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Director, American Indian Resource Center (PRN30505B)

University of Utah
Utah, United States
$60,700.00 - $115,300.00
Posted Date
May 9, 2022

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Executive, Executive Directors
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Full Time
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Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion seeks a thought leader as the new director of the American Indian Resource Center at the University of Utah. We are seeking a director who will transform the center into a cultural space that elevates the sovereignty of tribal nations. In this role, they may be called to lead special projects and advise both the President and Vice President for EDI on matters addressing the needs of Indigenous, American Indian, and Native students, staff, faculty, and external communities. The new AIRC director will have the opportunity to build new structures and grow programs that serve all American Indian and Native students on their paths of academic excellence and post-graduation success, while fostering their ties to their tribes and communities.
About the University of Utah
The University of Utah is located at the foot of the beautiful Wasatch Mountains and offers a rich benefits package including health benefits, generous retirement contributions of 14.2%, tuition reduction for employees and families, paid parental leave and more. Please visit our Benefits website for more information:

University of Utah Job ID# PRN30505B 00010 - American Indian Resource Ctr

COMPENSATION:             60700 to 115300

WORK SCHEDULE:           Full Time. Monday – Friday, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm. May be asked to work some nights and weekend hours.


Essential Functions

  • Build a vibrant and welcoming community space for Native American/Alaska Native students and continue the development of the American Indian Resource Center as an academic and cultural space for rural and urban Native students through programs, strategic initiatives, and collaboration.
  • Consulting with American Indian elders to engage in cultural activities.
  • Develop and carry out quantitative and qualitative assessment of the center’s impact on belonging, retention, and graduation.
  • Direct the annual Powwow committee to be campus led and student informed.
  • Ensure that the AIRC collaborates with campus partners to sustain continuity for college access pathways for incoming students.
  • Hire, supervise, and provide strategic direction to student employees (two undergraduate and one graduate student), and a full-time program coordinator.
  • Provide strategic direction and work closely with AIRC faculty fellow.
  • Increase college success metrics for Native students in the areas of belonging, retention, and graduation.
  • Oversee the faculty fellow who will position the AIRC as a clearing house for Native faculty research and scholarship focused on the advancement of tribal communities.
  • Relaunch the AIRC Advisory board and co-lead the Native Advisory Council
  • Attend important tribal and community events to represent University of Utah engagement with tribal communities.
  • Serve as lead to the President and Vice President for special projects focused on the advancement of Native students, staff, and faculty.
  • Work closely with AIRC coordinator to establish a high impact cohort program that supports student success from start to finish through cultural and campus belonging, academic development, and post-graduation.

DISCLAIMER This job description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities and qualifications required of employees assigned to the job.

Work Environment and Level of Frequency typically required

Nearly Continuously: Office environment.

Physical Requirements and Level of Frequency that may be required

Nearly Continuously: Sitting, hearing, listening, talking.

Often: Repetitive hand motion (such as typing), walking.

Seldom: Bending, reaching overhead.


Bachelor’s degree in related area, or equivalency (1 year of college education is equivalent to 2 years of related work experience); eight years of progressively more responsible management experience; and demonstrated leadership, human relations and effective communication skills required.
Doctorate degree with previous leadership experience, or Master’s degree with five years experience leading a student center at a higher education institution is preferred.
Demonstrated commitment to equity, diversity, and an understanding of, and appreciation for cultural, ethnic, and individual differences.
Demonstrated experience and knowledge of Native educational issues, communities, and strategies for impacting academic success.
Experience in program development and implementation in a higher education diversity support program.
Previous professional experience in a college/university setting working with diverse U.S. College students.

Applicants must demonstrate the potential ability to perform the essential functions of the job as outlined in the position description.


Doctorate degree with previous leadership experience, or Master’s degree with five year’s experience leading a student center at a higher education institution is preferred.



The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer. Upon request, reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to individuals with disabilities. Please contact the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action, 201 S. Presidents Cr., Rm 135, (801) 581-8365 (V/TDD), for further information or to request an accommodation. The University of Utah is committed to diversity in its workforce. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

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