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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)

Title: Faculty Research Position
Location: University of Maine

Position Summary: Native American Programs at the University of Maine invites applications for a faculty research position with a primary focus on research and outreach with Wabanaki Tribal Nations in Maine - Passamaquoddy, Penobscot, Houlton Band of Maliseets and Aroostook Band of Micmacs. The successful candidate will be expected to generate external research funding in cooperation with other Native American Programs personnel and UMaine faculty; and will be required to teach at least one course a year in Native American Studies that focuses on Wabanaki peoples. The candidate will also be expected to work with the Coordinator of Native American Research to develop research protocols with the Tribal Nations of Maine. A Ph.D. or other terminal degree is required by the time of appointment and the candidate should show promise of excellence in scholarship along with a demonstrated commitment of outreach to Native American communities. Review of applications will begin the middle of April and continue until a suitable applicant is found.

Application materials must include a letter of application, CV, three letters of reference and a writing sample. Applications should be directed to: Prof. Darren Ranco, Chair of Search Committee, 5724 Dunn Hall, University of Maine, Orono, ME 04469. The University of Maine is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

Title: Director of Communications, NIEA
Location: Washington, DC
Fax: 202-544-7293, attn: Nancy Dewire

Position Summary: This position is responsible for creating and executing an overarching communications plan to promote and expand the influence and capacity of the NIEA to accomplish its mission and increase awareness and service to its members, constituents, strategic partners, funders, volunteers, opinion and policy setters, and Native American students, families, and communities. The position reports directly to the Executive Director.

Essential Functions for the position include, but are not limited to: establish and implement an overarching communications plan to promote and expand the influence, capacity, and sustainability of the organization and its mission; establish and implement a media relations plan encompassing all aspects and services of the organization; foster working relationships with journalists, reporters, opinion and policy setters, and all print, electronic, video, and other media; establish, develop, and implement a plan to use social media to increase the influence of the organization; create consistent and uniform messages on behalf of the organization; create and build future fund development opportunities; develop and deliver training to volunteers and staff on media relations and communication plan, effective use of social media, communicating consistent organizational messages, and how to increase potential fund development opportunities for the organization; assist in man! aging the development, updating, and effective use of the technical infrastructure and website contained with the organization; tell the story of NIEA's success: create web and print news stories about NIEA in our members' communities; develop promotional material (video, web and print) for NIEA events; other innovative ways to reach and increase a diverse membership base; and other duties as assigned by the Executive Director.

For qualifications, please see website.
NIEA will be accepting resumes and writing samples (3-5 pages) from qualified applicants. Please complete the attached application and send with cover letter, resume, writing samples and the names of three references who are familiar with your ability to accomplish the requirements of the present position to: or fax them to: 202-544-7293, attn: Nancy Dewire.

Title: Executive Assistant
Location: Dearborn, Michigan
Fax: 313-846-0150

Position Summary: The Executive Assistant will directly assist the Executive Director of an Urban Indian Health clinic and will be responsible for a wide range of administrative and executive support related tasks. Must be able to work independently, with little or no supervision. Responsible for relieving management of administrative detail, tracking delegated tasks, drafting correspondence, assisting with grant writing, drafting of forms, agreements, and position descriptions, administrative processing of personnel information, developing and/or maintaining an administrative procedures manual and filing system, and coordinating meetings and events. Performs clerical duties as needed, such as documenting purchases and incoming revenue, filing, photocopying, and collating. Performs other duties as assigned.

Please send a cover letter (include the position that you are applying for, a summary of your interest and qualifications for the position, and minimum salary requirements), resume, a list of three professional references, and a writing sample of a business letter to:

American Indian Health and Family Services of Southeastern Michigan, Inc.
Attn: Jackie Allison, Administrative Assistant
P.O. Box 810
Dearborn, MI 48121

Title: STEM Resource/Demonstration Coordinator
Deadline: Open until filled
Location: Wisconsin


The College of Menominee Nation has a great new project funded by USDA and they are looking for a new employee to work as a liaison across CMN, UW Madison, and the Menominee Community to help train classroom teachers and strengthen their classroom curriculum to help develop more culturally-based STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) educational materials for grades 6-12.

UW Madison is the administrator of this $4.7 million dollar USDA grant and CMN is the primary partner. All work would be carried out in Shawano and Menominee County. The primary school targets are Menominee Indian School District and Menominee Tribal School. At some point other local schools may be asked to join especially if UW/CMN want higher participation levels. Please note that CMN would be your employer and you'd have an office at CMN for this 5 year grant. The job description from CMN is here if you are interested in applying (I would apply this week if interested):

Title: Development Officer
Location: American Indian College Fund—Denver, CO

Position Summary: This position exists to focus on developing expertise in corporate, corporate foundation fundraising. The incumbent will identify champion support and align donor strategy with charitable giving opportunities to meet individual revenue goal. The development officer will have the necessary skills to independently manage a fundraising portfolio and reach fundraising expectations as set by director.

Job Responsibilities:

  1. Builds and maintains relationships with donors and prospects in portfolio.
  2. Raises funds with limited guidance of director to help reach the Corporate and Tribal Development team’s annual fundraising goal.
  3. Creates mechanisms to communicate with donor base in portfolio.
  4. Contributes to the enhancement of fundraising strategy for the team and the Fund

Title: Associate Dean for Inclusion & Professional Development
Location: Cornell University, Ithaca, New York

Position Summary: Associate Dean for Inclusion & Professional Development, Graduate School Cornell University is seeking candidates for the position of Associate Dean for Inclusion & Professional Development in the Graduate School. The Associate Dean is a core member of the Graduate School ( leadership team, and provides vision, direction, and coordination for Graduate School initiatives to enhance the academic and professional development of graduate and professional students with a primary focus on students from groups historically underrepresented in graduate education. The Associate Dean will be responsible for strategic leadership in defining and implementing programs that foster competencies and develop skills to enhance students' academic success, improve retention and completion rates, and prepare students to pursue academic and non-academic careers following attainment of their degrees. S/he will proactively counsel and advise graduate and professional students to ensure a high level of support for developing skills required for successful completion of a graduate or professional degree, and will build effective collaborations and partnerships with other offices within the university, among peer institutions, and with appropriate external organizations including funding agencies. The Associate Dean will also serve as the primary Graduate School representative on campus diversity and inclusion initiatives as assigned by the Dean. In addition, s/he will collaborate with graduate student organizations at the university level to facilitate leadership and provide guidance with regard to graduate student professional development, retention, completion, academic success, and career search strategies. S/he will assist graduate fields in applying best practices for successfully recruiting and supporting a diverse graduate and professional student body.

To apply, please submit a resume/CV, letter of application, and a list of 3 references. Include a statement describing your experiences and your vision for how you would develop and foster programs to address the responsibilities described above. Materials may be submitted online at (Req. #14509). For additional information and to obtain the complete job description, please contact Kelly Tillotson at (607)255-5864 or

Title: Academic Advisor and Recruitment Specialist, Northeast Wisconsin Technical College (NWTC)
Deadline: Open until filled

Position Summary: This position assists in the development and delivery of services in academic advising and career exploration. The individual in this position is expected to understand and interpret policy with discretion; make appropriate referrals; and be knowledgeable in academic advising, career services, and employment resources.

General Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree and at least one year related work experience.
  • Working knowledge of advising, career, and job placement technologies such as TechConnect, WCIS, and Wisconsin JobNet and their application.
  • Knowledge of Student Centered, Learning College theory and principles.
  • Knowledge of college enrollment management tools.
  • Knowledge of financial aid processes.
  • Experience planning, organizing, promoting and implementing events, such as campus wide events, educational workshops, in-services, etc.
  • Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain effective and cooperative working relationships with individuals at all levels in the organization including students, staff and the public.
  • Demonstrated skill in communicating effectively, both orally and in writing.
  • Demonstrated skill in communications and human relations with populations having diverse socio-economic and racial backgrounds.
  • Ability to travel to various locations within the district.

Title: Assistant to the Special Advisors, President’s Office
Location: University of Arizona, Tucson
Deadline: Open until Filled

Position Summary: The Assistant to the Special Advisors provides creative, resourceful and culturally sensitive leadership in support of the Special Advisors to the President - advancing Native American and other diversity initiatives across the campus and community. The Assistant is primarily responsible for providing administrative and programmatic support to the Special Advisors to the President along with planning and organizing priorities. This position requires a demonstrated ability to work independently and professionally with minimal supervision, exercising independent decision-making, and coordinating broad initiatives that affect a diverse population.

The Assistant is an integral member of a dynamic, fast paced and dedicated team. This individual will interact with a broad array of diverse campus and external constituencies, including tribal leaders and Native nations, requiring excellent interpersonal skills, tact and discretion.

This position reports to the Special Advisor to the President on Native American Affairs and the Special Advisor to the President for Diversity and Inclusion.

Title: Corporate Relations and Events Officer
Deadline: Open until Filled

Position Summary: American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) is seeking to hire a Corporate Relations and Events Officer for the Albuquerque, NM based national non-profit headquarters office, The Corporate Relations/Events Officer is responsible for key functions of delivering quality national events; cultivating and maintaining corporate and government sponsorships and exhibitors; event sales strategies and implementation; supervising vendor contracts and executing site selection strategies. Infrequent travel may be required for organization meeting and events.

General Requirements:

  • BA/BS
  • 2 years experience in Conference/Event management
  • Customer service and/or sales experience
  • Competency in MS Office Suite to include Excel, Word, PowerPoint as well as experience with database and graphics software.
  • Experience in a non-profit environment preferred.

AISES is an equal opportunity employer and provides excellent salary and benefits. AISES exercises Indian preference in employment.

Qualified candidates should submit their resumes to: or by mail to: AISES, Attn: Business and Development Director, 2305 Renard SE, Suite 200, Albuquerque, NM 87106.

Title: Multiple Positions at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College
Deadlines: Varies

Northeast Wisconsin Technical College (NWTC) is seeking qualified candidates for the positions of Maintenance Mechanic, PM Hours; Corporate Services Agreement Support, LTE; and Dean, Business and Information Technology.

Our employees and friends of the College are our best source for reaching out to qualified candidates. As always, we encourage the application of qualified minority candidates as well as those with disabilities. We are asking your assistance in sharing our opportunity to individuals that you feel would be qualified.

Thank you for your help; please do not hesitate to contact NWTC’s Human Resources ( or 920/498-6286) with any questions.

Title: Manager of Annual Giving

Position Summary: Develops, implements, analyzes, and adapts direct response Annual Giving Program, including mail, telephone and electronic outreach to ensure program growth through renewals and acquisitions. Responsible for review and communication to ensure accuracy of gift and donor data related to this program. Coordinate and implement donor acknowledgement process for the direct response Annual Giving Program and Monthly Giving Program.

For a full job description and for details about requirements contact:
American Indian College Fund
Human Resources Department
8333 Greenwood Blvd.
Denver, CO 80221

Office: (303) 426-8900, ext. 332
Fax: (303) 426-1200

Title: Program Officer - Wakanyeja "Sacred Little Ones" (5 MILLION DOLLAR GRANT)

Position Summary: This position is responsible for assisting with developing and directly administering the Wakanyeja "Sacred Little Ones" Project for the American Indian College Fund. The Wakanyeja "Sacred Little Ones" Project is a development of the American Indian College Fund, working in collaboration with the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, to support tribal colleges and universities in the provision of high quality early education services. These services include early childhood programs, teacher certification and curriculum development, parent involvement and training, coordination and alignment of community resources and the collection and dissemination of best practices. All services are focused on learning outcomes that prepare American Indian children and other vulnerable children in Native communities for kindergarten entry and later school success.

For a full job description and for details about requirements contact:
American Indian College Fund
Human Resources Department
8333 Greenwood Blvd.
Denver, CO 80221

Office: (303) 426-8900, ext. 332
Fax: (303) 426-1200

Title: Museum Assistant, Native American Resource Center
Location: UNC Pembroke

Position Summary: Individual will work a modified full-time schedule, 8AM to 5PM, Tuesday through Saturday. He/she greets the public; schedules and conducts tours, provides information to visitors regarding ethnographic and artistic collections and American Indian culture and history; schedules other events related to the mission of the Resource Center; operates audio-visual equipment; performs administrative support duties; and assists senior museum staff in various facets of the general operation of the Resource Center. Knowledge of the University, of American Indian history and culture, and of museum practices is essential.

General Requirements:

  • B. A. degree in American Indian Studies, Anthropology or a closely related discipline or have an equivalent combination of training and experience in the museum and cultural arts field
  • Broad knowledge of Native American history and culture, and be able to demonstrate extensive experience working successfully with American Indian agencies and constituencies.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, and considerable background in museum operations and computer use.

To see full description and to apply, visit UNC Pembroke’s Human Resources website:
Click on “search postings” and then under Department select “Native American Resource Center.” Then click on “search” and on the subsequent page click on “view.”

Title: Tenure-track entry-level or advanced Assistant Professor of English
Location: University of Tulsa
Deadline: Until filled

The University of Tulsa seeks a tenure-track entry-level or advanced Assistant Professor of English, commencing August 2011, with research interests in digital humanities and 20th /21st-century literature and culture. Tulsa is a home to the Modernist Journals Project, an important digital humanities initiative. The McFarlin Library’s Special Collections have significant 20th-century archival holdings. We see English as a broad field with fluid boundaries, encompassing interests in film, creative writing, art, media studies, history of the book, women’s and gender studies, periodical studies and other interdisciplinary areas. Teaching will include departmental courses and graduate seminars, participation in a humanities-based general curriculum and honors program, and service on dissertation committees.

Send letter of application, vita, and dossier to Professor Lars Engle, Chair, Faculty of English, The University of Tulsa, 800 S. Tucker Dr., Tulsa, OK 74104-3189. Digital applications will be accepted and can be emailed to: Review of applications will begin 25 February 2011 and continue until the position is filled. The University of Tulsa is an EEO/AA employer.

Title: Senior Scholar
Location: University of Tulsa
Deadline: Until filled

The University of Tulsa seeks a senior scholar, commencing January 2012 or August 2012, in 19-century American literature and culture to fill the Chapman Chair in English. Interests in Native American literature and culture are particularly welcome. Both the McFarlin Library’s Special Collections and the Gilcrease Museum of the Americas (which is now under the University’s stewardship) have significant archival holdings in this area. We see English as a broad field with fluid boundaries, encompassing interests in film, creative writing, art, media studies, history of the book, digital humanities, women’s and gender studies, periodical studies and other interdisciplinary areas. Teaching will include departmental courses and graduate seminars, participation in a humanities-based general curriculum and honors program, service on dissertation committees, and direction of dissertations.

Letter of application, vita, and contact information for three recommenders should be addressed to Professor Lars Engle, Chair, Faculty of English, The University of Tulsa, 800 S. Tucker Dr., Tulsa, OK 74104-3189. Review of applications will begin in March 2011 and continue until the position is filled. The University of Tulsa is an EEO/AA employer.

Title: Assistant Professor, Indigenous/Native Creative Media, (Position Number: 0070043)
Location: University of Hawaii at Manoa, Academy for Creature Media
Deadline: Open until filled, review of applications begins January 12, 2011
School Website:
Job Posting Site:

Duties and Responsibilities:
§ Teach and develop a curricular program in screenwriting, digital cinema production, and indigenous/native critical media studies.
§ Publish refereed scholarly work and/or produce public exhibition of creative work.
§ Perform departmental, university, educational outreach, and professional service.
§ Develop, write, and administer grants and awards.
§ Develop collaborative partnerships with indigenous/native creative media organizations, and professionals.
§ Other duties assigned by the chair.

Minimum Qualifications:
§ Terminal degree (doctorate or MFA) in appropriate and related field.
§ Record of successful teaching at the undergraduate level.
§ Record of scholarly or creative work in indigenous/native creative media or relevant field.

Desirable Qualifications:
§ Record of scholarly and creative work in indigenous creative media or relevant field, with an emphasis on Asia, the Pacific or North America.
§ Professional creative media production experience.
§ Working relationships with professionals and organizations in the creative media industry.

Inquiries: Dr. Konrad Ng;

Title: Instructional Specialist Coordinator
Location: University of Arizona

Department: Community, Environment & Policy, College of Public Health
(The job code online is 40150 and Job Number is 46447, with Dept 4206)

Position Summary: The purpose of this position is to develop public health emergency preparedness distance-based and self-study curricula for the Mountain West Preparedness and Emergency Response Learning Center (MWPERLC) training program. This person will also be responsible for delivering face-to-face instruction/training to public health professionals throughout the state of Arizona and will serve as the public information liaison to coordinate training activities with Training Coordinators/Tribal Liaisons in our service area states; Montana, Utah, Nevada, New Mexico, and Colorado.
The incumbent will work closely with Subject Matter Experts to develop preparedness workshops to meet our local, state, tribal, and border public health partners training needs. This person will be responsible for formulating preparedness training materials and lesson plans for on-line and face-to-face delivery and will work with evaluation team members to assess the effectiveness of the MWPERLC trainings.

Title: Indigenous Anthropologist, (2011-2012 school year)
Location: California State University, San Marcos
Contact: Bonnie Bade, Ph.D.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: PhD in Cultural Anthropology with applied research in the areas of health, health care, and medicine in Native American communities. Candidates should have experience in collaborative research and applied medical anthropology involving health care, health disparities, and culturally appropriate health care interventions to address health issues in Native American communities. This person is expected to develop collaborative health research projects and coursework with local tribal and indigenous communities. This person must be capable of delivering course work in indigenous anthropology, medical anthropology, and cultural anthropology at all levels of the major.

DESIRED/PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: Demonstrated experience with issues surrounding culturally and linguistically appropriate health service delivery, structural and economic barriers to medical care, complementary and alternative medicine, and collaborative approaches to improving health service utilization and health care. Desirable attributes of the candidate would be a proven track record of success in writing, winning, and managing grants to support work in cross cultural health care.
Title: Jobs Opportunities with the Bureau of Indian Education
Deadline: Continuous recruitment

The BIE (Bureau of Indian Education) is a federal agency under the U.S. Department of Interior, with headquarters located in Washington, DC. They operate 184 elementary and secondary schools located on 64 reservations in 23 states. The BIE seeks teachers, school administrators, counselors, psychologists, and support staff. Beginning salary for a BIE teacher with a Bachelor’s degree, certificate/license with no experience can expect a starting salary of $39,505.

To search for vacancies, contact the BIE School of your choice or go to the BIE website at Application materials for positions are to be sent directly to the school to which you are applying. Application process includes a full federal background check.
Title: Director of Scholarships

Position Summary: Directs and disburses over $5 million in scholarship support to American Indian Students attending Tribal Colleges and Mainstream universities.

In order to fulfill a core mission of the American Indian College Fund the Director of Scholarships manages all aspects of both the special and general scholarship programs. The special scholarship program supports American Indian students at tribal colleges and universities and at mainstream institutions and often includes programmatic components. The general scholarship program works with over 30 tribal colleges and universities to provide scholarships to American Indian students at these institutions only. The Director of Scholarships will be responsible for providing training, direction, and evaluation for all members of the scholarship team. The primary aspects of scholarship program management include recruiting, managing the on-line application process, maintaining the scholarship database, ensuring that scholarships are properly awarded, creating accurate and timely scholarship reports, managing scholarship programmatic components, and tracking and providing student data to the organization.

For more information, visit our website at

Please email a letter of interest, report writing sample (maximum of three to four pages), salary requirements and résumé to:

American Indian College Fund
Human Resources Department
8333 Greenwood Boulevard
Denver, CO 80221

Fax: 303-426-1200

Title: Executive Director, Urban Early Childhood Immersion Project
Deadline: Please contact employer directly

Wicoie Nandagikendan is an immersion and revitalization project of both Dakota and Ojibwe languages in Minneapolis. It is a collaboration of community based Native American Early Childhood programs coordinated by the Alliance of Early Childhood Professionals, Four Directions Family Learning Center, Minneapolis Public Schools, and the University of Minnesota’s Department of American Indian Studies. The Executive Director will provide comprehensive leadership with a diverse group of people collaborating with organizations to create a pathway that will create fluent Dakota and Ojibwe speakers that will also lead towards academic achievement.

General Requirements:

  • Demonstrated leadership and success in managing large complex projects
  • Experience with community engagement, collaboration, and networking
  • Acute awareness of Native American philosophies
  • Historical and Cultural knowledge of Dakota and Ojibwe peoples
  • Experience with language acquisition in early childhood settings
  • Extensive training in language acquisition of indigenous languages
  • Understanding of preschool and public school systems, expectations, and evaluations
  • Strong developmentally appropriate Early Childhood Education philosophy
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