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Senior Vice President, Native American Advancement and Tribal Engagement

Institution: University of Arizona
Location: Tucson, Arizona
Executive-Academic Vice President and Provost
Posted: 02/26/2020
Application Due: 00/00/0000
Type: Fulltime

Posting Number: req590

Department: Div of Secretary of the Univ

Location: Main Campus

Address: Tucson, AZ USA

Position Highlights

The University of Arizona (UA) seeks a Senior Vice President for Native American Advancement and Tribal Engagement, with a reporting line to the President of the University, Robert C. Robbins, MD. 

Under the leadership of President Robbins, the University of Arizona has created an innovative new strategic plan that seeks to prioritize and strengthen Native American advancement by identifying and promoting tribal interests, maximizing resources and opportunities for Native American student success, recruiting and retaining exceptional Native American faculty, and building programmatic and research capacity in ways that honor and respect tribal sovereignty and the needs of Native Nations and tribal communities in Arizona and beyond.

The Senior Vice President will coordinate University-wide efforts to increase and incentivize Native American advancement and tribal engagement in consonance with the strategic plan. This individual will have the responsibility of strengthening and nurturing the University's commitment and tradition of service to Native Nations and tribal communities throughout all aspects of the University's land grant mission. The Senior Vice President will work in close collaboration with the Provost, Assistant Vice Provost for Native Initiatives, and other members of the University's Senior Leadership Team to ensure strong alignment to its academic programs, recruitment and retention efforts, and the broader research and teaching mission of the University.

Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; state and optional retirement plans; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!

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Duties & Responsibilities

  • Serve as a point of contact for Native issues and as a liaison between the University of Arizona and tribal governments and the regional/national tribal organizations.

  • Develop a plan to leverage University expertise, and in particular, University land grant status to address the needs and priorities of tribal communities.

  • Facilitate, design, and implement protocols for collaboration and partnership with tribal governments and organizations, particularly as they relate to tribal sovereignty and Native American education.

  • Lead and coordinate tribal outreach visits for the President and senior administrators to Arizona's Native Nation and convene regular Tribal Leaders Summits.

  • Advise the President and Senior Leadership Team on issues affecting tribes and the Native community at the University.

  • Develop and oversee plans to establish a Native Nations' Sovereignty Plaza honoring Arizona's Native Nations and a future Center for Native American Advancement and Tribal Engagement.

  • Partner with University administrators, including the Assistant Vice Provost for Native Initiatives, to develop and implement plans to increase recruitment and retention of Native American students, faculty, staff, and administrators.

  • Design and deliver education on Native American issues regarding tribal diversity, cultural competencies, tribal consultation, equity, and inclusion.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Understanding of the cultural distinctiveness, traditions, contributions, and sovereignty of Native Nations and peoples.

  • An ability to work effectively and build strong relationships with students, employees, faculty, administrators, and Native communities.

  • Understanding and knowledge of the significance of being an Association of American Universities (AAU).

  • The ability to set clear and challenging goals that commit the University to improved performance.

  • Participatory and collaborative management and leadership style.

  • Strong communication and advocacy skills, equally effective with both internal and external constituents.

  • Strong work ethic, good judgment, personal maturity, and high integrity.

  • Exemplary leadership with a proven record of achieving lasting results.

  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Master's Degree

  • Ten years of related work experience, typically in large complex institutions that serve Native peoples and other diverse constituencies.

  • Career progression with increasingly complex responsibilities and scope of work.

  • Eight or more years working with Native peoples, Native Nations, and tribal communities.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Doctoral or professional degree (e.g. PhD, M.D., J.D.).

  • Eleven or more years of related work experience.

  • Eight or more years of successful management experience.

  • Five or more years working in a higher education institution.

  • Experience working with Native peoples, Native Nations, and tribal communities in Arizona.

  • Experience with strategy development, fundraising, student affairs, and university research.

FLSA: Exempt

Full Time/Part Time: Full Time

Number of Hours Worked per Week: 40

Job FTE: 1.0

Work Calendar: Fiscal

Job Category: Executive Leadership

Benefits Eligible: Yes - Full Benefits

Rate of Pay: Salary commensurate with experience and qualifications.

Compensation Type: salary at 1.0 full-time equivalency (FTE)

Type of criminal background check required: Fingerprint criminal background check (security sensitive due to job duties)

Number of Vacancies: 1

Contact Information for Candidates

Danielle Oxnam doxnam@email.arizona.edu

Open Until Filled: Yes

Documents Needed to Apply: Resume and Cover Letter

Diversity Statement

At the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. As an Hispanic-serving institution, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituencies. Because we seek a workforce with a wide range of perspectives and experiences, we provide equal employment opportunities to applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs and others who will help us advance our Inclusive Excellence initiative aimed at creating a university that values student, staff and faculty engagement in addressing issues of diversity and inclusiveness.

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