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Native Outreach Specialist

Position Summary:

The Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at UW Platteville invites applications for Native Outreach Specialist. The Native Outreach Specialist works to build on current pre-college services and enhance outreach activities to build trusted relationships and on-going community dialogues between UW-Platteville and state-wide Indigenous communities.  This person will provide consistent outreach to these communities in effort to better serve them, as well as to create an educational pipeline and access for students within these communities.

The Native Outreach Specialist delivers and assists with planning outreach program activities, strengthens partnerships, ensures adherence to policy, and assists with program administration to promote stable and productive relationships between the university and local community. Strives to expand and ensure access to programs, facilities, and educational services to diverse audiences, and may assist with tracking and managing the outreach program budget. This position requires a professional who is detail-oriented, takes direction well, has the capacity to be a leader and a role model, and can work both independently and in a team setting and possess the ability to communicate effectively and work with diverse clientele in a team environment.

This is a full-time benefit and paid leave eligible position with wage range of $43,000-$50,000 commensurate with qualifications and experience. Remote or hybrid working options may be considered for this position and can be discussed during interview process.


Programming and Community Outreach

  • Build and foster relationships and make connections with the federally recognized tribes in the state of Wisconsin.
  • Organize, schedule, and conduct outreach and recruitment programs and activities throughout the year on a variety of topics to meet identified needs and opportunities at K-12 schools, community agencies, and on and off campus sites.
  • Interact with and develop partnerships with community and church groups, businesses, state, and local agencies to reach potential students for outreach and enhance college, K-12, and business relationships.
  • Work with families to assist them with education, government, workforce, and other established needs as needs arise.
  • Create and maintain relationships with teachers, guidance and career counselors, parents and prospective students.
  • Create and host a resource hub that accurately provides information regarding educational programs, on-campus student services, and other relevant information for the native populations and this program.
  • Work to establish a language translation center and service for the UW-Platteville campuses and surrounding communities.
  • Travel to branch campuses and outreach sites as necessary. •
  • Primary hours will be 8-4:30 with the ability to flex schedule as necessary to work evenings and weekends as needed to meet community needs.
  • Participate in other outreach and recruitment activities for the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs and Recruitment Office as it relates to Native students.
  • Work closely with the Precollege Coordinator and assist with College Clubs, summer camps and other outreach programming within the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs
  • Provide service excellence through courteous, informed, accessible, and professional engagement.

Leadership within the Department

• Hire, train, and supervise student outreach staff to serve as Peer Mentors and tutors in the program.

• Attend local, system and regional meetings/conferences related to college readiness, educational access, and multicultural educational outreach programs, strategies and services.

• Network with colleagues to keep abreast of current laws, regulations, trends and issues.

• Serve on relevant campus and community committees that work towards inclusion, equity and diversity efforts and outreach.

• Participate in weekly and monthly staff meetings and other campus wide meetings. Oversight of office administration and miscellaneous.

• Oversee programming and supply budgets, staffing and management of resources.

• Provide content and support for website, social media and marketing materials.

• Produce monthly and/or quarterly progress reports of engagement progress and other assigned activities.

• Conduct internal End of Year reports.

• Identifies, promotes, and maintains external partnerships to support the outreach program

• Schedules and secures resources and communicates logistics in support of an outreach program

• Delivers outreach program content and materials to community members

  • Researches, develops, and facilitates outreach program content and materials
  • Develops and evaluates curriculum and programs and provides recommendations for improvement
  • May assist with the monitoring of outreach program budget spending
  • Leads the implementation of programs, policies, and procedures through oversight of day-to-day activities for program staff and student and community volunteers
  • Additional duties as assigned

What You’ll Need to Succeed:

  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • Excellent written and verbal communication
  • Previous working experience of knowledge of Native communities, the dynamics within and issues they may face.
  • Prior experience or knowledge of the K-12 education system.
  • Working knowledge of college readiness, financial literacy and recruitment strategies that affect access to education, retention, and achievement gap for underrepresented minority students.
  • Current and valid driver’s license and ability to travel.
  • Knowledge of outreach methods and activities for historically underrepresented students.
  • Experience in community organizing/event planning.
  • Ability to understand, interpret laws, regulations, policies, guidelines, and procedures.
  • Ability to provide dynamic hands-on activities, lead community discussions and provide engaging presentations to students, families, and community members.

Campus Information:

The University of Wisconsin-Platteville, founded in 1866, offers 47 baccalaureate and 10 master’s programs. It possesses institutional strengths in middle level education, engineering, industrial technology, agriculture, criminal justice and business. The campus is located in Southwest Wisconsin’s largest and most historic community. The region offers excellent school systems, high quality medical and hospital facilities, outstanding recreational opportunities, and vibrant businesses and industries. UW-Platteville is a cultural and educational center for the Tri-State region of Illinois, Iowa and Wisconsin.

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Application Deadline:

Applications must be submitted through our online applicant portal. Priority will be given to applications received before January 3, 2023. Applications will be accepted until the position has been filled.


How to Apply:

The following documents are required for applicant consideration:

  • Letter of application addressing all required qualifications
  • A current resume
  • Contact information (name, telephone number, and email address) for 3 professional references.
  • Additional documents as needed

Kari Hill


We Support Diversity and Inclusion:

Our mission is to foster a diverse environment that contributes to an inclusive culture and climate by promoting critical discourse and meaningful interactions between all members of our campus community.

Equal Employment Opportunity:

The University of Wisconsin-Platteville is committed to recruiting, supporting and fostering a diverse, inclusive and civil community of outstanding faculty, staff and students, and is an AA/EEO Employer. A criminal background check is required for employment. Applicants must be legally entitled to work in the U.S. at time of hire.

Employment will require a criminal background check. It will also require you and your references to answer questions regarding sexual violence and sexual harassment.

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