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Director, American Indian Center

Position Description

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill invites applications and nominations for the position of Director of the American Indian Center (, which was established in 2006 and whose mission is to bridge the richness of American Indian nations and communities with the strengths of Carolina’s research, education, and teaching.

This campus-wide Center advances the University’s overall mission by creating an environment in which research and teaching related to American Indians is strengthened, nurtured, and applied in service to the public.  North Carolina is home to the largest Native population in the eastern United States, and the Center serves as the University’s front door to American Indian communities across the state and the nation.  The Center enables Carolina, as the University of the People, to truly serve the First People of North Carolina.  The Center advances campus diversity and dialogue by facilitating the inclusion of American Indian perspectives, enriching the learning environment of the entire University.

The Director of the American Indian Center has overall responsibility for the activities, programs, and operations of the Center.  Specific responsibilities include the following:

  • Strategic planning and research development.  In collaboration with University and community colleagues, the Director gathers information on institutional and public priorities, establishes a shared vision and purpose, and stimulates responsive and innovative programs of research, instruction, and outreach.
  • Program development, implementation, and evaluation.  The Director oversees the planning and implementation of the Center’s programs and scholarly activities, which involve collaborations among faculty, staff, students, and community members and agencies.  Ongoing evaluation of programs and activities is an essential responsibility to ensure accountability, documentation of impact, and continuous improvement.  The Director leads efforts to generate support for the Center’s research, programs, and activities through grants and donations.
  • Outreach and partnership development.  The Director is responsible for academic engagement with Native nations and communities within the state and beyond.  The person in this position collaborates with faculty, staff, administrators, and students from all areas of the campus as well as with alumni and community partners.  The American Indian Center links communities with the research and academic programs of the University.
  • Fiscal and administrative oversight.  The Director is responsible for sound financial management of the Center and its programs.  The Director prepares budgets, follows accepted fiscal practices, and provides timely reports and financial analyses.  He or she promotes the financial wellbeing and economic stability of the Center and secures resources through which the goals of the Center are accomplished.  The Director effectively supervises staff, promoting teamwork and open communication, fostering a culture of scholarly engagement and service, evaluating performance, and providing opportunities for recognition, training, and professional development.

The position requires significant experience and achievement in program leadership and administration and a minimum of a Master’s degree, with doctorate strongly preferred.  The successful candidate will be committed to engagement with Native nations and communities and will be able to communicate effectively and build relationships with a wide variety of partners and constituents.  The Director must demonstrate many of the following qualifications: visionary leadership; extensive knowledge of American Indian culture and perspectives; proven managerial, fiscal, and administrative abilities; an understanding of academic culture, policies, and procedures typical of major public research universities; experience with academic outreach and community engagement; fundraising ability and an entrepreneurial approach; ability to garner the support of volunteers and appreciate their contributions; and passion and drive for the goals of the Center.

The Director reports to the Vice Provost for Academic Initiatives, and prepares and transmits to the Vice Provost an annual budget and annual assessments of the Center’s and Director’s activities.  The Center’s advisory board supports the Director in achieving the goals of the American Indian Center.

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is a comprehensive research-intensive university offering the highest academic quality and a culture of achievement and collaboration. Chartered in 1789, UNC is the oldest state university in the United States. The University enrolls 29,911 students, and is ranked in the top five public national universities by U.S. News and World Report.  The University’s fourteen colleges and schools provide instruction offering baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral programs, as well as programs in dentistry, medicine, pharmacy, law, nursing, business, and other professions. The University is situated in one of the premier college communities in the nation.

To apply, go to  Inquiries may be addressed to Dr. Todd Boyette, Chair, American Indian Center Director Search Committee, at or (919) 843-2085.  Nominations may be addressed to the chair c/o Debbie Deese, 104 South Building, CB# 3000, Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3000 or   Review of applications will begin January 15, 2018, and continue until the position is filled.  Anticipated start date is June 1, 2018, but is negotiable.  This is an at-will EHRA-Non Faculty position with the possibility of an adjunct faculty appointment.

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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