Director, Native SOAR
Native SOAR (Student Outreach, Access and Resiliency) is a multigenerational mentoring program that centers on the unique needs of American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) students throughout the K-20 pipeline. The program’s service-learning mentoring model equips and empowers undergraduate students at the University of Arizona (UArizona) to mentor and empower local middle and high school students. In addition, Native SOAR’s two-tier mentoring model provides undergraduates mentorship from graduate students and professionals from within the university and Tucson community.
Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; state and optional retirement plans; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!
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Native SOAR is housed in the Center for the Study of Higher Education, College of Education, and reports to the Center’s Director, who collaborates with the Office of Native American Initiatives, Office of the Provost, to advance mutual goals on AI/AN student success. The reporting line to the Center for the Study of Higher Education honors Native SOAR’s historical roots, provides pedagogical and academic grounding, and provides unique opportunities for assessment, research, and publication. A partnership with the Office of Native American Initiatives expands opportunities for meaningful cross-campus partnerships, provides crucial access to senior leadership, and builds and expands more sustainable institutional capacity and credibility for serving AI/AN students.
Primary responsibility of this position is to oversee thedevelopment, implementation, administration, and daily activities of the NativeSOAR program. The Native SOAR Director reports to the Assistant Vice Provostfor Native American Initiatives, Office of the Provost and the Director of theCenter for the Study of Higher Education, College of Education.
- Serve as the primary lead for the Native SOAR Program.
- Create and oversee the teaching of an AI/AN-focused curriculum, which includes a digital storytelling project, for a 3-unit Higher Education (HED) undergraduate course offered every fall and spring term, that integrates methodologies, epistemologies and worldviews centered on AI/AN research, theory and practice.
- Participate in the selection, hiring, training, and supervision of the Native SOAR graduate student assistants (GA’s) including undergraduate mentors and support staff.
- Monitor and manage a) student mentor recruitment using culturally responsive marketing strategies, and b) culturally responsive mentor training based on AI/AN modalities.
- Establish and maintain productive and collaborative working relationships with tribal education departments, communities and school districts, including principals, counselors, teachers and other key stakeholders in southern Arizona.
- Collaborate with other university administrative units to increase access and success for AI/AN students.
- Collaborate with the Center Director to develop a program research agenda and lead its implementation, including the development of a comprehensive assessment plan with quantitative and qualitative analysis of student participation, retention, and overall program evaluation, as well as the provision of a yearly report on assessment results.
- Support the growth of Native SOAR by developing and monitoring an annual program budget, tracking program expenses, working closely with the department finance manager, determining the need for additional staff and support, and researching and submitting grant proposals, reports, and other documents related to securing and maintaining supplemental program funding.
- Create and facilitate AI/AN-focused professional development opportunities for UArizona staff and community engagement activities pertinent to scope of work.
- Attend occasional evening and weekend events.
- Other duties as assigned.
- Master’s degree in higher education administration, educational psychology, counseling, or a related field and two years of related experience in higher education and student success, OR a bachelor’s degree plus eight years of related experience in higher education and student success.
- Experience designing and/or implementing high impact student success
strategies that facilitate access, success and equity for
underrepresented student populations.
- Experience participating in or working with a peer mentoring program.
- Demonstrated knowledge of the research addressing the needs of
underrepresented students in higher education.
- Prior experience working with AI/AN populations and familiarity with