Academic Coordinator for the American Indian and Indigenous Studies Initiative

Position Title: Academic Coordinator I

Open date: November 14, 2023

Next review date: Tuesday, Nov 28, 2023 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Sunday, Jun 30, 2024 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.


Academic Coordinator for UCSB’s building field initiative in American Indian and Indigenous Studies. This is a cross-divisional and interdisciplinary coordinating position established to ground the work being done by current faculty, staff, and students while building the field of American Indian and Indigenous Studies. The cross-divisional call of this job announces its challenges and opportunities as integral to our programmatic accomplishment, including working with teachers and facilitating research for the entire AII community. A history of engagement with our or another analogous local community is valued.This appointment as Academic Coordinator for the American Indian and Indigenous Studies Initiative is largely programmatic in developed terms of overseeing and curating programmatic and subject matter area’s that are relevant to this cutting-edge and long-practice field. A list of general responsibilities associated with the Academic Coordinator and this position for the AIIS Initiative is detailed below. This hire is a point for origins: our beginning in the move toward what has been submitted as an organizational chart of the proposed major as we progress toward becoming recognized as a department. For now, in consultation with the Faculty Liaison and the faculty contingent of the AIIC-AC, the Academic Coordinator will mentor any Interns and TAs who have been or will be authorized to assist with administrating the AII Center. At the current time, this consists of three 50 % TA ships over three quarters. In addition, the Academic Coordinator works with six senior faculty and a dozen early career faculty from across all three divisions of Letters and Science. The Academic Coordinator will also be in charge of a formal internship program that mentors graduate student scholars in the AII field. Any academic or grading function lies outside this position and will still be fulfilled by the elected Faculty Representative. As the programmatic mission is accomplished and our unit expands, these duties will become the responsibility of the Academic Coordinator. This is a 50% position and our first hire.The Duties of the Academic Coordinator fall into the following categories:


Academic Coordinators have primary responsibility for the administration and coordination of the building cross-divisional institutionalization of the American Indian and Indigenous Field programs and may have responsibility for directing the activities of other academic appointees or staff. Types of activities that might be included, but are not limited to, are:

  1. Academic program planning and development.
  2. Assessment of program and constituency needs.
  3. Evaluation of academic program activities and functions.
  4. Development of proposals for extramural funding of campus programs and identification of support resources.
  5. Liaison representation with other agencies and institutions in the public and private sectors. This is particularly important because our field requires consultation in relationships with multiple communities and people who have established protocols for respect. This of course does not have to be someone of California Indian heritage but should be a person with a record of building and maintaining reciprocal relationships with Native peoples and communities.
  6. Supervision and leadership of other academic appointees or staff.
  7. Other duties as appropriate.


The candidate will provide intellectual leadership and scholarship to programming across the three divisions of Letters & Science. The candidate will participate in professional societies and conferences appropriate to his/her/their specific field. The candidate may give oral presentations to public and professional interest groups, or at seminars, meetings, or educational functions.


The candidate will participate in the administration of their units and the University through appropriate roles in governance and policy formulation. In addition, they may represent the University in their special capacity as scholars during the discharge of their responsibilities. The candidate may engage in University service activities such as guest lecturing (guest lecturing and teaching non-university credit courses), and committee service. Teaching classroom courses is not part of this position. Academic Coordinators cannot be required to teach a University-credited course(s) as a part of their job description.

In the case of this 50% position for the field of American Indian and Indigenous Studies, teaching that reflects the Academic Coordinator’s field/s of expertise is outside of the purview of this position. If such teaching is pursued, this outside work must be negotiated according to specific departmental requests and established administrative channels.

The University is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching, and service as appropriate to the position.


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

Candidate must have completed a Master’s Degree at the time of application.

Additional qualifications (required at time of start)

1-3 years experience in administrative tasks, programming, and ongoing budget management, preferably in a university or community-building context.

Preferred qualifications

Advanced degree, certification, training or experience in American Indian and Indigenous Studies or another related, preferably interdisciplinary, field.


Document requirements

  • Curriculum Vitae – Your most recently updated C.V.
  • Cover Letter (Optional)
Reference requirements
  • 3 required (contact information only)
References will be contacted for final candidates.

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The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California Policy on Vaccination Programs, as may be amended or revised from time to time. Federal, state, or local public health
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Santa Barbara, CA

Status: Open