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Coordinator of Native Student Support & Affinity Leadership

University of Southern Maine
Maine, United States
Salary Not Specified
Start date
Aug 3, 2021

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Position Type
Administrative, Student Affairs, Academic Advising & Academic Support Services, Disabled Student Services, Minority & Multicultural Affairs, Other Student Affairs, Student Activities & Services
Employment Type
Full Time
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Job Details

Position Title:
Coordinator of Native Student Support & Affinity Leadership

All USM locations

City, State:
Portland, ME

Portland Student Life - PPSTL

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Statement of Job:

Come join our thriving, growing, and inclusive community! The University of Southern Maine seeks applicants for the full-time professional staff position of Coordinator of Native Student Support & Affinity Leadership in our Division Student Affairs. This is an excellent opportunity for individuals who love working with students and creating a learning environment that is educational, engaging, and inclusive. If you are passionate about supporting Native, particularly Wabanaki students, marginalized/minoritized students, programming, and leadership, this opportunity is for you!

In support of the University's mission of decolonization and creating safe and inclusive learning environments for Native students and various marginalized/minoritized students, the Coordinator of Native Student Support and Affinity Leadership will be responsible for supporting and advocating for students who receive the Native American Waiver Education Program (NAWEP) and USM’s various affinity groups. The responsibility extends to developing a comprehensive program plan focusing on co-curricular multicultural education for Native students, coordinating educational awareness programs, facilitating decolonization, and Native student community building within the USM campus community. This position will work collaboratively with students, staff, faculty, and community members to build a welcoming and inclusive atmosphere for Native students and various marginalized/minoritized students at the three campuses.

The Coordinator of Native Student Support & Affinity Leadership will be a primary point person for Native students and will report directly to the Director of Intercultural Student Affairs. The coordinator will work collaboratively with the Office of Admissions and Office of Advising to connect with and support both incoming and current Native students. Additionally, the coordinator will be a major support person for all of USM’s affinity groups (e.g., Black Organization for Student Success, Muslim Student Union, Queer Straight Alliance, Native American Student Alliance, etc.) while also co-chairing USM’s inaugural Affinity Council.

The Coordinator of Native Student Support & Affinity Leadership will work collaboratively with various campus partners to both address and remove barriers for Native and marginalized/minoritized students. The coordinator works a flexible schedule with occasional night and weekend obligations. Additionally, the coordinator will aid, schedule permitting, in the planning and implementation process of traditional university events or programs such as Fall & Spring move-in, graduation, the Royal Majesty Drag Show, and Homecoming.

The lands that the University of Southern Maine’s campuses sit upon were the ancestral fishing, hunting, and agricultural grounds inhabited by the Abenaki and Wabanaki people for thousands of years. The University is committed to building a culturally diverse team of leaders, faculty and staff. We welcome applicants who are multilingual and strongly encourage speakers of Wabanaki languages. Women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.

A successful candidate will show a passion for diversity, equity, and inclusion, substantial knowledge of Native/Indigenous culture, and a collaborative spirit. Additionally, a successful candidate will be able to showcase critical thinking skills, creativity, time management skills, emotional intelligence, and drive/motivation.

We live our USM Service Promise, “Student Focused Every Day” and we are looking for a team member who understands that promise and supports our values: Respect & Care, Integrity, Equity and Responsiveness.

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  • Bachelor’s degree and 1-3 years of relevant experience (including supervision and program development)


  • Master’s degree, demonstrated commitment and knowledge of best practices in the field of diversity and inclusion in higher education

A demonstrated history of working with and supporting Native students, people, or communities needs to be present throughout the application materials.

Other Information:

Schedule: The schedule for this position is flexible, based primarily during business hours, and requires occasional evening and weekend obligations. This position will be based on our USM Portland Campus (travel to other USM campuses in Gorham or Lewiston-Auburn may be required, as well as some other in-state travel as necessary). An anticipated start date of August 30th– October 4this highly desirable.

Pay & Benefits: The salary for this position is $44,000 (non-negotiable). The University of Southern Maine provides a highly competitive benefits package that includes: holidays, vacation and sick time; health, dental and vision insurance; life insurance; short and long term disability insurance; a tuition waiver program for employee and eligible dependents; a 403(b) retirement plan; and more. An overview of USM’s benefits package is available here . To learn more about employment, benefits, and local resources, please visit USM’s Human Resources Center .

Benefits Information Summary

Want to know more about employment, benefits and local resources? Our Employment webpage has additional information to help you become more familiar with developing a new career at USM as well as exploring everything the greater Southern Maine area has to offer.

To apply:

Materials must be submitted via "Apply for position." You will need to create an applicant profile and complete an application. You will also need to upload a cover letter and resume.

A demonstrated history of working with and supporting Native students, people, or communities needs to be present throughout the application materials.

All required materials must be submitted by Friday, August 6th, 2021. We are not able to consider applicants who require Visa sponsorship support.

Appropriate background screening will be conducted for the successful candidate.

The University of Southern Maine is an EEO/AA employer, and does not discriminate on the grounds of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, transgender status, gender expression, national origin, citizenship status, age, disability, genetic information or veteran’s status in employment, education,

Work Year Calendar:
Fiscal Year (12 Months)

Required Documents:
Cover Letter, CV/Resume
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