Native Connections Project Director

Program:Health Services/Behavioral Health/SAMHSA Native Connections  Salary Grade:GS – 18
Supervisor:Director of Behavioral Health  Salary Range:$27.63-$32.99
FLSA Status:X Exempt      Non-Exempt     Public Safety Position Type:Full Time



This position is directly responsible for strategic oversight and day-to-day activities of the grant management, and for providing leadership in all phases of the planning and implementation to support mental health and suicide prevention for children, youth and families.


  1. Responsible for providing leadership in all areas of the planning and development of the Native Connections program, including participation interagency collaborations with other child & adolescent serving agencies.
  2. Ensures program goals and objectives are met.
  3. Oversees and monitors the project’s budget and completes budget revisions as necessary.
  4. Produces program reports and the annual the continuation applications for subsequent grant years, in accordance with SAMHSA reporting guidelines.
  5. In conjunction with FPST programs, community members and coalitions, actively participates in the established program and community advisory board (WELCOM) and include youth input to the advisory board.
  6. Plan and conduct community needs assessments and readiness assessments as required by SAMHSA.
  7. Attends local, regional, and national project meetings and trainings as required to network and promote the Native Connections program.
  8. Collaborates with other tribal programs and community members to develop a Tribal Strategic Plan.
  9. Cooperates with the Clinical Compliance Officer to identify opportunities for improvement.
  10. Supervises the Prevention Specialist, including training, reviewing and evaluating work performance.
  11. Other job-related duties as assigned by the supervisor


  1. Preferred Qualifications: Master’s degree in health and/or human services or related field; background in the field of behavioral health, prevention or related programming, or
  2. Minimum Qualifications: An undergraduate degree in human services or related field and two or more years’ experience administering and or managing community development and leadership programs.


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

  • Knowledge and experience working in the behavioral health programs.
  • Understanding of and ability to work with American Indians with the knowledge and ability to address cultural sensitivity for the population served.
  • Knowledge and understanding of Federal Laws regarding patient confidentiality and HIPAA.
  • Must have proficient communication skills, verbal and written.
  • Deal effectively with individuals or groups representing wide points of view and temperament.
  • Be computer literate and able to demonstrate ability in various Microsoft programs, and demonstrate efficiency in data processing programs for Tribal, Federal and State reporting.
  • Work effort shall occur within a thoughtful conceptual framework with the need for sustainability of effort over time as the main focus, while incorporating an active, hands-on approach.


  1. This position is covered by the provisions of the Indian Child Protection and Family Violence Prevention Act (Public Law 101-630), as amended, which requires an investigation of the character of each individual who is employed, or is being considered for employment, in a position with duties and responsibilities that involve regular contact with or control over Indian children. A criminal history investigation will be performed, and the applicant must meet the requirements of the Act.
  2. The duties of this position include mandatory reporting pursuant to 1) the Victims of Child Abuse law (34 USC § 20341) and 2) elder and vulnerable person laws (NRS 200.5093), as incorporated by decision of the FBC that elders and those who cannot speak for themselves are entitled to the same protections. Because such laws may subject employees to criminal penalties under FPST LOC § 5-50-040 and/or 18 U.S.C. §§ 1169 and 2258, all employees hired to this position must complete a Mandatory Reporter training within 90 days of hire.


Work is performed both in tribal communities and in a typical office environment.  Occasionally involves light work; can require exerting up to 20 pounds of force and/or up to 10 pounds of force to move objects.   Moderate travel is required including travel to SAMHSA meeting in DC, and travel to meetings and trainings in tribal communities in Northern Nevada.  Work routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, telephones, photocopiers, and fax machines.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions


Fallon Paiute-Shoshone Tribe and Native American/Indian Preference:  Employment preferences to members of the Fallon Paiute-Shoshone and to members of federally-recognized Indian Tribes shall apply to this position pursuant to the Tribe’s Personnel Policies.  Persons of Tribe and/or Indian ancestry and wish to claim these employment preferences should submit a copy of the Tribal Enrollment Card/Certification indicating the name of the Tribe they are enrolled with.

U.S. Veteran’s Preference:  Preference to opportunities to veterans honorably discharged from the United States Armed Forces shall apply to this position pursuant to the Tribe’s Personnel Policies.

Equal Opportunity Employer:  The Fallon Paiute-Shoshone Tribe does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national original, sex, religious preference, age, handicap, marital status, political preference, genetics or membership or non-membership in any employee organization, except as allowed by Federal and/or Tribal Law.

Drug Free Workplace:  The Fallon Paiute-Shoshone Tribe is a drug-free workplace.  All employees are subject to a pre-employment and random drug screens.

Driving Record:  Employees who drive tribal vehicles must have a valid Nevada Driver’s License, be insurable under the Tribe’s vehicle insurance program, and must also provide a DMV printout annually.

Background Checks:  All employees must be able to pass a background check per the Tribe’s Background Check Policy.

Position Description Limitations:  This position description does not constitute an employment agreement between the Tribe and the employee, and is subject to change by the Council as the needs of the Tribe and the requirements of the job change.  This position description is not intended to present a descriptive list of the range of duties performed by any employee in this position and is not intended to reflect all duties performed within the position.