Behavioral Health Program Coordinator

$48,000 - $52,000 yearly
  • Northwest Indian College
  • 2522 Kwina Road, Bellingham, WA, USA
  • Feb 17, 2021
Full time Education

Job Description


Behavioral Health Program Coordinator

OPENING DATE:    February 17, 2021

REVIEW DATE:      March 5, 2021

 CLOSING DATE:    Open until filled

START DATE:         ASAP or 2 weeks after acceptance

LOCATION:             Lummi Main Campus

SALARY:                   $48,000 - $52,000 Max DOE


This is a full-time position and 90% of the role is funded under a 5-year Title III grant

within the Department of Education and the other 10% of the role is funded under

a sub-recipient Health Resources and Services Administration grant.

The salary placement upon hire will be based on the selected candidate’s education and relevant work experience as outlined in the job announcement and the established salary schedule for the classification of position to be filled.  The salary posted is for a 12-month exempt contract that includes faculty responsibilities, curriculum development and program development.



This position was created based off a community needs survey held by NWIC; it ranked as the highest degree    need. As time went on, NWIC gained partners to develop a Behavioral Health Program with the Portland Indian Health Board, Yellowhawk Tribal Clinic and other partners. This position is designed to develop a Behavioral Health degree centered on Native American/First Nations people.


This role has two focus areas:


  1. Program Developer: The candidate will be developing this program with a behavioral health Native American/First Nations lens.  The candidate will need to understand health care in Tribal Nations and small communities.  This position will be collaborative with many partnerships.
  2. Faculty: Courses that will need to be developed and taught include Chemical Dependency, Peer Recovery Mentorship, Case Management and Counseling, etc.  Other related courses may be assigned as determined by the needs of the College and the qualifications and experience of the selected candidates.


Primary duties for the Behavioral Health Program Coordinator include the following:


  1. Program Development: Work with Title III, Portland Indian Health Board and other groups to develop a Behavioral Health AAS-DTA. This includes applying for funding, developing curriculum, submitting curriculum for approval and developing all program areas with a Native focus and
  2. Teaching: Expected to teach 10 credit hours of courses quarterly. Extra classes will be added if the student count in courses is low. Expected to prepare students for completion of NWIC degrees and for transfer to four-year Responsible for curriculum design and redesign of classes. This is part of the ongoing program design and assessment process, which requires a large time commitment.
  3. Advising: Expected to meet regularly with and provide academic advising to a group of students assigned to One aspect of advising will be ongoing meetings and coordination with student services advisors. Another aspect involves advising majors and/or college club activities.
  4. Committee work: Responsible for contributing to the overall functioning of the College through participation on committees.



  • Provide class instruction through face-to-face and other distance modalities (OL, VCH, VC and IL).
  • Design a behavioral health degree program in coordination with the Northwest Portland Indian Health board and other
  • Communicate and work effectively with students, faculty, staff, and the
  • Participate actively in all full-time faculty responsibilities, such as curriculum review and development, committee membership, and other duties as described in the Faculty
  • Develop and revise course materials as necessary to maintain innovative and creative teaching and
  • Inform students about course requirements, evaluation procedures, and attendance
  • Maintain necessary attendance and evaluation records and submit them according to designated
  • Post and maintain regular office
  • Demonstrate effectiveness in working with students from first-generation and/or historically under-represented groups as they pursue their academic
  • Knowledge of learning activities that stimulate student involvement and encourage critical
  • Utilize innovative teaching strategies to meet the learning needs of our student population, including interactive video technology, online format and other uses of
  • Maintain regular office hours to assist students; respond to students' emails and voice mails in a timely fashion. Respond to assignments and students' concerns in a timely manner; accurate assessment of student performance and timely filing of
  • Maintain professional competencies in the subject area and currency in instructional methodologies through professional associations and professional
  • Plan and organize syllabi, course work, study guides and other support material for the classroom setting as well as online learning. Participate in curriculum development, implementation, and review in accordance with college
  • Participate in graduation and other official College Serve as an academic advisor to assigned students.
  • Experience developing and implementing distance learning
  • Knowledge of academic curriculum development and implementation
  • A dynamic, student-centered approach to teaching that is motivational, builds self-esteem, and addresses differences in student ability and
  • Involvement in community activities and
  • Attend trainings to stay well informed of the behavioral health work
  • Apply for grants to grow the 2-year behavioral health program as well as apply for funds to expand the program into a 4-year behavioral health
  • Other duties as



This job has no supervisory responsibilities.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED to perform this position successfully:


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Advanced coursework in behavioral health, psychology, community health and counseling
  • Bachelor’s degree in Behavioral Health, Community Health, Psychology or Counseling
  • Experience working in a tribal college
  • Experience with and sensitivity to Native American people and cultural
  • Experience working with adult distance learning programs is highly
  • Background in developing programs, overseeing budgets and writing grants.
  • Some experience working with online education platforms like Zoom and Canvas.
  • Complete a Master’s program with four years of starting position.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in Behavioral Health, Community Health or Psychology OR Related field
  • Experience with first-generation college students, and demonstrates an understanding of the effects of oppression on education as it relates to Native
  • Experience working with Indigenous people of the Pacific
  • Strong background in online and distance education.



Interested individuals should submit the following application materials directly to the NWIC Human Resources Office only.


  1. Cover letter addressing how you meet the position qualifications
  2. NWIC Application
  3. NWIC Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) form
  4. Current and complete professional resume
  5. Copies of college transcripts (can submit unofficial copies at time of application)
  6. Three letters of recommendation from persons, who are not members of your immediate family, who have firsthand knowledge of your qualifications for the position
  7. If applicable to the position, provide copies of certificates/licenses/credentials


The job announcement and application forms are available online at or may be requested from and submitted directly to:


Human Resources

Northwest Indian College

2522 Kwina Road

Bellingham, WA 98226-9217