Curricular Resources Library Director, CIRCLES Alliance

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*The Curricular Resources Library Director position may be housed at any of the following six partner institutions: University of Montana, North Dakota State University, University of New Mexico, University of Wyoming, Black Hills State University, or University of Idaho . Applications for appointment at any of the six institutions are all being completed through the UMJobs website .

The CIRCLES Alliance invites applications for a Curricular Resources Library Director (CRLD). The CRLD will oversee and manage all aspects of the Curricular Resources Library. The Curricular Resources Library Director reports to the Project Director and/or local Alliance Principal Investigator of the CIRCLES Alliance Project. In the CIRCLES Alliance office, the CRLD is often responsible for independently identifying and assessing important administrative duties and resolving them with the Project Director.

Position duties include, but are not limited to:
  • Development of middle school level science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) curricular materials based on Indigenous knowledges from multiple tribes within the Alliance and that address state and national K-12 standards in STEM, including the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).
    • Requires the cultural humility needed to work with tribal communities and tribal partners in identifying Indigenous STEM associated with each tribe.
    • Requires working with educational specialists and researchers both within and beyond the Alliance.
    • Organize and oversee a curriculum development, field-testing, and refinement process that involves current classroom teachers.
    • Recognize the importance of process of developing Indigenous based STEM curriculum as well as the product.
  • Development and maintenance of an online library of curricular resources.
    • Work with a web developer in posting curricular materials in a searchable, online database.
    • Include short video presentations of tribal community members to accompany the curricular materials.
    • Include teacher guide, instructional materials, and STEM professional development activities.
    • Maintain the website to ensure its usability.
    • Periodically review lesson plans for continued relevance, address national shifts in STEM practices, and update based on feedback from users.
  • Organize field testing of curriculum and activities.
    • Work with middle school teachers and tribal education specialists from the respective communities in implemented curriculum in the classroom.
    • Develop tools for reviewing and evaluating curricular materials from a culturally-situated perspective.
    • In collaboration with Alliance educational specialists, develop training tutorials for in-service and pre-service teachers on using the library.
  • Dissemination to the educational community.
    • Oversee presentations of curricular resources to the local community with teachers and students.
    • Identify opportunities to present results to communities, state meetings/conference, and national meetings/conferences.
    • Prepare manuscripts on results for the educational community.
The Curricular Resources Library Director has a high degree of independence in establishing priorities and executing the activities needed to accomplish the goals and objectives of the Curricular Resources Library. This position will supervise other staff, teachers, and/or students hired for the development and implementation of the Library.

The University of Montana is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and has a strong institutional commitment to the principle of diversity in all areas. In that spirit, we are particularly interested in receiving applications from a broad spectrum of qualified people who would assist the University in demonstrating its five priorities for action : Place student success at the center of all we do; drive excellence and innovation in teaching, learning, and research; embody the principle of “mission first, people always"; partner with place; and proudly tell the UM story.

Position Details
  • Position is full-time, 1.0 FTE, Letter of Appointment and includes a comprehensive and competitive benefits package including Insurance package, mandatory retirement plan, partial tuition waiver, and wellness program.
  • Salary for this position is a minimum of $60,000 per year with higher salaries commensurate with qualifications.
Required Qualifications
  • Master's degree in a STEM discipline and/or Education.
  • Experience in education (K-20).
  • Highly developed verbal, written, and interpersonal communications skills.
  • Established leadership and management skills and the ability to oversee and guide complex, challenging tasks.
  • Excellent computer literacy and knowledge of word-processing programs, spreadsheets, visual communications.
  • Ability to perform complex tasks while often having to prioritize multiple projects.
  • Sound and strategic judgement necessary to make administrative decisions.
  • Knowledge and understanding of institutional policies and procedures and the federal regulatory environment.
  • Work experience indicative of abilities to prioritize, manage time to meet deadlines, and multi-task.
  • Demonstrated independence and initiative.
  • Ability to build and maintain strong working relationships with a wide-ranging group of individuals and organizations.
  • Knowledge and/or experience working with diverse groups.
  • Ability to travel.
  • Ability to relocate to one of the lead institutions of the Alliance (University of Montana, North Dakota State University, University of New Mexico, Central Wyoming College, Black Hills State University, or University of Idaho).

Preferred Qualifications
  • Experience in curriculum development.
  • Research experience in the sciences, engineering, or STEM Education.
  • Experience as a K-12 teacher or K-12 administrator.
About UM and the CIRCLES Allianc e

The University of Montana is a flagship, research-intensive R1 institution, with approximately 10,000 undergraduate and graduate students. UM is located in Missoula, a culturally vibrant community of about 75,000, surrounded by mountains. Abundant recreational opportunities in surrounding state and national forests and nearby Glacier National Park and Yellowstone National Park complement a thriving intellectual atmosphere.

The CIRCLES Alliance is the combined effort of Alliance jurisdictions that will impact American Indian and Alaska Native students at all levels in STEM. The focus is on K-12 STEM education and beyond in Native communities to help inform state institutions and the NSF in AI/AN cultural understanding, humility, and shift ways of approaching AI/AN education.

The CIRCLES Alliance is an intentional team approach harnessing the power of diversity and specialization by bringing together different cultures and expertise to address shared goals. A holistic approach that is inclusive of an Indigenous worldview in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) introduces opportunities for progress and is at the heart of the Alliance. The interaction among all partners associated with the CIRCLES Alliance will be guided by an Indigenous framework centered on 7 R’s – Respect, Responsibility, Relationships, Relevance, Representation, Reciprocity, and Resilience.

The CIRCLES Alliance supports the University of Montana’s strong commitment to creating a vibrant and welcoming culture that expects and respects diversity. Our patron base includes the students, faculty, and staff at UM as well as community members of all backgrounds, especially those within our Tribal communities. We will be researching, planning, and implementing ways in which our culture can be more accessible, inclusive, equitable, and sustainable. We encourage applications from women, Native Americans, persons of color, persons with disabilities, veterans, and other individuals from historically minoritized groups.

To learn more about the University of Montana, Missoula, and the State of Montana, please visit the links below.
Criminal Background Investigation is required prior to Offer of Employment. In accordance with University policy, finalists for this position will be subject to criminal background investigations. ADA/EOE/AA/Veteran's Preference. Reasonable accommodations are provided in the hiring process for persons with disabilities. For example, this material is available in alternative format upon request. As an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, we encourage applications from minorities, veterans, and women. Qualified candidates may request veterans’ or disabilities preference in accordance with state law. References *References not listed on the application materials may be contacted; notice may be provided to the applicant. Testing Individual hiring departments at UM may elect to administer pre-employment tests, which are relevant to essential job functions. E mployment Eligibility. All New Employees must be eligible and show employment eligibility verification by the first date of employment at UM, as legally required (e.g., Form I-9). Must be eligible to work in the United State upon hire.

How to Apply

Priority Application Date : Wednesday, February, 8, 2023 by 11:59 PM (Mountain Time)

Complete applications received by this date will be guaranteed consideration. To receive full consideration, candidates are required to submit all of the following materials.

Please submit the following application materials** via the UM Jobs portal and by clicking "New Resume/CV" button. Please do not apply through*.
  • Letter of Interest – addressing the stated required skills for the position
  • Detailed resume listing education and describing work experience
  • Three (3) professional references - Names and contact information
* Applying through or easy apply through may result in submission of an incomplete application. Applications may be removed from full consideration if they are not complete with materials listed above under the "How to Apply" section. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure complete application materials are submitted and received by the date listed above.

** Please note: only five (5) attachments are allowed per application. Please combine documents accordingly.

The Curricular Resources Library Director position may be housed at any of the following six partner institutions: University of Montana, North Dakota State University, University of New Mexico, University of Wyoming, Black Hills State University, or University of Idaho . Applications for appointment at any of the six institutions are all being completed through the UMJobs website .

Job Location Missoula, Montana, United States
Position Type Full-Time/Regular

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