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Director of the Native American Program

Please see Special Instructions for more details.

Some evening and weekend hours required. Employment in this position is contingent upon consent to and successful completion of a pre-employment background check, which may include a criminal background check, reference checks, verification of work history, and verification of any required academic credentials, licenses, and/or certifications, with results acceptable to Dartmouth College. A criminal conviction will not automatically disqualify an applicant from employment. Background check information will be used in a confidential, non-discriminatory manner consistent with state and federal law.

Position Details

Position Information

Position Title Director of the Native American Program
Department Native American Program
Position Number 0120701
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In the forty-five years since the Kemeny administration’s reinvigoration of the College’s founding ideals, Dartmouth has established its preeminence among peer institutions in the recruitment, retention, breadth, and achievements of the American Indian student population. Dartmouth’s Native American Program (NAP) is an exemplary model, and it is grounded in the following core commitments which the Director proactively upholds: support for Native American education; facilitation of the holistic development of Native students; that the defense of self-determination in the lives of Native students; maintenance and expression of Native American cultural identity; and cultivation of a strong ethic of community engagement. We seek a student-centered colleague with a deep commitment to the wellness and academic achievement of Native students, a passion for collaboration, respect for diverse points of view, and a strong desire to work as part of a community.

Position Purpose

The priorities of the Director of the Native American Program (NAP) are to guide a dynamic program and to provide direction, leadership, and consultation in the educational, social, cultural, and personal development of Native American students at Dartmouth College. These priorities are accomplished through: 1) Program Vision, Development, Implementation and Evaluation 2) Student Advising and Mentoring 3) Community Advocacy and Engagement, and 4) Budget Administration.

Skills & Knowledge
  • Demonstrated commitment to personal and departmental integrity, creativity, collaboration, initiative, multicultural education, and professionalism.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of Native histories, cultures, and communities.
  • Success in collaborating with colleagues in developing comprehensive and integrated efforts in supporting Native American/Alaska Native/Native Hawaiian/Indigenous students.
  • Solid foundation in student developmental theory, the experience of Native American students in higher education, and the application to professional practice.
  • Excellent human relations, group leadership and communication skills to relate effectively to and foster positive and productive relationships with all campus constituencies, including institutional leaders, faculty, staff, alumni, students, and parents and families.
  • Excellent collaboration, listening and interpersonal skills, and ability to work in a team setting.
  • Strong administrative, counseling and program development skills.
  • Strong conflict management and resolution skills.
  • Strong organizational and problem-solving skills.
  • Supervisory and/or leadership ability.
  • Demonstrated cultural competence; proven effectiveness in serving the needs of a diverse undergraduate student population
  • Ability to balance competing demands under pressure.
  • Ability to adapt personal and professional schedule to the College’s year-round calendar.
  • Proven record of successful experience responding to individual and community issues and crises.
Minimum Experience
  • Five years of relevant work experience in counseling, advising and mentoring Native students in college/university setting.
  • Demonstrated experience in student leadership development.
  • Background in developing and managing integrated support services for under-represented communities.
  • Successful experience in identifying and evaluating student academic performance trends and in developing programs promoting student retention and success.
  • Demonstrated experience in developing and managing budgets.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a respectful and collaborative manner with others.
  • Demonstrated success in utilizing data for planning and evaluation of programs and services.
  • Crisis management and/or on-call experience.
Minimum Education
  • Master’s degree or the equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Background in multicultural and social justice education and leadership development, preferred.
SEIU Level Not an SEIU Position
FLSA Exempt
Employment Category Regular Full Time
Department Contact for Cover Letter Elizabeth Agosto, Senior Associate Dean of Student Affairs
Equal Opportunity Employer

Dartmouth College is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer with a strong commitment to diversity and inclusion. We prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, veteran status, marital status, or any other legally protected status. Applications by members of all underrepresented groups are encouraged.

Special Instructions to Applicants

Some evening and weekend hours required.

Employment in this position is contingent upon consent to and successful completion of a pre-employment background check, which may include a criminal background check, reference checks, verification of work history, and verification of any required academic credentials, licenses, and/or certifications, with results acceptable to Dartmouth College. A criminal conviction will not automatically disqualify an applicant from employment. Background check information will be used in a confidential, non-discriminatory manner consistent with state and federal law.

Key Accountabilities

Key Accountabilities

Program Administration

  • Designs, builds, facilitates, and evaluates co-curricular programs, initiatives, and special events that improve Native student academic and social success. Establishes departmental priorities and engages in regular strategic planning.
  • Builds co-curricular connections that create opportunities for increased and enriched interaction among students and faculty. Develops and maintains collaborative relationships with Native Americans at Dartmouth (NAD), the Native American Studies Program, the Office of Pluralism and Leadership, Athletics, Greek Life, Campus Life, and other key constituencies.
  • Hires, supervises, and evaluates staff to meet mission, including student interns and peer advisors. Provides staff development when needed.
  • In collaboration with the Native American Studies Program and Residential Education, serves as program advisor for the Native American House living learning community.
  • Celebrates Native student and community achievement and knowledge by coordinating the student-run annual Dartmouth Powwow, graduation events, internships, and first year student orientation programs.
  • Oversees the production of the Native American Program electronic communications, marketing, publications, and outreach materials.
  • Develops and administers regular assessments of programs and services while also staying abreast of current trends and needs of students.

Advising and Mentoring

  • Advises, mentors, and counsels students on a wide variety of academic, personal, social, cultural, career, and community concerns.
  • Monitors individual student academic performance and welfare; consults with faculty and other administrative departments to ensure student success; and refers and connects students to departments and campus resources.
  • Encourages the development and maintenance of mentorship relationships for and between Native students.
  • Directs crises response involving students. Serves as a member of the College “Dean-on-Call” emergency response team and serves on rotation as an active and engaged member of the Case Management Working Group to plan for, respond to and address community and student needs in a timely and consistent manner.
  • Serves as an advisor to Native American student leaders, interns, and organizations focused on the needs and concerns of Native American students and supports students’ expression of Native American cultural identity.

Community Advocacy, Engagement and Collaboration

  • Works collaboratively with campus partners to support historically under-represented students, campus multicultural education, leadership development, campus service, community service and professional development.
  • Facilitates the Native American Council meetings.
  • Consults with academic and administrative departments to increase understanding of the unique issues, trends and needs of Native American students in a diverse community.
  • Promotes communication between students, alumni/ae, communities, organizations, faculty, parents and administration. Collaborates with others in order to support students’ intersecting identities.
  • Participates in cross-divisional initiatives designed to further Dartmouth’s commitment to institutionalizing cultural competence, inclusive excellence and student success; facilitates educational programming and interventions to improve campus climate and community understanding; and serves as appointed on College committees to increase support and awareness of diversity issues.
  • Conducts outreach and develops initiatives and educational programming that address individual, institutional and cultural manifestations of oppression.

Budget Administration

  • In consultation with and support from the Director of Fiscal Management and Human Resources for Student Affairs and the Finance Center, manages the fiscal affairs of the department.
  • In consultation with Student Affairs and Advancement staff, actively engages in fundraising and develops proposals to support the program. Identifies prospective supporters and works in concert with Student Affairs and Advancement staff to engage them.

Demonstrates a commitment to diversity, inclusion, and cultural awareness through actions, interactions, and communications with others.

-- Performs other duties as assigned

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  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
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