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Institute/Center Director-Management

Michigan State University
East Lansing

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C-Level & Executive Directors
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Job Details

Job no: 929098
Work type: Faculty/Academic Staff
Major Administrative Unit / College: Asc Prov For Univ Outreach & Engagement
Department: Native American Institute 10002601
Sub Area: FAS- Fac./Acad Staff
Salary: Salary Commensurate with Experience
Location: East Lansing
Categories: Administrative/Business/Professional, Research/Scientific, Academic Management, Full Time (90-100%), Non-Union, Remote-Friendly
Position Summary

Reporting to the Vice Provost for University Outreach and Engagement, a unit under MSU’s Provost Office, the Director will have full responsibility for all administrative functions including budget, human resources, and operations of the Institute.

The mission of the Native American Institute is to produce and further scholarship and programming for the benefit of tribes, American Indian communities, and Native organizations. NAI supports campus and community collaboration and provides opportunities for faculty, staff, students, and the public to learn about issues facing American Indians and Indigenous peoples.

Through these efforts, NAI promotes sovereignty, self-determination, cultures, languages, traditional knowledge, capacity building, leadership, and well-being as defined by tribes, American Indian communities, and Native organizations.


The Director of NAI will:

  • Work across colleges and disciplines to develop and support collaborative research projects and programs, identify and secure funding, and enhance teaching and service opportunities that respond to the needs and goals of tribes and Indigenous communities.

  • Facilitate capacity development for MSU faculty, staff, and students to work in mutually beneficial partnership with Native stakeholders.

  • Support MSU’s efforts to build, sustain, and provide educational programming in partnership with tribal colleges, Native nations, communities, and people.

  • Collaborate with other MSU Native community stakeholders, including Tribal Extension within MSU Extension, EAGLE (Educating Anishnaabe: Giving, Learning, and Empowering) Faculty/Staff Association, the American Indian & Indigenous Studies Program (AIIS), the Indigenous Law and Policy Center (ILPC), various undergraduate and graduate student groups and organizations across campus [IGSC - Indigenous Graduate Student Collective, NAISO – North American Indigenous Student Organization, AISES – American Indians in Science and Engineering Society, NALSA – Native American Law Student Association, Wilma Mankiller Society]; with the Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion (IDI); and other University Outreach and Engagement (UOE) units.

  • Establish and sustain partnerships and collaborations with the 12 Federally Recognized Tribal Nations of Michigan, the State of Michigan Recognized Tribes, the United Tribes of Michigan, Inter-Tribal Council of Michigan, American Indian Health and Family Services, the Michigan Department of Civil Rights, Tribal Colleges, MILES, and cultural centers across the tribal nations and tribal communities (such as Ziibiwing Center of Anishinaabe Culture and Lifeways; Nokomis Cultural Heritage Center; Eyaawing Museum and Cultural Center).

  • Contribute to programs, efforts, events, and committees that support tribal- and Indigenous-related faculty, staff, student, and community outreach, engagement, and scholarship activities.

  • Maintain a public presence and represent NAI at conferences and other speaking engagements.

  • Use the information gathered in the report from the Tribal Nations Outreach Project conducted by Grassroots Solutions, LLC to reinvigorate the Native American Institute by developing and implementing a strategic plan that will give direction to the NAI and aligns with the UOE and MSU strategic and DEI plans.

  • Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

    All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, age, disability or protected veteran status.

    Required Degree

    Doctorate -JD or another terminal degree

    Minimum Requirements
  • Should possess and demonstrate knowledge of and cultural competence in Michigan Native American culture and traditions.

  • Evidence of deep engagement or collaboration in partnership with tribal and Native rural or urban communities.

  • Demonstrate a commitment to supporting research and programming on Native American issues.

  • A strong administrative acumen.

  • Excellent verbal and written communication, presentation, and public speaking skills.

  • Record of high-quality leadership experiences with staff, faculty, and students.

  • Evidence of a capacity to contribute to the advancement of positive Native American community-university partnerships.

  • Required Application Materials
  • A cover letter detailing qualifications for this position;

  • A statement of leadership philosophy that highlights your experience working with partner organizations, tribal communities, project teams or university/community centers;

  • A current curriculum vitae;

  • Name and contact information for three professional references

  • Special Instructions

    Review of applications will begin March 1, 2024, and reviews will continue until the position is filled. To apply, submit a CV, letter of application, and 3 professional references electronically through Questions can be addressed to Dr. Jessica Barnes-Najor, search committee chair.

    Review of Applications Begins On


    Remote Work Statement

    MSU strives to provide a flexible work environment and this position has been designated as remote-friendly. Remote-friendly means some or all of the duties can be performed remotely as mutually agreed upon.


    MSU Statement

    Michigan State University has been advancing the common good with uncommon will for more than 160 years. One of the top research universities in the world, MSU pushes the boundaries of discovery and forges enduring partnerships to solve the most pressing global challenges while providing life-changing opportunities to a diverse and inclusive academic community through more than 200 programs of study in 17 degree-granting colleges.

    Advertised: Jan 30, 2024 Eastern Standard Time
    Applications close: Jan 30, 2026 Eastern Standard Time


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