Director of the Center for the Futures of Native Peoples
Location: Carlisle, Pennsylvania
Internal Number: 7129
Job Summary/Basic Function:
Dickinson College invites applications for the Director of the Center for the Future of Native Peoples (CFNP), an initiative supported by a grant from the Mellon Foundation. The CFNP supports study of the Carlisle Indian Industrial School and discourse on Native American experience—past, present, and future. The purpose of the center is to respond to the legacy of Indian boarding schools by creating an entity to enhance Native American and Indigenous futures through supportive collaboration with tribal communities and advocacy for Indigenous scholars and scholarship.
Dickinson College is located in Carlisle, PA. The college was chartered in 1783, founded on the unceded territory of the Susquehannock peoples. Dickinson had an intimate, complicated relationship with the Carlisle Indian Industrial School (CIIS). At its creation, our faculty and administrators advocated for situating the CIIS proximal to the college, and they supported its activities and collaborated with its mission in various ways. During the operation of the CIIS, Dickinson College presidents facilitated land acquisition and charitable donations for the CIIS, while others conferred honorary degrees to two of the school's superintendents. Dickinson faculty also delivered lectures and classes both at CIIS and on campus. As the only college in the nation with a close and historically supportive relationship with the CIIS, we are positioned to lead in reconciling with this history and to facilitate opportunities to discuss the future of Native peoples—the very thing the CIIS and other federal boarding schools were designed to erase.
The Director provides leadership to Dickinson College's Native American and Indigenous Studies (NAIS) initiative. This includes 1) working with academic departments and faculty to enhance the curriculum through the development of courses and modules within courses on Native American studies; 2) planning, implementing and assessing CFNP activities, 3) supporting our network of collaborative community partnerships, particularly with Native American communities; and 4) pursuing external support and national visibility for Center activities. The Director also teaches one to two courses per year in an area of expertise related to Native American and Indigenous Studies.
The Director is supported in their curricular work by faculty contributing to the NAIS initiative and the staff of the Division of Academic Affairs, including the Associate Provost for Curriculum. In networking activity, the Director works collaboratively with the staff of the Carlisle Indian School Digital Resource Center. Advice and guidance will also be provided by CFNP's Indigenous Advisory Council (IAC). The college's Advancement Division supports fundraising activities
Oversees all aspects of the Center for the Future of Native Peoples, including planning, implementation, assessment, scheduling, budgeting, and fundraising activities. Directs and supervises a part-time CFNP Administrative Assistant.
In collaboration with academic departments and faculty, works to enhance the curriculum through the development of courses and modules within courses on Native American studies to create an academic major and minor in Native American & Indigenous Studies (NAIS). Plans, implements, and assesses a two-year center-sponsored postdoctoral fellowship in Native American Studies.
Supports the college's network of collaborative community partnerships, particularly with Native American communities. Expands this network by building and maintaining new relationships and partnerships through outreach efforts with other organizations and Indigenous communities. Pursues external support and national visibility for Center activities. Maintains active collaboration among administration, faculty, and communities beyond campus.
Teaches one to two courses per year in an area of expertise related to Native American studies.
Administers dedicated funds to support curricular and faculty development with strong outreach dimensions. In collaboration with the college's Advancement Division, pursues multiple avenues for external funding from private donors and state, federal, tribal, and private foundation sources. Engages in grant writing and other fundraising activities to make the CFNP self-sustaining in the long term.
Provides budget oversight and administration in alignment with grant guidelines and deliverables. Fulfills required grant obligations, including the creation of timely reports and adherence to grant timelines, budget, and deliverables.
Facilitates the Indigenous Advisory Council (IAC) comprised of representatives from Native American communities across the country for the Center. Identifies advisory council members and convenes three annual IAC meetings. Liaises with council members and evaluates and implements advisory council recommendations as appropriate. In collaboration with the IAC, selects a Visiting Native Scholar or Group each year and facilitates their two-week residency. The residency is offered to individuals enrolled in or deeply connected to Native communities and may include academic researchers, artists, or storytellers.
Department: Office of the Provost/Dean
Relevant experience with projects and collaborations.
Demonstrated expertise in working with Native American communities and on topics of import to the same.
Known for its innovative curriculum, Dickinson is a highly selective, private liberal-arts college. One of the nation's oldest colleges, and named in honor of a signer of the U.S. Constitution, Dickinson became the first college chartered in the newly recognized United States in September 1783. Dickinson has just under 900 full and part-time employees - administrators, faculty and staff - and its 144-acre campus is populated by students from 43 U.S. states and territories and 40 foreign countries. More than half of students study abroad through the school's 50 programs in 24 countries on six continents. Dickinson is recognized as a leader among institutions committed to sustainability and green initiatives and is continually recognized by such groups as the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education, Sierra Club, Sustainable Endowments Institute, Princeton Review and Second Nature. Dickinson's stunning campus - featuring beautiful landscaping and buildings made of limestone - is located in the heart of the historic central Pennsylvania town of Carlisle, a key marker in Civil War activity. Founded in 1751, Carlisle, named a "most livable city" by Forbes, i...s a cosmopolitan town of 20,000 people, nestled between mountains that have long been a destination for outdoor enthusiasts. The Appalachian Trail and several mountain lakes are within easy reach of the campus, as are Hershey Park and historic Gettysburg. The town is a transportation hub linked by highway, rail and air to prominent East Coast cities, with driving times that make these cities readily accessible: Harrisburg, 20 minutes; Gettysburg, 30 minutes; Baltimore, 90 minutes; Washington, D.C., two hours; Philadelphia, two hours; New York, three hours; Pittsburgh, four hours. Dickinson takes pride in its campus wellness and professional development programs, offering an array of opportunities to faculty and staff.