guide staff to develop new opportunities for programs delivery, partnerships, and revenue generation within Department primarily serving the Native American community. Experienced in navigating organizational growth, the Director will partner with FTBMI Tribal President and staff to build organizational sustainability and continue operating at an expanded depth and breadth of work, serving as Department’s primary representative among Native American communities and as an ambassador with external audiences and stakeholders. The Director will build and manage relationships with strategic community partners, the philanthropic community, corporations, and the media throughout Southern California. Supported by the FTBMI Education and Cultural Learning Committee (ECL Committee), the Director will nurture a workplace culture that reflects and upholds in policies and practices, Department’s core values of equity, collaboration, personal and collective transformation, accountability, resourcefulness, and work of the highest quality. The Director will work closely with Tribal President, the ECL Committee and Parent Advisory Committee (PAC) on grant distribution and programming to ensure optimal success.

Objectives of this Role

  • Collaborate with FTBMI leadership in the development of performance goals and long-term operational plans
  • Maximize efficiency and productivity through extensive process analysis and interdepartmental collaboration
  • Set strategic goals for operational efficiency and increased productivity
  • Work with FTBMI leadership and project managers in the development of financial and budgetary plans
  • Analyze current operational processes and performance, recommending solutions for improvement where necessary


  • Develop, implement, and monitor day-to-day operational systems and processes to provide visibility into the goals, progress, and obstacles of key initiatives
  • Draw on relationships with department heads, external partners, and vendors to make decisions regarding operational activity and strategic goals
  • Plan, monitor, and analyze key metrics for day-to-day operations to ensure efficient and timely completion of tasks
  • Devise strategies for ensuring the growth of programs enterprise-wide, and implement process improvements to maximize output and minimize costs
  • Adhere to the FTBMI’s policies and standards, and ensure that laws and regulations are being followed
  • Work closely with FTBMI leadership to lead the team with integrity and to establish and maintain a trusting, inclusive, and productive environment


  • Excellent leadership skills and ability to work in groups
  • Three years in a senior leadership role in a field related to our industry
  • Masterful organizational, communication, and leadership skills, backed by previous professional success
  • Superior knowledge of multiple operational functions and principles, including finance, customer service, production, and employee management
  • Proven ability to plan and manage operational processes for maximum efficiency and productivity
  • Ability to streamline or implement structures and roles that boost speed and efficiency while supporting rapidly shifting business demands
  • Strong working knowledge of industry regulations and legal guidelines

Preferred Skills and Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) in business administration or related field
  • Experience in developing budgets and business plans
  • Superior negotiation skills for both internal and external purposes
  • Strong working knowledge of data analysis and performance metrics, using business management software

Desired Qualifications

  • Experience working with the American Indian Community and American Indian youth for 2 years
  • Cultural Competency of American Indian cultures and perspectives
  • Community understanding and experience working with the American Indian community, specifically in Los Angeles County


  • Medical Insurance
  • Dental Insurance
  • Retirement plan 401(k)
  • Vacation
  • Paid time off
  • Holidays
  • Professional development

Fernandeño Tataviam and Native American Indian Preference: Preference for employment shall be given to Fernandeño Tataviam people and qualified Native American Indian applicants, in accordance with FTBMI tribal law. This job description reflects management’s assignment of essential functions; and nothing in this herein restricts management’s right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.


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