Director of Cultural Resources

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Date: October 15, 2021
Job Title: Director of Cultural Resources
Job Title of Supervisor: Executive Council

Department: Cultural Services
Location: On-site 635. E. Hwy 20, Upper Lake, CA, 95485


Purpose of the Department and Position: The purpose of the Habematolel Pomo Cultural Resources Department (CRD) is to identify, preserve, and protect the Pomo language, culture, and sites. It is committed and loyal to the success of our Tribe, our culture, and our Native language. The CRD serves as a home for the Tribe’s cultural programs to protect historic sites, create cultural media, plan community events, and support language revitalization. Our Tribe has taken on the responsibility of digitizing the state records of native cultural sites in order to respond to construction notices and ensure appropriate protection.

The Director of Cultural Resources will report to the Habematolel Pomo of Upper Lake Executive Council, and delegated supervisor. The Director of Cultural Resources will work under the guidance of the Tribal Cultural Committee and Eastern Pomo Language Advocates Committee (EPLAC) to develop a long-term strategy for the establishment of the Cultural Center and the protection of Sacred Sites. This position will support and maintain all aspects of the Cultural Center programs, which strengthen cultural knowledge among the Habematolel Pomo of Upper Lake people and increase public awareness of the Tribe’s history and culture.

Essential Duties:

Act as a Public Interface between the Public and the Tribe on Cultural Issues.

  • Develop a plan for meeting the Tribe’s goal of preserving and sharing its history,language, and culture.
  • Present to the public and attend project demonstrations, seminars, workshops, and otherprofessional opportunities to maintain the necessary level of the programs’ cultural


  • Administer all operations and participate in setting and developing policy with theCultural Committee and the EPLAC where appropriate.
  • Ensure the mission, programs, products, and services are consistently presented in astrong, positive image to relevant stakeholders.
  • Confers with the Cultural Committee and EPLAC as needed.
  • Oversee cultural projects within the Tribal Government.
  • Provide direction and leadership to the Cultural Committee, EPLAC, community citizens, and appropriate staff to develop, plan, and implement the strategic goals and objectives relative to the mission and philosophy.
  • Prepare supporting documentation for decision-making and in accordance with the Cultural Committee’s and EPLAC short-term and long-term goals.
  • Support the revitalization of the Pomo Language in coordination with EPLAC.
  • Devise and support educational initiatives and ensure the educational and culturalactivities of the Cultural Center are maintained.
  • Guide the enhancement of the Tribal digital photographic archival storage and retrievalsystems.
  • Work with the Cultural Committee, EPLAC, and Executive Staff to ensure a culturalagenda is carefully planned, fiscally responsible, and publicly appealing.
  • Oversee the design, marketing, promotion, delivery, and quality of programs, products,and services in cooperation with the tribal Communications Department.
  • Direct the planning of data collection, recording projects, and archiving projects.
  • Prepare annual and or project related budget(s) for Executive Council review and approval.Establish a Tribal Museum.
  • Provide appropriate guidance and support to the planning and building constructionefforts.
  • Plan, design, and coordinate educational presentations, tours, events, and exhibits.
  • Plan and execute a permanent exhibit on the Habematolel Pomo of Upper Lake.
  • Oversee the creation of a tribal Museum/Cultural Center.Direct the Cultural Resource Programs for the Tribe.
  • Oversee the cultural monitoring program and the site protection program.
  • Provide information to the Cultural Committee to ensure effective communication amonggovernment agencies and private industry regarding cultural resource issues.
  • Oversee the development, collection, and management of cultural geographic datautilizing GIS, GPS, and digital recording technologies.
  • Provide expertise to assist Cultural Resource Management (CRM) decisions.
  • Perform other duties as requested by the Executive Council and/or Cultural Committee.Supervisory Responsibilities.
  • Directly oversee the employees within the Cultural Resources Department.
  • Carry out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization’s policies andapplicable laws/ordinances.
  • Participate in interviewing, hiring, and training employees.
  • Assign and direct work.
  • Responsible for performance appraisals, rewarding and disciplining employees, addressingcomplaints, and resolving issues.
  • Other duties as assigned.
  • May be expected to work some evenings, weekends, and occasional holidays.
  • Travel, currently estimated at 35% of the time, may be required and is subject to change.Required Education and Experience:
  • BS/BA, MA, or Ph.D. in Native American Studies or Culture, History, Anthropology, or related field required.
  • Minimum 5 years related experience or training in Administrative or Program Development of Native Cultural Resources; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Minimum 5 years of leadership or management experience required.
  • 10 years of leadership or management experience preferred.
  • Experience in Pomo burials or artifacts.
  • Required to pass a standard background check and the Habematolel Pomo of Upper LakeTribal Gaming Agency Background Check.
  • Must possess a valid driver’s license and maintain a driving record that is satisfactory tothe Tribe’s insurance carrier.
  • Experience in Native American Culture, History, GIS, Computer Science, Anthropology,or related field.
  • General knowledge of public land survey system and experience with archaeologicalfield survey methods.
  • Extensive knowledge of Pomo Culture and Traditions, archaeological excavation andinvestigation procedures, and identifying Native American artifacts and human osteology

    is required.

  • Knowledge of Pomo cultural landscapes, such as villages, hunting and camping sites,gathering areas, or burial sites is required.
  • Knowledge of State and Federal laws and Acts enacted to protect Native Americancultural sites, cemeteries, and items of cultural patrimony is required.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience using electronic equipment such as globalposition systems and digital cameras.
  • Working knowledge of grants and contracts.
  • Demonstrated experience preserving Native American Tribal arts, culture, traditions,language, and history.
  • Excellent knowledge of digital imaging, video, and audio recording/editing techniques.

• Working knowledge of the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act, and other relevant laws pertaining to native site protection.

Skills and Abilities:

Language Skills

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Strong team management skills.
  • Able to maintain a high level of accuracy and confidentiality concerning Tribal mattersby using tact, diplomacy, and an understanding of the organizational culture, climate,

    and/or politics.

  • Able to communicate clearly and concisely with the Cultural Renewal Committee, TribalGovernment, federal, state, or local governmental agencies and archaeological


  • Excellent interpersonal skills both in person and by phone using professional andcourteous etiquette with sensitivity to the diversity of a multi-cultural audience and with

    cultural sensitivity.

  • Able to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals,financial reports, legal documents, technical procedures, and governmental regulations.
  • Able to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals, respond tocommon inquiries or complaints from customers, regulatory agencies, or members of the

    business community.

  • Skilled in writing speeches and articles for publication that conform to prescribed styleand format.
  • Effective in presenting information to top management, public groups, and/or boards ofdirectors.

    Mathematical skills.

  • Able to calculate figures and amounts such as discounts, interest, percentages, areacircumference, and volume.
  • Able to apply concepts of basic algebra and geometry.Critical thinking and reasoning skills.
  • Able to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables insituations where only limited standardization exists.
  • Understands and is able to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral,diagram, or schedule form. Computer skills.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office applications with the ability to use multimedia, email, spreadsheets, and database management software including internet software (internet explorer or safari), presentation software (powerpoint or keynote), and project management software (excel, outlook or other tracking software).
  • Experienced user of both PC and Mac preferred.Additional Skills
  • Able to read topographical maps and the ability to create sketch maps for site identification.
  • Solutions driven with excellent problem-solving skills.
  • Proficient time management and delegation skills with ability to meet deadlines andmanage multiple priorities.
  • Effective collaboration skills and enjoys working with others.
  • Able to read and understand Environmental Impact Reports, Archaeological Addendums,Site Records, and other professional documents and/or terminology used by developers

    and governmental agencies to reference projects/proposals.

  • Capable of working independently and, if necessary, making judgment decisions in orderto carry out overall responsibilities with the best interests of the Habematolel Pomo of

    Upper Lake.

  • Adaptable and able to work in a rapidly changing, fast-paced environment.
  • Able to recognize and protect sensitive information and perform duties with highintegrity and responsibility.
  • Must be able to maintain confidentiality.
  • Must be able to work with a diverse population and with cultural sensitivity.
  • Provide support to the Habematolel Pomo of Upper Lake’s Core Values.Physical Requirements:
  • Prolonged periods of sitting at a desk working on a computer.
  • Ability to lift, push, or pull up to 50 pounds or, on occasion, over 50 pounds.
  • Navigating uneven terrain, including but not limited to walking, climbing, stooping,kneeling, and crawling.
  • Position involves possible exposure to the elements.
  • Sufficient hand-eye coordination, use of hands and fingers to handle work-related items;visual acuity to operate equipment, and read technical and safety information; hearing ability sufficient to perceive and respond to oral communications and ambient sounds both in and out of doors.


Native American Indian preference shall apply to the position in accordance with Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (42 U.S.C. § 2000e-2(i)), regulations of the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (41 C.F.R. § 60-1.5(a)(7)), and/or other relevant laws. Applicants claiming Indian preference must submit verification of Indian eligibility with their application.