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University of Wisconsin-Madison
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Posted: 06/14/2019
Director of Tribal Relations
Principal duties:
50% - Office of University Relations Responsibilities:

- Meet regularly with Tribal leaders and affiliated organizations throughout the state to strengthen relationships between UW-Madison, Native Nations and communities of Wisconsin.
- Represent campus leadership at events and meetings throughout Wisconsin and in local tribal communities. As appropriate, represent UW-Madison at regional and national meetings that involve issues important to tribal governments.
- In consultation with tribal leaders and community members, advise the university on programming and initiatives that are designed to help improve outreach to and retention and graduation rates of Native American students or otherwise relate to and/or impact Native American students, faculty, staff or communities.
- Assist and facilitate communication among UW-Madison entities seeking to collaborate with the Native Nations of Wisconsin, including the potential development of Memoranda of Understanding or Memoranda of Agreement.
- Raise awareness and develop an understanding of tribal sovereignty, governance, enterprises, culture, history and contemporary issues or awareness among University administrators, faculty and staff.
- Identify mutual goals and work intentionally with the College of the Menominee Nation, the Lac Courte Oreilles Community College and UW System schools to improve relationships with Native Nations and communities.
- Establish relationships between Native Nations and UW-Madison units for the purposes of mutually identified research initiatives and other collaborations.
- Work closely with the Chancellor's Office and others to plan and coordinate campus events and other activities designed to foster partnerships with tribal governments and communities.
- Serve as the primary staff contact in the Office of University Relations for the Native Nations UW Strategic Working Group and help to coordinate initiatives and cross-campus engagement efforts to advance tribal partnerships with UW-Madison and address strategic priorities.
- Establish and maintain a close working relationship with the UW System Native American Student Success Coordinator and meet regularly with campus administrators.

50% - Division of Extension Responsibilities:

- Provide organizational leadership for enhancing a collaborative, just and inclusive community for staff and communities in the Division of Extension at UW-Madison relating to Native American communities and issues.
- Cultivate partnerships and relationship building with individuals and organizations affiliated with the Division of Extension that support broader participation of diverse audiences. 
- Foster and support pre-college pathway opportunities for Native youth through Extension's Positive Youth Development Institute. 
- Support Division of Extension faculty and staff in increasing diverse student engagement opportunities with applied research opportunities.
- Form collaborative relationships between Native Nations, Division of Extension and other UW-Madison units for the purposes of mutually identified research.
- Work with Native Nations and other diverse communities to identify, collaborate on and address environmental and health-related issues, including community, environmental, cultural and educational health through Extension's Institutes. 
- Convene periodic symposia of researchers and participating Native communities to develop and communicate community priorities and discuss how collaboration could be created and maintained for optimal impact. 
- Engage with tribal and campus leaders around the issues of indigenous data sovereignty and data ownership as well as tribal research protocols.