Resident Hall Director of the Akwe:kon House (American Indian and Indigenous Studies Program) – Ithaca, New York

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Resident Hall Director

Resident Hall Associate I
(Band E –
Exempt)
American Indian and Indigenous Studies Program
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS)

Cornell University

The American Indian and Indigenous Studies Program at Cornell University in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) provides a unique combination of educational, social and cultural opportunities to Native students studying at the University. Our commitment is to facilitate the student’s academic success and address their cultural needs. The American Indian and Indigenous Studies Program (AIISP) strives to be an academic leader in the field of Native American and Indigenous Studies with expertise in agriculture, art, art history, anthropology, archeology, educational history, philosophy, environmentalism, gender, globalization, language, law, literature, and sociology. The AIISP is dedicated to educating Native and non-Native students who will study and contribute to the revitalization of Indigenous peoples globally. The AIISP is responsible for academic graduate and undergraduate programs, recruitment and retention, facilitating research partnerships with Indigenous communities and is the host of the residential program house, Akwe:kon.

With more than 4,000 undergraduate and graduate students, 350 faculty and 1,200 staff, and upwards of 45,000 living alumni, the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) is the second-largest undergraduate college at Cornell University and the third largest college of its kind in the United States.  The land-grant mission of the College, which encompasses research, education, and extension programs, allows for the creation and dissemination of knowledge that makes a difference for students, the citizens of New York, the nation, and people around the globe.

The American Indian and Indigenous Studies Program (AIISP) at Cornell University seeks a Residence Hall Director (RHD) as a team-oriented staff member for its residential program house, Akwe:kon. Akwe:kon is unique in that it is the only residential program house that is formally part of an academic program, the AIISP. The RHD position  is  key  in  helping  the  AIISP  Director  and  Associate  Director  ensure  achievement  of  AIISP’s  mission and  goals.  The  RHD  will:  carry  out  administrative,  counseling,  and  programmatic  responsibilities  for  the 35-student  residential  unit  and  the  American  Indian  community  at  Cornell;  facilitate  student  involvement & supervise student staff; administer and implement services and activities, and enhance community and individual development among residents; work to involve faculty in the lives of students, provide personal  counseling and work with campus units to provide a safe and attractive learning environment for  students  in the house.

The Residence Hall Director will work closely with the AIISP Associate Director and Director in developing and implementing other components of the Program with regard to student recruitment and development, academic programs, outreach initiatives, and in developing year-round programming in Akwe:kon that fully uses its resources and builds and enhances the AIISP as a whole. Work with Campus Life/Residential Programs staff to develop services and programs, select and train student staff, and contribute to university-wide activities as appropriate through participation on committees, etc. May act as an advisor to a registered Cornell University student organization.

The AIISP carries out the majority of the shared supervision of the Residence Hall Director:  the position reports to the American Indian and Indigenous Studies Program via the Associate Director (65% appointment) and to the Dean of Students office via the Assistant Director for Residential Programs (35% appointment).

This position is full-time and will require living in the Akwe:kon House in Ithaca, New York. This is a one-year appointment with possible extension of one year increments up to two years depending on funding and performance.

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree with coursework in American Indian studies and 1 year of experience in residential life or student development or the equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Substantial professional experience working with students in higher education in residential, counseling, and administrative functions.
  • Direct experience with and knowledge of Native American students, communities, and issues is essential.
  • Ability to have meaningful and appropriate interactions with people from a wide range of ethnic, social, and cultural backgrounds.
  • Ability to work well with a diverse group of people including but not limited to faculty, staff and students.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to foster and maintain effective working relations with internal and external constituents.
  • Experience with events planning and development of programs.
  • Collaborate with the with the AIISP Associate Director and Director to develop and implement other components of the Program with regard to student recruitment and development, academic programs, outreach initiatives, and in developing year-round programming in Akwe:kon.
  • May act as an advisor to a registered Cornell University student organization.
  • Must exercise sound judgment and respect highly confidential information.
  • Due  to  the  nature  of  the  position,  you  will  be  required  to work some nights and weekends and reside at the community Akwe:kon house.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in  counseling, cultural/ethnic  studies, education, student development, social work, community development, or  a related field with 2+  years of experience in residential life or some other aspect of  student development or the equivalent combination of education and experience is preferred.
  • Prior budgeting experience helpful.
  • Experience in residential living environments, community development, and supervision of student staff or transferable skills are necessary.
  • Experience in residence life and programming is desirable.
  • Knowledge of American Indian and Indigenous communities in New York State is preferred.
  • Knowledge of financial services available to New York State American Indian and Indigenous students through the Native American Indian Education Unit within the State Education Department, the Bureau of Indian Affairs, and other forms of financial aid programs is desirable.
  • Knowledge of contracting school systems on or near American Indian and Indigenous communities is helpful.

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Knowledge with Public Purpose

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No relocation assistance is provided for this position. Visa sponsorship is not available for this position.

Cornell University is an innovative Ivy League university and a great place to work. Our inclusive community of scholars, students and staff impart an uncommon sense of larger purpose and contribute creative ideas to further the university’s mission of teaching, discovery and engagement. Located in Ithaca, NY, Cornell’s far-flung global presence includes the medical college’s campuses on the Upper East Side of Manhattan and Doha, Qatar, as well as the new Cornell Tech campus to be built on Roosevelt Island in the heart of New York City.

Diversity and Inclusion are a part of Cornell University’s heritage. We are a recognized employer and educator valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans, and Individuals with Disabilities.

University Job Title: Res Hall Assoc I

Level: E

Pay Rate Type: Salary

Company: Contract College

Contact Name: Janet Camilli

Number of Openings: 1

Diversity and Inclusion are a part of Cornell University’s heritage.  We are a recognized employer and educator valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans and Individuals with Disabilities.

For more information, please see: https://cornell.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/en-US/CornellCareerPage/job/Ithaca-Main-Campus/Resident-Hall-Director-of-the-Akwe-kon-House–American-Indian-and-Indigenous-Studies-Program—-Ithaca–New-York_WDR-00010153-2

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