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JOB OPPORTUNITY: Program Coordinator, Native American & Indigenous People

Modified: June 19, 2017

Program Coordinator, Native American & Indigenous People 

Reporting to the Assistant Provost for Diversity and Inclusion, the Program Coordinator, Native American & Indigenous People plays a key role in the development, implementation, and administration of university-wide Native American and Indigenous Peoples initiatives at Northwestern.  This person is an integral member of the Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion team and the broader Office of the Provost.  This individual works with students, staff, faculty, alumni, and community partners, and may work evenings and weekends on both Evanston and Chicago campuses as needed.  Occasional regional and national travel is required. See complete job description below.

Specific Responsibilities:

Communication and Outreach

  • Drafts and edits communications, reports, and annual updates to the Native American Outreach and Inclusion Task Force recommendations
  • Manage content and updates to the Native American and Indigenous Peoples website and events calendar
  • Develop and disseminate monthly newsletter on Native American and Indigenous Peoples initiatives
  • Partner with undergraduate, graduate, and professional school admissions and financial aid offices to assist in recruitment efforts for Native American and Indigenous students
  • Partner with Multicultural Student Affairs, and student services in graduate and professional schools to enhance the campus experience for Native American and Indigenous students
  • Partner with Neighborhood and Community Relations, and Government Relations to build relationships with Native and Indigenous community partners in Evanston and Chicago, the Chicago American Indian Community Collaborative, the American Indian Center, and beyond

Events and Programming

  • Help plan and organize annual Northwestern Commemoration of the Sand Creek Massacre
  • Coordinate annual student trip to Sand Creek Massacre Spiritual Healing Run/Walk and others
  • Support and promote campus and community Native American and Indigenous Peoples events among students, faculty and staff

Stakeholder Engagement

  • Coordinate annual Native American Leadership Council meetings with University stakeholders
  • Coordinate quarterly meetings of the Native American and Indigenous Peoples Steering Group
  • Serve as a liaison to the Northwestern University Native American and Indigenous Student Alliance and the Colloquium on Indigeneity and Native American Studies
  • Partner with faculty, staff and students in Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences on Indigenous Studies Research Center activities
  • Partner with the Northwestern Alumni Relations and Development to engage alumni and explore the creation of a Native American and Indigenous Peoples alumni association

Budget Management

  • Manage Native American and Indigenous Peoples programming budget

Other

  • Conducts competitive benchmarking research on Native American and Indigenous initiatives at peer institutions
  • Represents the Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion at internal and external events, and serves on committees, task forces, and working groups as needed
  • Participates in conferences, workshops, and trainings on Native American and Indigenous communities
  • Manages special projects and performs other related duties as assigned by the Assistant Provost for Diversity and Inclusion, and Office of the Provost
  • Performs other duties as assigned

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Experience working with Native American and Indigenous communities
  • Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor’s or higher degree
  • 2 years program/project administration or other relevant experience

Minimum Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities.)

  • Commitment to providing a high level of service and working in a collaborative team environment
  • High degree of professionalism; ability to work with individuals at all levels of the University including undergraduate students through University senior leadership.
  • Ability to handle confidential information with utmost discretion
  • Excellent interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills
  • Ability to handle multiple projects and tasks simultaneously, set priorities and meet tight deadlines
  • Attention to detail and initiative; strong analytical, research, and organizational skills
  • Project management and decision-making skills
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office and social media

Preferred Qualifications: (Education and experience)

  • Successful completion of a full course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a master's or higher degree; OR appropriate combination of education and experience
  • Previous experience working in a university or research environment
  • Experience with admissions, diversity recruitment, student services, event planning, marketing and communications

As per Northwestern University policy, this position requires a criminal background check.  Successful applicants will need to submit to a criminal background check prior to employment.

Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes, including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States.

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