Skip Navigation
Employment Opportunities

Jobs at Member Institutions & APLU

Job Postings enable you to post your own job and find other job listings offered by APLU members. This service is free for APLU members. For more information, email

Apply Now
University of Minnesota
Center for Community Vitality
Posted: 07/1/2019
American Indian Leadership and Civic Engagement Liaison

Working Title: American Indian Leadership and Civic Engagement Liaison

Classification: Program Associate 2 (8316A2), Full-time, Civil Service

Program Area: Community Vitality (CV)/Leadership and Civic Engagement (LCE)

Office Locations: TBD, office location is flexible and will be determined during interview

Reports to: LCE Program Leader, Community Vitality

Initial Deadline: August 7, 2019; open until filled


The primary objective of this new position is to engage tribal leaders and economic development stakeholders to further Tribal Economic Development Partnerships and priorities. This position will organize and facilitate opportunities to collaborate on economic development issues; coordinate, facilitate, co-design and deliver technical assistance to all tribes that request assistance; co-design a plan for civic engagement to enhance economic resiliency, and support other efforts that will expand inter-tribal work in economic development. This is a multi-year project that aims to set the stage for continued engagement.

This position will work alongside of a team of Extension educators, community leaders and members to co-create programs that deepen connections across American Indian communities. This programming will develop processes that enhance capacity to achieve economic development priorities. This work will strongly emphasize maintaining and building effective relationships and equitable partnerships with tribal Nations and building connections with other community programs that reach American Indian audiences.

This includes:

● Building relationships to deepen understanding of 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.

● Listening to understand the concerns and priorities of indigenous audiences.

● 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.


The office location for this position is flexible and will be discussed and determined 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 required for this position. Successful applicant must provide his or her own means of transportation, maintain a driver’s license, carry legally required vehicle insurance, and have access to use of a cell phone.


Relationship Building: 40%

● Develop and maintain effective tribal, local, regional, university and state partnerships that further the development and delivery of Extension programs.

● Co-create, adapt and facilitate effective processes for communicating with tribes about of community based research, priorities, programs, needs assessments and current developments.

● Be a conduit for Tribal governments to enhance their capacity and strengthen Economic Development based on the needs and directions of conversations in native communities.

● Collaborate with program team members and community members to design, adapt and be a conduit for culturally responsive, informal and formal education tools, facilitation processes, and resources.

Community Education: 50%

● Partner with a team to adapt and deliver programs that address tribal, local and/or regional needs, including strengthening tribal sovereignty and opportunities for American Indian populations.

● Lay the groundwork for community members and leaders to empower themselves to develop strategies that initiate positive changes in community economic development.

● Utilize developmental programs based in indigenous theory and research designed for the indigenous adult learners, community members and leaders.

● Market/promote community education and training using a variety of methods.

● Teach workshops and trainings and facilitate community conversations.

Administrative Tasks: 10%

● Use technology to communicate, locate information, coordinate, deliver, evaluate and report programs.

● Complete required forms and track activities in a timely manner.

● Assist with creating and delivering written and verbal reports as required by stakeholders and funders.

● Continue professional development in Indigenous research and relevant approaches



● Worked or lived in an American Indian Community and have first hand knowledge and appreciation of indigenous values, practices and beliefs.

● A Bachelor’s degree in a field such as education, American Indian studies, psychology, communication, leadership, sociology, public policy, and 2 years of related experience or a combination of education and experience to equal 6 years.

● Knowledge of the history of American Indians in Minnesota, past research harms to minority populations, and a general understanding of current American Indian research ethics

● Skill in facilitating and leading groups

● Computer skills (Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, email, etc.)

● A valid driver’s license and reliable vehicle with required liability insurance, to be utilized for frequent travel within Minnesota and infrequent travel outside Minnesota.

● A personal cell phone that can be used, as needed, for work purposes and be publicly published

● The ability to maintain a flexible work schedule, including some evening and weekends. Some overtime required.


● Two years of experience in indigenous leadership, Indian run organizations, Indian Law, Indian Policy, Civic Engagement, Sociology, Education or a related area.

● Demonstrated ability to create partnerships with Tribal Nations, Indian community groups or organizations.

● Experience facilitating groups

● Experience applying culturally sensitive research practices to Indigenous community problems.

● Basic competency or beginning status in at least one indigenous language

● Commitment to professional growth and development

● Knowledge in economic development

Benefits of working for the University of Minnesota Extension

· Salary based on experience and qualifications

· Health and other benefits,

· University of Minnesota tuition benefits

· Training and development opportunities


Please apply at: Job Opening ID: 331356

Applications must be submitted online. To be considered for this position, please click on the Apply button and follow the instructions. You will be given the opportunity to complete an online application for the position. In your Resume, please share all relevant experience (formal and informal). Please include the following attachments with your online application:

• Cover letter

• Resume/Vitae

Three professional references and transcripts for all college work (unofficial transcripts are acceptable) will be required during the interview process.

Additional documents may be attached after the application by accessing your “My Job Applications” page and uploading documents there.

To request an accommodation during the application process, please email or call 612-624-UOHR (8647).

For questions about this position, contact:

Holli Arp, Program Leader,

For questions about applying online, contact:

Tiffany McMillan, Extension Human Resources,

Any offer of employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a background check. Our presumption is that prospective employees are eligible to work here. Criminal convictions do not automatically disqualify finalists from employment.

The University of Minnesota Extension shall provide equal access to and opportunity in its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.