The University of Arizona
Government & Community Relations
Graduate Assistant/Associate for Tribal Relations
The Graduate Assistant (GÅ) is an academic position at .25 FTE and reports directly to
the Assistant Vice President (AVP) for Tribal Relations. The GA assists with projects and
initiatives related to strengthening University-Native Nation partnerships. The GA will
provide support with outreach efforts, assist the AVP with special projects, and
represent the office of the AVP when necessary.
Duties and Responsibilities:
1. Conduct research on policy, foundations, and non-profit entities that advance
opportunities for Native American communities.
2. Assist in the preparation of proposals, reports and other correspondence as
requested by the AVP.
3. Compile campus-related stories for the Tribal Relations quarterly electronic
newsletter and prepare for distribution.
4. Track and document campus programs and services that target the Native American
5. Maintain the Tribal Relations website and any other social media communication.
6. Plan and coordinate meetings, symposiums, conferences and other gatherings both
on and off campus.
7. Maintain databases of tribal leadership and resources.
8. Other duties and projects as assigned.
Qualifications for Appointment:
1. Be admitted to a graduate degree seeking program. Students enrolled solely in
Certificate programs are not eligible for GA appointments. Law, Medicine and
Pharmacy (PharmD) students are not eligible for GA positions unless concurrently
enrolled in a regular graduate degree-seeking program.
2. Have a minimum GPA of 3.0. If a student is newly admitted, the admission GPA is
considered for this requirement. A student must also maintain a minimum GPA of
3.0 during their appointment. Appointing departments may also require a higher
GPA. It is important to check the GPA before making an offer of GA appointment so
that any issues can be addressed in a timely manner. The Graduate
Assistant/Associate Low GPA Waiver form must be submitted should a hiring
exception be necessary. GPA exceptional appointments are limited to one semester
appointments and are not eligible for reappointment until grades are reviewed.
3. Be enrolled in at least 6 graduate level units. Undergraduate or audited courses do
not satisfy this requirement. Appointing departments may also require a higher
Additional Minimum Qualifications:
1. Bachelor or master degree in American Indian Studies, Education, Public
Administration or related field
2. Knowledge of national, state, and local policies and/or issues related to Native
American education, self-determination, and tribal governance
3. Excellent communication and organizational skills
4. Excellent analytical and interpretation skills
5. Proficiency in Word, Excel and PowerPoint
6. Organization, time management and interpersonal skills
7. Excellent multi-tasking skills
1. Knowledge of higher education structure, policies and procedures
2. Professional work experience in a higher education setting and in work
environments that require high level of discretion and confidentiality.
3. Demonstrated ability to plan and achieve short and long-term goals independently.
4. Knowledge of Drupal content management system for website maintenance and
MailChimp email service provider.
$30-$35K annual rate, depending on experience
Submit a cover letter and résumé to Karen Francis-Begay at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Review begins September 19, 2016. Anticipated start date of September 26, 2016.