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Native Nations Liaison

Southern Oregon University
Oregon, United States
Salary Not specified
Start date
Oct 24, 2023

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Full Time

Native Nations Liaison

Southern Oregon University

Position Number: A00553

Rate: $56,745 - $65,225 @ 1.0 FTE

Position Summary:
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 Nations.

This position reports to the Interim Assistant Vice President for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion with a dotted reporting line to the President.

Minimum Qualifications:
  • 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 communities.
  • Demonstrated experience in college or university student program coordination, and in admissions outreach and recruitment activities.
  • Outstanding communication skills, high emotional intelligence, and exceptional program planning, coordination, and service delivery skills.
  • A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited higher education institution.

Preferred Qualification:
  • A Graduate Degree in Native American Studies, Ethnic Studies, College Student Personnel, Higher Education Administration, or a related field.
  • 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.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
  • 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 backgrounds.
  • 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 parameters.
  • 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 diplomacy.
  • 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 sound solutions.
  • 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 agencies.
  • 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:

    For inquiries and additional information, please contact: Human Resource Services via email at or by phone at (541)552-8553

    To view SOU’s offers very generous benefits and pension programs available to eligible positions, please visit:">
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    Special Conditions
    •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 check.
    •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 Human Services.

    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

    All applicants must apply online at

    Diversity Statement
    Southern Oregon 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 community.


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