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Academic Adviser: Native American Specialist and Outreach Coordinator - Archive
Center for Multicultural Academic Excellence (GPS)

Posting: 13144
Location: Eugene
Closes: 2013-09-10

Revised:  Application Deadline Date

Position:  Academic Adviser: Native American Specialist and Outreach Coordinator

Department:  Center for Multicultural Academic Excellence (GPS)

Type of appointment: 1.0 FTE, fixed term, 12-month Officer of Administration

Salary:  $43,000-$45,000

Starting date:  August 1, 2013


The Academic Adviser/Native American Specialist and Outreach Coordinator reports to the Director of Graduation and Post- Graduation Success in the Center for Multicultural Academic Excellence.  The Academic Adviser/Native American Specialist and Outreach Coordinator will serve all students, but with particular attention to advising and outreach to Native American students.  Duties will include serving as the lead academic Adviser for Native American students on campus; assisting Native American students with academic planning, retention and post-graduation planning; serving as a resource for staff and faculty concerning Native American experiences, learning styles and issues in Higher Education; working with faculty and staff on campus to facilitate leadership and educational development opportunities for Native American and other historically under-represented  students on campus; working with other academic Advisers to promote collaborative educational and professional development opportunities; and collaborating with the Steward of the Many Nations Longhouse and with the Native American Strategies Group to facilitate Native American student success.

General Description of Duties:

Work with Native American students, campus community, Education Directors of Oregon Tribes and others to facilitate the retention of Native American students.

Design and coordinate retention programming for Native American students from first year students to graduate students.

Develop a strategic plan for the advisement, retention and post-graduation planning of Native American students.

Assist with cultural and academic support events including: Native American Graduation Reception, Classification Change, Pow Wow, Native American Heritage Month, Ambassador’s Program and Bridge of the Gods Summer Program.

Promote interaction with Native American education professionals and others with expertise in Native American issues, including the UO Native Strategies Group.

Support the Native American Opportunities Program, Bridge of the Gods Summer Academy (BOGSA) and Native American Student Visitation Day in conjunction with the Native American Student Recruiter.

Working with OEI and Enrollment Management to facilitate agreements with community colleges to promote 2+2 agreements.

Track data related to institutional retention/graduation rates for Native American students and prepare  related reports to submit to OEI.

Assist current students with scholarship and tribal funding applications.

Assist Native American students with graduate school selection and admissions processes, including school search, test prep, funding opportunities.

Work with other academic Advisers and CMAE colleagues to coordinate retention programs and functions with other under-represented students.

Perform other duties as assigned by the Director of Graduation and Post-Graduation Success.

Minimum qualifications:

Bachelor's degree

Additional qualifications:

  • Knowledge of and experience with Native American tribes, especially in Oregon and the Pacific Northwest;
  • Demonstrated sensitivity to, respect for and understanding of the academic and social developmental needs of students, including Native American students and those from underrepresented groups;
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills;
  • Experience with tribal education and a deep understanding of the unique experiences and needs of Native Students;
  • Familiarity with higher education systems and programs that serve students;

Preferred qualifications:

Master’s degree

Direct and long-term experience with Oregon tribes

2-3 years' experience in higher education

Familiarity with enrollment processes, retention services, and University-based programs

Application procedure: Please submit the following:

1.      A cover letter of introduction addressing how the candidate’s skills and experience prepare her/him for the position.

2.      A resume or CV of educational and professional work experience.

3.      An official copy of  academic transcripts.

4.      Names and contact information for 3 professional references, with the understanding that the references may be contacted at any phase of the interview process.

A writing assessment will be conducted during on-campus interviews.

Candidates must be eligible to work in the United States.  Final candidate must complete a criminal background check.  Candidates may be interviewed via Skype or telephone.

Application Review Date:  To ensure consideration, please submit application materials by 5:00 p.m. on June 1, 2013.  The position will remain open until filled.

Address materials to:
Search Committee
Academic Adviser: Native American Specialist and Outreach Coordinator
Office of Equity and Inclusion
6216 University of Oregon
Eugene, OR  97403-6216

FAX:  541-346-6576

Email:  inclusionsearch@uoregon.edu

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