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Historic Education Coordinator

Tacoma, WA, USA Req #136
Wednesday, November 6, 2019
The Puyallup Tribe of Indians is committed to protecting and exercising the inherent inalienable sovereign rights of the Tribe and Individuals in the interest of the Medicine Creek Treat Territories, as stewards to ensure preservation of our cultural and environmental integrity for common good and prosperity for all.

Closes:     November 22, 2019    at 8:59 pm PST


Department:     Historic Preservation   


Reports To:      Assistant Director                              

Salary Min:        $29.16/hour + benefits*


* In addition to salary, The Puyallup Tribe provides a very generous employees’ benefits package including, but not limited to, employer paid medical, dental, vision, life insurance, retirement/401k plan with profit sharing, ample paid time off, a copious holiday schedule, and birthday leave


Position Summary:

Under the direction of the Director of the Historic Preservation Department, this position conducts meticulous research into Tribal history and aids the department and the Tribe in developing Puyallup-specific resources for schools, businesses, organizations, and the Puyallup Tribal Community at large. This position will partner across Tribal departments, with Tribal citizens, and non-Tribal service providers (Community Partners) to develop and provide educational programming. They will be responsible for aligning educational partnerships with current state and federal mandates and tribal policies (such as RCW 28A.320.170 and RCW 28B.10.710) by drafting and enforcing MOUs with the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction, local school districts, and other educational entities. Working in collaboration with appropriate Puyallup Tribe departments and state agencies, they will identify and participate in opportunities to provide advocacy, consultation, and input to government and non-government agencies in order to promote Puyallup tribal history and culture.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities
  1. Coordinate and collaborate across Puyallup Tribe departments to compile and create educational resources about the history, culture, customs, government, language, and current affairs of the Puyallup Tribe.

  2. Develop and disseminate Puyallup educational resources for local schools, businesses, organizations, and the Puyallup Tribal Community.

  3. Represents the Department on various advisory boards, committees, and stakeholder groups to promote Tribal perspective, awareness, and understanding.

  4. Consult with museums, heritage centers, schools, and historical societies in developing accurate portrayals of Tribal history/culture.

  5. Maintain and expand and enforce government to government consultation relationships for historic preservation laws (ie: NPHA and WA EO 05-05).

  6. Coordinate and manage an inter-district collaboration to develop and/or update sustainable, effective, and rigorous Puyallup-specific curriculum resources and teacher training in alignment with the goals of current state and federal mandates such as RCW 28A.320.170 “Curricula—Tribal history and culture,” RCW 28B.10.710 “Washington State or Northwest History Curriculum,” and the Since Time Immemorial Tribal Sovereignty Curriculum.

  7. Develop and lead presentations and trainings on Puyallup Tribal history, culture, and government.

  8. Perform extensive research of the Tribe’s history, timelines, important dates, events, and members.

  9. Accurately organize, catalogue, scan, set up files, and record information into databases.

  10. Compile history, documents and photographs for the creation of educational exhibits on the Puyallup Tribe’s history.

  11. Collect both audio and visual material to enhance department collections including oral histories of Tribal members.

  12. Assist in preservation and security of items of historical importance to the Tribe. 

  13. In coordination with the Curator, develop content for Museum displays.

  14. Performs other duties as assigned.


Supervisory Responsibilities

Position will be responsible for providing oversight and direction to the level I position.

Qualifications and Requirements

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

Education and/or Experience

Masters (MA) or Bachelor’s degree (B.A.) preferred in a related field (Education, History, Anthropology, Museology, etc); or four years of equivalent years of experience and/or training in the areas of education and cultural studies will be considered.  Demonstrated knowledge of how to perform extensive historical research is required.  Must be able to correctly record oral histories.  Must have demonstrated ability to set up and operate a computer and printers, audio equipment, visual equipment and sound reinforcement equipment, recording equipment, microfilm equipment, microfilm viewer/printer, digital still frame and video cameras and copy machine. 

Must have extensive skills using the following computer hardware and software:

s Windows 200/XP and Apple OS X or newer

s Paint Shop Pro and Adobe Photoshop

s Microsoft Office 2013

s iMac Photo Editing and Movie Programs

s Scanners/Printers/Copying Machines

s Microphones, Digital Cameras and Video Recorders

s Microfilm Viewers


Language Skills

Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations. Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, and the general public.

Mathematical Skills

Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals.  Ability to compute rate, ratio, and percent and to draw and interpret bar graphs.


Reasoning Ability

Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form.  Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form and deal with several abstract and concrete variables.

Licenses or Certificates

Must have a valid Washington State driver’s license and proof of insurance.  Driver’s License must not contain any restrictions that would otherwise prevent the employee from driving GSA vehicles.


Must demonstrate cultural awareness and sensitivity of personal histories and historical documents.

Must demonstrate ability to conduct business confidentially and protect tribal member’s history.

Must demonstrate an ability to perform accurate research through extensive reading and in gathering oral history information.

Must have strong interpersonal skills to work with the Tribal Membership and general public.

Must have strong organizational skills.

Must be able to work independently and be self-motivated.

Must be willing to attend training for professional development.

Must be able to multi-tasks and handle frequent interruptions throughout the day.

Must be able to work in a team-centered environment.


Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an 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.

  1. Requires operation and set up of equipment.

  2. Requires the ability to operate a personal computer, multi-line telephone, calculator, facsimile and photocopier as well as various computer programs and audio/visual equipment.

  3. Requires the ability to read, write, communicate, and interpret information accurately in English.

  4. Requires the ability to concentrate and consistently produce accurate work.

  5. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to sit; reach with hands and arms; and talk or hear.

  6. The employee occasionally is required to stand and walk.

  7. The employee is occasionally required to stand and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl.

  8. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.

  9. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, color vision and ability to adjust focus.

Work 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.

  1. The noise level is low to moderate.

  2. The physical exertion is low to moderate.

  3. Work is performed in an office setting.  Local travel required.

  4. There are frequent contacts and interruptions throughout the day.

  5. Stamina to work in a team environment in a shared workplace.



    The Puyallup Tribe of Indians reserves the right to revise or change job duties and responsibilities as the need arises. This position description does not constitute a written or implied contract of employment.

Indian Preference Employer as Required by Law

H o w   T o   A p p l y:

Apply online at or visit the Puyallup Tribe’s website at and select ‘Employment’ at the top of the page.


If you have any questions about the online application, please call (253) 573-7863

or email


Native American preference applies and job placements are given on a competitive basis, using job related factors.  Because of the large number of applications received and limited job positions, your application will not guarantee employment.

Other details

  • Pay Type Hourly
  • Tacoma, WA, USA