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Opportunities - Page One
Here you will find opportunity listings for the following categories:
We will update this page if we receive additional opportunities for events, etc. that will occur before our issue publication date.
We receive these announcements from various sources including Harvard University Native American Program (HUNAP) and NativeShare

Title: Associate Director, Center for Race and Gender, University of California, Berkeley
Deadline: February 9, 2009

The Center for Race and Gender at the University of California, Berkeley invites applications for the position of Associate Director. The CRG is an interdisciplinary research unit dedicated to fostering explorations of race and gender and their intersections in a wide variety of social, cultural, and institutional contexts. It is unique nationally in its focus on both race and gender. Its aim is to promote collegial support and exchange among faculty and students across a wide range of departments and programs.

The Associate Director is responsible for working with the Director to coordinate all aspects of the intellectual and programmatic activities of the Center, including research working groups, graduate and undergraduate student grants programs, and postdoctoral fellowships. The Associate Director will oversee development and implementation of events such as conferences, symposia, distinguished lectures, forums, and dissertation retreats and of Center communications such as publicity, press releases, newsletters, and reports. The position also includes responsibility for initiating, writing and supervising grant proposals and reports to university, foundation, government, and private funding sources; supervision of Center administrative staff; communication with the Faculty Advisory Board; and outreach to various constituencies, including faculty, students, members of the community, and other units on campus. Appointment is renewable annually based on programmatic needs, budget, and performance.

Title: Assistant Director, Native American Public Telecommunications (NAPT) — Req. #081064
Deadline: Open until filled— Applicant Review Begins January 16, 2009

Position is a member of the NAPT management team that plans and manages multimedia, audio and video programming by assisting with the creation, promotion and distribution of Native media. Bachelor's degree in mass communications, broadcasting, journalism, or related field plus two years experience in broadcasting required; equivalency considered. Work experience in one or more of the following areas necessary: producing/directing or programming development and promotion. Excellent writing skills necessary. Knowledge of fund raising, grant writing, project management, and audio and video productions and budgets are essential. Must have computer skills in web design, database management, Microsoft Office, video and audio editing software. Knowledge of Native American peoples, tribes and culture preferred. Grant writing experience desired. Criminal background check required. Excellent benefits including staff/dependent scholarship program.

Title: American Indian & Alaska Native (AIAN) Head Start Training and Technical (Req. # 46831108003)
Contact: Yvette Moore, Recruiter, ICF International
Phone: 703.218.2571
To apply, visit

ICF International seeks experienced Head Start Training and Technical Assistance T/TA professionals to support work on American Indian & Alaska Native Head Start initiatives.

T/TA Staff will work from home and provide T/TA services to grantees throughout the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) Region 11. The T/TA Specialist will provide assistance by assessing the needs of the assigned Head Start grantees, working closely with the State-based TTA Services contractor, and the ACF Regional office. The Specialist will work directly with grantees to assist in the development of annual T/TA plans for the Regional Office, support risk assessment meetings, and work with grantees to assist their meeting monitoring and performance standards. Additionally, the Specialist will provide accountability and progress reports, and develop goals and quality improvement plans to ensure that high quality services are being provided. The Specialist will also assist with strategies that develop collaboration between Head Start Programs, State and local agencies as well as Tribal leaders and other community partners supporting the AIAN population. The T/TA Specialist would provide T/TA on Head Start and as applicable would offer content specific support in one of the key content areas including: Early Childhood Education and Literacy, Family and Community Partnerships, Health, Mental Health, Program Design and Management or Fiscal.

ICF International, a global professional services firm, partners with government and commercial clients to deliver consulting services and technology solutions in energy, climate change, environment, transportation, social programs, health, defense, and emergency management.

Title: GSR Employment for Winter Quarter, UCLA Center on Research, Education, Training and Strategic Communication on Minority Health Disparities
Deadline: TBA
Contact: Vickie M. Mays, Ph.D., MSPH
Phone: 310-206-5159

Looking to employ a graduate student 20 hours per week to work on the completion of projects on American Indian Mental Health during the Winter Quarter.

Projects include the development of a teaching case for use by medical and nursing students on the behavioral dynamics of the health care encounter. The student will be responsible for organizing the team developing the case, development, for drafts from conference calls, writing up and production of the case materials. The GSR will work with the team and community to evaluate the case. In addition the individual will work on local and national distribution of center developed materials on AI mental health. In addition the person will complete a toolkit with resources on American Indian Mental Health for online posting, editing of draft of a review paper on American Indian mental health for publication as well as organizing a partnership with the California State Psychological Association to develop a workshop on American Indian/Alaska Native Mental Health.

Please send your CV which must demonstrate an expertise in American Indian mental health, along with three names (phone numbers and email addresses) of references that can be contacted to: Professor Vickie Mays at

Title: Assistant Professor of Alaska Native Studies
Website: (Requisition #0056441)

The College of Liberal Arts at the University of Alaska Fairbanks seeks applicants for a tenure-track position (assistant professor) in the Alaska Native Studies department to begin August 2009.

Area of specialization: open, but must be able to teach within the fields of Native/Indigenous Studies. Faculty in ANS may hold joint appointments with other schools and colleges such as the School of Education, School of Management, etc. Possible areas of expertise are Alaska Native politics and government, distance education, Indigenous knowledge systems, humanities and social sciences of Alaska Native and Indigenous peoples.

Ph.D. required (or imminent) in a content area relevant to Alaska Native Studies. Applicants with previous teaching experience and significant experience with Alaska Native/Indigenous cultures and peoples are preferred. This position will also contribute to the development of graduate instruction in Indigenous Studies.

Title: Development Officer - American Indian College Fund, Denver, CO
Deadline: open until filled.
Contact: Gina Del Castillo, Human Resource Manager,
Phone: (303) 426-8900

The Development Officer is responsible for fundraising activities in the Individual Giving Department, with strong emphasis on major gifts and planned giving. The position is responsible for planning, cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding a portfolio of major gift donors and prospective donors and is responsible for meeting annual revenue goals. This position requires working in collaboration with other departments within the organization with the goal of providing resources for programs that donors and the American Indian College Fund find mutually beneficial. Significant travel and working occasionally on evenings and weekends is required.

The American Indian College Fund, a national, non-profit organization headquartered in Denver, Colorado, was created in 1989 to support the nation’s tribal colleges.

Title: English Education Tenure-Track Assistant/Associate, Warner School of Education at the University of Rochester
Deadline: open until filled.

Applicants are expected to have a background in the research of English education and teaching and learning in English classrooms. Responsibilities include teaching master’s and doctoral courses in English education; the candidate will also direct the secondary English certification programs. Expertise in teaching academic writing at the master’s and/or doctoral level is desirable.

The candidate may also teach foundations of education courses and/or research methods courses. We expect that candidates will be able to supervise doctoral student research using a variety of research methods. Experience teaching English courses in secondary schools, especially in urban settings, is also desirable.

The position will begin fall 2009. Candidates should have an earned doctorate by that time.

Title: Inclusive Education/Special Education Tenure-Track Assistant/Associate, Warner School of Education at the University of Rochester
Deadline: open until filled.

We define inclusion as a commitment to the education of all students within learning environments that value diversity and maintain high expectations based on students’ individual strengths, needs, and interests. Inclusion promotes and requires collaboration between school, family, and community while providing students with disabilities and classroom teachers the necessary supports and services. Applicants are expected to have a background in research and practice in inclusion of students with disabilities across educational contexts, and knowledge and experience within teacher preparation. We expect candidates to be well grounded in the inclusion literature and to be familiar with new interdisciplinary directions in the construction of disability.

Job responsibilities include teaching courses in inclusive practices and teaching strategies, as well as collaborating with content area faculty in supervising students who are pursuing dual certification in secondary education and inclusive/special education. We expect that candidates will be able to supervise doctoral student research using a variety of research methods. Experience teaching students with disabilities preferred.

Title: Urban Education Tenure-Track Assistant/Associate, Warner School of Education at the University of Rochester
Deadline: open until filled.

Applicants are expected to have a background in research in urban education, foundations in teaching and curriculum, and research in urban settings. In addition to having a commitment to social and economic justice, the candidate should have an in-depth understanding of the linkage between theory and practice and of communicating the importance of this to the next generation of teacher-leaders. Responsibilities include teaching master’s and doctoral courses in urban education and foundations in education; the candidate may also teach courses dealing with diversity, and will direct the Urban Teaching and Leadership program in collaboration with other Teaching and Curriculum faculty members. We expect that candidates will be able to supervise doctoral student research using a variety of research methods. Experience teaching in urban settings is desirable.

Title: Tenure-Track Investigator, Embryonic Stem Cell Biologist, NIEHS
Deadline: Open until filled.
Contact: Dr. Trevor Archer, Chief, Laboratory of Molecular Carcinogenesis.
Website (s): and

The Laboratory of Molecular Carcinogenesis is recruiting a Tenure-Track Investigator - Embryonic Stem Cell Biologist with intellectual and research strengths in, but not necessarily limited to, regulation of gene expression, development, chromatin and epigenetics. The successful applicant will be expected to establish a high-quality independent research program in stem cell biology, relevant to cancer, within a group with diverse research interests and backgrounds but focused upon the molecular and environmental mechanisms of carcinogenesis. Excellent start-up funds, salary, and benefits package will be provided. The applicant will have access to state-of-the-art equipment and research core facilities at the NIEHS. Applicants should have a Ph.D., M.D. or equivalent doctoral degree with 3 years of postdoctoral research experience, and a strong publication record. Research experience with cancer models is desirable but not mandatory. Time before tenure review will be dependent upon qualifications and performance, not to exceed 6 years.

Title: Assistant Professor of American Indian Studies & Chicano Studies (Red# 158071)
Deadline: Open until filled
Contact: Lisa Benjamin
Phone: 612-624-6309
Email: or

The American Indian Studies Dept. & the Chicano Studies Dept. at the University of Minnesota have an opening for a shared tenure-track position. The preferred area of specialty is "Indigenous Philosophies in the Americas." Ideally we are looking for someone who can teach across the curriculum in both departments.

Required Qualifications: Ph.D. in-hand by the start date of the appointment (August 31, 2009), in American Indian Studies, Chicano Studies, Ethnic Studies, American Studies, Women's Studies or related interdisciplinary degree program; or in more traditional areas such as Anthropology, History, Spanish, English, Rhetoric, Comparative Literature, Religious Studies, Philosophy, Sociology, Psychology or similar disciplinary degree programs.

Title: Director of Northern Pueblos Institute, Northern New Mexico College
Deadline: open until filled.
Contact: Northern New Mexico College
921 Paso de Onate, Espanola, NM 87532
Phone: 505-747-2100
Fax: 505-747-2180

Director develops community-based workshops and seminars in collaboration with the NPI Advisory Committee and works closely with the Governors of the Eight Northern Indian Pueblos Council, Inc (ENIPC), the NNMC Chair of Humanities, Languages & Letters, Social Sciences, & HYPER Department, and the Pueblo Indian Studies Advisory committee in carry out the other responsibilities of the Institute.

Minimum Qualifications: PhD required, preferably in American Indian or Native American Studies or related field with experience in developing and teaching Pueblo Indian studies and native American or American Indian studies; 3 years experience in organizational and community development; leadership and PR skills; written and oral communication skills and successful grant-writing skills; proposal writing and computer skills.

Desirable Qualification: Prior work experience with Pueblo communities; working knowledge of Indigenous Language Certification requirements; familiarity with AQIP requirements for college/university accreditation; experience managing and expanding undergrad curriculum from AA degree to BA degree.

Salary Range: $50,000K- $60,000K

Title: Chief, Vasomotor Disorders Section, Laboratory of Sensor motor Research, NEI
Deadline: Open-ended
Contact: Mica Gordon, Executive Assistant
Office of the Scientific Director
National Eye Institute, Building 31, Room 6A22,
31 Center Drive, Bethesda, MD 20892
Phone: 301-451-6763

The National Eye Institute (NEI) seeks an outstanding clinician scientist for a tenured or tenure-track position as Chief, Vasomotor Disorders Section in the Laboratory of Sensor motor Research (LSR) in the Division of Intramural Research. This recruitment is directed towards clinicians with expertise in central disorders that affect vision and/or eye movements (including disorders of binocular function).

The Laboratory of Sensor motor Research is devoted to understanding the organization of the brain related to the control of eye movements, visual perception and their disorders. The Vasomotor Disorders Section Chief is expected to create a vigorous research program dedicated to elucidating the role played by these brain mechanisms in human disease, and to explore treatments. The Chief will develop broad investigational plans, independently and in collaboration with other NEI investigators and research scientists in the United States and abroad. The Chief will examine and treat patients, as well as design, implement and conduct research and clinical protocols. An opportunity exists for the Section Chief to recruit staff and supervise training.

Title: Ojibwe Language Coordinator
Location: District I – Nay Ah Shing Schools
Reports To: Principal, Nay Ah Shing School System
Opening Date: January 29, 2009
Closing Date: February 11, 2009

General Description:
The Ojibwe Language Coordinator is responsible for defining and implementing program performance standards for the Nay Ah Shing School and working with students, teachers, speakers and district coordinators to implement Ojibwe Language Instruction for the complete Nay Ah Shing Ojibwe Language program birth through grade 12.


  1. Loves children, can whole-heartedly engage in working with and for them.
  2. Five years experience teaching Ojibwe language.
  3. Fluent in the Ojibwe Language as determined by the Nay Ah Shing Elder Advisory board.
  4. Bachelor’s degree or willingness to take college classes toward a degree.
  5. Understands the relationship of the Ojibwe Language program to the Mille Lacs Community values and supports the mission of both.
  6. Willingness to maintain a high level of competence, exercise discreet judgment and honor confidentiality.
  7. Compliance with the Band’s Drug & Alcohol policy.
  8. Compliance with the background check policy.
  9. Previous supervisory experience.

****Mille Lacs Band member/American Indian preference applies****


  1. Assists in understanding of Language performance standards and their application in the classroom.
  2. Observes classrooms and provides feedback to appropriate administrators, teachers and speakers to incorporate into teacher development plans.
  3. Participates in orientation and mentoring of new faculty. Prepares training sessions for in-service. Participates as appropriate.
  4. Offers Ojibwe Language teaching ideas and alternatives to teachers and staff.
  5. Supervises Ojibwe Language staff, leading staff meetings, providing schedules, work direction, performance appraisals and training as needed.
  6. Models teaching behavior and coaches speakers and teachers.
  7. Designs hands on curriculum in Ojibwe Language for incorporation into the classroom for student development.
  8. Works with the Nay Ah Shing curriculum coordinator to integrate Ojibwe language into curriculum.
  9. Coordinates with classroom teachers to incorporate Mille Lacs History and Culture into curriculum at all levels.
  10. Works with students, coordinators, faculty and staff a minimum of 30 hours per week in Ojibwe Language, monitoring own programs for effectiveness.
  11. Models desired teacher behavior with students in actual classroom settings.
  12. Assists teachers and staff in preparing and implementing improvement plans for individual students who are having difficulty.
  13. Serves as an Ojibwe language program advocate within the Mille Lacs community and government.
  14. Participates in Parent and community meetings, parent activity nights and Elder Advisory meetings.
  15. Encourages Parents and Elders to volunteer.
  16. Conducts self-assessments for the program and uses information to develop planned goals for the upcoming year.
  17. Presents program goals and progress toward goals to School Board as scheduled.

Send resume and cover letter to:
Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe
Shannon Ramsey, Employment Specialist
43408 Oodena Drive
Onamia, MN 56359

Title: Resident Assistant, American Indian Summer Program 2009
Deadline: Friday, May 1st, 2009
Contact: Yolanda Leon, Program Coordinator
Phone: (949) 824-0291
Website: &

American Indian Summer Institute in Computer Science (AISICS) is a two-week (Saturday, June 27 - Sunday, July 12) residential program where students will work with professors, college students, and invited American Indian community members to develop interactive story projects that combine computer game technology with traditional American Indian culture. Students will also participate in field trips, academic workshops, and other courses.

· Must have experience working with Native high school youth
· Must be able to take initiative, have excellent communication and interpersonal skills, and an outgoing personality
· Must have the maturity and responsibility to oversee high school students
· Must participate in ALL scheduled training sessions including CPR, First Aid
· Must go through TB testing and fingerprinting
· Must cultivate knowledge base of the American Indian Summer Programs at UCI
· Prior residence hall experience preferred

Compensation and Benefits
· Paid training (~$350)
· Approximately $2500 + housing and meals for the duration of the program
· Transportation to activities and events for the duration of the program
· Contacts with other American Indian organizations, staff, faculty, graduate and professional programs as well as scholarship information
Title: Two Vacancies with Agricultural Research Service-USDA
Deadline: February 23, 2009
Phone: 309-681-6632

Title I: Biological Science Laboratory Technician - Corn Insects & Crop Genetics Research
Location: Ames, Iowa

Title II: Biological Science Laboratory Technician - Plant Genetics Research
Location: St. Louis, Missouri, Metro Area
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