ANSEP K-8 Director

ANSEP K-8 Director

  • 528439
  • Anchorage, Alaska, United States
  • On Campus
  • Staff Full-time
  • Grade 81
  • UAA Office of the Provost

Come join an award-winning program at ANSEP. We are recruiting for an ANSEP K-8 Director. This position will manage and oversee ANSEP's K-8 activities.

The Alaska Native Science and Engineering Program (ANSEP) K-8 component operates year-round at the University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA) campus. ANSEP has been piloting different programs for students in K-5 and this position will be responsible for further development of programs and partnerships to support this work. Students in grades 6-8 are eligible to participate in the Middle School Academy (MSA). The MSA offers participants the opportunity to experience an introduction to student life at UAA through an eight-day residential experience. ANSEP focuses on providing the guidance necessary so that prior to graduation from eighth grade students successfully complete Algebra One. During each academy, every student builds a personal computer and they are exposed to many STEM fields through challenging, hands-on activities. After students successfully complete the MSA, they are invited back each summer until they start high school in a five-day summer residential program called Middle School Career Explorations. The K-8 Director will be responsible for supervision of all K-8 staff, programs, budgets, and partnership development.

To excel in this role, the candidate should have extensive leadership and administrative experience with education programs aimed at the K-8 school levels. The candidate should have experience mentoring youth and experience with residential programs. The candidate should have experience working with Alaska Native, American Indian, and rural students and cultures. Strong interpersonal and cross-cultural communication skills. Experience in budget management, detailed project planning and coordination, and partnership development are a plus.

Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field (Education, STEM, Administration), and five years of progressively responsible experience, or an equivalent combination of training and experience. Progressive program and/or staff leadership for at least five years. Experience working in an elementary and/or middle school setting or an equivalent combination of training and experience.

Position Details:

This position is located on the UAA campus in Anchorage. This is a full-time, term-funded, exempt (non-hourly) staff position complete with both a competitive salary and full employee benefits package. UA provides a generous compensation package that includes retirement options, annual leave, 12 paid holidays per year, tuition waivers for employees and family members, and affordable medical, dental and vision care coverage. New hires will be placed on the UA Staff Salary Schedule, Grade 81, based on education and experience.

Review of application materials will begin immediately. Search and selection procedures will be closed when a sufficient and viable number of qualified candidates have been identified.

Please attach a resume, cover letter, and the names and contact information for three (3) professional references with your application.

This position will require driving an ANSEP vehicle. A valid drivers license and clean driving record in compliance with UA Safe Driving Criteria is required. Must be 21 or older to apply.

This position may require some night and weekend shifts and travel.

Must be able to lift or move up to 50 lbs, with or without reasonable accommodation.

*To be eligible for this position, applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States without restriction.  Applicants who now or may in the future require visa sponsorship to work in the United States are not eligible.

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


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.


UA is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer, educational institution and provider and prohibits illegal discrimination against any individual: www.alaska.edu/nondiscrimination.


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


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


If you have any questions regarding this position, please contact Cate Weist, ANSEP HR Manager, at caweist@alaska.edu.

All employees at the University of Alaska are expected to uphold the highest standards of ethics and professionalism when conducting or engaged in university business.

*Each university within the University of Alaska system publishes an Annual Security and Fire Safety Report which contains information regarding campus safety and security including topics such as: campus law enforcement authority; crime reporting policies; campus alerts (Timely Warnings and Emergency Notifications); fire safety policies and procedures; programs to prevent dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking; the procedures the University will follow when one of these crimes is reported; and other matters of importance related to security on campus. The report also contains information about crime statistics for the three most recent calendar years concerning reported crimes that occurred on campus; in On-Campus Student Housing Facilities; in Noncampus buildings or property owned or controlled by the University or a recognized student organization; and on public property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from, the campus.  The report also contains fire statistics for any fires occurring in an On-Campus Student Housing Facility during the three most recent calendar years.  

Access to the reports is available at:

UAA: (Addresses Anchorage campus, Aviation Technology Complex, JBER - Elmendorf Extension, JBER - Richardson Extension, Kenai Peninsula College - Kachemak Bay campus, Kenai Peninsula College - Kenai River campus, Kodiak College, Kodiak High School Extension, Matanuska-Susitna College, Prince William Sound College, and Prince William Sound College - Cordova Extension) Online: https://www.uaa.alaska.edu/students/safety. Request a paper copy in person: UAA Police Department Office at Room 114 of Eugene Short Hall on the Anchorage campus / UAA Dean of Students Office at Room 122 of Rasmuson Hall on the Anchorage campus. Request a paper copy by mail: 907-786-1120 or police@uaa.alaska.edu / 907-786-1214 or uaa_deanofstudents@alaska.edu

UAF: (Addresses Fairbanks Campus, Bristol Bay Campus, Chukchi Campus, Community and Technical College, Kasitsna Bay Campus, Seward Marine Center, Tok Campus, Kuskokwim Campus, and Northwest Campus) Online: https://www.uaf.edu/orca/files/ASFSR.pdf. Request a paper copy in person: UAF Office of Rights, Compliance and Accountability on the 3rd Floor of Constitution Hall. Request a paper copy by mail: 907-474-7300 or uaf-orca@alaska.edu.

UAS: (Addresses the Juneau Auke Bay Campus, Juneau Technical Education Center, Sitka Campus, & Ketchikan Campus) Online: https://uas.alaska.edu/equity-and-compliance/docs/clery/UAS_ASFSR.pdf. Request a paper copy in person: Hendrickson Building, Suite 202 on the Juneau campus. Request a paper copy by mail: 907-796-6371 or emailing uas.clery@alaska.edu.

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