Native Nations Liaison
Southern Oregon University
$56,745 - $65,225 @ 1.0 FTE
The Southern Oregon University Native Nations Liaison and Program
Activities Specialist (“Native Nations Liaison”) supports the
University in its recruitment, retention, and educational efforts
designed to meet the unique needs, experiences, and challenges
faced by Native/Indigenous (Native Nations/Native American/First
Nations/Alaskan Native/Native Hawaiian) students at Southern Oregon
University; and helps to guide the University in its advocacy on
behalf of the preservation the sovereignty of all Native
This position reports to the Interim Assistant Vice President for
Equity, Diversity and Inclusion with a dotted reporting line to the
- Demonstrated ability to work effectively with Native/Indigenous
communities, including but not limited to K-12 and college students
and parents; Tribes; faculty and administrators; Native/Indigenous
organizations; and community organizations.
- Demonstrated knowledge of Tribal protocols, cultures,
histories, sovereignty, and government relations; and a nuanced
understanding of the experiences and needs of Native/Indigenous
- Demonstrated experience in college or university student
program coordination, and in admissions outreach and recruitment
- Outstanding communication skills, high emotional intelligence,
and exceptional program planning, coordination, and service
- A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited higher education
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
- A Graduate Degree in Native American Studies, Ethnic Studies,
College Student Personnel, Higher Education Administration, or a
- Demonstrated creativity and innovation in developing strategies
to improve academic success, recruitment, retention, and graduation
rates of Native/Indigenous students.
- Demonstrated knowledge of issues in higher education and campus
specific issues, as they relate to the Native/Indigenous student
access in post-secondary education.
- Familiarity with Native/Indigenous communities and
organizations in Oregon and Northern California.
- Excellent communication skills; ability to effectively
communicate information in a clear and understandable manner, both
verbally and in writing.
- Ability to initiate, establish, and foster communication and
teamwork by maintaining a positive, cooperative, productive work
atmosphere in and outside the University with the ability to
establish and maintain effective working relationships within a
diverse population and with those from various cultural
- Excellent organizational and time management skills with the
ability to set own priorities to coordinate multiple assignments
with fluctuating and time-sensitive deadlines.
- Demonstrated customer service experience requiring a very high
level of diplomacy and professionalism to effectively handle a
broad range of sensitive interpersonal situations.
- Initiative in independently planning, organizing, and
performing work assignments within broadly defined
- Excellent computer skills and proficiency with a variety of
computer applications including word-processing, spreadsheets,
databases, online systems, social media platforms, Internet as well
as online calendaring and email.
- Demonstrated ability to interpret and consistently apply a wide
variety of complex policies and procedures where specific
guidelines may not always exist. Ability to work with frequent
changes in policies and procedures, under pressure of deadlines in
a fast-paced environment.
- Strong analytical and research skills; ability to gather,
evaluate, and to develop well-reasoned conclusions and
recommendations. Ability to proactively assess work operations and
anticipate potential problems; ability to develop and implement
strategies for reventing/resolving problems.
- Ability to effectively perform work of a highly sensitive and
confidential nature that requires access to information. Ability to
exercise sound judgment and discretion, tact, and
- Ability to coordinate several personnel functions and determine
the relative importance of each; ability to work with a high level
of productivity and accuracy/attention to detail.
- Knowledge of or ability to independently analyze software
functionality through technical documents, and design and document
efficient/effective work processes; ability to independently
analyze software problems, test probable causes, and recommend
- Ability to adapt to and work effectively in a heavily
bureaucratic environment which requires regular interaction with a
number of levels within the organization and multiple outside
- Working knowledge, or ability to quickly learn, university
infrastructure, policies and procedures.
- Provides training and direction to student assistants.
Special Instructions to Applicants:
Each applicant is required to provide (as attachments to the online
application) the following supplemental documents: (1) letter
providing some detail of the applicant’s qualifications and
interest in the position; (2) current resume/CV; (3) the names,
addresses, and telephone numbers of at least three professional
references. If you are unable to attach the supplemental materials
to the online application please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
For inquiries and additional information, please contact: Human
Resource Services via email at email@example.com or by phone
To view SOU’s offers very generous benefits and pension programs
available to eligible positions, please visit: https://inside.sou.edu/assets/hrs/Benefits/2021_Employee_Benefits_Overview.pdf&sa=D&source=docs&ust=1695918045394503&usg=AOvVaw05PT5uI7CQ5kjLblJwj0Nl">https://inside.sou.edu/assets/hrs/Benefits/2021_Employee_Benefits_Overview.pdf
Our benefits package is an important complement to the offered
salary and our Total Compensation Calculator, https://inside.sou.edu/hrs/comp-calc.html&sa=D&source=docs&ust=1695918045394637&usg=AOvVaw2krz9Wj9AYl8upTIY17KUe">https://inside.sou.edu/hrs/comp-calc.html,
demonstrates our value and commitment to our employee.
•Must be willing to travel and attend training programs off-site
for occasional professional development.
•Must be able to work additional hours and adjust working hours to
meet special jobs. May be called back periodically to perform work
as needed on an emergency basis.
•Must be able to successfully pass a pre-employment background
•Under the provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA):
-Position classification defined as “exempt” are
not subject overtime
•The person holding this position is considered a “mandated
reporter” under the Oregon Revised Statues and is required to
comply with the requirements set forth by the Oregon department of
Notice to Prospective Employees
Section 485 of the Higher Education Act, and The Federal Crime
Awareness and Campus Security Act of 1990 (now referred to as the
“Clery Act”),requires that prospective employees be notified of the
availability of SOU’s Annual Security and Fire Safety Report. The
report provides the annual statistics and campus policies for the
reporting of and responding to campus crimes and fires; access to
campus facilities; conduct code and campus policies on use,
possession and sale of drugs/alcohol; and educational/information
programs to inform the campus community about campus security
procedures and crime prevention.
An electronic copy of the Annual Security Report (ASR)can be
accessed at the following link:
A physical copy of the ASR is available at no charge upon request.
To request a copy please visit the Campus Public Safety Office at
382 Wightman Street, Ashland OR 97520. For more information call
541-552-6258, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
All applicants must apply online at https://jobs.sou.edu/postings/11625.
University is a welcoming community committed to inclusive
excellence and the celebration of diversity. Without diversity, our
educational process is diminished. Working together in support of
our commitment to diversity, we strengthen and enrich our role as
learners, educators and members of a tightly connected global
community. We encourage those who share in our commitment to
diversity, to join our community and we expect all our employees to
demonstrate an ability and desire to create an inclusive campus