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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

NWP-NAMS Recruitment: Head Start Positions : NM, TX, OK, MN, ND, SD, NE, KS, AK

Native Workplace is working with Native American Management Services (NAMS) in seeking Head Start Training and Technical Assistance (T/TA) providers for work to support American Indian-Alaska Native (AI-AN) Head Start activities.

T/TA Specialists are needed throughout Indian Country and the successful candidates would work from their home.

T/TA Specialists' activities include assessing the needs of the assigned Head Start grantees, working closely with the State-based TTA Services contractors, and the ACF Regional offices. Specialists will work directly with grantees to assist in the development of annual T/TA plans, support risk assessment meetings, and work with grantees to assist their compliance with 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.

Specialists 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 AI-AN population. The T/TA Specialists 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.

Master's Degree strongly preferred in Education, Child Development or related Social Sciences subject, Bachelor's Degree required. Experience providing T/TA and consultation to Head Start, including experience working with Tribes and Alaskan Natives is required. The successful candidate must be able to work independently and collaboratively under critical time frames and be able to work with complex and sensitive information. This position does involve travel.

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Please type "NAMS Head Start" in the subject box

Early Literacy Content Specialist
Family & Community Partnership Content Specialist
Infant/Toddler Content Specialist

Title: Extension Educator- Horticulture (50%-time Position)
Location: Douglas County Extension Office, Alexandria, MN
Deadline: March 27, 2009. Open until filled.
Contact: Naaz Babvani, Extension Human Resources
Phone: 612-624-3717
Website(s): &

This half-time Extension Educator will primarily focus on providing support for horticulture programs that are relevant to the local communities of Douglas County. This support will involve local program development, delivery, marketing, and evaluation. This position will also give supervision and direction to the county Master Gardener program. The position will also be responsible for providing technical assistance and information in the area of horticulture. Special effort will be required to maintain competency in the horticulture discipline area.

Education: A Bachelor's degree is required. A Master's degree preferred. A degree or concentrated course work in a field related to horticulture is required.

Experience: Previous experience as an Extension professional or in a related professional educational position is required.

Title: Director, Center for Early Care and Education. Req # SI9011
Deadline: Open until filled.
Fax: (202) 884-8413
Mail: AED/HR, 1825 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C. 20009
Website: & (direct link)

The Academy for Educational Development (AED)’s American Indian/Alaska Native Head Start Training and Technical Assistance (T/TA) System for Region 11 manages the provision of training and technical assistance to American Indian/Alaska Native Head Start/Early Head Start programs in 27 states.

The person in this position has overall responsibility for the project. The Director provides fiscal and programmatic oversight of the project and serves as the primary contact person for communication with the Regional Office, federal agencies and national organizations. The Director oversees and maintains the quality of all training and technical assistance work provided for Region 11, ensuring complete and timely delivery of technical assistance to Head Start/Early Head Start grantees at the local level. In addition, the person will coordinate with the Region 11 Regional Office Staff for clarity on project direction, and work with them to promote Head Start activities for improving the quality of life for children and families.

Title: Staff Scientist, Laboratory of Neurogenetics (LNG), Intramural Research Program (IRP).
Location: Bethesda.
Deadline: March 24, 2009.
Contact: Peggy Grothe
Phone: (410) 558-8012
Websites: and

The National Institute on Aging (NIA), Intramural Research Program (IRP), is recruiting for a Staff Scientist position in the Cell Biology and Gene Expression Unit of the Laboratory of Neurogenetics (LNG), located in Bethesda, Maryland. This is a renewable position with an initial 5 year appointment for a highly motivated individual with a strong background and extensive experience in molecular and cell biology. Extensive experience in gene cloning and mutagenesis, recombinant protein expression and purification and associated kinase assays, mammalian tissue culture methods and analyses including confocal microscopy is required. Prior experience in array platforms, including gene expression and protein arrays is also needed. Specific knowledge of the biological functions of gene products related to Parkinson’s disease and related disorders is highly desirable. The incumbent will be expected to train and assist other members of the laboratory including students and fellows and will be expected to take a key role in maintaining research continuity within the laboratory.

Title: 2009 Summer Employment Opportunity Resident Advisor (RA)
Deadline: March 31, 2009
Location: University of Colorado at Boulder – Upward Bound Program
Contact: Justin M. Boos, Assistant Director
Phone: (303) 492-2884
Website: &

The University of Colorado at Boulder Upward Bound program (CUUB) is seeking to fill Resident Advisor (RA) positions for the Summer Academic Institute beginning June 7 and ending July 26, 2009.

Responsibilities Include:
Providing direct supervision to approximately 8-12 students while in the residence halls and during program-sponsored activities. Students are recruited from high schools located on or near 13 rurally isolated Native American reservations located throughout the United States.
Enforcing compliance of residence hall rules and policies.
Conducting daily dorm meetings with students for student accountability and information dissemination purposes.
Assisting in the tutoring process during study hall sessions.
Transporting students during recreational and learning activities.
Providing for the general welfare of program participants by ensuring their safety and well being throughout the summer institute.

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

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