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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)

Employer: Peace Corps
Title: Information Technology Specialist
Location: Washington, Dist of Columbia
Salary Range: Min: $53,350 - $119,327
Application Deadline: 03/21/2013

Job Description:
This position is in the Operations group within the Office of the Chief Information Officer of the Peace Corps. Our Domestic Infrastructure systems are located in the Agency's onsite data center, and are the hub of the network which connects all our sites -- providing core infrastructure services such as network authentication, email, mobile device support, storage, web services, and a wide range of enterprise databases and applications. The IT Specialist role entails providing on-site business-day support of the Peace Corps HQ windows and Linux Systems including, System Administration, patching, performing backups, and disaster recovery operations. Other duties include monitoring of server uptime, performance of routine operational maintenance procedures, completion of daily operational checklists, tier-one troubleshooting and incident escalation, and providing additional as-needed support to the Infrastructure Operations, Engineering, and Deskside Support teams. Coordinates system operation/maintenance efforts. Determines the actions required of various units that must contribute to the operation and maintenance of the broadcasting system. Establishes coordinated schedules and milestones for the operation and maintenance functions. Sets up, operates, and monitors computer systems and peripheral equipment such as printers, tape drives, scanners, and external modems.


  • Ability to communicate effectively other than in writing
  • Ability to communicate in writing
  • Ability to plan and execute work.
  • Knowledge of computer hardware/software technologies
  • Knowledge of computer languages, utilities, machines, and access methods.
  • Knowledge of electronic analog and/or digital communications systems.
  • Knowledge of the techniques and theories characteristic of electronics.
  • Knowledge of basic electronics theory and operating principles.
  • Attention to Detail
  • Oral Communication
  • Ability to apply basic analytical methods to various aspects of assigned program or project areas.
  • Knowledge of automated data processing functions, operating systems, software applications, and utility programs.
  • Customer Service
  • Knowledge of program support practices and procedures.
  • Problem Solving
  • Knowledge of information technology systems administration.


Employer: NCAI
Title: Associate Victim Advocate

Location: Washington, Dist of Columbia
Salary Range: Salary will be determined based on experience
Application Deadline: 03/25/2013

Job Description:
As a member of the organization’s External Affairs team, the Program Associate (Membership & Communications) will assist in the creation, editing, and publishing of content on the organization’s digital communications platforms including websites, social media platforms, email management software, and any other projects as required. They will work with the organization’s other teams to ensure each team’s online content remains updated. Primary responsibilities include: supporting the maintenance of the NCAI website and initiative websites, assisting with the production and distribution of media items, working with outside vendors to ensure project completion, producing and editing online copy including various email communications, and editing and producing videos.


  • One to two years of experience in digital communications and/or online advocacy campaign management. (Motivated, recent graduates with applicable skill sets and student leadership background will be considered);
  • Strong written communication and editorial skills;
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously;
  • Advanced computer skills with experience in social media platforms, web publishing, and management tools;
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office;
  • Works well independently and in collaborative project settings;
  • Able to see projects through from start to finish with little oversight;
  • Excellent attention to detail and organizational skills;
  • Bachelor’s degree. Major in communications, marketing, or journalism would be helpful. A degree in Native American studies, policy, or law will also be considered a plus.

The ideal candidate will also possess:

  • Background or experiencing in Native American affairs;
  • Proficient in HTML;
  • Proficiency in Adobe Creative Suite;
  • Any graphic design or developmental experience;
  • Experience with GIS mapping.

Contact: To apply, submit a cover letter, resume, brief writing sample and the names of three references, by email (preferred) or mail to: National Congress of American Indians Attn: Nketia Agyeman 1516 P St, NW Washington, DC 20005

Employer: Peace Corps
Title: Associate Victim Advocate

Location: Washington, Dist of Columbia
Salary Range: Min: $53,350 - $96,689
Application Deadline: 03/25/2013

Job Description:
This position is located in the Peace Corps, Office of Victim Advocacy and reports to the Director, Office of Victim Advocacy (Senior Victim Advocate). The incumbent is responsible for advocacy activities related to the agency's support of Volunteers who are victims of crime including sexual assault. Maintains full understanding of the agency's programs, policies, and procedures related to all support functions and services for Volunteers, with particular emphasis on outreach, counseling and health care, and safety and security. Maintains regular communications and outreach to victims to ensure access to and continuation of appropriate care, support and assistance. Keeps the Director of OVA informed of concerns, trends, deficiencies, successes, best practices, and all other related topics and matters concerning the agency's response and support to crime victims. Identifies areas of improvement, where possible, and makes recommendations to ensure better response and support for victims.


  • Skill in developing outreach, awareness, and educational materials
  • Skill in providing training to stakeholders.
  • Ability to develop training materials.
  • Skill providing support to and empowering victims of crime.
  • Knowledge of confidentiality and privacy in the context of victim advocacy.
  • Knowledge of Microsoft PowerPoint or similar presentation program.
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Excel or a similar spreadsheet software application.
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Word or similar word processing program.
  • Knowledge of the support services provided to victims of crime including sexual violence within a systems-based or community-based advocacy program.
  • KSA Name
  • Knowledge of victims' rights and the support services provided to victims of crime including sexual violence within the criminal justice system.

If you are interested in applying please visit the Avue Central website at

Employer: Native Arts & Cultures Foundation
Title: Program Associate

Location: Vancouver, WA
Salary Range: $45,000 - $50,000
Application Deadline: March 29, 2013

Job Description:
The Native Arts and Cultures Foundation is seeking a Program Associate to work under the supervision of the Program Director. Essential duties will include general support for all aspects of the fellowships and grants programs including liaison duties with partner organizations, grantees and panelists, technical support, administrative and clerical support, customer service, event coordination, minutes, power point presentations, grant report intakes and other duties as assigned. A BA or BS (or equivalent educational and work experience) is required with at least three to five years grant-making or program experience in an arts or culture-related environment.

Minimum Qualification Requirements:

  1. A BA or BS or equivalent educational and work experience.
  2. At least three to five years grant-making or program experience in an arts or culture-related environment.
  3. A demonstrated self-starter with initiative, judgment and great organizational skills.
  4. Experience working/volunteering in nonprofit organizations.
  5. Advanced working knowledge of Windows applications, Microsoft word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook.
  6. Ability to operate basic office equipment such as computers, copy machines, calculator, keyboard and facsimile machines.
  7. Valid driver’s license and willingness to use properly insured car.
  8. A great attitude under deadlines and pressure.

Desired Qualifications:

  1. Knowledge and understanding of database and donor software programs.
  2. Experience working in business and private sector.
  3. An arts background.
  4. Cultural competence, specifically knowledge and understanding of Native peoples and tribes.

Contact Reuben Roqueni, Program Director, via email at for further questions or to apply (please send a resume and cover letter).

Employer: University of Minnesota Extension
Title: County Extension Educator, Agriculture Production Systems/ Home & Community Horticulture

Location: Minnesota
Salary Range: Salary commensurate with education and experience.
Application Deadline: April 12, 2013

Job Description:
This Extension educator will primarily focus on providing education and support for crop, horticulture, and livestock programs that are relevant to the local communities in Norman/Mahnomen counties. This support will involve local program development, teaching, marketing, evaluation, coordination logistics and participation in scholarly research. A majority of time and effort will be focused on involvement with the above efforts. This position will also be responsible for giving supervision and education to the Norman county weed management program. This position will also work as a local coordinator for farmers participating in the on-farm research network supported by MN wheat. .Special effort will be required to maintain competency in multiple EFANS discipline areas as well as knowledge of local/federal/state related programs.


     Bachelor’s degree is required;
     Master’s degree is preferred.
     At least one degree in an agriculture and/or horticulture related discipline is required.

     Experience as an Extension professional or other educationally-related position (within horticulture or agriculture production systems) is      preferred.

    Excellent oral and written communication skills required.
    The ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships with colleagues, partners and stakeholders is required.
    Basic computer skills and ability to use Microsoft office programs such as Word, Excel, and PowerPoint required.
    Experience with pilot design, data collection, reporting preferred..
    Commitment to ongoing professional development and ability to articulate public value of educational programming in horticulture,     agriculture and natural resources is preferred.

*To check the status of your application, log-in to the University of Minnesota employment website at To log-in, you will need the user name and password you create when you apply for the position.


Nathan Johnson, Program Leader, EFANS & Search Committee Chair, at

Phone: 218-463-0291, Cell Phone: 218-689-6573, Fax: 218-463-0297

Title: Healthy Native Communities Partnership, Executive Director
Location: New Mexico
Application Deadline: Candidates will be evaluated on an immediate basis, with the goal of selection by April 2012 and a start date of June 1, 2012 or sooner

Job Description:
Healthy Native Communities Partnership (HNCP) is a 501c(3) nonprofit organization based in New Mexico that is seeking its next executive director to continue growing the organization and its network of alumni and communities nationwide that are focused on Native American community wellness. Reporting to the board of directors, the leader will have a passion for network-building and for supporting community development that encompasses wellness, prevention, personal development, and community leadership.

The Partnership consists of four core programs:

  • Just Move It – a national campaign that has promoted physical activity in more than 330 communities;
  • Healthy Native Communities Fellowship – a culturally relevant, hands-on program that has supported 300+ community coaches so they can be more effective change-makers in grassroots settings;
  • Native Wellness Resource Network – a network that shares promising practices, lessons and resources in New Mexico and beyond; and
  • Native Health Communications Center – a resource to amplify community voices by using digital storytelling, social media and new technology.

The successful candidate will be a Native leader with strong communication skills and entrepreneurial instincts. S/he will have demonstrated success in fundraising; project management experience; understanding about working in grassroots tribal environments; and experience with partnerships across boundaries such as tribe or region. Travel expectations are 30-40 percent. HNCP will provide salary and health benefits with the understanding that the executive director will be responsible for raising future funding. The ideal candidate will live in the Shiprock, NM, area. There is more information about HNCP at


Candidates will be evaluated on an immediate basis, with the goal of selection by April 2012 and a start date of June 1, 2012 or sooner. Please send a cover letter, resume, and at least two references to David Cournoyer of Plain Depth Consulting, who is assisting HNCP with the search. Email:, Phone: 651-408-5988

Employer: Peace Corps
Job Title: Director of Programming and Training

Application Deadline: 07/07/2013
Salary: $61,759.0 - $138,137
Location: Overseas, Multiple Locations

Job description:
This position is located in a Peace Corps post overseas. The Director of Programming and Training (DPT) leads and directs programming and training activities and supervises a multi- cultural programming and training staff. The DPT reports to, and is supervised by, the Country Director. The Director of Programming and Training provides assistance to the Peace Corps Country Director in the administration of the Peace Corps program providing oversight, supervision, and support to Peace Corps staff and Volunteers in the development, management, and evaluation of projects and training. The incumbent is responsible for ensuring the maintenance of quality programming and training consistent with the interests of the host country government and Peace Corps policies and priorities; and providing administrative and technical assistance for the Volunteers and serving as primary contact for programming and training requirements and procedures. The incumbent evaluates overall organizational effectiveness and develops strategies and action plans to meet training, programming, and Volunteer support needs as appropriate. The Director of Programming and Training may be designated Acting Country Director in the absence of the Peace Corps Country Director. Provides post level advice and guidance, including interpretations, opinions, or decisions, regarding Peace Corps Volunteer-related programs or policies. Assesses program or policy conditions, service, or anomalies. Performs work related to developing and maintaining relationships with host country government officials, Embassy personnel, local authorities, and other stakeholders. Works with Program Managers and other staff to ensure a positive Volunteer experience. Researches and prepares a variety of written materials related to administrative or program work, such as researching program trends and preparing correspondence, memoranda, white papers, or other documents relevant to program activities.


  1. Training Program Design and Management: The Director of Programming and Training ensures quality design, implementation and evaluation of all Volunteer training programs and alignment with Peace Corps project objectives. In the box below, please describe your approach to designing training for adult learning and provide examples (no more than two) that demonstrate your experience designing, implementing and evaluating training programs. State the number of years of experience you have in this area.
  2. Supervision: The Director of Programming and Training supervises a multicultural staff of programming and training specialists and is responsible for establishing work plans, evaluating performance and coordinating staff training and development. In the box below, please describe your approach to managing and supervising a multicultural staff and provide examples (no more than two) that demonstrate your relevant supervisory abilities establishing work plans, evaluating performance and coordinating staff training and development. State the number of years of experience you have in this area.
  3. Project Design and Management: The Director of Programming and Training ensures quality design, implementation and evaluation across all Peace Corps development projects. In the box below, please describe your approach to community development or international development and provide examples (no more than two) that demonstrate your experience designing, implementing and evaluating such projects. State the number of years of experience you have in this area.
  4. Management: The Director of Programming and Training manages Volunteer training and project activities, coordinates these activities with administrative, medical, and safety and security offices, ensures that strategies are consistent with Peace Corps and US Government policies, and provides financial oversight of these activities. In the box below, please describe your approach to program management and provide examples (no more than two) that demonstrate your relevant program management experience. State the number of years of experience you have in this area.
  5. Volunteer Support: The Director of Programming and Training works with Peace Corps leadership and the programming and training staff to implement policies concerning site selection, site visits, health, safety and security are implemented and ensure that Volunteers receive the support (i.e. mentoring, counseling, and technical / safety and security/ cultural advice) they need to adapt to and work successfully in their assigned communities. In the box below, please describe your approach to Volunteer support and provide examples (no more than two) that demonstrate your experience providing support (i.e. mentoring, counseling, and technical/ safety and security/ cultural advice) to employees, students, interns, or volunteers. State the number of years of experience you have in this area.
  6. Representation: The Director of Programming and Training supports the Country Director in representing and promoting Peace Corps with host country government officials and other international and local development organizations. In the box below, please describe your approach to representation and provide examples (no more than two) that demonstrate how your representational activities advanced the interests of your organization among government officials or with international or community development organizations. State the number of years of experience you have in this area.
  7. Intercultural Effectiveness

If you are interested in applying please visit the Avue Central website at

Employer: Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs
Title: Supervisory Management and Program Analyst

Application Deadline: 11/28/2013
Salary: $105,211 - $155,500
Location: Washington, Dist of Columbia

Job description:
Serves as agency expert, overseeing programs that analyze the effectiveness of agency programs with major impact on agency missions or functions. Oversees agency programs that make recommendations on and resolve precedent-setting issues of program efficiency and effectiveness. Analyzes and evaluates existing, new, and emerging functional requirements of the programs, operational standards, and measures of effectiveness. Analyzes and evaluates the administrative aspects of substantive, mission-oriented programs administered by key organizations within an agency. Develops new ways to resolve problems in meeting established goals, measures, and objectives for program effectiveness. Makes recommendations that often serve as the basis for new systems, legislation, regulations, or programs. Schedules and resolves performance audit issues and activities for organizations encompassing a major agency component (major organization/large company involving a significant degree of complexity and with interrelated program areas). Plans, coordinates and executes management studies in response to significant management changes, problems or issues. Defines change, problems or issues; analyzes relevant facts; determines when and how issues should be brought to the attention of the OCFO and/or OJP leadership, and recommends appropriate remedies to resolve those problems/issues, including development of policies and procedures. Initiates and conducts detailed analyses of complex functions and work processes of programmatic and/or technical problems and program and policy issues affecting OJP component organizations. Develops detailed reports and policy papers that identify alternatives and provides recommendations as to methods to improve effectiveness and efficient operations. Supervises a group of employees performing work at the GS-13 level. Provides administrative and technical supervision necessary for accomplishing the work of the unit.


  • Expert skill in managing and supervising staff.
  • Demonstrate experience with and knowledge of federal government programmatic performance management policies, issues, and priorities, including the Government

Performance Results Act (GPRA), GPRA Modernization Act, and OMB's efforts to create outcome-based performance measures aligned to mission accomplishment (Executive Order 13450 - Improving Government Program Performance, Performance Government, Agency Priority Goals, etc).

  • Ability to apply analytical methods and techniques to identify and resolve budgetary issues.
  • Demonstrated experience in presenting organizational views and explaining difficult programmatic performance and/ or strategic planning issues to senior level management and executive leadership, and external stakeholders, both orally and in writing.

If you are interested in applying please visit the Avue Central website at

Employer: Forest Service Jobs
Location: Various, Please search descriptions

Positions: Supervisory Fire Engine Operator, Administrative Support Coordinator, Archaeological Technician, District Ranger, Project Engineer, Recreation Program Manager, Forester, Human Resources Officer, Forestry Aid, Procurement Technician, Project Manager, R&D Client Liaison, Student Trainee, Student Intern, Timber Measurement Specialist, Survey Technician, Wildlife Technician, Timber Management, Forestry Technician, Fleet Manager, Law Enforcement Officer, Natural Resource Specialist, Social Services Assistant, Civil Engineering Technician, Dispatcher, Civil Rights Director, Historian, Administrative Officer, Archaeologist, Biological Scientist, Vocational Development Specialist, Supervisory Specialist, Nurse, Training/Aviation Officer, Acquisition Management, Budget Analyst, Deputy Forest Supervisor, Fire Management Specialist, Wildlife Biologist, Fuels Specialist, Information Receptionist, Visitor Services Information Assistant, Fire Ecologist, Tribal Relations Program Manager, Hand Crew Squad Leader, Ordering Specialist, Resource Assistant, Electronic Technician, Facilities Manager, Math Teacher, NEPA Specialist, Safety Officer, Hydrologist, Rangeland Management Specialist, Clerk, Cook, Fisheries Biologist, Regional Director, Troutdale Airtanker Base Manager, Botanist, Environmental Coordinator, Custodial Worker, Fire Program Manager, Minerals Administrator,

For more information on any jobs listed above, visit: or

Employer: National Institutes of Health
Title: Director, Clinical Research Program

Deadline: March 28, 2013

Job Description:

The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences of the National Institutes of Health is searching for a senior investigator qualified for tenure-eligible appointment to direct its Clinical Research Program, which includes an on-site Clinical Research Unit in Research Triangle Park and components at the Clinical Research Center in Bethesda, Maryland. The primary duty station is Research Triangle Park, NC, with 2-3 days per month (typically day trips) spent in Bethesda, MD. NIEHS supports and conducts research that contributes to the basic understanding of biological and chemical processes, the contributions of environmental agents to human disease and dysfunction, and the underlying mechanisms of environmentally associated diseases. The Director, Clinical Research Program, is responsible for the development, administration, coordination and oversight of investigator-initiated clinical research; provides general advice to the Director and Scientific Director, NIEHS, on matters relating to human and clinical studies; supervises the Office of Research Compliance; and develops policies and programs for the execution of clinical research at NIEHS. The Clinical Director is responsible for creating and maintaining a research environment in which clinical findings influence the direction of laboratory studies and laboratory findings are applied back to the clinical and clinical research communities. The incumbent will facilitate intramural clinical research by identifying opportunities for translating basic science into clinical studies. The Clinical Director will ensure that Institute research reflects the highest standards of scientific excellence and ethical conduct for the protection of human subjects. The incumbent will review matters pertaining to the provision of patient care in research protocols and oversee resource allocation, scientific review, and recruitment of staff. The Clinical Director will provide advice and training on the conduct of clinical studies, facilitate clinical research collaborations between intramural and extramural investigators, and develop long-range clinical research goals and objectives relevant to the mission of NIEHS.

To apply, submit a cover letter with plans for directing and conducting a clinical and translational research program, Curriculum Vitae and bibliography and the names and addresses (including e-mail addresses and phone numbers) of three references to or the below mailing address by March 28, 2013. Salary is commensurate with level of experience.

The NIH Intramural Research Program

Link to Fellowships and Positions of Interest to fellows

Link to NIH Jobs

Searchable database of all NIH intramural research projects

Clinical Training at NIH

NIH Clinical Center Grand Rounds


NIH Wednesday Afternoon Lecture Series


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