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Oregon State University
Extension and Engagement
Posted: 09/25/2023
Director of Native and Tribal Programs
The Director of Native American and Tribal Programs will ensure the commitment of the University to a collaborative and inclusive community in all interactions and duties performed while fostering a welcoming and respectful workplace culture.

50% – Program Development and Leadership
    • Identify and support existing Native American/Alaska Native and Tribal inclusion in Extension and Engagement programs, and co-develop new Open Campus programs with Native American/Alaska Native and Tribal communities.
    • Develop needs assessments with partners, and extend culturally-responsive outreach programs to meet the needs of statewide Native American/Alaska Native communities.
    • In partnership with the OSU Open Campus Partnership team, develop a plan that expands programming for Native American/Alaska Native and Tribal communities, including new grant opportunities.
    • Develop plans to help support families and K-12 students gain access to career/college pathways, financial aid, internship exploration, and degree completion and community college transfer support.
    • Connect students and families to resources to aid in post-secondary pathway selection and to resources on campus throughout their academic careers.
    • Build relationships with Tribal partners and organizations that support Tribal sovereignty and self-determination. This includes development of memoranda of understanding, data sharing agreements, and consultation with Tribal government when necessary.
    • Ensure all youth safety guidelines, state law, university policy and procedures are met for program development.
    • Develop annual works plans and reports.
    • Pursue in partnership with Tribal Communities to secure State/Federal grants to fund statewide initiatives.
    • Serve as a member of the OSU Open Campus Partnership leadership team, attend weekly meetings, and provide input on decisions, vision, direction, and priorities.
    • This position requires, face-to-face relationship building with all nine (9) federally recognized Tribes in Oregon. This position will also be supervising employees, not based in Corvallis, and will need to travel out to those sites.


40% – Administrative Leadership for New Beginnings for Tribal Students (NBTS) and other program development
  • Supervise and assist New Beginnings for Tribal Students (NBTS) managers in program development, resource procurement, camp organization, and training delivery. Driving is essential as cultural camps are held on Tribal land and this person will need to drive to those camps.
  • Manage budget to achieve the goals and objectives of Native American/Alaska Native and Tribal programs.
  • Support and inform future expansion of the New Beginnings for Tribal Students Programs with USDANIFA alongside 1) primary Tribal partners: Confederated Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua, and Siuslaw, 2) OSU partners: Extension & Engagement, College of Forestry, College of Agricultural Sciences, College of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences, and Oregon Sea Grant Extension, and 3) Southwestern Oregon Community College subaward partners. See OSU’s NBTS website at https://opencampus.oregonstate.edu/nbts.
  • Serve as NBTS program liaison across campus and with Tribes. Work with program managers to adapt and expand NBTS through evaluation, partnerships development, funding opportunities and encompassing additional Tribes as partners with NBTS.
  • Complete annual and reports for USDANIFA, and attend program leader and PI meetings for national NBTS.
  • Work in partnership and coordinate with the OSU Office of Governmental Affairs, specifically with the Tribal Governmental Affairs Director and Director of Tribal Initiatives.
  • Follow the legislative proposals and policy implications as they impact Native American/Alaska Native and Tribal communities and connect to groups working on these issues.
  • Participate as a steering committee member for the National YEA-CN Grant, Youth Innovators Empowering Native Agriculture Across America.
  • Connect to Access OSU, which support students and families from Black/African American, Native/Indigenous/Pacific Islander and Hispanic/Latine/x communities in the Portland metro and supports the formation of long-lasting relationships that extend from elementary school to OSU enrollment and all the way to OSU graduation.
10% – Service
  • Maintain active membership and participation in relevant professional organizations.
  • Attend Pacific Northwest (PNW) and National conferences pertaining to job duties for networking, meetings, etc.
  • Serve on the Division’s and Extension Service committees and work groups at the state, regional, and national levels.
  • Serve on appropriate boards, councils and community committees.