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Director, Miami Tribe Relations

Apply now Job no: 496328
Department: Community Engagement & Service
Location: Oxford, OH
Work type: Salary Staff
Categories: Administration, Other, Student Services
Status: Full Time
Temporary: No

Job Title: Director, Miami Tribe Relations

Full-time/Unclassified (salaried)

Job Summary:

This position will advance Miami University’s educational partnership with the Miami Tribe of Oklahoma and provide ongoing support for Myaamia students enrolled at Miami University.

Duties/Physical Demands:

Advancing Miami Tribe Partnership—Tasks include:
• Representing Miami University at Miami Tribe events/activities and planned work sessions,
held most often in Oklahoma or Indiana
• Organizing and/or hosting trips from Miami University to Miami Tribe annual cultural events
or other planned activities
• Hosting visits to Oxford from representatives of the Miami Tribe
• Working closely with the Tribe liaison to understand the ever-changing needs of the Tribe
and make connections at Miami (engaging established allies or recruiting new ones) to
help address those needs as appropriate

Myaamia Student Advising & Support—Tasks include:
• Communicating with Myaamia student applicants (and family members) and serving as a
resource to address needs/questions about attending Miami University
• Organizing semester one-on-one meetings with each Myaamia student, with at least two
per semester for 1st year students, to monitor adjustment and personal issues, encourage
campus engagement, and make references to other resources and services
• Serving as Heritage Award Coordinator to monitor grades and oversee renewal process of
the Heritage Award with the Dean of Students
o Monitoring midterm grades for 1st year students, meeting immediately with
students having academic difficulties and assisting in accessing appropriate
• Attending Miami Tribe weekly class when possible and advising senior projects
• Organizing annual graduation party for students, families & guests

Public Relations, Collaboration and Networking—Tasks include:
• Serving as lead contact for partnership with Miami University Communications and
Marketing (UCM) managing Miami Tribe Relations educational initiatives
• Developing materials (website updates, class or public presentations, multimedia projects)
that increase awareness and educate about the Miami-Miami Tribe relationship
• Serving as the first point of contact with any student, faculty or staff member interested in
information about and/or involvement with the Miami Tribe
o Field faculty and student requests for class projects or newspaper stories
o Organize and facilitate classroom visits, hall or student organization programs,
o Initiate annual contact with The Miami Student to provide special basic education
for student editors and reporters about the Miami Tribe and/or the Myaamia
• Maintaining relationships with key partner offices at Miami University to advance
educational initiatives about the Miami-Miami Tribe relationship

Assist with Research & Publishing—Tasks include:
• Assisting with the assessment project of the Myaamia Heritage Award Program and
Myaamia student experience at Miami University
• Collecting records and managing databases about current Tribal students and graduates
o Assisting with the development of an Alumni group, including career/graduate
school networking and mentoring
o Assisting with periodic production of updated print material about Myaamia
students and graduates
• Maintaining an archive of the historic and ongoing activities with the Miami Tribe
• Maintaining a database of any student/faculty participation with the Miami Tribe,
particularly with the possibility of future fundraising activities

Additional Responsibilities—Tasks include:
• Serving on the Myaamia Center Executive Team
• Assisting with Eewansaapita and Saakaciweeta summer youth programs
o Training and assessment of Myaamia student counselors
o Assisting with assessment of the youth participant experience
• Serving on National Breath of Life planning committee
• Serving as the liaison to the Division of Student Life
• Providing support for additional activities and programs of the Myaamia Center
• Attending Native conferences for exposure to other Tribes and issues
• Visiting other Universities when appropriate to share information about the Miami-Miami
Tribe relationship and/or student retention strategies

Travel – This position requires travel (some weekends) to participate in Myaamia community events that occur most often in Oklahoma or Indiana.

Other duties as determined.


Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree, conferred by the first day of employment; proven ability to work effectively with diverse populations; supervise others; ability to work independently, demonstrate initiative, display strong commitment to student learning, communicate effectively and work collaboratively with stakeholders inside and outside of the University. Strong communication, administrative, counseling and computer skills required.

Desired Qualifications:

Master’s degree in education, student affairs, counseling or human development, or a related field. Post-baccalaureate experience in education settings and an understanding of student development is desired. Experience engaging with Myaamia community members and educational events preferred.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Applicants must have a novice-level command of the Myaamia language (determined by Myaamia language instructors) or be willing to acquire language skills based on the American Council of the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) proficiency scale; understanding of tribal culture, education, and be willing to participate in ongoing revitalization activities within the Miami Tribe community when appropriate.

Working Conditions/Physical Demands:


Special Instructions to Applicants:


EO/AA Statement/Clery Act:
Miami University, an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, encourages applications from minorities, women, protected veterans and individuals with disabilities. Miami University prohibits harassment, discrimination and retaliation on the basis of age (40 years or older), color, disability, gender identity or expression, genetic information, military status, national origin (ancestry), pregnancy, race, religion, sex/gender, status as a parent or foster parent, sexual orientation, or protected veteran status in its application and admission processes, educational programs and activities, facilities, programs or employment practices. Requests for reasonable accommodations for disabilities related to employment should be directed to or 513-529-3560.
As part of the University’s commitment to maintaining a healthy and safe living, learning, and working environment, we encourage you to read Miami University’s Annual Security & Fire Safety Report at:, which contains information about campus safety, crime statistics, and our drug and alcohol abuse and prevention program designed to prevent the unlawful possession, use, and distribution of drugs and alcohol on campus and at university events and activities. This report also contains information on programs and policies designed to prevent and address sexual violence, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking. Each year, email notification of this website is made to all faculty, staff, and enrolled students. Written notification is also provided to prospective students and employees. Hard copies of the Annual Security & Fire Safety Report may be obtained from the Miami University Police Department at (513) 529-2223.
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A criminal background check is required. All campuses are smoke- and tobacco-free campuses.

For questions regarding reasonable accommodations for disabilities, or to follow-up with a request, please contact or (513) 529-3560.

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