Working Title: Extension Educator - American Indian Leadership and Civic Engagement
Classification: Assistant Extension Professor (9623), Academic Professional and Admin
Program Area: Community Vitality (CV)/Leadership and Civic Engagement (LCE)
Office Location: TBD, office location is flexible and determined during interview process
Reports to: LCE Program Leader, Community Vitality
Initial Deadline: August 7, 2019; open until filled
ABOUT THIS POSITION
The primary objective of this new position is to work with tribal leaders and economic development stakeholders to outline, implement and teach in areas that support key economic development goals in collaboration with Tribal Economic Development Partnerships and Tribal communities. This position will partner to identify priority economic development issues and opportunities; coordinate, co-design and deliver economic development education and technical assistance to all tribes that request assistance; co-design a plan for civic engagement to enhance economic resiliency, and other efforts that will expand inter-tribal work in economic development. This is a multi-year project that we hope sets the stage for continued engagement.
This position will work with a team of Leadership and Civic Engagement (LCE) and Community Economic (CE) educators and engaged community leaders and members to co-create programs that deepen connections and partnerships across American Indian communities. This programming will focus on developing processes to enhance capacity around economic development priorities. There is a strong emphasis on maintaining and building effective relationships and equitable partnerships with tribal Nations and building connections with other community programs that reach American Indian audiences.
Taking the time to know the people, culture, and practices that support success for these efforts and for the American Indian communities themselves.
Developing and maintaining equitable partnerships that further enhance Tribal Economic development priorities.
Understanding the concerns and priorities of Indigenous audiences.
Teaching Leadership and Civic Engagement processes and/or programs that build capacity to meet economic development objectives
Intentional leveraging of public and private funding as well as community resources and University resources.
Developing and maintaining key relationships with counterparts at UM campuses, and tribal colleges.
LOCATION AND TRAVEL
The office location for this position is flexible and will be determined and discussed during the interview process. This position requires travel across Minnesota and potentially to other states. It will also require occasional work evenings and/or weekends. Work will be primarily focused in the Twin Cities metro area and in the eleven (11) Sovereign Nations in MN. Due to the travel and time spent working with programs, elders, volunteers, stakeholders and collaborators in tribal communities, as well as meetings with Extension colleagues and other professionals, reliable transportation is a required for this position. Successful applicant must provide his or her own means of transportation, maintain their driver’s license, carry legally required vehicle insurance and have access to use of a cell phone.
RESPONSIBILITIES AND PERFORMANCE EXPECTATIONS
Within the context of meeting Extension, Community Vitality, Leadership and Civic Engagement missions and alignment with LCE program frameworks and team priorities, the LCE Extension Educator will:
Deliver Educational Programming (40%):
Design, deliver, market and evaluate educational programs based in Indigenous theory and research, and strategies appropriate for the adult learner and in collaboration with community.
Design, adapt and deliver leadership and civic engagement programming that address tribal, local and/or regional needs, including tribal sovereignty strengthening and concerns facing American Indian populations.
Use technology to communicate, locate information, design and deliver, evaluate, and report on educational programming.
Make Extension programs, facilities, and committees accessible to new, diverse, and historically underserved audiences.
Assume program leadership, education and management roles as designated and appropriate.
Enhance Scholarship (10%):
Use best practices in indigenous research to measure, inform, evaluate and strengthen leadership and civic engagement processes and practices .
Uphold native sovereignty and improve current processes for communicating with tribes related to the conduct of community research.
Continue professional development in Indigenous research and program development, and delivery via conferences, additional graduate work, self-directed study, and other appropriate means of maintaining a high level of expertise.
Conduct Outreach (40%):
Develop and maintain effective tribal, local, regional, university and state partnerships that further the development and delivery of Extension educational programs.
Initiate on-going community engagement activities to support research collaborations with community partners, such as outreach to Indigenous communities, agencies and rural populations for inclusion in Extension research and education.
Foster and contribute to a positive work climate and effective teamwork and collaboration with LCE and Center colleagues, regional office colleagues, advisory groups, audiences and partnerships.
Administer Programs and Staff Development (10%):
Assume program support functions as needed such as contract and/or fiscal management, data-management, public relations and marketing with Center leaders and Regional Directors.
Secure funds and resources to support educational programs through fee for service, third party reimbursement, grants, and other means.
Actively participate in staff development and program team activities within the LCE program area, the Center for Community Vitality and Extension.
Collaborate with the Program Leader to establish, evaluate and report on annual work goals, activities, impacts and outcomes that align with program area priorities.
Engage in scholarship and make contributions that demonstrate progress on the six promotion criteria associated with Extension’s promotion system.
Manage professional performance systems, including annual performance review, and professional plans of work.
This is a full-time Academic Professional and Administrative appointment at the level of Assistant Extension Professor (9623).
The appointment will be annually renewable with continuation dependent on performance, results, availability of funds, and program needs.
The position carries Extension academic rank. Rank is assigned at hire contingent on education and professional experience and accomplishments. Successful advancement in rank is expected and contingent on accomplishments as an Extension Educator as governed by Extension's promotion system policies and procedures.
Reimbursement for travel and subsistence is available in accordance with University policy.
Salary commensurate with education and experience.
Masters Degree at the time of appointment. Formal education should include coursework in leadership development or studies (personal and/or community); Indigenous studies, educational, counseling or clinical psychology; and/or in public or civic engagement, community studies, sociology, communication, community economics, adult learning or a closely related field.
Worked or lived in an American Indian Community and first hand knowledge and appreciation of indigenous values, practices and beliefs.
Formal or information teaching and facilitation experience
Knowledge of the history of American Indians in Minnesota, past research harms to minority populations, and an understanding of current American Indian research ethics guidelines.
Professional experience in establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with colleagues, partners and stakeholders.
Strong expertise in the political and cultural history of American Indian peoples and federal policies and political relations.
Experience conducting outreach and forming coalitions including experience with tribal organizations and tribal communities
Experience in group facilitation and individual coaching skills with adult learners.
Evidence of ability to use technology and social media for communication, information gathering, program delivery and reporting.
Evidence of ability to implement and meet administrative responsibilities necessary for effective project, budget, grants and program management and implementation.
The ability to maintain a flexible work schedule, including some evenings and weekends.
Appointment also requires:
Valid driver’s license, reliable vehicle, and appropriate vehicle insurance
Reliable cell phone to be used and number published publicly.
Demonstrated success in working with individuals, organizations and communities, especially in Tribal communities and governments.
At least two years of related professional experience post-bachelor's degree. Relevant settings for this experience might come from higher education, adult education, Extension, tribal/state/regional/local government or American Indian agencies, community or interest-based organizations and/or foundations.
Evidence of skills and ability to apply research to educational program design, delivery and evaluation.
Experience working with urban Indian populations.
Experience with fostering advocates and promoting civic engagement.
Experience in the development of curriculum or adult education materials, adult pedagogy, Indigenous issues or similar areas in an adult, non-credit educational environment.
Training and experience in Indigenous research ethics.
Knowledge and experience in the use of educational technology and on-line learning platforms as related to leadership development and civic engagement to achieve educational goals and community impacts.
Experience applying research to community problems.
Knowledge in economic development
Commitment to professional development.
Internal Number: 331355
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