The Native American Institute at Michigan State University is seeking applicants for the position of academic specialist for outreach. This is a full-time (90-100%), fixed term, 12-month appointment with the possibility of renewal. This person will serve as a key member of the Institute, supporting and contributing to the advancement of the Institute’s mission and goals with American Indian tribes, organizations and communities.
About the Native American Institute: The Native American Institute was authorized by the Michigan State University Board of Trustees in October 1981. The mission of the Institute is to work with tribes, American Indian organizations and various Michigan State University units to enhance the sovereignty, internal capacity, and community well-being of tribes, American Indian communities and Indian people.
The successful candidate will work with the Director and Assistant Director as a liaison for the Institute in connection to various tribal and/or community partners and Michigan State University units. In addition to liaison duties, the individual will co-facilitate outreach and research projects undertaken by the Institute including: managing teams, mentoring and providing oversight of unit interns and research assistants, developing and implementing assessment and research activities, provide grant-writing support, assist in disseminating results of these activities in community and professional forums, and assist with other administration tasks for the Institute on projects/events/activities as needed.
The College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR) at Michigan State University is committed to achieving excellence by creating and sustaining an accessible and inclusive culture that values cultural and academic diversity. We are an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. The CANR is particularly interested in candidates of all backgrounds who are committed to the principle that academic excellence is achieved through open access and proactive inclusion.
Bachelors -Social Science, Communication Arts, Education, Economics
At least 1 year of demonstrated experience working in, or collaborating with, Native American tribes, communities or organizations;
Experience working in a collaborative team environment as both a team member and leader;
Ability to work independently on and complete assigned tasks with specific deadlines;
Ability to respond effectively to changes in priorities on projects and activities;
Strong writing and proof-reading skills;
Excellent verbal and non-verbal communication skills and the ability to interact effectively with different audiences;
Proficient in basic website management;
Proficient in budget processes and budget management;
Proficient in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook, Powerpoint).
Master’s degree in a field with the above emphases and focus on North American Indigenous studies, or an equivalence of a Bachelor’s degree with 3 years of experience working in, or collaborating with, American Indian tribes, organizations, and/or communities;
Demonstrated experience with project development and coordination;
Knowledge of, and experience with, community-based participatory research practices;
Experience with the research environment and operations at an R1 university;
General knowledge of research administration and university practices, including some understanding of external funding policies, practices, and procedures;
Knowledge of nVivo, Atlas.ti, SPS, Qualtrics and/or Adobe InDesign.
Required Application Materials
Please submit cover letter, résumé/CV, and contact information for three references.
Please include a philosophy statement that demonstrates an ability to contribute to the CANR commitment to inclusion and diversity.
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and position will remain open until filled.
Internal Number: 494866
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