Michigan State University: Director for the Native American Institute (NAI)

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Position Information
Posting Number: 9891
Internal Posting Date: 08-18-2014
Internal Closing Date: Open Until Filled
External Closing Date: Open Until Filled
Review of Applications begins on: 10-01-2014
Job Title: Director- Management
Position Title/Rank: Associate Professor/Professor
Multiple Position Numbers
Multiple Position Numbers No
Major Administrative Unit/College: College of Agriculture and Natural Resources
Primary Department: 10002601  NATIVE AMERICAN INSTITUTE
Position Employee Group: Tenure System Faculty-FAS
Appointment Basis: Annual Year, 12 months
Appointment Status: Fixed Term Academic Staff
Employment %: 100
Work Hours:
Varied Work Hours (if applicable):
Project Tech/Flexible Appointment/Off-Date Information (if applicable):
Faculty: Salary Range
Support Staff: Pay Minimum
Salary Commensurate with Experience
If flex, dates of annual flex leave:
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Position Summary: The Native American Institute (NAI) works with tribes, Native American organizations, and various Michigan State University units to enhance the sovereignty, cultural continuity, and well-being of tribes, Native American communities, and Native American people.Located in MSU’s College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, NAI undertakes outreach and engagement scholarship. NAI works across units in the College and the University. Of special note is NAI’s close working relationship with MSU Extension (MSUE). NAI and MSUE jointly administer two tribally-focused MSU Extension programs.NAI is undergoing a reorganization of purpose, approach, and strategy to best assist Michigan’s Native American population. The Director will provide leadership for this effort in concert with Native American communities and university stakeholders, thereby carrying NAI into its next phase of vibrant community engagement.

The Director will be responsible for all aspects of leading and managing NAI. Specific responsibilities include: managing NAI faculty and academic staff; coordinating program planning efforts in partnership with community members and the NAI Advisory Group; co-directing the Building Strong Sovereign Nations tribal governance training program undertaken collaboratively with MSU Extension and the Indigenous Law and Policy Center; co-directing the Michigan Federally-recognized Tribes Extension Program and MSU Extension; nurturing new scholarly initiatives tied to NAI’s outreach and research-oriented mission; generating external funding; and building productive collaborations across the university. The Director will hire and conduct academic staff evaluations; manage NAI resources and its budget; promote program excellence; ensure program accountability; and network with a variety of related units and constituencies, on- and off-campus.

Faculty: Minimum Qualifications
Support Staff: Minimum Requirements
Ph.D. in urban and regional development or related field. Director duties for 5 years with the possibility of renewal. Additional duties of the faculty member selected will be devoted to work in what will become the director’s tenure academic department or school. Academic record must be commensurate with tenure system appointment.
Typing Requirements (wpm):
Desired Qualifications: Candidate must be an effective and dynamic leader who will foster excellence in engagement and research connecting the resources of Michigan State University with tribal communities in Michigan. Successful candidate will have community leadership experience and outstanding administrative, management, and interpersonal skills.Candidate must also possess: Experience working with Great Lakes/Michigan Native American communities; Demonstrated knowledge of, and cultural competence in, Great Lakes/Michigan Native American culture and traditions; Demonstrated commitment to research on Native American community issues and the development of Native American scholars and researchers; Demonstrated ability to engage tribal and urban communities; Experience in and ability to engage faculty and students in research and campus-community partnerships; A record of publication and grantsmanship on Native American issues.
Summary of Health Risks and Physical Demands (if applicable):
Required Applicant Documents: Resume/CV
Cover Letter
Other Document
Optional Applicant Documents: Other Document 2
Other Document 3
Number of Reference Letters Required: See Special Instructions
Special Instructions to Applicants: Posting will close on 9/30/2014 with review of applications beginning on 10/01/2014. Interviews are expected to begin on approximately 11/1/2014.Please submit full contact information for four references as an “other” attachment. In the application letter, please address fit to position qualifications and responsibilities, and describe your vision for the Native American Institute. Late submissions will be considered if a suitable candidate pool is not identified by the application deadline.Contact Dr. Scott G. Witter, Professor and Director, School of Planning, Design and Construction with questions at witter@msu.edu or by phone at 517-432-6379.
Department Website Address: http://www.nai.msu.edu
Name/Title/Email Address of Search Committee Chair: Scott G. Witter/Professor and Director/witter@msu.edu
If flex, dates of annual flex leave:
If flexible appointment, indicate end date of annual flex leave:
If flex, number of months worked per year
Union Affiliation Non Union


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