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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)

Employer: Los Angeles County Dept. of Mental Health, American Indian Counseling Center/AICC in Cerritos
Position: Substance Abuse Counselor
Application Deadline: Immediate Filling!
Position Type: Open Continuous; Monthly
Salary: $2,857.00 (Minimum)/$3,733.27 (Maximum)

Job Description:
Participates as a counselor in a substance abuse program designed for the prevention of substance abuse and the treatment of rehabilitation patients and mental health clients with substance abuse problems. Conducts intake interviews with consumers with co-occurring mental health and substance abuse issues to obtain personal and family data, including a study of the individual or family based on medical, psychological, social and environmental needs. Counsels patients/clients to prevent relapses by assisting them in recognizing casual factors of substance abuse and in developing appropriate coping behavior as it relates to the clients mental health recovery. Maintains a close system of follow-up for previously discharged persons by means of personal visits, telephone and other means of communication and completes records on follow-up activities.

Participates in education activities in both formal academic settings and in treatment or rehabilitation centers to improve knowledge or co-occurring mental health and substance abuse and related areas. Develops and promotes interest in the integrated mental health-substance abuse field by speaking before community groups or coordinating speakers or resource persons. Monitors and documents progress in recovery from alcohol and drug abuse as it relates to clients overall mental healthy recovery and provides patient/client with guidance and assistance regarding community agency or clinic operations.


  • One year’s experience in a substance abuse program serving clients with co-occurring mental health and substance abuse issues, with experience providing physical assessments of patients, counseling of individuals, families and groups, and documentation.
  • Valid California Class C Driver License or ability to utilize an alternative method of transportation when needed

Application: Must be filed on-line only. Applications submitted by U.S. Mail, Fax or in Person will not be accepted.

For further inquiries contact:

Gloria Sheppard, LCSW
Acting Program Head
American Indian Counseling Center

Employer: Ethnic Studies Department, University of California, San Diego
Position: Assistant Professor of Native America/Indigenous Studies---Fall 2012, pending budget approval
Application Deadline: Applications will begin to be reviewed on October 30, 2011, but will continue to accept applications until positions are filled for start date of 07/01/12
Location: San Diego, CA

Job Description:
The Ethnic Studies Department at the University of California, San Diego invites applications for a position as an Assistant Professor of Native American/Indigenous Studies beginning Fall 2012, pending budget approval. We welcome applicants whose work encompasses Native American and Indigenous-centered knowledge production and epistemologies. We will prioritize applicants whose research engages with gender, sexuality, and/or feminism.

We are especially interested in interdisciplinary and intersectional research, including transnational and diasporic contexts, though applicants in all social science or humanities disciplines are encouraged to apply. While the hiring institution is in California, we recognize the transcolonial links that also extend outside of the Americas to the Pacific Islands, Australia and New Zealand, and the common Indigenous political, social, and cultural issues that have given rise to international Indigenous rights and decolonization movements. Candidates with a history of leadership in teaching, mentoring, research or service towards building an equitable and diverse scholarly environment, including active research partnerships with Native American/Indigenous communities, are also urged to apply.

Situated in a region where the US-Mexico border zone, indigenous national and tribal governments, and the Asia-Pacific interact to produce a dynamic geopolitical location, UCSD’s Ethnic Studies Department is a vibrant community of scholars committed to the interdisciplinary study of race, ethnicity, indigeneity, gender, sexuality, class, and dis/ability. The department’s innovative approach represents a commitment to transnational, relational, and intersectional methods for producing critical knowledge about power and inequality, including systems of knowledge that have emerged from racialized and indigenous communities in global contexts. Ethnic Studies is devoted to creative, conceptual, and empirical research; critical pedagogy; collaborations with a broad group of affiliated faculty; and social justice projects developed with and for the university, our home communities, and the broader public.


Please include electronic versions of:

  • Application letter
  • Resume
  • Sample publication of no more than 50 pages
  • Three reference letters
  • *Also invited to submit summary of leadership experience, especially in terms of diversity

Applications accepted electronically online at:

Employer: Native American Research Laboratory, University of Montana, Missoula
Position: Director
Application Deadline: Screening of application will begin November 1st, 2011. Will remain open until filled (submissions post-11/1 may be considered)
Location: Missoula, MT
Position Type: Full-Time/Regular

Job Description:
The University of Montana Native American Research Laboratory (UM NARL) was established in 2007. The primary mission of NARL is to provide advanced “hands-on” research opportunities to Native American students in a highly interdisciplinary and inter-tribally as well as inter-culturally diverse training environment, guided by culturally relevant faculty role models and mentors. Although UM NARL is dedicated to serving Native American students, the participation of non-Native and international students is also a priority to facilitate intercultural exchange. Broadly, the mission of the NARL laboratory includes serving as a training facility to provide research-training opportunities for all students in STEM disciplines, through collaborative interactions with UM faculty and programs within and outside of the university. Currently, UM NARL is equipped as a microbiology, molecular biology, and biochemistry research facility with several active, federally funded projects that provide a broad spectrum of research opportunities for student researchers with diverse interests.

The UM NARL Director will also have a key support role in the University’s Alfred P. Sloan Indigenous Graduate Partnership (SIGP) program. The UM SIGP provides scholarships for indigenous students pursuing advanced degrees in the STEM. Within the SIGP program, the NARL director will focus on recruitment and retention, as well as serve on the program’s steering committee. Position is expected to establish vigorous funded research program and coordinate the administration activities of the NARL program.
***Qualified candidates interested in a tenure-track position in other STEM-based departments are also strongly encouraged to apply.
***Because one of the most significant features of UM NARL, which sets it apart from other minority-serving programs across the nation, is the availability of culturally relevant faculty role models and mentors, qualified Native American, Alaskan Native and Native Hawaiian applicants—groups that have been historically-underrepresented in all STEM disciplines—are strongly encouraged to apply.

Required Experience:
An earned doctorate (Ph.D. or D.Sci.) in a physical or natural science based discipline.

Applying: Upload following materials: *Please note: only five (5) attachments are allowed per application. Please combine documents accordingly.

  • Letter of interest
  • Curriculum Vita
  • Research Plans
  • Brief statement of teaching methods and philosophies
  • Names, addresses, and telephone numbers of three (3) professional references

For more information on job duties/application, please visit:


Employer: University of Minnesota Extension
Position: Regional Director

Application Deadline: November 1, 2011 initial review; positions will remain open until filled
Location(s): Openings in following regions: (NW) Moorhead, MN; (NE) Brainerd, MN; (Central) Farmington or Andover, MN; & (SW) Willmar, MN
Salary: D.O.Q.

Job Description:
The regional director team provides critical functions related to overall management of regional offices, supervision of regional support staff, support for county funding and development and maintenance of stakeholder relationships. This position plays a significant organizational role in developing and strengthening linkages and connecting University resources and communities on critical issues across the region. The regional director will have excellent human relations and organizational skills. This position serves a geographic area. The regional director reports to the director of field operations and works closely with a leadership team in the region, consisting of both programmatic and field operations staff.


  • A Bachelor’s degree is required. A Master’s degree is preferred
  • Demonstrated ability and commitment to work with new, diverse and historically underserved audiences
  • Skills/abilities in developing and maintaining productive partnerships and positive relationships
  • Ability to garner the support and involvement of stakeholders, partners, colleagues and co-workers
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Skills/abilities in managing resources
  • Experience supervising employees
  • Abilities in group facilitation and/or strategic planning
  • Ability to work independently
  • Self-starter
  • Highly motivated
  • Conflict resolution skills

To Apply: submit a cover letter and resume or vitae at following respective sites of interest: (NW Field Office) (NE Field Office) (Central Field Office) (SW Field Office)

Transcript(s) for all college work (unofficial transcripts are acceptable) and three names of professional references (including name and contact information) are also required to complete your application. To submit lists of professional references online, you can attach them to the “references” section of the “Required Documents.” To submit your transcripts online, you can attach them to the additional submitted online should be sent to:

Naaz Babvani
Extension Human Resources
260 Coffey Hall
1420 Eckles Avenue
University of Minnesota
St. Paul, MN 55108
PH: 612-624-3717
Fax: 612-624-7749

For further inquiries into positions contact: Lee Raeth, Director of Field Operations and Search Committee Chair, | 218-838-7483

Employer: Morris K. Udall & Stewart L. Udall Foundation
Position: Program Manager, Native American Congressional Internship Program

Location: Part-time position based in Tucson, AZ, or in Washington, D.C.
Salary: $20,000-$25,000 (part-time position, employee will earn reduced federal benefits)

Job Description:
Program Manager for the Native American Congressional Internship Program manages strategy, implementation, and communication in four principal areas: applicant recruitment and intern selection; Congressional and federal office placements; intern housing and enrichment activities; and alumni development. The Program Manager reports directly to the Senior Program Manager for Education Programs, and works with the Program Manager for the Udall Scholarship Program on Native American recruitment for the undergraduate scholarship.

If based in Tucson, the Program Manager will spend approximately 3 months each year (May 15-August 15) in Washington, D.C., to provide general supervision and professional mentoring of 12 Native American interns. Travel, costs, housing, and a daily stipend will be provided. If based in Washington, D.C., the Program Manger will travel to Tucson several times a year to meet with Education staff and manage the internship selection process.


  • BA/BS Degree
  • Experience mentoring, advising, and/or recruiting Native American college or graduate students
  • Knowledge of policies, issues and problems affecting Indian Country
  • Experience interning or working for the federal government
  • Ability to spend May 15-August 15 living in Washington, D.C.
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal
  • Familiar with Microsoft Word and Excel applications

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master’s or professional degree in Native American studies, indigenous law, public policy, or similar fields.
  • Experience interning or working in the Senate, House, or a committee
  • Previous experience as a residential advisor or in college admissions

Applying: Applicants should submit a cover letter and resume to the Udall Foundation, attn: Jane Curlin; 130 S. Scott Avenue, Tucson, AZ 85701-1922; or e-mail a cover letter and resume (Word or PDF) to Jane Curlin at

Employer: Elliott Museum
Position: President/CEO

Application Deadline: November 7, 2011
Location: Stuart, FL

Job Description:

  • As the CEO, implement final building plans and open and lead the expanded Elliott
  • With the Board and Director of Development, finish the capital campaign
  • Establish the programming and changing exhibition schedule at the Elliott to secure its position as the leading cultural center in the Treasure-Coast region
  • Staff the new building and lead the professional staff
  • Work with and continue to enhance the Board
  • After Museum opens, lead fundraising to attract earned and unearned income for annual needs
  • Expand audiences and reputation beyond those of original Elliott Museum and House of Refuge

Apply: Nominations Welcome! Apply in confidence: E-mail resume (Word document preferred), cover letter, list of 3 references with contact info, and salary requirement to search firm:

Marilyn Hoffman, Museum Search and Reference at

Employer: The Ford Foundation
Position: Program Officer

Application deadline: January 2012
Location: Santiago, Chile

Job description:
The Program Officer will design, implement, monitor and evaluate a portfolio of grants addressing issues
relating to advancing higher education access and success by historically discriminated groups, especially Afro descendants and indigenous people. S/he will be expected to evaluate current strategies against the changing context and identify new priorities for the future in close consultation with a broad range of activists and civil society representatives, government officials, scholars and public policy analysts. The Program Officer should also focus on lessons learned and scaling up opportunities with an eye towards contributing to the design and implementation of public policies.

Substantive knowledge of the Latin American social and educational fields. Appropriate educational background, including an advanced degree in the social sciences, public policy or law. Significant professional and policy experience working with a range of civil society and government actors. Excellent written and oral communication skills. Ability to conceptualize program ideas and strategies. Demonstrated analytical, writing and organizational skills. Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work with colleagues of diverse backgrounds and perspectives. Fluency in Spanish and English.

Employer: Northeast Wisconsin Technical College
Position: Nursing Lab Coordinator

New Part-Time Opportunities!

Employer: Northeast Wisconsin Technical College

Economics Instructors
Anatomy & Physiology Instructors
Chemistry Instructors
Math Instructors
Microbiology Instructors
Physics Instructors
Communication Skill Instructors
Basic Education Instructors
Basic Education Instructors, Metro Region
English Language Learner Instructors
Psychology & Sociology Instructors
General College Reading Prepared Learner Instructors
Electromechanical Instructors
Nursing Lab Coordinator

Other Openings: Marketing Supervisor; Electrical Instructor, Marinette, LTE (2); Shipfitter Instructor, Marinette, LTE; Pipefitter Instructor, Marinette, LTE; Welding Instructor, Marinette, LTE; Science Learning Assistant, 75%; Public Safety Assistant, Part-Time; Dean, Corporate Training and Economic Development

West Regional Learning Center Openings: Accounting Instructors, Part-Time; Psychology/Sociology Instructors, Part-Time; Nursing Assistant Instructors, Part-Time

Location: Green Bay, WI

Employer: American Indian College Fund
Position: Program Officer

Location: Denver, CO

Job description:
The very nature of this position requires a strong belief in and support for education in Native communities. In order to recruit, administer and support TCU faculty, the incumbent must provide assistance to candidates and subsequently the recipients of the various awards, including helping them understand the importance of completing the fellowship requirements and understanding the positive impact the program has on their TCU. The incumbent must also provide support and assistance (where appropriate) during those times when completion of the program’s requirements is challenging. This can best be achieved by somebody who has excellent program management skills and is familiar with TCUs and the American Indian communities they serve.

Please e-mail a letter of interest, report writing sample (maximum of three to four pages), salary requirements and resume to:


Employer: Cultural Survival
Position: Part-time employee

Location: Cambridge, MA

Contact: Send resume and cover letter to Mark Camp, Deputy Executive Director at

Job description:
The Development Assistant serves as member of a small development team and reports to the Director of Development. Tasks include sorting of incoming mail, processing electronic and paper donations, gift acknowledgement, preparing outgoing mail, maintaining constituent records, creating reports, magazine subscription management, drafting correspondence, answering the phone, customer service, donor database maintenance, outreach at events (including bazaars), and implementing donor appeals. Candidate’s skills should include a familiarity with Raiser’s Edge, Excel, Word, Adobe, and the Internet. Candidates must be very organized and pay attention to detail. Ability to follow instructions and problem solve.

Candidate’s skills should include a familiarity with Raiser’s Edge, Excel, Word, Adobe, and the internet. Candidates must be very organized and pay attention to detail with ability to follow instructions and problem solve.

Cultural Survival is an equal opportunity employer. Native Americans and other Indigenous Peoples are encouraged to apply.
Employer: National Institutes of Health

Tenure Track Investigator; Scientific Director, Division of Intramural Research (DIR); Director, Clinical Research Program; Staff Scientist, Laboratory of Systems Biology: The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID; Tenure-Track Investigator, Clinical/Translational Research: National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke; Clinician Investigator, Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke; Program Director, National Children’s Study; Staff Scientist, National Cancer Institute; Staff Clinician, Internal Medicine Consult Service (IMCS) of the Clinical Center (CC) and the Undiagnosed Diseases Program (UDP), Office of Rare Diseases, National Human Genome Research Institute and the Clinical Center

Link to NIH Fellowships, Staff Scientist and Tenured/Tenure-Track Research Positions

Link to NIH Jobs

Searchable database of all NIH intramural research projects

Clinical Training at NIH

Earl Stadtman Investigator Application website:

Lasker Clinical Research Scholars Program

National Children’s Study

Employer: Employer: Creighton University Center for Health Policy and Ethics
Position: Program Director, Master of Public Health Degree Program

Application deadline: Open until filled
Location: Creighton University, Omaha, NE

Job Description:
The Program Director will launch the new fully on-line MPH Program, recruit faculty, and lead
The program’s continued development. The Program Director is expected to actively engage in
The teaching, research, and service activities of CHPE. The Program Director is also expected to
establish and implement the program’s strategic goals and collaborate to promote public health
and the mission of CHPE. The Program Director reports directly to the Director of CHPE.

A terminal doctoral degree in public health or a related field, express strong leadership skills,
demonstrate commitment to teaching students online and to the values and mission of Jesuit

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