Executive Director, Alaska Native Education and Outreach

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Classification:Administrative Management 4
Grade:Grade 83
Work type:Staff Full-time
Administrative Unit:University of Alaska Anchorage
School/Business unit:UAA Chancellor
Location: Anchorage
Categories: Executive/Director/Management

Position Summary:

Reporting to the chancellor and serving as a member of the chancellor’s cabinet, this new leadership position will serve as the principal advisor, planner and implementor on Alaska Native programs and initiatives, working effectively within the highly decentralized context of Alaska Native-serving units at all campuses of University of Alaska Anchorage. The Executive Director will provide leadership for and will manage and track chancellor and UAA outreach to Alaska Native tribes, non-profit organizations, and corporations to develop and enhance strategic partnerships. The Executive Director will provide high-level leadership using data to measure the level and effectiveness of current UAA Native serving programs and to monitor the effectiveness of new initiatives. The Executive Director will also provide leadership in developing a vision and written plan and provide for how Alaska Native programs (e.g., Alaska Native Studies, ANSEP, RRANN, NSS, and others) in collaboration with and support each other for realization of the Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan (D&IAP), Alaska Native student, faculty, and staff recruitment and retention goals, alignment with UAA 2025, and closing achievement gaps for Alaska Native students throughout all UAA campuses. In addition, the Executive Director will provide leadership for seeking extramural funding. Understanding the data on Alaska Native student success, including academic and social preparation for college, retention, graduation rates, as well as Alaska Native faculty retention and mentoring are central to this position.


100• Advise the chancellor and cabinet on ways to improve UAA’s service to Alaska Native students faculty and staff • Develop and grow relationships with the external Alaska Native community and organizations • Provide regular and meaningful opportunities for the chancellor, other university leaders, and faculty to meet and interact with a wide range of Alaska Native organizations • Help craft timely UAA responses on behalf of the chancellor to Alaska Native specific politically sensitive events • Develop a written plan for how various Alaska Native programs at UAA will work in collaboration with each other for realization of the Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan (D&IAP), Alaska Native student, faculty, and staff recruitment and retention goals, alignment with UAA 2025, and closing achievement gaps for Alaska Native students throughout all UAA campuses • Lead and be accountable for implementation of the plan, providing periodic progress reports • Co-chair and collaborate with Chief Diversity Officer (CDO) and Diversity Action Council; monitor the implementation of the D&AIP and track effectiveness, particularly as it pertains to Alaska Natives • Collaborate with Chief Diversity Officer position to diversify under-represented faculty and staff, particularly Alaska Natives, and identify common goals and efficiencies between Alaska Native and diversity programming • Consult with Student Success, and Institutional Research to evaluate retention and graduation rates for Alaska Native students; use data to assist in providing advice and setting targets to relevant units to improve Alaska Native student success. • Collaborate with HR/Deans/Administrators to assist in recruitment of Alaska Native faculty/staff/administrators; collaborate with the CDO and HR/Deans/Units on recruitment/retention of other under-represented faculty/staff/administrators. • Evaluate success of Alaska Native student and faculty retention efforts. • Perform strategic outreach and relationship building with Alaska Native organizations and corporations to develop partnerships that will serve the state’s employment needs; other possible funding partnerships with relevant industry and organizations and identify possible funding partnerships • Collaborate with faculty, deans, academic leadership to create opportunities for embedding indigenous knowledge into curriculum and programs • Collaborate with faculty and researchers in UAA’s research institutes to promote and develop new opportunities focused on Alaska Native identified critical research areas. • Collaborate with Chief Diversity Officer, HR, CAFÉ and FSDC to ensure robust training and educational opportunities (including search committees) for current and future staff/faculty – e.g., cross cultural communication trainings, indigenous pedagogies, and other Alaska Native educational workshops or presentations. • Collaborate with and provide guidance to student recruitment efforts regarding student outreach to Alaska Native populations. • Collaborate with Chief Diversity Officer to create robust online diversity presence with easy access to diversity resources, and Alaska Native resources. • Ensure the appropriate level of internal and external community input on decisions impacting Alaska Native students and programs. • Coordinate any Chancellor’s Alaska Native Councils and develop and convene other groups as needed. • Create a strong and collaborative relationship with Faculty Senate, Staff Council, and USUAA • Provide campus leadership to transform the campus climate/culture relative to Alaska Native people and help create a visible Alaska Native presence reflective of UAA’s place in Alaska • Research opportunities, collaborate with campus partners, and oversee grant proposal development in an effort to secure external funding to support Alaska Native initiatives; manage grants as appropriate. • Manage a budget for events, outreach, and administrative support.Essential

Minimum Qualifications and Experience: 

  • Master’s degree
  • Successful record of leadership, community building, collaboration, and networking to advance  and to support UAA goals. 
  • Ability to communicate effectively, through written as well as interpersonal and group communication skills, at all levels of the university, with administration, faculty, staff, students, and external constituents. 
  • Experience working collaboratively with a broad array of stakeholders in a politically sensitive context often complicated by the presence of differing perspectives.
  • Experience using data to establish and measure key performance metrics to achieve goals.


  • PhD in a relevant discipline
  • University/College teaching experience combined with at least 5 years as  (Chair, Dean, Director  Chair, Dean, Director or other leadership role
  • Solid understanding of the systemic issues related to the historically poor success rates of Alaska Native students.   
  • Experience working with Alaska Native students, their lifestyles and cultural traditions and values.
  • Experience developing coursework and teaching in degree programs that serve Alaska Native, American Indian or Indigenous students, particularly in UA
  • Experience working in or with Alaska Native Corporations, nonprofits, or entities that serve Alaska Native students
  • Record of successful funded grant writing.

To ensure consideration, please apply prior to the review date of January 3, 2021 at 11:55 pm Alaska Standard Time is listed, as well as required application materials. Review of application materials will begin on January 4, 2021.

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: www.alaska.edu/nondiscrimination

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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