American Indian Resource Center Director

University of Utah in Utah

Deadline March 19, 2014
Date Posted February 19, 2014
Type Administrative
Salary Commensurate with experience
Employment Type Full-time

The Division of Equity and Diversity seeks a Director to join the Office for Student Equity and Diversity team in the American Indian Resource Center (AIRC). For nearly 40 years, the University of Utahs Center for Ethnic Student Affairs (CESA) has supported the success of African American, Latin@/Chican@, American Indian, Asian American, and Pacific Islander students by providing academic advisement, personal and professional counseling, tutoring, and other related services. This position will provide direct support to American Indian/Alaska Native students currently at the University or those that are seeking to attend the University.
The Director will have an abiding concern for, commitment to, and cultural understanding of the diverse needs of the university community, student development in a learning organization, active promotion of an inclusive environment, and supporting divisional programs and goals.

The Director will have responsibilities in the areas of educational programming, student leadership development, academic advising, organizational and fiscal management, and student organization advising/development.

Along with other Academic Advisors/Coordinators, they will provide administrative leadership; assist in the daily office functioning of the AIRC, and other major office programs/events. This position reports directly to the Assistant Vice President for Student Equity and Diversity.

The Division of Equity and Diversity at the University of Utah encompasses a wide array of departmental services and programs addressing the needs of a student body of approximately 30,000 at the states premier research institution. The University of Utah is located in Salt Lake City, a city of approximately 200,000, situated in the northeast corner of the Salt Lake Valley and surrounded by the Great Salt Lake to the northwest and the steep Wasatch and Oquirrh mountain ranges on the eastern and western borders, respectively.

COMPENSATION: Very strong benefit package including retirement and health plan options, salary range to $60,700.

University of Utah Job ID# PRN05308B



Develop and implement academic support, outreach/recruitment and retention strategies in providing support services to American Indian/Alaska Native students at the University of Utah. This will solidify student success, increase student retention, and enhance the students university experience.

Academic Advisement:
Serve as an academic advisor to American Indian Students and others, as needed.
Work collaboratively with the Center for Ethnic Student Affairs (CESA) and Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual, Transgender (LGBT) Resource Center staff in coordinating Division programming.
Coordinate campus activities that serve American Indian/Alaska Native students.
Refer students to appropriate campus resources to meet the needs of American Indian/Alaska Native students.
Develop and coordinate campus programs and activities specifically for the outreaching, recruitment and retention of American Indian/Alaska Native undergraduate and graduate students.
Develop and facilitate a vibrant and welcoming community space for Native American/Alaska Native students and continue the development of the American Indian Resource Center as an academic and cultural space for urban Native students.
University and community leadership:
Advocate and refer students to appropriate departments and entities (such as Financial Aid Office, Women Resource Center, University College, private scholarship organizations, etc.) as needed by students.
Maintain awareness of American Indian/Alaska Native student issues relevant to University students success.
Consult with the American Indian Resource Center Advisory Committee, tribal education directors, the Utah State American Indian Education Specialists, American Indian faculty and staff at the University of Utah, as well as with sister universities and with CESA and the LGBT Resource Center to ensure student success and access to partnership opportunities.

Advising Student Organizations:
Provide club advisement for the various Native American/Alaska Native undergraduate and graduate student clubs.
Provide leadership development opportunities for students, especially as they pertain to engaged learning experiences, retention and improvement of graduation of American Indian/Alaska Native students.

Culturally relevant events and activities:
Advice the student leaders that plan and coordinate the Universitys Annual Powwow, which may include:
o Consulting with American Indian elders to sponsor cultural activities,
o Creating Powwow Committee and selecting a Powwow Advisor
o Working with the interested departments and organizations to sponsor the annual powwow as budgets will allow
o Working with student organizations, interested individuals and organizations to sponsor cultural activities as budgets will allow

AIRC Management:
Monitor activities at the AIRC, including space organization, maintenance of the computer lab, and scheduling of meeting spaces.
Supervise AIRC academic advisor and outreach coordinator.
Hire and supervise work-study students.
Monitor budgets and plan for financial commitments including all student programming and cultural events.
Work closely with the Budget Administrator and Office Assistant in SED to make sure that all budgetary transactions are in line with the University's policies.



Bachelors degree in Business Administration or related area, or equivalency; eight years of progressively more responsible management experience; and demonstrated leadership, human relations and effective communications skills required. A demonstrated ability to work independently, analyze and make decisions related to program content is required. Strong coordination and organizational skills required and the ability to prioritize and meet deadlines is necessary. Finally, demonstrated human relations and effective communication skills are also required.

In addition, the following qualifications are necessary in carrying out the role of Director:
Experience working with diverse groups within diverse populations in a college/university environment.
Effective written and oral communication.
Previous professional experience in a college/university setting working with diverse U.S. College students.
Demonstrated experience with and knowledge of Native American/Alaska Native educational issues, communities, and strategies for impacting academic success.
Ability to effectively demonstrate an understanding of the needs and concerns of American Indian students and their families.
Additional Desired Qualifications:
Experience in program development and implementation in a higher education diversity support program.
Understanding of the value of co-curricular learning experiences as related to total student development and the ability to articulate such to a varied public.
Ability to establish and maintain effective collaborative relationships with campus departments, student groups and colleagues.
Demonstrated experience in group facilitation.
Demonstrated effectiveness in working with students and colleagues as an educator, advisor, leader and role model.
Demonstrated commitment to equity and diversity and an understanding of, and appreciation for cultural, ethnic and individual differences.
Experience with student staff supervision.
Strong computer skills, experience with Microsoft Office applications which includes Power Point, Access, Excel, Web applications, desktop publishing, e-mail and listserv management.
Demonstrated experience planning and implementing a wide variety of educational programs.
Evidence of strong organizational skills and able to complete multiple tasks in a busy environment.



The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer. Upon request, reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to individuals with disabilities. The University of Utah is committed to diversity in its workforce. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.



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