Director of Tribal Historic Preservation Office

Job Closing: Mar 1, 2019

Division: Tribal Historic Preservation Office

Job Code: 19-3093

Salary Range: $24,585.60 to 75,816.00 ($11.82 to 36.45)

Status: Full-time, permanent, exempt

SUMMARY: The Director of the Tribal Historic Preservation Office (THPO) is responsible for the oversight to ensure the preservation, protection, curation and management of our ancestors, sacred objects, archaeological sites, properties/traditional cultural places (TCPs) and archives significant to Akwesasne/Mohawk history and culture. The Director works closely with Tribal staff, Cultural Committee members, consultants, and/or public officials (local, state and federal), as applicable, on activities related to the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) and the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA).


  • Develop and implement the historic preservation plan with respect to properties of traditional and cultural significance to Akwesasne, within its ancestral and aboriginal lands
  • Maintain inventories of historic properties, requesting maps and site information on known Mohawk sites from New York State Historic Preservation Office (NYSHPO) and Pennsylvania State Historic Preservation Office (PASHPO) Offices
  • Maintain, improve and supervise a Mohawk Kanien’kéhaka Community Language Program; this includes supervision of the contracted instructors, class registrations, and class date, time and location coordination
  • Cooperate, advise and assist Federal, State, Tribal, and Local governments and private organizations and individuals in historic preservation issues, per approved Saint Regis Mohawk Preservation Program
  • Responsible to review, respond and monitor to THPO Section 106 consultations – which include but not limited to the review of any reported dated Native American human remains or burial sites, funerary objects, sacred objects and objects of cultural patrimony
  • Cooperate with the Secretary of Interior, the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, and other Federal and State agencies, local governments, and organizations and individuals to ensure that historic properties are taken into consideration at all levels of planning and development
  • Initiatives under THPO will address the development of resources for the protection and management archaeological, historical, cultural, and sacred resources – including but not limited to a comprehensive inventory of the Akwesasne reservation and ceded territory and community education and involvement and the Tribal Mohawk Language Program
  • Provide community trainings and workshops to ensure the preservation of historic practices
  • Provide public information in Historic Preservation and functions of SRMT THPO
  • Attend meetings and work cooperatively with the Haudenosaunee Standing committee on burials, NYSHPO appropriate Tribal departments, EPA, and other offices in addressing activities
  • Prepare, monitor and develop budgets and proposals for the THPO
  • Maintain all Grant funding for the THPO
  • Apply for related grants to maintain and enhance the THPO
  • Ensure any continuation Grant applications are applied to
  • Communicate with museums on related NAGPRA issues
  • Advise and assist, when appropriate, Federal and State agencies and local governments in carrying out their historic preservation responsibilities
  • Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organizations policies and applicable Laws
  • Promote the THPO and SRMT Community within the state by establishing and monitoring historic sites within the Mohawk historic region
  • Represent the interest of the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe as the National Parks Service officially recognized Tribal Historic Preservation Officer
  • Maintain a positive demeanor with colleagues and community members
  • Performs other related duties as assigned

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES: This position does not have direct reporting staff; however, supervises contracted Language Instructors and trainers when required. The Director may supervise interns, volunteers or students from time to time. Supervisory responsibilities may be expanded in the future.

QUALIFICATION 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: Bachelor’s degree (B.A.) from four-year college or university; or a minimum of five (5) years related experience and/or training or equivalent combination of education and experience.

REASONING ABILITY: The Director must have the ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or scheduled form.


The Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe strives to be an equal opportunity employer dedicated to the policy of nondiscrimination based on race, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, age, physical disability, veteran status or any other non-job related factor. Among qualified applicants, the SRMT will give preference to the qualified native applicant.


The successful applicant for employment must submit to and pass a drug test for illegal substances prior to employment being confirmed.


Some positions require candidate(s) to successfully pass a criminal background check prior to beginning employment, used solely for employment related purposes.


A list of qualified candidates is created from interviews that may be used to appoint individuals to similar positions within the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe for a period of six months.


Testing in the applicable skills may be required as part of the interview process.

Applicants must submit letter of interest, resume, supporting documents (certificates, degrees, licenses) and proof of native preference eligibility (Tribal Identification Card or Status Card or letter) by email to or by mail to Human Resources, Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe, 71 Margaret Terrance Memorial Way, Akwesasne, NY 13655. Due to our network security, we are unable to open hyperlinks. Applicants will need to attach their documents as PDF or WORD files if emailing. Applicants must clearly outline that they meet the qualification requirements on their resume.