UCLA American Indian Studies Academic Coordinator

American Indian Studies Program

Academic Coordinator

General Summary

Responsible for providing program-wide support for undergraduate and graduate student affairs in the American Indian Studies Inter-departmental Program (AIS-IDP) including: supporting chair and faculty in the academic instructional program; curricular initiatives, and ongoing assessment of student learning outcomes. The position is responsible for academic advising and providing strategic direction for retention efforts of American Indian students, in partnership with Retention of American Indians Now (RAIN).  The Academic Coordinator will seek new ways to strengthen and coordinate campus/community partnerships in support of American Indian students and develop new strategies that respond to the ongoing needs of students.

Reporting to the Chair of the AIS-IDP, the Academic Coordinator oversees and implements a variety of academic and student support initiatives. In addition, the Academic Coordinator will meet regularly with the Assistant Vice Provost for Academic Advising, the Director of the American Indian Studies Center, and the Assistant Vice Provost for Student Diversity.  In addition, the Academic Coordinator will meet regularly with American Indian Student Association (AISA), RAIN, American Indian Recruitment (AIR), and with the UCLA American Indian Undergraduate Task Force.

The duties of the Coordinator include, but are not limited to, the following:

Academic Programs

  • Provide academic advising for undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in AIS programs
  • Develop and implement an ongoing retention program in partnership with AIS faculty, American Indian Studies Center, Academic Advancement Program (AAP), RAIN,  Center for Community College Partnerships (CCCP),  and Student Affairs
  • Work closely with the AIS-IDP  faculty in the development, review and evaluation of academic plans, curriculum, programs and course schedules
  • Provide support to AIS-IDP Chair and faculty in course planning and implementation

Program Development and Expansion

  • Work with the AIS-IDP faculty to develop curricula and courses relevant to the American Indian Studies Program
  • Research and develop program directions, especially for undergraduate students
  • Work closely with AIS-IDP Chair and provide support to the Faculty Advisory Committee
  • Communicate, liaison, and create a relationship with AISA and actively support student events

Strategic Planning and Campus-wide Partnerships

  • Collaborates with the Director of the American Indian Studies Center and Task Force as part of campus based leadership team
  • In collaboration with the AIR and the Recruitment/Liaison position,  partner with the Undergraduate Admissions and Relations with Schools staff  in the recruitment of American Indian students
  • Work closely with colleagues in RAIN, CCCP,AAP, College Academic Counseling, and Student Affairs in the transition and support of students including orientation, financial aid, housing,  advising and involvement
  • Partner with colleagues in the Center for Student Programming  and the Community Programs Office’s  AIS Student projects, RAIN and AIR
  • Participate and collaborate with Task Force in community outreach programs as well as Los Angeles area, state, regional and national outreach efforts
  • In collaboration with AISA’s projects, RAIN and AIR,  develop and submit proposals for funding retention and scholarship programs

UCLA is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer. The American Indian Studies Program is particularly interested in candidates who have experience working with students from a diverse background and a demonstrated commitment to improving access to higher education for disadvantaged students.


Candidates should submit a letter of application, curriculum vitae, and a list of references to Amy Bruinooge, abruin@college.ucla.edu. The Search Committee will begin reviewing applications in November.


Application Address:

UCLA American Indian Studies Search

Attn: Amy Bruinooge

1312 Murphy Hall

Box 957212

Los Angeles, CA 90095-7212