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Date: May 25, 2022                                                        Application Deadline: Open until filled

Position Title: Director of the Native American Center                           FLSA: Non-exempt

Rate: Commensurate with education and experience



SUMMARY:  The position will report to the Assistant Provost for Student Affairs. This position provides leadership for the College’s Native American Center.  This position is a full-time, twelve-month, exempt position that reports to the Assistant Provost for Student Affairs.



  • Provide overall direction and leadership for the Native American Center, including cultural events and activities, student advising, tutoring, student club advisement, collaborating with campus partners, and retention strategies.
  • Supervise, train, mentor, and evaluate the Coordinator of the Center as well as any other direct reports.
  • Provide programs and activities that facilitate student success, personal wellness, and leadership opportunities across campus.
  • Contribute to the college’s recruitment and retention efforts to outreach to potential high school students and tribal community members within the Eight Northern Pueblos in our service area and beyond including the Southern Pueblos, the Jicarilla Apache Reservation, and Navajo Nation. This includes creating support, and student development programs for the successful matriculation of Native American students.
  • Serve as a college liaison with Native American communities and organizations, especially area tribal Directors/Coordinators of Education.
  • Collaborate with students, colleagues, alumni, and tribal community members in the development and implementation of cultural events.
  • Serve as the staff advisor to the Native American student organization (AISO).
  • Serve as advisor to Assistant Provost regarding emerging issues, trends, incident response, and best practices regarding Native American tribal cultural activities.
  • Maintain the collaboration between NNMC and the tribal entities to ensure the continuity of the tuition waiver.
  • Maintain Native American student scholarship ClearingHouse.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.



  • Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited institution of higher education.
  • Minimum of four (4) years of working with Native American/Alaska Natives in some capacity of recruitment, retention, advising, programming, education, or other competencies that indicate transferable skills for this position
  • Minimum of four (4) years of experience in the supervision of professional staff.



  • Master’s Degree from an accredited institution of higher education.
  • Four (4) years of working with Native American/Alaska Native student programs, at least two (2) of which were in a collegiate setting.
  • Experience working in direct outreach with one or more tribal communities.
  • Experience with the operations of a Native American Center on a college campus.
  • Experience designing and implementing recruitment, retention, transition, and cultural programs for Native American/Alaska Native students and others.
  • Experience successfully interacting with tribal communities.



  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to collect, analyze, and/or interpret qualitative and quantitative data.
  • Ability in budget preparation, management, and oversight.
  • Professional experience in program development and assessment.
  • Demonstrated success in grant writing for external funding.




The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by the employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential function

  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to, stand, sit; talk, hear, and use hands and fingers to operate computer and telephone equipment
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision requirements due to computer work
  • Light to moderate lifting is required



The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that an employee can expect while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Moderate noise (i.e. business office with computers, phones, and printers, light traffic).
  • Ability to sit at a computer terminal for an extended period of time.




APPLICATION PROCEDURE:  A complete application must include:  1) a letter of interest, 2) a resume, 3) a copy of unofficial transcripts conferring required and/or preferred degree, and 4) names, addresses, and phone numbers of three professional references.


Candidates who are invited for interviews will be required to submit official transcripts.


References will be contacted in conjunction with interviews.


Required application materials should be sent to:  humanresources@nnmc.edu.








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