|MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY
NATIVE AMERICAN INSTITUTE
Position Announcement—National SearchPOSITION:Associate Professor/Professor and Director
BACKGROUND: The Native American Institute (NAI) works with tribes, Native American organizations, and various Michigan State University units to enhance the sovereignty, cultural continuity, and well-being of tribes, Native American communities, and Native American people.
Located in MSU’s College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, NAI undertakes outreach and engagement scholarship. NAI works across units in the College and the University. Of special note is NAI’s close working relationship with MSU Extension (MSUE). NAI and MSUE jointly administer two tribally-focused MSU Extension programs.
NAI is undergoing a reorganization of purpose, approach, and strategy to best assist Michigan’s Native American population. The Director will provide leadership for this effort in concert with Native American communities and university stakeholders, thereby carrying NAI into its next phase of vibrant community engagement.
RESPONSIBILITIES: The Director will be responsible for all aspects of leading and managing NAI. Specific responsibilities include: managing NAI faculty and academic staff; coordinating program planning efforts in partnership with community members and the NAI Advisory Group; co-directing the Building Strong Sovereign Nations tribal governance training program undertaken collaboratively with MSU Extension and the Indigenous Law and Policy Center; co-directing the Michigan Federally-recognized Tribes Extension Program with MSU Extension; nurturing new scholarly initiatives tied to NAI’s outreach and research-oriented mission; generating external funding; and building productive collaborations across the university. The Director will hire and conduct academic staff evaluations; manage NAI resources and its budget; promote program excellence; ensure program accountability; and network with a variety of related units and constituencies, on- and off-campus.
APPLICATION: Review of applications will begin on October 1, 2014. Late submissions will be considered if a suitable candidate pool is not identified by the review of application date. MSU is an affirmative action equal opportunity employer. MSU is committed to achieving excellence through cultural diversity. The university actively encourages applications and/or nominations from women, persons of color, veterans and persons with disabilities. Persons with disabilities have the right to request and receive reasonable accommodations. For more information about the Native American Institute, please visit our website at http://nai.msu.edu. Required applicant documents: cover letter, curriculum vitae/resume, and full contact information for four references. In the application letter, please address fit to position qualifications and responsibilities, and describe your vision for NAI. Apply for Posting # 9891 at https://www.jobs.msu.edu/.
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