Program Officer for Law School Native American Agricultural and Food Program

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Posting Number NC1016P

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Working Title Program Officer for Law School Native American Agricultural and Food Program

Position Number 15783

Department Law

About the University

Founded in 1871 as a land-grant institution, the University of Arkansas is classified by the Carnegie Foundation among the top two percent of universities in the nation with the highest level of research activity. Ten colleges and schools serve more than 27,100 students with more than 200 academic programs. University of Arkansas students earn nationally competitive awards at an impressive rate and represent 50 states and more than 120 countries.

Located in the stunning Ozark Mountains of Northwest Arkansas, Fayetteville is home to the University of Arkansas campus, known for its spectacular views and ample green spaces. Fayetteville is considered one of the country's finest college towns, and the surrounding Northwest Arkansas region is regularly ranked one of the best places to live in the U.S. Some of the nation's best outdoor amenities and most spectacular hiking trails are within a short drive of campus.

As an employer, the University of Arkansas offers a vibrant work environment and a workplace culture that promotes a healthy work-life balance. The benefits package includes university contributions to health, dental, life and disability insurance, tuition waivers for employees and their families, 12 official holidays, immediate-leave accrual, and a choice of retirement programs with university contributions ranging from 5 to 10% of employee salary.

About the College/Department

The Indigenous Food and Agriculture Initiative at the University of Arkansas School of Law will encompass multi-disciplinary research, service, and education opportunities.

The Initiative is the first of its kind nationally, with the following goals and objectives:

To increase student enrollment in the land grant universities in food and agricultural related disciplines by supporting existing students and creating early pipeline programs for youth; To create new academic and executive education programs in food and agriculture, including law, policy, and tribal governance; To directly support Indian country by providing strategic planning and technical assistance, including research and publications in the following subject areas: Tribal Governance Infrastructure to Enhance Business and Economic Development Opportunities Financial Markets and Asset Management, including Banking, Risk Management, and Stewardship of Land and Natural Resources Health and Nutrition Policy for Tribal Community Wellness Intellectual Property Rights and Protection of Traditional Knowledge

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Job Type Staff

Summary of Job Duties

The University Of Arkansas School Program Officer for Law School Native American Agricultural and Food Program is a member of the School of Law Team. The position is responsible for participating in developing, executing, and maintaining a comprehensive recruitment, marketing, and communications strategy for the Indigenous Food and Agriculture Initiative located within the School of Law. Strategies will also include activities to increase the visibility and profile of the Indigenous Food and Agriculture Initiative major national initiatives and the annual Summer Leadership Summit among its various constituencies, including the national media and other external stakeholders. The Program Officer will be working directly with Tribal colleges and inter-tribal organizations, Tribal governments, as well as the partners to the Initiative in the execution of the Initiative programs. This position reports to and is evaluated by the director of the Initiative and works in collaboration with colleagues throughout the campus. The Program Officer is responsible for planning, editing, publication, and circulation of online newsletters, postings on social media and other communication outreach related to the Initiative projects. This position also provides direct administrative support to all budgeting, travel, and related administrative duties as directed by the Director of the Initiative. This position may be required to travel long distances by air or vehicle on behalf of the Law School for various events.

Minimum Qualifications: Please ensure that all relevant application materials include details addressing the minimum qualifications. Applicants not meeting the minimum qualifications will be disqualified from consideration.
  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution of higher education
  • At least three years of experience in higher education or federal service with recruitment and outreach
  • Technical assistance experience with Native American populations

Does this job require any license(s)/certification(s)? No

If yes, please specify

Preferred Qualifications
  • Previous experience providing policy interface between American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian governments and communities on complex issues related to agriculture and food, rural economic development, and related areas central to sustainable development
  • Willingness to work as part of a complex team of professionals on issues related to support of beginning farmers and ranchers
  • Experience in assisting with Native American student and adult organizations, tribal governments and inter-tribal organizations

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs)
  • Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of multicultural issues in secondary schools and on college campuses and demonstrated experience working with higher education issues and policy issues affecting Native populations
  • Working knowledge of MS Office applications, including Word, Excel, and Outlook
  • Strong problem-solving skills with the ability to identify and evaluate problems, as well as devise effective solutions with minimal supervision
  • Demonstrated organizational skills and ability to set priorities meet deadlines and manage workload
  • Demonstrated ability to handle complex policy matters, interface with the public on complex matters, and seek answers and solutions to complex matters
  • Demonstrated ability to utilize critical thinking skills to find solutions to complex policy issues facing Native communities
  • Ability to work collaboratively with colleagues
  • Ability to speak effectively one-on-one, in small groups or in large groups
  • Demonstrated ability to create curriculum and program evaluation relevant to all population groups, including young and beginning farmer and rancher populations

Physical activities associated with this position

The following physical activities are associated with the position and will be performed with or without an accommodation. All individuals are encouraged to apply.


  • Crouching
  • Driving
  • Kneeling
  • Lifting
  • Pulling
  • Pushing
  • Standing
  • Stooping
  • Walking


  • Manipulate items with fingers, including keyboarding
  • Grasping
  • Reaching
  • Repetitive motion
  • Sitting
  • Talking


  • Hearing

This position may be required to travel long distances by air or vehicle on behalf of the Law School for various events.The worker is required to have visual acuity to perform an activity such as: preparing and analyzing data and figures; transcribing; viewing a computer terminal; extensive reading; and/or visual inspection at distances close to the eyes.

Physical Conditions None. The worker is not substantially exposed to adverse environmental conditions (such as in typical office or administrative work).

Work Schedule Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Overtime Eligible No

Is this position weather/event essential? If yes, the employee in this position will report to work at the scheduled time when the University is closed due to inclement conditions. No

Work Location/Building Fayetteville Campus - Law School Waterman Hall

Benefits Eligible Yes

Appointment Percent 100

Salary $45,000 - $60,000 depending upon qualifications

Does this Position require a Motor Vehicle Reports Check? No

Does this position require a background check? Yes

If yes, please specify
  • Criminal background check
  • Sex offender registry check

Does this position require a substance abuse test? No

Pre-employment Screening Requirements

The University of Arkansas is committed to providing a safe campus community. We conduct background checks for applicants being considered for employment. Background checks include a criminal background check and a sex offender registry check. For certain positions, there may also be a financial (credit) background check, a Motor Vehicle Registry (MVR) check, and/or drug screening. Required checks are identified in the position listing. A criminal conviction or arrest pending adjudication or adverse financial history information alone shall not disqualify an applicant in the absence of a relationship to the requirements of the position. Background check information will be used in a confidential, non-discriminatory manner consistent with state and federal law.

Posting Detail Information

Future Open Date

Close Date 03/28/2018

Open Until Filled No

Anticipated Start Date 05/07/2018

Anticipated End Date (for temporary appointments)

Recruitment Contact Information

Janie Hipp, IFAI Director
(479) 575-4699
[email protected]

All application materials must be uploaded to the U of A's employment system at Please do not send to listed recruitment contact.

Special Instructions Summary

Hiring Location 222 Administration Building Fayetteville, AR 72701.

EEO Statement

The University of Arkansas is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution. The university welcomes applications without regard to age, race/color, gender (including pregnancy), national origin, disability, religion, marital or parental status, protected veteran status, military service, genetic information, sexual orientation or gender identity. Persons must have proof of legal authority to work in the United States on the first day of employment. All applicant information is subject to public disclosure under the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act.

Internal Posting No

City, St. Fayetteville, AR

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Do you have a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution of higher education?
    • Yes
    • No
  2. * Do you have at least three years of experience in higher education or federal service with recruitment and outreach?
    • Yes
    • No
  3. * Do you have technical assistance experience with Native American populations?
    • Yes
    • No

Documents Needed to Apply
Required Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter/Letter of Application
  3. List of three Professional References (name, title, email address and contact number)
Optional Documents
  1. Proof of Veterans Status





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Posted: 3/14/2018
Application Due: 3/29/2018
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