American Indian Resource Center Director

University of California Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz, CA

ID: 7092271
Posted: January 14, 2022
Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

American Indian Resource Center Director

Location: Santa Cruz

Job ID: 29126

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UC Santa Cruz is a public university like no other in California, combining the experience of a small, liberal arts college with the depth and rigor of a major research university. It's known as an unconventional place where innovation and experimentation is part of the campus's DNA. That playful, bold spirit still thrives today, all on a campus renowned as among the most beautiful in the world.

DEPARTMENT OVERVIEW offers counter-spaces for students who are queer, trans, non-binary, womxn, and people of color, and engages the broader campus about issues and challenges facing our communities. The Resource Centers impact institutional policies and campus climate, and RCs offer programs and services to foster student's personal and professional growth, through community-based leadership development. The Resource Centers' vision is for students to feel fully affirmed in their diverse and intersecting identities, empowered in their academic success, and graduate with a sense of belonging. Resource Centers include the following units: African American Resource and Cultural Center (AARCC), American Indian Resource Center (AIRC), Asian American/Pacific Islander Resource Center (AA/PIRC), El Centro: Chicanx Latinx Resource Center (CLRC), Lionel Cantu Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex Resource Center (Cantu Queer Resource Center), and the Womxn's Center.

The AIRC is dedicated to supporting the needs of American Indian students and increasing Native visibility on campus by hosting student-centered programs, cultural events and providing tools for academic success and personal well-being. The center is a vital link between American Indian students, the University, and tribal communities that fosters growth through mentoring, leadership opportunities, and scholarly development.
The AIRC's objectives are to 1) promote the value of a college education for American Indians, 2) serve as a supportive space for students as they transition from home to campus life, 3) center Indigenous knowledge and practices in our activities and help preserve the culture and heritage of American Indian students, and 4) serve as a liaison between Native communities and the University of California, Santa Cruz.


Under the general direction of the Executive Director for the Resource Centers, the American Indian Resource Center (AIRC) Director is responsible for formulating policies and procedures, and long-term and short-term organizational goals for the AIRC, as well as manages the operating and programming budget, develops external fundraising, and oversees AIRC facilities. The Director is responsible for hiring, training, and supervising full-time professional staff, a graduate student, and a team of undergraduate students, in order to develop programs and activities. The Director works cooperatively with other Division of Student Affairs and Success units, and collaborates with academic departments, advisory groups and community partners. The Director represents the AIRC in campus-wide committees, the off-campus community, and has a direct impact on the structural diversity and campus climate of the University. The Director carries out the mission through the administration of programs, projects, initiatives, celebrations, and ceremonies that not only assist in the retention of students, but also helps educate the larger campus community about issues affecting American Indian communities.

UC Santa Cruz staff jobs are posted until filled. Application materials submitted by 11:59 pm on the IRD will be routed to the hiring unit for consideration. NOTE: Materials submitted after the IRD will be forwarded only at the request of the hiring unit. Submit your materials before the IRD to ensure consideration by the hiring unit.

The IRD for this job is: 02-17-2022

Salary Information: $60,000 - $78,000 / Annually. Salary commensurate with skills, qualifications and experience
No. of Positions: 1
Benefits Level Eligibility: Full Benefits
Schedule Information:

• Full-time
• 100% weekly
• Fixed
• # Hours weekly: 40
• Days of Week: M-F
• Day, Evening Shift

Employee Classification: Career Appointment
Job End Date: None
Work Location: UC Santa Cruz Main Campus
Union Representation: Non-Represented
Job Code Classification: 004565 (STDT LIFE DEV SPEC 4)

50% - Organizational Leadership and Supervision

• Provide strategic direction and organizational leadership for all aspects of AIRC programs and services: determining vision, goals, policies, processes, and procedures.
• Provide strategic leadership to the AIRC team in the design, development, implementation, assessment, coordination, and continuous improvement of programs and services for undergraduate students, graduate students, alumni and community members.
• Responsible for recruiting, selecting, training and supervising career and casual professional staff, and student interns (paid and academic) and volunteers.
• Monitor and evaluate employee performance, provide direction and assistance; recommend promotion and leadership opportunities, recommend corrective action, hiring and separation of employees when appropriate.
• Chair or participate in search committees for Resource Center staff positions.
• Supervise staff and students in planning and developing diverse and intersectional programs for outreach and orientation, academic support, leadership development, educational, and community building.
• Supervise staff and students in managing electronic newsletters and online presence, to share campus and community resources.
• Develop and supervise staff to develop curricula and training for guidance courses. May serve as instructor of record for courses related to American Indian programs and services, including service learning for internship program, American Indian student experience, and introduction to university life.

20% - Fiscal and Facilities Oversight

• Manage operating and programming budget, and monitor fiscal performance of the AIRC to ensure programs and services are managed in a fiscally responsible manner in compliance with all University, State and Federal policies and regulations.
• Plan, develop, and implement strategies for generating resources and/or revenue for the Center, within public and private sectors. This includes foundation support for educational programs that integrate University and community groups, as well as local revenue-generating events, facility rentals of space.
• Work with Division of Student Affairs and Success on the facility management of the AIRC, including facility rentals, insurance, risk management, renovations and improvements to ensure provision of a safe and secure environment.

20% - Campus and Campus Climate Impact

• Establish and recommend changes to policies, practices, and procedures that affect the program / function.
• Advocate for diversity related issues on campus and in the community, and provide resources to the campus and community on American Indian issues and needs.
• Provide campus wide leadership on topics related to American Indian issues; as appointed by the Vice Chancellor and Associate Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs and
• Success, and/or Executive Director of Resource Centers; serve on campus wide and divisional committees and task forces.
• Provide consultation assistance, current research data, and resources for students, faculty, and staff regarding American Indian university students.
• Participate in national, state, and system-wide professional organizations as appropriate, and develop relationships with off campus organizations.
• Collaborate with various institutional divisions, Resource Centers, Undergraduate Education, Graduate Division, the Colleges, Alumni Engagement, and other campus units to establish partnerships that are beneficial to students and other constituents.
• Engage and build relationships with faculty and academic departments, and become involved with the professional training of staff and faculty, in order to enhance AIRC programs and services to students.
• Work in collaboration with other Resource Center Directors, Counseling and Psychological Services, Health Center, Educational Opportunity Programs and other campus units in providing specialized training related to mental health, wellness and wellbeing.

5% - Advising and Crisis Intervention

• Provide advising and crisis intervention, working with undergraduate and graduate students on a host of issues related to personal, academic and career concerns. Make referrals to on and off campus resources when appropriate.
• Serve as a resource person to provide advice, counseling and referrals to students regarding specific types of student grievances, including discrimination and harassment, based on gender identities, or other intersecting diversity related identities.
• Provide training and consultation for campus partners to assure competent, culturally sensitive care for students.

5% - Duties as Assigned

• On occasion, drive students and staff to off-campus events, trainings, and meetings.

Required Qualifications

• Bachelor's degree in related area and / or equivalent experience / training.
• Strong leadership skills to motivate a team of professional staff and student staff.
• Experience in training and supervising a team of professional staff and student staff.
• Excellent communication, interpersonal and public relation skills.
• Excellent team and consensus building, facilitation, and public speaking skills.
• Substantial knowledge of relevant and current issues that impact the retention and academic success of American Indian undergraduate and graduate students in higher education.
• Substantial experience in policy formation, administrative planning, project management, budget management, program development and assessment, and creative problem solving; and ability to interpret and convey to employees on their team.
• Substantial experience and ability in analyzing, identifying, and implementing strategies for services and programs for the particular needs of American Indian students; with ability to guide their staff to develop programs, and ability to advocate for these students both in an academic environment and in the community.
• Demonstrated commitment to American Indian and social justice concerns.
• Substantial cultural competency with intersecting identities and experiences, such gender, queer and trans, race, ethnicity, culture, class, religion, and ability, and implementation of programs to meet diverse needs.
• Substantial experience with counseling undergraduate and graduate students, and ability to apply good judgment, especially in confidential, sensitive, and/or crisis situations, in accordance with university policies and procedures.
• Substantial experience with mentoring and advising undergraduate and graduate students.
• Ability to demonstrate tact and diplomacy when working with a broad spectrum of students, student groups, faculty, administrative staff, and community persons.
• Excellent writing skills and the ability to prepare program evaluations, annual reports, and a variety of other publications.
• Substantial experience and skills in grant writing and fundraising techniques.
• Knowledge sufficient to use computers for email, basic website development and maintenance, word processing, desktop publishing and database development.

Preferred Qualifications

• Advanced degree in a related area and/or equivalent experience/training.

Special Conditions of Employment

• Candidates will be required to pass a pre-employment criminal history background check.
• Must possess a valid license to drive in the state of California.
• Per the Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act (CANRA), this position has been identified as a Mandated Reporter. The selected candidate will be required to report known or suspected child abuse or neglect as defined by CANRA and will be required to sign a Statement Acknowledging Requirement to Report Child Abuse prior to commencing employment. CANRA Penal Codes, and related definitions, requirements, and responsibilities may be obtained
• The University of California has implemented a COVID-19 Vaccination Policy covering all employees. To be compliant with the policy, covered employees must submit proof of vaccination or have an approved exception or deferral, eight (8) weeks from date of hire.

All UCSC employees must understand and follow job safety procedures, attend required health and safety training, proactively promote safety at work, and promptly report actual and potential accidents and injuries.


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The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status. UC Santa Cruz is committed to excellence through diversity and strives to establish a climate that welcomes, celebrates, and promotes respect for the contributions of all students and employees.

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