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Director, Chemawa Program and Native American Affairs

Organization: Willamette University
Date Posted: 12/6/2017
City: Salem
Location: Oregon
Country: United States
Primary Category: Faculty, Non-Tenured
Type of Position: Part-Time

Description & Details

Willamette University is now accepting applications for a part-time, Director of Chemawa Program and Native American Affairs. The primary responsibility for this position will be the teaching of IDS205 and the administration of the Chemawa Indian School-Willamette University Partnership Program. In concert with the Office of Multicultural Affairs and the Vice President for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (VPEDI), the Director will also support Native American student success, and engage in other efforts involving Native American-focused programming and outreach. The Director will sit on the Native American Advisory Board (NAAC).

Essential Functions:

  • Manages Chemawa Indian School-Willamette University Partnership Program and Salem-Keizer Indian Education-Willamette University Partnership. Develops and supervises WU campus activities and projects; serves as liaison between the university and Chemawa and the university and Salem-Keizer school district.
  • Teaches one IDS course per term to prepare students for their tutoring/internship experience.
  • Supervises Willamette undergraduates who tutor or have internships at Chemawa or in the Salem-Keizer Indian Education program; includes recruitment, training, coaching, and evaluation and regular direct oversight in the schools.
  • Works closely with faculty, Admissions, Multicultural Affairs, Development and other offices on campus for support, advising, recruitment, retention and programming related to Native American students.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree of Arts or Science.
  • 2+ years experience working with Native American communities.
  • Microsoft desktop applications essential.
  • Ability to work effectively with high school and college students in a variety of educational settings, including a federal Indian boarding school.
  • Understanding of challenges facing, and opportunities for, Native American students.
  • Ability to communicate well in English, both orally and in writing.
  • Working knowledge of, and demonstrated experience with, Native American communities, traditions, cultures, and issues of sovereignty.
  • High level of pedagogical skills.
  • Ability to effectively plan, organize, implement, and evaluate education-related programs.
  • Ability to effectively interact with a wide variety of people in a manner that positively portrays the University and its programs, personnel, and philosophies.
  • Ability to work independently and with good professional judgment, as well as establish and maintain harmonious relations with other staff, faculty and students.
  • A demonstrated commitment to inclusion, equity and social justice with experience in providing support and advocacy for diverse communities (includes but not limited to: race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, ability and socioeconomic status).
  • Must possess a valid Oregon driver’s license or the ability to obtain within 30 days of hire and have a satisfactory driving record.
  • Willingness to work varied hours, including evenings and weekends.
  • Successful completion of a criminal conviction record check.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master's degree.
  • Experience in Native education.

This is a 10 month per year, part-time position working 25 hours/wk, with periodic evening hours. This position is not eligible for full benefits but will accrue sick hours based on hours worked.

This an hourly position with a pay range of $25 up to $29, depending on experience, background, and education.

To be considered for employment at Willamette University, please complete the online employment application. Your application and all required attachments must be submitted for each individual job post that you are interested in applying for. Once you submit your application you will not be able to edit your application.

You will need to upload the following two documents as part of your application materials:

  • Cover letter addressing the required/desired qualifications and presenting any other applicant characteristics which deserve emphasis
  • Current Resume

Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Application Deadline: Open until finalists are selected.

To view the full job posting, visit the Willamette University Jobs website.

Willamette University, founded in 1842, is a nationally recognized liberal arts school with graduate programs in business and law. WU has earned a national reputation for its academic standards and exemplary citizenship, values that have defined the culture of this campus for more than 160 years.

Believing that diversity contributes to academic excellence and to rich and rewarding communities, WU is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse faculty, staff and student body. WU seeks candidates, particularly those from historically underrepresented groups, whose work furthers diversity and who bring to campus varied experiences, perspectives, and backgrounds. Employment at Willamette University means being part of a community that values education and its impact on the world is friendly, supportive, and increasingly diverse.


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