Coordinator/Recruiter - American Indian Studies Program
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;
The College of Social Sciences seeks a Coordinator/Recruiter for our American Indian Studies Program. The position is available now.
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.
This 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.
The position reports directly to the Director of the American Indian Studies Program and requires attention to detail, 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 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.
Screening of applications will begin July 16th, although applications will continue to be accepted at least through July 26th. 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 Qualifications:
- Bachelor's degree in a relevant academic field, which could include any discipline in the social sciences, Native American studies or related, Education, or Finance (or related).
- 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;
- Advanced computer skills to include Microsoft Office, Apple and other applications and technologies necessary for data access/retrieval and communications; experience with Excel spreadsheets and developing databases is required.
- Understanding of Native American and Indigenous cultures, and the ability to work with culturally and economically diverse populations, including first generation students.
- Knowledge and abilities, to include:
- Knowledge of high school to college transition
- Ability to generate ideas for new and modified first-year transition and retention programs for upperclassmen.
- Ability to skillfully work with and engage campus constituents with a wide range of understanding, in working with American Indian and Indigenous students and their families (position will have contact with faculty, staff, and administrators);
- Ability to work effectively with campus service units to disseminate information and encourage dialogue to improve cultural awareness;
- Demonstrated ability to apply a culturally responsive and flexible approach that is supportive to the diverse needs, including universal accessibility, of our students, faculty, staff, and the public.
- Preference may be given to candidates with courses in Native American Studies, Counseling, Higher Education, or Student Affairs.
Other preferred qualifications include:
- Masters in Higher Education or Counseling, Native American/Indigenous 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