American Indian Liaison to the Chancellor
• Enrollment: Create open access and provide a strategic recruitment plan to enroll American Indian students both locally and nationally. Assist in the collection and maintenance of American Indian student data analysis and program records.
• Academic Affairs: Research, promote and implement best practices for retention and graduation of American Indian Students. Develop a strong working relationship with faculty and Academic Affairs administration to provide counsel and support for their American Indian student initiatives. Create and foster relationships with other institutions of Higher Education.
• Student Affairs: Provide real world opportunities for service learning, leadership training and competitive career placement of American Indian Students.
• Southeast American Indian Studies Program/Department of American Indian Studies/Museum of Southeast American Indian: Support the obtainment of grant funding in order to meet the cultural needs of the American Indian community at UNCP.
• Tribal Communities: Working with applicable university partners, develop MOU's with tribal communities to improve access to UNCP.
• Advancement: Serves as an agent to develop relationships with potential community and tribal donors, state and federal agencies, and corporate partnerships.
• Human Resources: Partnering with the university's Human Resources Office, develop and implement initiatives to increase the pool of American Indian applicants for faculty and staff positions at UNCP.
Externally, the successful candidate represents the Chancellor and Board of Trustees as liaison and envoy to American Indian nations. Additionally, the successful candidate will represent the university at applicable national, regional, and state level conferences, meetings, and events. Internally, the candidate will advocate for the support and success of American Indian students on campus. The successful candidate must possess the ability to effectively advocate on behalf of American Indian students, and engage in conversations on a range of topics and issues, where all members of the university community have an opportunity to participate and provide input.
The desired candidate will be familiar with American Indian secondary and post-secondary schools and communities throughout North America to identify, recruit, and retain American Indian students at UNCP.
The position administratively reports to the Chief of Staff.Minimum Training and Experience Requirements:
•Master's degree in a related field that includes coursework and/or experience communicating and working with American Indian communities and a minimum 2 years of experience in higher education, including but not limited to employment in a college or university student success center, or for example, U.S. Department of Education TRIO Program; Institutional Assessment department;
or a bachelor's degree in public administration, American Indian studies, or a related field that includes coursework and/or experience communicating and working with American Indian communities and a minimum 4 years of experience in higher education, including but not limited to employment in a college or university student success center, or for example, U.S. Department of Education TRIO Program; Institutional Assessment department
•Demonstrated success in securing grants and Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) development.
•Strong written and oral communication skills, and the ability to build lasting relationships internal and external to the university
•Must exercise sound judgement and respect highly confidential information
•Knowledge of tribal protocols, cultures, histories, sovereignty, and government relations, particularly for NC tribes, but also for American Indian communities as a whole.
•Demonstrated evidence supporting college access and success of American Indian students.
•Demonstrated experience managing program budgets.
•Ability to travel for recruitment of prospective students; also travel to local and national student events.
•Applicants of American Indian heritage are strongly encouraged to apply.
Management Preferences: • A master's degree in public administration, American Indian studies, or a related field that includes coursework and/or experience communicating and working with American Indian communities and a minimum 4 years of experience in higher education, including but not limited to employment in a college or university student success center, or for example, U.S. Department of Education TRIO Program; Institutional Assessment department;
• Ability to communicate across cultural lines to include interpretation of policy between tribal and NC governments.
• Analytical ability to interpret student success metrics.
• Excellent presentation skills.
• Excellent computer skills are needed including: Windows; Word; Excel; PowerPoint, Higher Education Student Success Software, etc. Candidates must have the ability to quickly learn and immediately follow campus wide policies and procedures relating to travel, budget planning, purchasing, printing, and human resources.
Special Instructions to Applicants:
This position is subject to the successful completion of an employment background check. An employment background check includes a criminal background check, employment verification, reference checks, license verification (if applicable) and credit history check (if applicable).
In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification form upon hire.
New employees are paid only by direct deposit to the financial institution of their choice. Candidates claiming Veterans Preference must attach a copy of their DD-214 as a part of the online application process.
UNC Pembroke is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The University prohibits discrimination against qualified individuals based on their status as protected veterans or individuals with disabilities, and prohibits discrimination against all individuals based on their age, race, color, genetic information, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or national origin. UNC Pembroke is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and seeks priority referrals of protected veterans for our openings.