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 Director, Native American Cultural Center and Assistant Dean, Yale College

General purpose

The Director provides strategic direction for the work of the Native-American Cultural Center, supervises its daily operation, and provides support for undergraduate and graduate students. Serves on committees and leads various student and academic programs.

Essential duties of position

1. Manage and oversee the Native-American Cultural Center in all its aspects.

2. Oversee and participate in student and academic programs, including serving on committees, chairing committees, running special projects and working for the welfare of all Yale students. Advise and support student organizations.

3. Work collaboratively with administrators, students, faculty, staff, alumni and members of the community to define the appropriate identity for the Center, to plan for its support and nurture; to develop services, organize activities, and sponsor events; and to provide academic and personal advising, counseling, and guidance to students.

4. Work with the undergraduate admissions, and freshman affairs in admitting and aiding integration of Native-American students into the larger community.

5. Actively work with an advisory board to advise and provide support for the Center and its goals. Develop and implement a long-term strategic plan for the Center.

6. Oversee the physical facilities of the Center. Hire, train and supervise a graduate student director and student workers. Manage the budget for the Center and assist in seeking additional sources of support.

7. Work cooperatively with directors of cultural centers, director of graduate student life, office of graduate multicultural affairs and other organizations to foster intergroup dialogue and enhance intercultural interactions.

8. Work with the local community on events and initiatives.

9. Other duties as assigned. 

Education and training

1. Master’s degree in a related field and at least 4 years of experience in academic administration or management.

2. Proven experience in working with students, faculty, academic administrators, alumni and community groups.

3. Knowledgeable about issues in the Native American communities and a commitment to translating these into a local academic context.

4. Preferred: PhD in related field.

Skills and abilities

1. Excellent communication and analytical skills (oral and written).

2. Ability to work a schedule that is flexible and includes evenings and occasional weekends.

3. Ability to work independently as well as a committee member and a member of teams.

4. Strong interpersonal and group facilitation skills.

5. Ability to work collaboratively and effectively with senior administrators, staff, and faculty.

6. Ability to supervise a staff of professionals, graduate students and undergraduate students.

7. Strong leadership skills and the ability create and lead effective teams.

8. Budgeting and strategic planning skills. 

9. General computer knowledge and experience with a variety of software packages, including Outlook, Word, and Excel.


Anticipated start date: Negotiable, but we anticipate July 1, 2015 or thereafter. Review of applications to begin March 23, 2015. Three-year, renewable term appointment.

Must be able to work a flexible schedule, including occasional evenings, weekends and holidays.

Application: Please apply online at <> - the STARS req ID for this position is 29459BR. Please be sure to reference this website when applying for this position. Please submit your CV/resume and a letter of interest.