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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) and NativeShare

Title: Assistant Professor, Adult Education and Community Development (Requisition # 0900647)
Deadline: Review of applications begins November 1, 2009; position will remain open until filled.

The Department of Adult Education and Counseling Psychology, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto invites applications for a tenure-stream appointment in the field of Adult Education and Community Development. The appointment will be at the rank of Assistant Professor and will begin July 1, 2010.

We seek candidates with a research record in the environment, social economy and community development, a commitment to outstanding graduate level teaching and experience in adult education, to prepare students in our graduate program in Adult Education and Community Development. The Adult Education and Community Development program at OISE provides a place to study and contribute in creative and innovative ways to scholarship, practice, and policy in relation to adult learning in organizations communities, workplaces, and social movements in local, national, and international contexts.

We seek a scholar in the area of adult education, with particular attention to issues of sustainability and the social economy. Among other things, the successful candidate is expected to undertake teaching and research in the areas of sustainability, community development and social economy organizations.

We encourage you to submit your application online by clicking on the link below. If you are unable to apply online (or alternatively have large documents to send), please submit your application and other materials to Professor Marilyn Laiken, Chair, Department of Adult Education and Counseling Psychology, OISE, 252 Bloor Street West, Toronto, Ontario M5S 1V6, Canada.

For more information about the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, please visit

Title: Truth and Reconciliation Commission -National Director Positions
Deadline: See website

With the appointment of a new Chair and two Commissioners, the hiring of a new Executive Director and the establishment of a centralized headquarters in Winnipeg, MB, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) is moving forward to fulfill its mandate. The primary goals of the TRC over the next five years are to acknowledge the Indian Residential School (IRS) experience, impacts and consequences; promote awareness and public education about the IRS and its impacts and legacy; provide a holistic, culturally appropriate and safe setting for former students, their families and communities as they come forward to the TRC; create and foster understanding, healing and reconciliation through national and community events as well as statement-taking; and the establishment of a permanent National Research Centre. As members of the TRC Executive Management Committee, reporting to the Executive Director, our client is seeking key individuals for these newly created Director roles:

  • Director of Research, Historical Record and Report Preparation
  • Director of Statement Gathering and National Research Centre
  • Director of Events Planning and Artistic Programming
  • Director of Communications and Community Liaison

For complete position profiles of each of these roles please visit our website at

Title: Full Time Proposal Writer/Coordinator, Office of Grant and Research Development at Washington State University
Deadline: Screening of applications will begin on 12/18/2009. Position will remain open until filled.

Office of Grant and Research Development at Washington State University - Pullman is seeking a full time Proposal Writer/Coordinator. Responsible for functioning in a public contact environment by assisting faculty and staff in the preparation of major sponsored program proposals to federal and non-federal sponsors. Proposal management and authoritative guidance will be provided to faculty and staff. Candidates are required to have a Bachelor's degree in a field relevant to area of specialization and three (3) years of experience directly related to the specialty area. Any combination of relevant education and experience may be substituted for the educational requirement on a year-for-year basis.

Title: Assistant Dean for Native American Affairs, Director of Native American Cultural Center, Yale University (Req# 8572BR)
Deadline: Review of applications to begin January 19, 2010. Three-year, renewable term appointment.

While reporting to the Dean of Student Affairs, provide strategic direction for the work of the Native-American Cultural Center, and supervise its daily operation. Serve on committees and lead various student and academic programs.

Essential duties include but are not limited to:

  • Manage and oversee the Native-American Cultural Center in all its aspects.
  • Work collaboratively with members of the administration to define the appropriate identity for the Center and to plan for its support and nurture; with undergraduates in developing services, organizing activities and sponsoring events; and with Deans and faculty in academic and personal advising, counseling and guidance matters.
  • Work with the Dean of Admissions and his staff, and with the Dean of Freshman Affairs in admitting and aiding integration of Native-American students into the larger community.
  • Actively work with the Advisory Board to advise and provide support for the Center and its goals. Develop a long-term strategic plan for the Center.
  • Oversee the physical facilities of the Center. Hire, train and supervise student workers. Manage the budget for the Center and assist in seeking additional sources of support.
  • Work cooperatively with directors of cultural centers and other organizations to foster intergroup dialogue and enhance intercultural interactions.
  • Oversee programs in Yale College including serving on committees, chairing committees, running special projects, and working for the welfare of all Yale students.

Anticipated start date: Negotiable, but we anticipate July 1, 2010 or thereafter.

Title: Director of Foundation Relations, American Indian College Fund
Deadline: Position open until filled.

The American Indian College Fund (the Fund), a national, non-profit organization headquartered in Denver, Colorado, is seeking a Director of Foundation Relations. Created in 1989 to support the nation’s tribal colleges, the American Indian College Fund transforms Indian higher education by funding and creating awareness of the unique, community-based accredited Tribal Colleges and Universities, offering students access to knowledge, skills, and cultural values which enhance their communities and the country as a whole.

This position is responsible for raising a specified amount each year from foundation donors. Direct the design and creation of strategies, proposals and materials to prospect for and approach new and continuing sources. Oversee all aspects of internal and external communications. Direct and oversee all activities of foundations fundraising staff.

Responsibilities Include: Formulate strategies, develop and implement annual plans to raise funds for scholarships, endowments, general operating support and program grants from new, current and lapsed donors. These sources are primarily from independent, private foundations, and include funders such as family foundations, trusts and donor advised funds.

Direct and oversee department activities and plans for foundations fundraising staff. Analyzes interim project activity and financial reports to determine compliance, progress, and potential challenges. Recommends and tracks corrective action with project grants.

Title: Open-Rank Professor in Literacy and Language Education, Education Studies, University of Oregon (#9282)
Deadline: Initial review of applications will begin January 10, 2010, applications will be accepted until the search is closed.
Contact: Jerry Rosiek ( and 541-912-9333) or Edward Olivos ( and 541-346-2983)

The Department of Education Studies in the College of Education at the University of Oregon is seeking to fill an open-rank tenure-track professor position (with preference for advanced Assistant or Associate rank candidates) in Language and Literacy Education for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Classrooms. The person selected for this faculty position may teach in the Department's undergraduate program in Educational Foundations, master's program in Curriculum and Teaching leading to licensure with an embedded ESOL endorsement, and Ph.D. program in Critical and Sociocultural Studies in Education. Additionally the successful candidate will contribute to the expansion of the College's outreach programs that provide a reading endorsement and/or ESOL endorsement to in-service teachers.

The successful candidate will have all of the following:

  • Ph.D. in education or a related field;
  • Demonstrated expertise in literacy curriculum and pedagogy in K-12 education with an emphasis in one or more of the following areas: reading comprehension, reading to learn content, critical literacy, multi-media or new media literacy, literacy and technology, foundations of literacy education, and/or literacy assessment;
  • Evidence of sustained inquiry on literacy education for culturally and linguistically diverse classroom populations;
  • Evidence of a commitment to addressing social justice issues in research on language and literacy education that supports multi-literacy and multicultural education outcomes;
  • Knowledge of and experience advocating for multiple approaches to literacy instruction;
  • Ability to work with students and faculty across a variety of disciplines;
  • Evidence of ability to conduct a focused program of research and scholarship appropriate to rank;
  • Evidence of teaching excellence;
  • Strong writing and communication skills.

Send electronic copies of a letter of application, curriculum vita, three samples of professional writing, and names, addresses, and telephone numbers of three references to: with the subject line: Language and Literacy Search Application.

Title: Assistant or Associate Professor of American Studies with expertise in Native American Studies, University of New Mexico
Deadline: Open until filled.

The Department of American Studies at the University of New Mexico invites applicants for a tenure-track professorship in American Studies with expertise in Native American Studies at the level of Assistant or Associate Professor. For an Assistant Professor applicant, the PhD must be completed prior to appointment. For an applicant seeking appointment at the level of Associate Professor, applicants must show evidence of qualifications commensurate with tenure eligibility. The appointment will begin in August 2010. Responsibilities will include teaching in the area of specialization at the undergraduate and graduate level, graduate student mentoring, and service. Competitive salary, commensurate with qualifications of successful applicant and the rank at which appointment occurs.

The UNM American Studies Department organizes its interdisciplinary curriculum around these concentrations: Native American Studies; Transnationalism and Globalization; Critical Regionalism and Southwest Studies; Critical Race and Class Studies; Gender, Sexuality and Feminist Studies; Comparative Cultural and Popular Culture Studies; and Environment, Science and Technology Studies.

This position is available pending final approval. Please visit our employment information link at for information about how to apply.

Title: Vice President for Resource Development, American Indian College Fund
Deadline: See website

Since its inception 20 years ago, the American Indian College Fund ("the Fund") has helped to transform the lives of American Indian students, their communities, and the landscape of American Indian higher education. Through scholarships and other support, advocacy, and building awareness about the unique, community-based accredited tribal colleges and universities, the American Indian College Fund offers American Indian students access to knowledge, skills, and cultural values which enhance their communities and the country as whole. A movement and shift in generational mindset is taking place across the country in which higher education is being embraced by the American Indian people in great numbers. Many of these students seek to attend the nation's tribal colleges and universities and are remaining in their communities - helping to elevate these communities out of poverty and inspire new hope for the future. Fund scholarship fellows are making an impact at the local, regional, and national levels. Their post-secondary experience enables them to address the modern day economic, societal, and environmental issues that impact their communities and us all, through the unique lens of traditional Indian philosophies and culture.

In order to fuel this movement and meet the rising demand for post-secondary educational opportunities through the tribal colleges, the Fund seeks a strategic and accomplished leader for the newly created position of Vice President for Resource Development. The American Indian College Fund has set a progressive course of action to strengthen, expand, and broaden philanthropic support. Reporting to the President, the new Vice President for Resource Development will bring strategic expertise to all areas of the organization's development activities including individual gifts (annual, major, planned giving), corporate, tribal and foundation funding, and board relations.

Title: American Indian Student Services Coordinator, The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh (Req#427a.0910)
Deadline: January 13, 2010

The successful candidate will work closely with Native American students and the various academic and support offices and staff on campus. These offices will include various academic/college departments, Academic Advising/Registrar, Financial Aid, Center for Academic Resources and various college tutoring services, Dean of Students, and the Center for Academic Support and Diversity. This individual will also advise the Inter-Tribal Student Organization.

The American Indian Student Services Coordinator will also:

  • Provide personal, cultural, academic and financial aid advisement to American Indian students;
  • Provide outreach to tribal higher education programs to enhance support for American Indian students;
  • Coordinate tutoring and study groups for American Indian students with the Center for Academic Resources and other academic department tutoring programs (e.g.- Math, Reading, Writing);
  • Serve as an advocate and liaison for American Indian students with university staff and faculty;
  • Develop and implement a Native alumni program to support American Indian students;
  • Travel extensively within the region to maintain face-to-face relationships within communities and the students' families, and to represent UW Oshkosh;
  • Develop an advisory council and communication network to review needs of American Indian students while maintaining collaborations to enhance support services;
  • Evaluate retention services and provide leadership regarding status of American Indian students to the Office of the Provost.

Requirements (Degree/Experience): Bachelor's degree; significant experience working with American Indian communities; excellent cross-cultural communication and interpersonal skills.

Preferences: Master's degree; experience in retention and other student services at secondary or post-secondary level.

Title: Admissions Counselor/Student Recruitment Specialist for American Indian Population, The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh (Req#425a.0910)
Deadline: January 13, 2010

The successful candidate will be a member of the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh undergraduate recruitment and enrollment team. The admissions counselor/student recruitment specialist will serve as a University ambassador and a liaison for prospective first year and transfer Native American students, parents, high school staff, Wisconsin Indian Educators and other community members throughout the state and beyond. The position duties will specifically focus on the recruitment, enrollment and support of the American Indian population.

  • Develop and enhance an outreach program that will create an effective communication network between UW Oshkosh and Native American communities in Wisconsin .
  • Develop and maintain cooperative relationships with key segments of the University to enhance recruitment, enrollment and support of Native American students.
  • Develop and implement recruitment and enrollment plans for Native American students.
  • Develop special programs and opportunities for Native American students to visit campus and introduce them to the campus environment.
  • Travel extensively within the region to establish face-to-face contacts within communities and to represent UW Oshkosh at high school and college fairs, community events, etc.
  • Communicate effectively, follow up and establish relationships with prospective Native American students and families.
  • Serve as a liaison with entering and continuing Native American students.
  • Support and participate in other admissions office responsibilities including student appointments, staff meetings and development, campus recruitment and conversion activities and other duties as assigned.

Requirements: Bachelor's degree; significant experience working with American Indians and American Indian communities; excellent cross-cultural communication and interpersonal skills.

Preferences: Master's degree; experience in recruitment or other student services at a secondary or post-secondary level.

Title: Assistant Professor (tenure earning), The Center for Native American Studies at Northern Michigan University
Deadline: Deadline: February 12, 2010 (screening begins January 11, 2009)

The Center for Native American Studies at Northern Michigan University invites qualified applicants to apply for a tenure-earning Assistant Professor position in Native American Studies. Qualifications include an earned doctorate in Native American Studies or terminal degree in a related field at time of appointment. Successful candidates must be able to teach existing introductory and advanced courses in Native American Studies, in addition to courses in their area of specialization. Responsibilities include teaching three courses per semester, professional development and scholarship, and service.

Northern Michigan University is a laptop university, and the Center for Native American Studies offers some courses via distance education employing multiple technologies. Therefore, proficiency, or the willingness to become proficient, in utilizing instructional technologies is expected. Highly desirable qualifications include experience teaching in higher education, preferably in Native American Studies, a demonstrated commitment to social justice, flexibility in working with a diverse student population, experience working with American Indian students, the ability to develop additional Native American Studies courses, mentor students, and assisting with outreach efforts in these areas on campus and in the wider community.

The Center currently offers an interdisciplinary academic minor that draws from departments across the University with core courses offered by the Center. Successful candidates would have experience in curriculum development and be able to assist in the continued growth of the Native American Studies program leading to the eventual establishment of either an undergraduate major or a Graduate Certificate in Native American Studies.

Northern Michigan University is located in the city of Marquette in Michigan's beautiful Upper Peninsula, on the south shore of Lake Superior, centrally located among five Anishinaabe reservations offering a thriving Native community. A desirable candidate would be able to draw upon this region's unique Anishinaabe cultural heritage.

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