UAA Live-In Student Indigenous & Rural Leader--Fall '24-Spring '25

UAA Live-In Student Indigenous & Rural Leader--Fall '24-Spring '25

  • 528204
  • Anchorage, Alaska, United States
  • Student Employee
  • Student Assistant 2
  • UAA VC Student Affairs

The Department of Residence Life at UAA seeks an Indigenous & Rural Leader (IRL) for Fall ‘24-Spring ‘25 placement. IRLs are live-in student staff, and are primarily responsible for providing programming, outreach and support to Alaska Native, Indigenous and rural Alaskan students. If you possess a deep understanding of and appreciation for Alaska Native and Alaskan cultural traditions, history, language and customs and are familiar with and respect the way of life in rural Alaska, this position may interest you! 

A team of three IRLs (live-in staff) and 1 Cama-i Room Host (none-live-in) work scheduled hours in the Cama-i Room and support programmatic efforts to enhance the social and academic needs of Cama-i Room student visitors. Programming should further the mission of the Alaska Native, Indigenous & Rural Outreach Program, as well as the learning goals and education priority of the Residential Curriculum.

In addition, IRLs work in partnership with the Alaska Native, Indigenous & Rural Outreach Program (ANIROP) Coordinator and Cama-i Room Hosts to ensure the effective operation of the Cama-i Room and making it a safe and comfortable place where all community members can socialize, learn and grow. 

IRLs serve as a first-level responder to crisis incidents that occur in the Cama-i Room or in the Gorsuch Commons, provide support for any resident experiencing a mental health crises or emergency situations that may arise, and serve as a role model and mentor to Cama-i Room guests, and explain, confront, and report violations of the Student Code of Conduct and University regulations. IRLs also serve as Campus Security Authorities in compliance with federal law, specifically the Clery Act, and serve as a Responsible Employee as designated in Regents’ Policy and University Regulation and in compliance with federal law, specifically Title IX.

Position Details:
This hourly position is located in the residential community on the UA campus in Anchorage. Anticipated training period 8/11/24-8/20/24 and Cama-i Room start date 8/21/2024. This is a part-time, student position paying $11.57/hourly (10 hours/week or 20 hours/pay period) for hours worked in the Cama-i Room. For community efforts, including in-hall programs outside of the Cama-i Room, each IRL will be assigned furnished housing in a private room in one of our residence halls, and will be provided a meal plan for the fall and spring semesters of employment. 

Review of applications will begin on April 29, 2024. To ensure consideration please apply by April 28, 2024 11:55pm Alaska Standard Time.

Applicant Instructions:
Please attach a resume, cover letter and contact information for at least one reference who can speak to your ability to work with minors and/or college-age students. Your reference can be someone you know personally or professionally.

Please review your uploaded documents carefully. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Position Requirements.

  • Physical demands include speaking, carrying, keyboarding, reaching, sitting, writing

  • Environmental and hazardous conditions: Candidates may expect to experience a normal office environment during desk duty, and during indoors programs; and may expect extreme weather conditions during outdoor events during the winter months and during the outdoor portion of serving in an on-call duty rotation.

  • Candidates must be able lift up to 25 lbs for program setups.

*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.

In addition, student candidates must: 

  1. Be admitted and enrolled in the University of Alaska system in a degree-program with a minimum of nine (9) credit hours for undergraduate students or six (6) credit hours for graduate students during regular semesters of employment; or 

  2. For employment between semesters, be admitted in a degree-seeking program, and demonstrate plans to enroll for nine (9) or more credit hours for undergraduate students or six (6) or more credit hours for graduate students in the next regular semester; and 

  3. Have at least a 2.50 cumulative grade point average (GPA); satisfactory semester or summer session grade point average (2.50 or above) or approval from the MAU Senior Student Services Officer or their designee, and maintain successful academic progress. 

  4. Students enrolled in non-traditional programs of study will be considered eligible for student employment with the approval of the Senior Student Services Officer. 

  5. An applicant must provide evidence of enrollment as outlined above to substantiate employment eligibility.

  6. Be in good disciplinary standing at the time of appointment and must remain in good disciplinary standing throughout the duration of employment. Should the Department of Residence Life student employee be placed on disciplinary probation, the individual will no longer be eligible for employment within the department.

  7. Position reappointment from fall to spring semesters is contingent upon the following: academic eligibility, successful progress toward degree completion, submission of a satisfactory ePortfolio, performance evaluation and conduct standing. 

NOTICE: Students must maintain enrollment and regular attendance for a minimum of at least 6 undergraduate credit hours or 6 graduate credit hours to be exempt from FICA (Social Security and Medicare) tax. A credit hour load below the minimum required for full-time student status will require the withholding of FICA tax (non-resident aliens on an appropriate visa who meet student employment criteria will continue to be exempt from FICA regardless of credit hour load). While in a student position, a student cannot hold any other type of simultaneous employment with the University. 

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:

The successful applicant is required to complete a background check and must be willing to/able to become an authorized adult working with minors. 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 Kerry Davis, Department of Residence Life Office Manager, at



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