Director of the AT&T Center for Indigenous Politics and Policy

  • The George Washington University
  • Washington, DC, United States
  • Feb 10, 2017
Full time Education Research

Job Description

The George Washington University is creating an exciting opportunity for an innovative leader to help establish the AT&T Center for Indigenous Politics and Policy (CIPP) in the College of Professional Studies (CPS). This is a major academic center for cross-disciplinary research, post-secondary education, and issue advocacy in the nation’s capital dedicated to exploring both the political and policy aspects of issues facing Native American, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian peoples.

The Center for Indigenous Politics and Policy will advance the University’s engagement with indigenous populations already in place through its Native American Political Leadership Program (NAPLP), a scholarship program that provides full scholarships to Native American, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian undergraduate and graduate students to study in residence at GW. 

CPS invites applications from qualified applicants to this full-time research faculty position with an administrative appointment as Director of the AT&T Center for Indigenous Politics and Policy. This is a non-tenure track, 12-month, limited term position at the assistant or associate professor level. This position will begin as early as July 2017 and is renewable depending on availability of funding.

The CIPP Director will report to the Dean of the College of Professional Studies and will actively foster scholarly research and programming focusing on the broad political aspects of indigenous politics, culture, and sovereignty; develop internal and external partnerships to further the CIPP’s strategic priorities; and identify and cultivate potential donors for CIPP initiatives.

This position will focus on:

  • Enhancing understanding by a variety of audiences of the political and cultural issues shaping and being shaped by Native communities through activities including, but not limited to, engagement with senior national, regional, and local public figures, advocacy organizations, institutions of higher learning, tribal governments and institutions;
  • Managing the Center’s budget;
  • Continuing the administration of the Native American Political Leadership Program and the INSPIRE Native Teens summer high school enrichment program including academic and experiential components, recruitment, and faculty hiring and development;
  • Creating and executing academic, institutional, and public programming to meet organizational goals;
  • Developing a research component that will offer academic investigation into key political challenges facing Native communities;
  • Maintaining strong relationships with Native advocacy organizations built in part on solid academic research into key issues and shared practices;
  • Advancing supportive relationships with academic institutions focusing on related issues research;
  • Initiating outreach to non-Native organizations, individuals, and media intended to broaden the impact of the Center’s research.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Strong research expertise in the political and cultural history of Native American, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian peoples and federal policies and political relations;
  • Master’s degree or higher in an appropriate area of specialization plus 5 to 7 years of relevant professional experience;
  • Record of successful fundraising experience;
  • Demonstrated experience administering a department or program;
  • Demonstrated understanding of the workings of non-profit educational institutions and/or research and advocacy organizations.

How to Apply:

Complete an online faculty application at and upload a cover letter and curriculum vitae. Only complete applications will be considered. Review of applications will begin March 15, 2017, and continue until the position is filled.

The university is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer that does not unlawfully discriminate in any of its programs or activities on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or on any other basis prohibited by applicable law.

Employment offers are contingent on the satisfactory outcome of a standard background screening.