Term Assistant Professor, Tribes Extension Educator for the Aleutian Pribilof Island Region

  • JOB NUMBER:524143
  • CLASSIFICATION:Term Assistant Professor (F9)
  • GRADE:UNAC Grade 30
  • WORK TYPE:Faculty Full-time, On Campus
  • ADMINISTRATIVE UNIT:University of Alaska Fairbanks
  • SCHOOL/BUSINESS UNIT:UAF Institute of Agr Nat Res & Ext
  • LOCATION:Anchorage, Aleutian Islands
  • CATEGORIES:Agricultural/Life Sciences/Vet Medicine, Education/Instructional

Position Summary:

Join the Alaska Tribes Extension Program (www.uaf.edu/ces/tribes), UAF Cooperative Extension Service, the Aleutian Pribilof Island Association, and Unangax Tribes to promote food sovereignty and security in the Aleutian Pribilof Island region. This is a term Assistant Professor position funded through the Native American Agriculture Program, in partnership with the National Institute of Food and Agriculture Federally Recognized Tribes Extension Program (FRTEP). This position will provide culturally relevant education in horticulture and food as outlined in the goals, objectives and timeline of the grant. This position will be located at the Aleutian Pribilof Island Association Main Office in Anchorage, which serves 13 Tribes (the Unangax) residing in villages on the Aleutian and Pribilof Islands of Alaska, an area approximately 128,000 square miles. The Aleutian Islands extend westward over 1,300 miles from the southwestern corner of the Alaska mainland, with the Pribilof Islands to the north. Access to these remote communities is only by air or sea, and travel is severely limited due to extreme weather conditions and unreliable transportation. This position will focus on: 1) Food Systems, Farm and Community Markets, and Food Sovereignty, 2) Human Nutrition and Reduction of Childhood and Adolescent Obesity; 3) Native Language and Cultural Preservation; and 4) Traditional Ecological Knowledge Sharing and Learning. Youth involvement and culturally responsive programming will be integral to all activities. This project strives to help the Unangax boost food security, resiliency, and economic diversity; and to grow, cook, safely preserve, and eat more food at home, thereby improving nutrition, food safety, and self-reliance. Activities are designed to uphold cultural values and to be research-based. A variety of approaches will be used to reach this large, remote region including hands-on and virtual workshops as well as a variety of other outreach methods.

Duties:

Service: Provide technical assistance on topics related to food security, food sovereignty, agriculture, and gardening and greenhouse growing to Tribes and tribal members in the Aleutian Pribilof Island region. Assess the needs of Tribes and tribal members in the Aleutian Pribilof Island region related to food security and sovereignty. Help the Unangax boost food security, resiliency, and economic diversity; and to help grow, cook, safely preserve, and eat more food at home, thereby improving nutrition, food safety, and self-reliance. Activities are designed to uphold cultural values and to be research-based. A variety of approaches will be used to reach this large, remote region.

Teaching: Teach informal, non-credit hands-on and virtual workshops in the APIA region on topics that support food security and sovereignty such as gardening, agriculture, food preservation, and other topics that help boost food security, resiliency, and economic diversity; and to help grow, cook, safely preserve, and eat more food at home, thereby improving nutrition, food safety, and self-reliance. Activities are designed to uphold cultural values and to be research-based. A variety of approaches will be used to reach this large, remote region including hands-on and virtual workshops as well as a variety of other outreach methods.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, ABILITIES:Relevant extension program disciplines include those related to any of the following: agriculture in a Northern setting; natural resources; human nutrition; education; food systems; or other related field or equivalent education/experience.Alaska Native cultural knowledge, especially of the UnangaxMust be proficient with Zoom, the Google Suite, and Microsoft Office Suite.Applicant will need to follow nondisicrimination policies required by UAF, USDA, and APIA.Proposal writing and grant management.Must have reliable transportation for year-round travel. Mileage will be reimbursed for work related travel at the approved state rate. While using a private or UAF vehicle for official business, must have current automobile liability insurance, and possess a valid driver’s license.Must be willing to travel by small aircraft or boat to the remote Aleutian Pribilof Island region for up to a week at a time.Must be willing and able to work evenings and weekends, when necessary.The successful applicant will need to familiarize themselves with various other software platforms for example for reports, travel, payroll, and website maintenance.
TYPICAL EXPERIENCE:Professional training in horticulture, food production, food systems, food sovereignty issues nutrition, natural resources, education or other related fields.Experience with youth and developing culturally responsive, engaging programming for youth.Combined minimum 3 years’ experience administering federal grant programs including submitting reports, managing budgets, and aligning project activities with grants.Demonstrated project coordination experience with Alaska rural communities and tribes, preferably those in the Unangax region.Experience promoting Traditional Ecological Knowledge Sharing and Learning.Experience in preparing reports, evaluations, press releases, conveyance of program impacts to the public and program participants.Demonstrated positive, pro-active team leadership and communication skills.Demonstrated experience working with a wide range of public agencies and people from varied social and economic levels, ages, races, ethnic backgrounds as well as in rural, suburban, and urban settings.Experience in public speaking, effective conveyance of program information to the public, program participants, and decision-makers.Experience developing curriculum and teaching materials for hands-on or virtual workshop type programs.
REQUIRED EDUCATION OR TRAINING:Applicants for this position must have completed a Master’s degree in a relevant field (horticulture, food systems, natural resources, food, nutrition ect.) or 5 years of experience working as an Extension type educator in charge of organizing and teaching the public.Applicants must have expertise in teaching virtually and hands-on in an informal/non-academic setting.Desired areas of expertise include Northern horticulture, food systems, Natural Resources, Alaska Native/Indigenous knowledge systems, traditional foods, food policy, and food sovereignty and security.
SALARY INFORMATION:This is a full-time, 9-month position complete with both a competitive salary and full employee benefits package. Salary is negotiable depending on experience.
SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS TO APPLICANTS:Please attach a resume, cover letter, and the names and contact information (email address and phone number) for three (3) professional references with your application.Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until a successful candidate is identified.  Review of application materials will begin immediately. Search and selection procedures will be closed when a sufficient and viable number of qualified candidates have been identified

This position is represented by United Academics (UNAC). http://www.unitedacademics.net/


This position is term-funded and is reviewed annually for contract renewal at the University’s discretion.


*To be eligible for this position, applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States without restriction.  Applicants who now or may in the future require visa sponsorship to work in the United States are not eligible.


The University of Alaska (UA) is responsible for providing reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities throughout the applicant screening process. If you need assistance in completing this application or during any phase of the interview process, please contact UA Human Resources by phone at 907-450-8200.


UA is an AA/EO employer and educational institution and prohibits illegal discrimination against any individual: www.alaska.edu/nondiscrimination


The successful applicant is required to complete a background check. Any offer of employment is contingent on the background check.


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If you have any questions regarding this position, please contact Kenna Metivier, Signers’ Business Office Assistant HR Manager, at kjmetivier@alaska.edu or 907-474-1847.

ADVERTISED:21 Mar 2023  Alaskan Daylight Time
APPLICATIONS CLOSE:Open until filled