RSS Indigenous Wellness Outreach Coordinator

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Classification:Student Services Professional 3
Grade:Grade 79
Work type:Staff Full-time
Administrative Unit:University of Alaska Fairbanks
School/Business unit:UAF Rural College
Location: Fairbanks
Categories: Administrative/Personnel, Other, Student Affairs/Services

Position Summary:

Rural Student Services is hiring for an Indigenous Wellness Coordinator, please apply!


30Implement and Facilitate Culturally Relevant Practices Demonstrate cultural competence in providing services to a diverse student population Provide culturally relevant support for Indigenous students Awareness and sensitivity to intergenerational trauma, specifically Alaska Native historical trauma and its impact on communities as well as individuals. Collaborate with Student Health and Counseling, Fairbanks Native Association, Tanana Chiefs Conference and Chief Andrew Isaac Health Clinic for consultation Develop relationships with local and regional Elders. Create opportunities for students and Elders to interact on campus. Plan outdoor/subsistence based activities that Indigenous students might enjoy and find therapeutic. Facilitate the forming of “community” among targeted students Advocate and support our Indigenous student concerns and issues which impact their student experience at UAF. Create spaces for students to explore and experience diverse healing practices Provide talking circles and healing circles Provide support for students to integrate their own identity and culture in University life Provide workshops on how different strategies can be used in healing and wellness Provide other Indigenous based wellness and healing strategies and activities Integrate new strategies as appropriate and as needed Modify and design curriculum to incorporate culturally relevant approaches in teaching RD 100 - The University Experience course as well as assist with RD 251/35 - Practicum in Alaska Native and Cultural Expression courseEssential
30Program Development: This position will help build an Indigenous wellness model for UAF by collaborating with Rural Student Services, College of Rural and Community Development, The Center for Alaska Native Health Research, UAF Student Health and Counseling, Fairbanks Native Association, and Tanana Chiefs Conference as well as students and other community members to build an advisory council that will help facilitate the development of this model With guidance from the advisory council, the candidate will coordinate resources, components, implementation and oversight of the Indigenous wellness program model. Cultivate relationships with local Elders and facilitate their participation in programming services with students Maintain and implement information on traditional forms of support and healing Participate in continuing education and training opportunities Create, plan, and integrate program development into larger UAF community Plan, coordinate and facilitate campus wellness activities.Essential
40Community Outreach: Knowledge of community resources and the ability to network Coordinate and collaborate with community partners 
 Provide information to students related to personal/educational development Provide social and emotional educational support groups Support mental health by providing education, resources and coping strategies Coordinate with student services staff to incorporate wellness components into their services and programming Facilitate campus wellness activities Serve as advisor to student clubs and groups and advocate for cultural activities that support student engagement Host and/or participate in social cultural events including Festival of Native Arts, various student potluck gatherings, social game nights, student clubs lunch/speaker events Host visitors from rural communities to interact and connect with current students Collaborate with other campus departments for recruitment/retention presentations and activities Travel to village communities to interact with prospective students and provide informational sessions on CRCD RSS and the role of the Indigenous Wellness Outreach Coordinator position Invite and host motivational speakers from rural communities as well as Alaska Native leaders, and UA alumni and to speak and meet with prospective and current students. Introduction of services to students each semester. This may include orientation, attending campus events, and meeting with clubs sponsored through RSS. Provide an introduction of services to faculty and staff each semester. Discuss common themes and challenges students experience, particular stressors, raising awareness about regional and generational trauma, the importance of early intervention and how to support students experiencing difficulties. Make referrals for additional support or specialized care when necessary Interpret and comply with appropriate state and federal regulations including confidentiality and mandated reporting standards Participate in the UAF Care Team to coordinate response for students of concern This position is exempt from the Title IX mandatory reporting requirement. This position serves as a confidential resource.Essential

The College of Rural and Community Development, Rural Student Services (RSS) is looking to find the ideal candidate to serve as the Indigenous Wellness Outreach Coordinator. Since 1969, the RSS program has continued to meet the ever-changing needs of our students by acknowledging and incorporating culturally competent advising and support services. Navigating the university system can be unfamiliar and overwhelming to students coming from small communities and we feel that a trauma-informed, culturally knowledgeable student support position will help us work towards increased Indigenous student success and wellbeing at UAF.

In collaboration with our University and Alaska Native community partners, this position will be responsible for supporting our students through developing and implementing an Indigenous wellness program model. Additionally, this position will be responsible for teaching the RD 100 - University Experience course and assisting with RD 251/351- Practicum in Alaska Native and Cultural Expression (Festival Class), working with student clubs, facilitating campus wellness activities (i.e. talking circles) and serving as a liaison with community partners like Fairbanks Native Association to advertise youth and young adult services. 


Knowledge of: cross-cultural counseling skills and issues impacting Indigenous students in higher education; extensive knowledge of Alaska Native cultures and rural issues and the ability to work effectively with traditional and nontraditional student populations; Alaska Native and rural student needs and transition to college issues for stated populations; Alaska Native cultural connection, to include, cultural sensitivity, traditions, seasonal activities/events, village systems and hierarchy/social systems; student and community development strategies; UAF and community resources; crisis assessment; emergency response/support; victim assistance/advocacy; personal needs assessment/referral; and incident debriefing; ethical principles, practices, and standards for care; familiarity with implementing and facilitating culturally relevant practices and program development; trauma-informed healing processes and traditional forms of support and healing.

Skills: Excellent interpersonal communication and facilitation skills; organizational and implementation skills necessary for activities in areas of student support services; effective program development and assessment skills relating to programs serving Alaska Native and rural populations; ability to assess student needs and make decisions on appropriate support/care/referral; organize and facility an advisory council made up of university and community members to help develop a team that will implement an Indigenous wellness program model; create programming that meets the needs of Indigenous students specifically; maintain and implement information on traditional forms of support and healing; advocate and support Indigenous student concerns and issues which impact their student experience at UAF.


Required: Experience working with Alaska Native and rural populations.

Preferred: Direct experience providing services to Alaska Native students. Training and experience working with trauma, including Alaska Native historical trauma and its impact on communities as well as individuals. Experience utilizing a relational approach to services and student support and establishing connections to available resources. Ability to work with groups and facilitate the forming of “community” among targeted students.

An understanding of the Federal Education Rights and Protection Act (FERPA) and its implications.


Bachelor’s degree in relevant field (or equivalent combination of education and experience) required


For full consideration, the following must be included with your online application:

  • Cover letter detailing your interest and qualifications

  • Resume

  • The names and contact information for three professional references, please list prior supervisors

This is a full-time, Grade 79, Starting Pay is $26.08/hr DOE, a 10-month position complete with a salary, and competitive UA employee benefits package.

A review of applications will begin on April 9, 2021. To ensure consideration, please submit an application by 11:55 PM Alaska Time on April 8, 2021. This position is open until filled.


Term Position:

This position is a term-funded position and is reviewed annually for contract renewal at the University's discretion.

Reasonable Accommodation Statement:

The University of Alaska (UA) is responsible for providing reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities throughout the applicant screening process. If you need 

assistance in completing this application or during any phase of the interview process, please contact UA Human Resources by phone at 907-450-8200.

Affirmative Action Statement:

UA is an AA/EO employer and educational institution and prohibits illegal discrimination against any individual:

Background Check:

The successful applicant is required to complete a background check. Any offer of employment is contingent on the background check.

Probationary Period:

Pursuant to University Regulation 04.07.020, new employees of the University are employed in an at-will probationary status for the first six months of employment. During the probationary period, employment may be terminated for no reason or any reason. Promoted employees also serve a probationary period with limited rights of retreat.

Public Disclosure Statement:

Your application for employment with the University of Alaska is subject to public disclosure under the Alaska Public Records Act.

University of Alaska is a Drug-Free Workplace.

University of Alaska campuses are Tobacco-Free.

Training Policy:

It is the policy of the University of Alaska (UA) that all employees are required to complete training to meet the requirements of the positions they hold, and to complete the required training within a specified period to remain employed at the UA.

Contact Information:

If you have any questions regarding this position, please contact University of Alaska HR at 907-450-8200.


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