Director - Native American Support Program

Illinois, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Jun 11, 2021
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

The University of Illinois Chicago (UIC), a major urban research university with an operating budget of over $2.3 billion, is seeking a Director for the Native American Support Program (NASP). UIC serves over 33,500 students comprising what is among the most diverse student bodies in the nation with 16 colleges, 16,000 faculty and staff. UIC has been designated a Minority Serving Institution, a Hispanic Serving Institution and an Asian-American and Native-American Pacific Islander Serving Institution.

 The Director develops and implements academic support initiatives for a targeted UIC student population (American Indian / Alaska Native) that enhances student transition from high school, assists students in acclimating to college learning strategies, and promotes indigenous programming and initiatives as part of a broader commitment to multiculturalism. The Director provides leadership in promoting recruitment and academic support services to Native American students to increase student enrollment, retention and graduation rates. The Director fosters relationships with local and national Native American organizations.


Other duties for the Director include:


Strategic Planning and Goal setting

  • Establish the strategic direction, develop and implement student academic support initiatives, including courses, programs, and seminars; monitor and assess program effectiveness. Set department short and long-term goals.
  • Provide input to senior leadership for policy level direction regarding communication strategies, curricula, and learning needs of Native American students to ensure the continuing recruitment, retention and matriculation of these students.
  • Evaluate the impact of policies and procedures on student progress and monitor the advisors’ interpretations of policies and communication processes with students.
  • Build collaborative relationships with internal and external constituents to address the needs, retention, and graduation of students.


  • Direct the daily operations of the NASP department including financial management, human resources, information systems, and procurement. Create an environment that promotes the emotional and interpersonal health of the targeted student population.
  • Oversee and monitor state budget allocation, expenditures, gifts and grants, and ensure compliance with appropriate local, state, and federal regulations.

 Program Management

  • Assess programs and services offered by the unit. Obtain and review academic outcomes related to the targeted student population such as grade point average, retention and graduation rates for long term trends, and adjust programming and services accordingly to improve student success.
  • Oversee the management and implementation of the department’s learning resources.

 Student Outreach and Recruitment

  • Establish and maintain relationships with community, both in Illinois and nationally, and local schools to establish long term student recruiting.
  • Research and implement communication strategies through social media and other sources provide effective outreach to both UIC Native American students and to the broader community.
  • Foster relationships with local and national Native American communities and organizations.

 Staff Management

  • Plan, assign and review work of staff to ensure that group objectives are met. Hire, train, develop and manage staff to ensure that a qualified staff exists to meet group objectives.
  • Perform other related duties and participate in special projects as assigned.



Master’s degree required, PhD preferred.

A minimum of five years experience managing educational support and/or advising programs for underserved student populations in a higher educational setting or related field. Familiarity with cultures and issues evident in the Native American community.

A demonstrated ability to manage a support program focused on the retention, graduation, and success of underrepresented students.

Experience with academic advising, programming, and assessment. Strong teaching and interpersonal skills, excellent written and verbal communication. Demonstrated and effective planning, fiscal, and supervisory skills. Evidence of strong leadership and effective relationship building skills.

For fullest consideration, please submit a cover letter, resume and the names and contact information for three references online at by July 6, 2021. Questions can be directed to Gerardo Jimenez, Director of Operations, at

The University of Illinois at Chicago is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

The University of Illinois may conduct background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer. Background checks will be performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

 The University of Illinois System requires candidates selected for hire to disclose any documented finding of sexual misconduct or sexual harassment and to authorize inquiries to current and former employers regarding findings of sexual misconduct or sexual harassment. For more information, visit


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