Assistant Director of Native American and Indigenous Studies Initiative

Providence, Rhode Island
Sep 11, 2018
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Assistant Director of Native American and Indigenous Studies Initiative

Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island

Working with the Director of the Native American and Indigenous Studies Initiative (NAIS), the Assistant Director provides day-to-day administrative oversight and management of the Initiative’s programs and resources and coordinates with other campus departments and groups to support related activities. 

The Assistant Director supports the Director in the following areas:

- Programming: Developing and managing academic planning, public events, lectures, performances, brown bag series, and workshops, among other areas; Financial management & budgeting: managing the annual budget, and supporting fundraising activities.

- Staff management: oversight of NAIS staff and student workers

- Governance and community engagement and support: organizing and staffing meetings with various University and community constituencies, including the Steering Committee, faculty, student organizations, and local Native New England tribes.

- Academic development: working with relevant stakeholders to support the hiring of faculty, visitors, postdoctoral fellows, and graduate students.

- Communications and Outreach: working with the Director to increase the visibility of NAIS activities both within Brown and in the wider community in New England, across the United States, and internationally.

- Through this work, the Assistant Director will be responsible for ensuring operational success for the NAIS Initiative as it works to achieve its long-term strategic goals.


  • Minimum of MA in the humanities or social sciences.  Degree fields or coursework directly relevant to Native American and Indigenous Studies, and active intellectual engagement in topics relevant to the NAIS Initiative highly desirable.
  • Minimum of three years of experience in academic administration or comparable work (e.g., nonprofit or community organizations). 
  • Ability to understand and operate in a complex campus environment and to create collaborative networks across multiple academic, administrative, and student constituencies
  • Demonstrated capacity for planning, management, project oversight
  • Budget, financial management, and supervisory skills
  • Proven ability to work independently and as part of collaborative teams
  • Ability to use technology and institutional data systems, and to learn new software as needed.
  • Superior interpersonal and communication skills (oral and written), with particular cultural knowledge, competence, and experience in working and communicating with Native and Indigenous Peoples
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion

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Located in historic Providence, Rhode Island and founded in 1764, Brown University is the seventh-oldest college in the United States. Brown is an independent, coeducational Ivy League institution comprising undergraduate and graduate programs, plus the Alpert Medical School, School of Public Health, School of Engineering, and the School of Professional Studies.

With its talented and motivated student body and accomplished faculty, Brown is a leading research university that maintains a particular commitment to exceptional undergraduate instruction. Brown’s vibrant, diverse campus community consists of about 4,500 staff and faculty, 6,200 undergraduates, 2,000 graduate students, 490 medical school students, more than 5,000 summer, visiting, and online students, and over 700 faculty members. Brown students come from all 50 states and more than 115 countries. Brown is frequently recognized for its global reach, many cultural events, numerous campus groups and activities, active community service programs, highly competitive athletics, and beautiful facilities located in a richly historic urban setting.

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