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Dartmouth College
 
Director of the Native American Program
 
Opportunity to Lead an Exemplary Native American Program at a Renowned Ivy Institution
 
Dartmouth College, one of the world's greatest academic institutions and a member of the Ivy League, announces a national search for a Director of the Native American Program. Originally chartered in 1769 with a mission "for the education and instruction of Youth of the Indian Tribes in this Land ... and also of English Youth and any others," Dartmouth reinvigorated its commitment to educational opportunity for Native Americans with the creation of the Native American Program in 1970.  Since then, nearly 1000 Native Americans from over 200 different tribes have attended Dartmouth, more than at all the other Ivy League institutions combined; Dartmouth is pre-eminent among peer institutions in the recruitment, retention, breadth, and achievements of Native American students. Dartmouth’s Native American Program (NAP) is an exemplary model; it is grounded in the following core commitments, which the Director proactively upholds: (1) support for Native American education; (2) facilitation of the holistic development of Native students; (3) reflection of the value that self-determination has in the lives of Native students; (4) maintenance and expression of Native American cultural identity; and (5) cultivation of a strong ethic of community engagement within the College community, its Native communities and its external relationships.
 
Position Summary
 
The Director of the Native American Program (NAP) will guide the vision, development, and implementation of a dynamic program and provide strategic direction, leadership, and consultation in the educational, social, cultural, and personal development of Native American students at Dartmouth College. These priorities are accomplished through: 1) Program Vision, Development, Implementation and Evaluation; (2) Student Advising and Mentoring; (3) Community Advocacy; (4) Budget and Personnel Administration; and (5) Community Engagement and Collaboration. We seek a student-centered colleague with a deep commitment to the wellness and academic achievement of Native students, a passion for collaboration and respect for diverse points of view, and a strong desire to work as part of a community.
 
Qualifications
 
• Master's degree in an appropriate and relevant discipline, or the equivalent combination of education and experience, required; doctoral degree preferred. 
• Background in multicultural and social justice education and leadership development, especially in service to Native Americans, preferred.
• Five years of relevant work experience in counseling, advising, and mentoring Native students in college/university setting.
• Demonstrated experience in student leadership development.
• Background in developing and managing integrated support services for under-represented communities.
• Successful experience in identifying and evaluating student academic performance trends and in developing programs promoting student retention and success.
• Demonstrated experience in developing and managing budgets.
• Demonstrated ability to work in a respectful and collaborative manner with others.
• Demonstrated success in utilizing data for planning and evaluation of programs and services.
• Crisis management and/or on-call experience.
 
The selected candidate will be an experienced and proven leader, effective communicator, and skilled manager with demonstrated commitment to personal and departmental integrity, creativity, collaboration, initiative, multicultural education, and professionalism. The Director must have a solid foundation in student development theory, a comprehensive and rich understanding of the experience of Native American students in higher education, and the ability to foster effective partnerships with colleagues and stakeholders across campus and in the community. Ideal candidates will have a deep familiarity with the forces, loyalties, and family and tribal ties and relationships that can support and influence the experience and success of Native American students, and of the very political nature and institutional and cultural contexts of the position.
 
Application Process
 
Dartmouth College has partnered with Keeling & Associates, LLC, in this search process. For a confidential discussion about this opportunity prior to applying or nominating, contact Gordon Winsor at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (212) 229-4750. Applications should consist of a letter of interest and curriculum vitae. All application materials must be submitted electronically to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Confidential review of materials will begin immediately and continue until the appointment is made.
 
This is a full-time administrative position; salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. Dartmouth College provides competitive and attractive fringe benefits. 
Dartmouth College is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer with a strong commitment to diversity. In that spirit, we are particularly interested in receiving applications from a broad spectrum of people, including women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, veterans or any other legally protected group.
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