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An Online Newsletter Celebrating Native America


November 29, 2003 - Issue 101


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Opportunities - Page Four


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Here you will find listings of:


  • Positions Available - including Fellowships and Internships;
  • Scholarship, Award and Grant Information; and
  • Event Announcements.

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) and NativeShare


To view additional listing from previous issues, click here Opportunities Button



Regional Extension Educator, Diversity and Inclusion

The REE, Diversity and Inclusion, along with other regional educators, faculty based on the university?s campuses, university research and outreach centers, regional sustainable partnerships, tribal colleges, and other colleagues will meet the needs of communities who are facing demographic changes. Regional Extension educators are responsible for several major areas of work, including program development, delivery and evaluation; attention to diversity; use of scholarly/scientific research,
effective partnerships, use of technology and continuing professional development.

The REE, Diversity and Inclusion will provide educational programs that help organizations, community groups and individuals better understand and work within the context of demographic change. As a result, communities will be better able to strengthen ties among cultures in order to stimulate vital communities. Currently, diversity and inclusion programs spotlight on specific cultures, discuss the history of immigration in Minnesota, train workplaces to work with diverse audiences, and tie communities to resources that lower linguistic barriers for the non-English-speaking population.

The position will be located in the new Extension Regional Center in Marshall, Minnesota and will serve a multi-county area in southeast Minnesota. Although located in Marshall, the REE will serve a much greater area defined by the area program leader and capacity area leader. The REE will report to the area program leader and capacity area leader for Community Vitality. The REE will also collaborate with the Regional Director as appropriate to fulfill Extension?s mission.


  • Design, develop, market, deliver and evaluate educational programs based in scholarly/scientific theory and research and appropriate to the audience, with attention to diversity, in conjunction with the capacity area leader and program teams. Assume program leadership for a defined period of time on an identified program, project or priority, as agreed to by the capacity area leader. Programs will target communities experiencing culturally-based demographic changes as they develop and implement strategies to strengthen community assets.
  • Use and conduct scholarly/scientific research in the diversity and inclusion area of expertise
  • Work with and develop programs for new, diverse, and historically underserved audiences
  • Develop and maintain effective regional, university and state partnerships that further the development and delivery of Extension educational programs
  • Foster and contribute to a positive work climate with colleagues, advisory groups, audiences and partnerships. Partner and consult with other areas of expertise within Extension to support culturally and linguistically appropriate programming. Affiliate with the Leadership and Civic Engagement or the Community Economics areas of expertise to ensure culturally and linguistically appropriate programming to build leadership and economic opportunity for new cultures.
  • Use technology to communicate, locate information, design and deliver programs, evaluate and report
  • Assume program support functions such as public relations or marketing in collaboration with regional director and capacity area leader
  • Continue professional development in scholarship/research and program development and delivery via conferences, additional graduate work, self-directed study and other appropriate means of maintaining a high level of expertise
  • Garner funds and resources to support educational programs through grants and other means, as outlined in a diversity and inclusion program business plan.
  • Represent Extension through service on county, community and regional boards This will also include service to civic groups, joint Extension-agency project committees, and other committees and task forces.

All of these opportunities are expected to be congruent with your area of expertise.

Bachelor's degree. Formal education should include significant coursework in a field related to fields such as multiculturalism or intercultural studies; education, human development, social development; public policy, planning and/or administration; applied or community economics; community psychology; cultural studies; international education; sociology or anthropology; and/or a closely related field.

At least three years of related post-degree professional experience, including experience in the design, development, delivery, implementation and evaluation of educational programs and in program development for new and diverse audiences. At least two years of the post degree professional experience must be in related organizations such as higher education; community or interest-based organizations; state, regional or local development agencies; cooperative extension; adult education; and/or foundations. Experience must include creating effective and supportive community dialog in the face of conflict and change.

Excellent written and oral communication skills in English. The knowledge, skills and ability to apply research to program design, delivery and evaluation. The knowledge, skills and ability to use the methods of scholarship and science to design and conduct research and/or play an essential role in a research project sponsored by an academic unit. Evidence of skill in developing and maintaining effective working relationships with colleagues, partners and stakeholders. Evidence of ability to use technology for communication, information finding, program delivery and reporting. Commitment to ongoing professional development.

A Master's degree. Experience working and/or living in multiple cultures, either domestically or internationally. Fluency and/or study of a language other than English.

Deadline: December 12, 2003; position will remain open until filled

Submit a cover letter; resume or vita; three professional letters of reference; and transcript(s) for all college work (unofficial transcripts are acceptable), to:

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

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Position Announcement


To produce one graduate of the University of Arizona, it takes the commitment of the entire University community. The Department of Multicultural Programs & Services (DMPS), one critical component of this community, is seeking three outstanding professionals to work directly with the University's diverse student populations. The DMPS consists of four units that offer targeted outreach, academic, cultural, and social programming, and a variety of resources designed for the retention and graduation of students.

If you are seeking a position allowing professional growth, the ability to impact college students, and an excellent salary with terrific benefits, the DMPS may be the right place for you!

Coordinator, Retention Programs & Services Asian Pacific American Student Affairs (Job #26949)

Coordinator, Retention Programs & Services Chicano/Hispano Student Affairs (Job #26950)

Coordinator, Retention Programs & Services Native American Student Affairs (Job #26951)

Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Please access, for the full job descriptions and application information.

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Position Announcement

Owens Valley Career Development Center is a fast-growing, non-profit organization dedicated to programs designed to assist Native Americans in achieving their educational and career goals. Wonderful working conditions and benefits include health/dental/life insurance, retirement, 13 paid holidays, and generous paid vacation and sick leave. OVCDC offers competitive salaries, employee training and support for continuing education.

The Assistant Finance Director will assume the responsibility of managing the day to day operations of the Finance Department with a major emphasis on delegation and supervision of department personnel. A Bachelors degree in Accounting, Finance, Business Administration, or a closely related field is highly desirable. Please see job description for complete requirements. $60,500 (Open until filled)

Under minimal supervision of the Director of Family Literacy, employees in this class will assist the Director in the administration of the program and assume responsibility for the direct implementation of programmatic objectives and activities. Primary responsibilities will include overseeing the design and provision of individualized courses given to Native American adults, including Adult Basic Education, Pre-GED, GED, and computer literacy. A BA or BS from an accredited university in an education-related field and an adult teaching credential are highly desirable. $50,000 (Open until filled)

Other employment opportunities are available within our organization in the departments of: Economic Development, TANF, and Family Literacy. Please check our website at for a current list of employment opportunities.

OVCDC is an Equal Opportunity Employer within the confines of the Indian Preference Act. Log on to or e-mail to receive an application and complete job description or call (760) 873-5107 x267.

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Research Program Announcement

National Institutes of Health Program Announcement:

It is well documented that males experience approximately a seven-year shorter life expectancy when compared with females. During the 20th Century, life expectancy at birth increased from 48 to 74 years for males and from 51 to 79 years for females. Increases in life expectancy are, in part, attributed to improvements in lifestyle, nutrition, housing, hygiene and medical care. The disparities in life expectancy are more pronounced among men of color and economically disadvantaged males. For example, the life expectancy of European American males and African American males is 74.6 and 67.7 years respectively.

The purpose of this initiative is to stimulate and expand research in the health of minority men. Specifically, this initiative is intended to: 1) enhance our understanding of the numerous factors (e.g., sociodemographic, community, societal, personal) influencing the health promoting behaviors ofracial and ethnic minority males and their subpopulations across the life cycle, and 2) solicit applications focusing on the development and testing of culturally and linguistically appropriate health-promoting interventions designed to reduce health disparities among racially and ethnically diverse males and their subpopulations age 21 and older.

The full text of the program announcement can be found at:

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Research Program Announcement


The National, Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) invites applications for research project (R01) grants to test interventions that are innovative and emphasize environmental approaches or a combination of environmental and individual approaches at worksites to prevent or treat obesity in adults. The purpose is to support studies designed to determine whether worksite interventions that include environmental strategies are successful in preventing or controlling obesity. Environmental strategies include programs, policies or organizational practices to influence health behaviors by, for example, increasing the availability of, and providing access to, healthful food choices and facilities for physical activity and creating a socially supportive climate.

The objective of this research program is to support multiple controlled trials to test innovative multi-component interventions that have sufficient duration (about 2 years) and intensity to be efficacious. The interventions must be delivered at worksites and must emphasize environmental approaches or a combination of environmental and individual approaches for the prevention or control of overweight or obesity in adults.

The full text of the RFA can be found at:

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