1+ months


University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98104


Req #: 173394
Job Location: Seattle Campus
Posting Date: 10/18/2019 
Closing Info: Open Until Filled 
Salary: Salary and benefits are competitive. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. 
Shift: First Shift 
Notes: As a UW employee, you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life programs.  For detailed information on Benefits for this position, click here.  

As a UW employee, you have a unique opportunity to change lives on our campuses, in our state and around the world. UW employees offer their boundless energy, creative problem solving skills and dedication to build stronger minds and a healthier world.

UW faculty and staff also enjoy outstanding benefits, professional growth opportunities and unique resources in an environment noted for diversity, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits and natural beauty. All of which has allowed the UW to be nationally recognized as a Great College to Work For for six consecutive years.

Program Operations Specialist Pathways and Partnerships for Indigenous Studies at UW

The Program Operations Specialist (POS) will perform professional level program administration and management of the Pathways and Partnerships for Indigenous Studies (PPIS) program, housed in the Center for American Indian and Indigenous Studies (CAIIS) at the University of Washington. This position will require the POS to exercise independent judgment, decision making, and substantial responsibilities to ensure program success. The POS will need to utilize in-depth knowledge of the program goals to allocate resources and establish policies, methods, and procedures for the program. The POS will also ensure that the program conforms to institutional and department policies and regulations.

Specifically, the POS will work with Welebalt Intellectual House at UW to host the Native UW Scholars (NUW) program starting in 2020, build relationships with two-year and tribal colleges in the area, host a Pedagogy Summit twice a year, and create/manage application processes for the various student peer mentorship programs, the American Indian and Indigenous Studies (AIIS) Scholars Program, and the Native Knowledge-in-Residence guest speaker program. The POS will also be responsible for tracking spending and conducting evaluations of the programing, including drafting reports to the funding agency.

The PPIS program includes six core aspects the POS will be in charge of administrating:

Native UW Scholars Program (NUW Scholars) - A cohort-based bridge program for incoming Native students;
Native Pathways Program - Partnerships with two-year colleges to create pathways for Native transfer students;
Research Family Experiences - An undergraduate-level Indigenous Research Academy and multiple research family opportunities in the Indigenous humanities;
Summer Institute on Global Indigeneities - A week-long intensive graduate seminar focused on professionalization in Indigenous studies disciplines;
American Indian and Indigenous Studies Scholars - A faculty-graduate student seminar, with the goal of supporting scholars to complete research projects that are key to their professional advancement; and
Native Knowledge-in-Residence Program - Funding to support Indigenous knowledge initiatives across our campuses, creating space for forms of knowing that have long histories in the lands where the UW exists, but have not been part of extant curricular offerings.

  • Collaborate with the Co-Directors of the CAIIS, the graduate student RA, and the Administrator of American Indian Studies on the various aspects of the work related to the PPIS grant.
  • Monitor, control, reconcile, and review budget status and expenditures.
  • Act as point of contact and representative/spokesperson for the program.
  • Create content about the program for the website, publicity, and other communications.
  • Schedule, advertise and manage, events.
  • Coordinate travel and accommodation for visiting participants.
  • Draft reports for submission to the Mellon Foundation.
  • Work with Welebalt Intellectual House at UW to implement the NUW Scholars program.
  • Administer the partnership between the CAIIS and two-year colleges to implement the Native Pathways Program.
  • Work with students and faculty to create the Research Family Experiences.
  • Coordinate with CAIIS faculty on the planning and implementation of the Summer Institute on Global Indigeneities.
  • Work with UW doctoral students and faculty to plan the AIIS Scholars seminar.
  • Coordinate to bring Native Knowledge-in-Residence participants to campus.
  • Coordinate selection and participation of undergraduate and graduate students in the various programs.
  • Other duties as needed.

  • Bachelors degree plus 2 years of experience working in higher education and/or American Indian and Indigenous communities.
  • Demonstrated experience with budgeting and accounting practices.
  • Demonstrated program or project-management skills and experience, including logistical support.
  • Project management experience.
  • Excellent organizational skills.
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication (oral and written) skills.
  • Excellent computer skills, including fluency with the suite of Microsoft Office and Web editing applications.
  • Ability to conduct off-site meetings with institutional partners.

  • Knowledge of the broad educational goals of two-year colleges and research universities.
  • Knowledge of and relationships with American Indian and Indigenous communities
  • Experience collaborating inter-institutionally and with persons of diverse professional backgrounds and ranks, including faculty and graduate students in the humanities and social sciences.
  • Experience in grant reporting and grant administration.
  • Experience organizing workshops or conferences.
  • Masters degree preferred.

    Application Process:
    The application process for UW positions may include completion of a variety of online assessments to obtain additional information that will be used in the evaluation process.  These assessments may include Work Authorization, Cover Letter and/or others.  Any assessments that you need to complete will appear on your screen as soon as you select Apply to this position. Once you begin an assessment, it must be completed at that time; if you do not complete the assessment you will be prompted to do so the next time you access your My Jobs page. If you select to take it later, it will appear on your "My Jobs" page to take when you are ready. Please note that your application will not be reviewed, and you will not be considered for this position until all required assessments have been completed.
  • Committed to attracting and retaining a diverse staff, the University of Washington will honor your experiences, perspectives and unique identity. Together, our community strives to create and maintain working and learning environments that are inclusive, equitable and welcoming.

    The University of Washington is a leader in environmental stewardship & sustainability, and committed to becoming climate neutral.

    The University of Washington is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact the Disability Services Office at 206-543-6450 / 206-543-6452 (tty) or dso@uw.edu.


    Posted: 2019-12-05 Expires: 2020-02-02

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