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Coordinator - American Indian Studies Program

Job description


The College of Social Sciences supports and enhances the University's commitment to diversity and promoting cultural competency, and has officially taken the position that an increasing proportion of society's resources should be available to members of minority racial and ethnic groups. Thus, the College offers academic minors in specific racial/cultural studies-Africana, American Indian, and Chicanx Studies - and offers related students support services including recruitment, retention, and counseling services. In this way, the College demonstrates is commitment to diversity and inclusion, and the creation of learning opportunities for all students which will help ensure its graduates enter meaningful careers that will improve their quality of life as well as enhancing the communities in which they live.

Position Summary:

The American Indian Studies Coordinator position focuses on recruiting and retaining American Indian students to the University overall, as well as within the College and its specific programs. Three primary areas of responsibility for this position: recruiting new students, providing guidance services which promote retention (such as application processes, financial aid information, etc.), and assisting with the variety of operational, administrative and outreach responsibilities of the program.

Position provides academic support services for students, serves as an advocate for students, is a key member of the staff, represents American Indian Studies and Race & Culture majors at various functions and events and exercises a high degree of independent judgment, confidentiality and decision making. Position will develop and continuously improve how the unit and College work with students of American Indian descent to enhance student satisfaction, student persistence and retention, and ultimately the whole student experience

Additionally, while position focuses on outreach and retention of American Indian students and other students of racial or ethnic groups, position is also expected to support the university's overall recruitment and retention efforts and assist and support American Indian Studies—Race & Culture majors.

The position reports directly to the Director of the American Indian Studies Program and requires attention to details, excellent communication skills, the ability to communicate with both students and family members and to work in a high-paced environment. Position does require some travel, and individual must be flexible with work assignments and hours, may be required to work some evenings and weekends.

Position will be open for applications at least through November 27th; screening will begin on that day. Your materials will be held in strict confidence, and references will not be contacted without candidate notification.



About Eastern Washington University

Eastern is a regional, comprehensive university located in Cheney, 20 minutes from downtown Spokane. In addition to Eastern's Cheney campus, we also offer our Riverpoint campus in Spokane, plus additional teaching/learning centers located in other cities throughout Washington State. Enrollment has reached over 12,000 students. The Cheney-Spokane area is the heart of the Inland Northwest, with excellent restaurants, theater, shopping, skiing, hiking, lakes, a choice of living in a medium-sized city or a small town, and high quality schools and housing.

Eastern Washington University is committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty, staff, students, and academic program offerings and to strengthening sensitivity to diversity throughout the institution. Eastern Washington University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer, and applications from members of historically underrepresented groups are especially encouraged.

Conditions of Employment

This position, during the course of university employment will be involved in the receipt of, or accountability for, university fund or other items of value, as well as the unsupervised access with the developmentally disabled, vulnerable adults or children under the age of 16. Employment will be contingent upon successful completion and passing of a background check.

This position is covered by the Public School Employees' Collective Bargaining Agreement.

Required Ability: to participate in evening and weekend events and multi-day recruitment trips, which will require a valid Driver's License and clean driving record;


Required Qualifications:
  • Bachelor's degree that matches one of the following:
    • Social Science field such as Native American Studies, Counseling, or other social science field, or
    • Higher education or Student Affairs, or
    • Degree in a non-social science field with a minor or certification in American Indian Studies or other closely related field
  • Three years full-time relevant experience or Master's Degree in Native American Studies/Cultural Studies, Counseling or other related fields and 1 year full-time relevant experience, such as working in higher education in disadvantaged or underrepresented college and or high school students; work experience in minority affairs, minority achievement, retention, college preparatory programs, recruitment, and student advising; or other relevant experience;
  • Knowledge of high school to college transition
  • Demonstrated ability to generate ideas for new and modified first-year transition and retention programs for upperclassmen.
  • Advanced computer skills to include Microsoft Office, Apple and other applications and technologies necessary for data access/retrieval and communications; Specific experience with Excel spreadsheets and developing databases.
  • Work with campus service units to disseminate information and encourage dialogue to improve cultural awareness;
  • Demonstrated ability to work with and engage a wide range of understanding and skill level of campus faculty, staff, and administrators in working with American Indian and Indigenous students and their families;
  • Understanding of Native American and Indigenous cultures, and the ability to work with culturally and economically diverse populations, including first generation students.


Preferred Qualifications:
  • Masters in Student Affairs, & Native American/Indigenous Studies or Counseling and Native American studies or other related areas specific to working with students of American Indian/Indigenous descent and first generation populations.
  • Teaching experience or presentation/workshop planning, design, development and implementation.
  • Work experience with students of American Indian descent, individuals of all ages and their families;
  • Direct experience working with, developing or coordinating retention initiative or related work;
  • Direct experience or familiarity with grant writing


Other Skills and Abilities:
  • Be student-centered and have a strong sense of responsibility for student success;
  • Be detail-orientated and organized;
  • Have strong prioritization, time management, and follow-through skills;
  • Ability to effectively manage multiple priorities, pay attention to detail and produce desired results;
  • Ability to communicate in a clear and effective manner both orally and in writing;
  • Ability to work independently and as a member of a team;
  • Ability to take direction and possess the ability to work independently under general supervision to meet the needs of program;
  • Ability to collect data and produce reports based on data




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Posted: 11/26/2018
Application Due: 1/25/2019
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