The Senior Program Officer for Community Engagement (SPO) fulfills an important part of the Center's mission of bridging the richness of NC's Native communities with the strengths of Carolina in research, teaching, and service. The SPO is responsible for the planning, implementation and management of all elements of grant opportunities or community engagement programs that engage NC's Native communities. This position will administer programs that focus on the resolution of community issues and promote the incorporation of these issues and their community driven solutions into the institution's academic and research projects. The SPO is responsible for assisting the grant administrator and the director in securing the outside funding and in-kind donations necessary to support AIC's Native community engagement programs. The SPO reports directly to the Director of the UNC American Indian Center. The specific duties and responsibilities of the SPO are: 1.To provide administrative and supervisory leadership for Native community engagement programs. 2. To serve as liaison to the campus for Native community partners and to represent the Center at program-related community events and activities. 3. To plan and conduct Native community workshops and meetings to disseminate program activities, provide technical assistance, and determine program effectiveness as well as to recommend appropriate organizational changes when necessary. 4. To conduct assessments, evaluations and research pertaining to the impact of community engagement programs and initiatives. 5. To maintain fiscal responsibility and integrity by monitoring line item budget expenditures for transportation, food, workshops, etc. 6. To research funding sources, solicit donations and grants, and respond to RFPs to fund program operations. 7. To serve as an advocate and liaison with the NC Commission of Indian Affairs. 8. To cultivate relationships with state and national partners to expand the Center's community engagement programming and national relevance. 9. To plan and coordinate program transportation logistics, publications, and correspondence to Native community stakeholders.
At least seven years of experience working directly with NC tribal and urban Indian communities is required. The individual should have experience and demonstrated skills in budgeting, and in organizational and student personnel management. The individual should have the ability to work effectively with groups and communities in a variety of business, cultural, civic, educational, and social settings.
Experience with university/community engagement, including learning, scholarship and service.
Experience with engaging Native communities in culturally appropriate community-based participatory research (CBPR).
Knowledge and experience in program planning and project management.
Ability to work some evening and weekend hours.
Ability to occasionally travel and meet with stakeholders across the state.
Excellent written and oral communication skills as well as attention to detail.
Demonstrated experience working as an effective team member.
Ability to independently plan, manage and meet deadlines for multiple projects with minimal supervision.
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with a variety of people and organizations and to keep leadership and staff well-informed of project progress and changes.
Knowledge of current practices and trends in community engagement/public service as it relates to working with tribal communities.
Knowledge of the University of North Carolina and higher education institutions and an appreciation of the role of public service and community engagement within a university.
Knowledge of and demonstrated commitment to working with NC tribal communities.
Experience planning, organizing and executing healthy eating and active living (HEAL) activities within Native communities.Master's degree and five years of progressively responsible experience in higher education, community development, human/social services or related field. May substitute a bachelor's degree and seven years of experience.
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