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#125225 Director, Intertribal Resource Center

Filing Deadline: Fri 9/29/2023

UC San Diego values equity, diversity, and inclusion. If you are interested in being part of our team, possess the needed licensure and certifications, and feel that you have most of the qualifications and/or transferable skills for a job opening, we strongly encourage you to apply.

For the safety and well-being of the entire university community, the University of California requires, with few exceptions, that all students, faculty and staff be vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus and influenza before they will be allowed on campus or in a facility or office. For more information visit: Flu Vaccine Mandate / COVID Vaccine Policy

UCSD Layoff from Career Appointment: Apply by 9/19/23 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor.

Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 9/29/23. Eligible Special Selection clients should contact their Disability Counselor for assistance.


A unit within the portfolio of the Vice Chancellor-Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion (VC-EDI), the Intertribal Resource Center (ITRC) is envisioned as a supportive community space with offerings that include academic support services, mentoring/leadership development, co-and extra-curricular programming, and non-academic support among other things, for all UC San Diego students. The Center will leverage existing resources to create a sense of place and community and provide an important support system particularly for American Indian/Alaskan Native/Indigenous students on campus.

In support of the University's mission with respect to diversity and inclusion as well as the ITRC's mission, the Director takes a leadership role in building community and creating a dynamic and diverse student, staff, and faculty experience within the University of California.

The Director leads innovative efforts to provide an integrated approach to identifying, developing, implementing, and evaluating programs and practices directed toward improving Native American student outreach and yield, academic success, leadership and professional development, inclusion and retention, and enrichment of the overall Native American student experience. The director provides creative leadership, strategic planning, and vision regarding the role the Intertribal Resource Center plays in support of the academic and public service mission of UC San Diego.

The Director serves as a member of the Vice Chancellor's leadership team and participates in VC-EDI strategic planning and organizational development and serves as a subject matter expert. Incumbent undertakes special projects assigned by Assistant Vice Chancellor for Student Equity and Inclusion (AVC-SEI) or Vice Chancellor that are often highly sensitive and/or confidential in nature. Working with senior leaders in VC-EDI, the Director develops strategic plans and fundraising objectives for the unit. The incumbent also oversees the Center's operations, including budget development and management, human resources management, development and implementation of outreach programs, and development of training opportunities that incorporate understanding of student development and leadership principles in the day-to-day operation of the Intertribal Resource Center.

The Director provides strategic planning and leadership to fulfill the goals of the ITRC, including programmatic offerings that include a strong partnership with the Campus Community Centers and local Native American communities; partnerships with academic programs, academic support programs, and student support services, and Admissions’ campus/community outreach and yield activities. Incumbent collaborates to develop new programming that would address issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion, and with student organizations to provide leadership development. The Director also develops leadership opportunities for student interns; provides a space and support for student organizations and existing programming; and promotes supportive relationships with other campus student and staff organizations.

The Director acts as an information conduit, establishing effective communications between the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion and the campus community to help leverage inclusive excellence and advance the equity, diversity, and inclusion change process and Inclusive Excellence Strategic Plan. Additionally, the Director is responsible for and oversees developing and managing community partnerships, donor cultivation, operations and budget management, human resource management, development, and implementation of outreach programs, partnering across campus to implement.

This position provides oversight for enrichment opportunities that include developing academic and research plans, recognizing and addressing academic and non-academic barriers to success, and informal counseling or coaching on other life issues that impact progress and/or student retention. Programs specialize in services that have particular relevance and impact for Native American/Indigenous students. Collaborates broadly and strategically to improve outcomes related to the recruitment, development, enrichment, inclusion, retention, and student experience of American Indian/Alaskan Native/Indigenous students in all disciplines across the campus, and acts as a liaison between the university and the Native community pertaining to these matters.

As needed, the Director serves as executive advisor to the Chancellor through VC-EDI and other senior leaders on matters concerning campus and local Native American/Indigenous community relations. Incumbent analyzes and prepares recommendations regarding local Native American communities that have critical, organization-wide impact. Provides organization-wide influence on the identification and framing of Native American community concerns and the formulation and advancement of approaches to resolve. Plays a strategic role in strengthening connections between UC San Diego executive leadership and American Indian/Alaskan Native/Indigenous alumni and community members/organizations. As needed, negotiates directly to achieve solutions with high-level stakeholders and the community to develop solutions to complex problems; providing briefings to VC-EDI and Chancellor as needed on key issues. If approved, the incumbent serves on the UC President’s Native American Advisory Council (PNAAC).

  • A cover letter is required.


  • Demonstrated experience developing activities and programs that will facilitate personal and professional development of graduate and undergraduate students.

  • Knowledge/experience in the field of diversity, equity, and inclusion, including an understanding of the historical and social context of diversity, equity, and inclusion, and of the complexities of the intersections of identities including, but not limited to, race, ethnicity, gender, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, and class background.

  • Graduation from college with a major in Student Affairs, Student Development, Organizational Required Management/Leadership, education, psychology, or related field, and four years of demonstrated, progressive, and substantial professional experience in a university or college environment working with students; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

  • Demonstrated ability to work with faculty, staff, and students on program development for co- or extra- curricular activities such as faculty lectures, symposia, and conferences.

  • Advanced knowledge of financial analysis and reporting techniques, and / or human resources policies and procedures for staff and academic employees. Demonstrated knowledge of human resource management concepts and practices, with ability to supervise professional staff, fostering innovation, service, and accountability and to give clear instructions and guidelines, delegating, and assigning tasks, monitoring production and quality of work, setting performance standards, and assessing individual capabilities and workloads, and assuring employee development. Knowledge of budget management principles. Ability to understand, analyze, and interpret financial information and to identify necessary action plan.

  • Advanced knowledge of a variety of administrative operational activities such as event planning, basic fundraising processes, risk management planning, website design, accounting and payroll, and contracts and grants regulations and guidelines. Demonstrated experience in managerial, administrative, and supervisory practices and principles; strong and creative organization, analytic, and decision-making/problem-solving skills. Ability to develop innovative approaches, techniques, and procedures to provide more efficient and responsive services. Proven ability to use key business skills, including thinking and planning strategically, applying business acumen, analyzing needs, and proposing solutions, using financial and other data, and influencing stakeholders. Proven ability to actively and collaboratively identify and pursue external donors and funding agencies with interest in innovative ideas in the area of equity, diversity, and inclusion. Advanced working knowledge of stewardship as it relates to philanthropic donations and/or grant awards.

  • Advanced skills in short- and long-term strategic planning, analysis, problem-solving and customer service. Ability to apply experience, knowledge, high ethical standards, and sound judgment in strategy and decision-making. Experience in multi-tasking and performing under constant pressure of deadlines. Demonstrated experience in working independently in unstructured projects and situations, identifying priorities, and applying creativity and originality in problem solving in an environment with changing priorities. Ability to analyze information, situations, problems, policies, and procedures to: 1) define problems accurately, 2) separate problems from symptoms, 3) identify potential solutions, 4) select appropriate solutions for application, and 5) formulate logical and objective conclusions from situations, data, and observations.

  • Advanced interpersonal skills including verbal and written communication, active listening, critical thinking, persuasiveness, advising and counseling skills. Demonstrated ability to provide leadership in creating a climate of trust and respect and in aligning strategic initiatives and operational goals with the mission, values, and business needs of the ITRC. Excellent interpersonal and communication skills (oral and written) to interact diplomatically with all segments of the campus and community in one-on-one and group situations, using appropriate vocabulary, taking into account differences in social, cultural, professional, and educational backgrounds. Skill to resolve conflict situations and to recognize politically sensitive situations. Demonstrated skill in student support and crisis intervention. Ability to be decisive when necessary and to effectively communicate rationale. Ability to be open to questioning of decision-making and exhibit openness to alternatives without displaying defensive behavior.

  • Demonstrated skill in student support and crisis intervention.

  • Advanced knowledge of common University-specific computer application programs. Strong working knowledge of Microsoft Office applications, including Word, Excel, Access, Outlook, PowerPoint; and Adobe Acrobat. Working knowledge of social media.

  • Ability to use discretion and maintain confidentiality.

  • Proven strong political acumen and ability to apply it appropriately in a diverse, complex organization.

  • Ability to apply experience, knowledge, high ethical standards, and sound judgment in strategy and decision-making.


  • Experience working with American Indian/Alaska Native/Indigenous populations.

  • Demonstrated professional skills in instructional design, development and delivery, and outstanding presentation skills.

  • Knowledge of federal, state, and University of California guidelines pertaining to the repatriation of Native remains and other cultural artifacts. Ability to facilitate productive discussions between community members and university representatives on sensitive issues involving repatriation of Native remains and other cultural artifacts.

  • Thorough understanding of the VC-EDl's office and ITRC missions.

  • Masters degree in Student Affairs, Student Development, Organizational Management/Leadership, education, psychology, or related field.

  • Advanced knowledge of University rules and regulations, processes, protocols and procedures for budget, accounting and fund management, and / or personnel management.


  • Job offer is contingent upon a satisfactory clearance based on background check results.

  • Duties may require direct contact and/or supervision of children (defined as individuals under the age of 18); completion of the Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act (CANRA) form will be required.

Pay Transparency Act

Annual Full Pay Range: $63,400 - $142,800 (will be prorated if the appointment percentage is less than 100%)

Hourly Equivalent: $30.36 - $68.39

Factors in determining the appropriate compensation for a role include experience, skills, knowledge, abilities, education, licensure and certifications, and other business and organizational needs. The Hiring Pay Scale referenced in the job posting is the budgeted salary or hourly range that the University reasonably expects to pay for this position. The Annual Full Pay Range may be broader than what the University anticipates to pay for this position, based on internal equity, budget, and collective bargaining agreements (when applicable).

Job offer is contingent on successful engagement in the UC COVID-19 Vaccination program (fully vaccinated with documented proof or approved exception/deferral).

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