Native Environmental Programs Coordinator

American Indian Higher Ed
Alexandria City, Virginia, US
Closing date
Dec 6, 2021

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Academic / Research
Conservation science
Climate Change
Salary Type
Employment Type
The American Indian Higher Education Consortium (AIHEC) is the collective spirit and unifying voice of our nation's Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs). AIHEC provides leadership and influences public policy on American Indian and Alaska Native higher education issues through advocacy, research, and programmatic initiatives; promotes and strengthens Indigenous languages, cultures, communities, lands, and tribal nations; and through its unique position, serves member institutions and emerging TCUs.


AIHEC's environmental programs encompass a range of education and research projects and activities focused on: a) strengthening the environmental sciences career pathway for TCU students and b) facilitating capacity-building of TCUs to conduct environmental science research and to serve as a resource for Tribal climate resilience, The Native Environmental Program Coordinator will provide valuable support in the planning and coordination of program activities from both an administrative and operational perspective. More specifically, this position will strengthen program efforts by assisting and, at times, spearheading project planning, implementing program activities, budgeting, marketing, and reporting.

Essential Functions:

· Recruit TCU students for internships, fellowships, and other related experiences

· Coordinate with TCU faculty on internships, fellowships, and other student experiences

· Assist in program planning and implementation of activities

· Engage in writing and editing program correspondence and relevant materials

· Gather and synthesize information for integration into reports and project records

· Take a lead role in the development of an annual report of all AIHEC environmental programs' activities to be shared with TCUs and the larger Tribal environmental science and climate resilience community

· Work in concert with Communications Associate in project marketing/outreach

· Serve as point of contact for program constituents and stakeholders

· Assist in the preparation of internal/external meetings, events and, special projects

· Help to plan, prepare, and monitor project budgets and expenditures

· Supervise student employees, volunteers, interns and/or contractors, as needed

· Maintain program records

· Assist in grant proposal preparation

· Perform other tasks, as assigned

Required Education, Experience and Attributes (minimum requirements):

· Bachelors' degree from an accredited institution. Relevant and tenured experience may be substituted for education

· At least 3 years of experience directly related to the duties and responsibilities specified

· Clear understanding of American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) higher education issues and issues regarding research with AI/AN people and Tribal communities

· Unwavering ability to work under strict deadlines and adapt quickly to shifting priorities

· Superior writing and editorial skills

· Outstanding communication, interpersonal, and leadership skills and the ability to work with diverse constituents

· Ability to anticipate and quickly react to the needs of the organization

· Ability to work independently or as part of a team

· Ability to execute internal/external meetings and/or special events

· Multitasking capacity with keen attention to detail and clear ability to prioritize

· Strong critical thinker with excellent problem-solving skills

· Excellent time management and organizational skills

· Clerical and office skills including proficiency in the use of personal computers, office productivity equipment, and related software applications

· Strong support and belief in AIHEC's mission and values

This position reports to the AIHEC Land Grant & VISTA Director

  • Please send a current CV, 2 writing samples, and cover letter describing your interest in and qualifications for this position. Must be willing to consent to a background check. Send materials via email to with the subject line Attn: Native Environmental Programs Coordinator

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