Faculty Indigenous Studies Coordinator

$55,500 yearly
  • Peninsula College
  • 1502 East Lauridsen Boulevard, Port Angeles, WA, USA
  • Sep 10, 2021
Full time Education

Job Description


The Faculty Indigenous Studies (IS) Coordinator is responsible for developing and managing the implementation of an IS Pathway at Peninsula College. The Coordinator will develop a fully online, asynchronous version of the pathway as well as a fully in-person or hybrid version of the Pathway. The Coordinator oversees the development of culturally responsive, anti-racist curriculum and OERs (Open Educational Resources) for the Pathway.


The College

Located in the northwest corner of the United States, Peninsula College is nestled in the foothills of the Olympic Mountains. The main campus in Port Angeles, Washington, overlooks the Strait of Juan de Fuca and the nearby city of Victoria, British Columbia, and has easy access to the Pacific Ocean, Olympic National Park, and Seattle. The College is honored to serve six sovereign American Indian nations in the region: Jamestown S’Klallam, Lower Elwha Klallam, Quileute, Makah, Hoh, and Port Gamble S’Klallam.


As a public comprehensive community college with baccalaureate-granting authority, Peninsula College is highly regarded by businesses, schools, and community partners for its culture of innovation, high academic standards, and strategic vision.  The College is part of the 34-college Washington State Community and Technical College System and is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.


The College serves more than 3,362 students (1,238 FTE) through its main campus and Port Townsend and Forks campuses, its correctional facilities, community education, and its online course offerings.  The College community is vibrant, engaged, and known for its commitment to serving the diverse needs of the local communities across its 3,600 square mile service district.


The College culture is defined by its Guiding Principles and its shared governance model, which value respect, open and honest communication, integrity and collaboration.  The College is a leader in the Guided Pathways work in Washington State, and is deeply engaged in creating institutional change to support this vision. The College is highly regarded as a warm and welcoming place.  Click here for a video about Peninsula College.  


Essential Functions

  • Designs, develops and launches the IS Z-HOP (Zero textbook fee, High-support Online Pathways) and the in-person/hybrid IS program, ensuring online and hybrid IS courses are culturally responsive, highly supported, engaging and inquiry-based.
  • Overcomes challenges of asynchronous, on-demand course delivery, ensuring the online format is responsive to the needs of Native and other historically underrepresented students.
  • Tracks grant activities related to IS Pathway development and assists the project director with grant reporting requirements related to the IS Pathway.
  • Ensures the IS Z-HOP courses include embedded, culturally relevant student supports in the form of course “coach” instructors who engage with and support students.
  • Creates and delivers training to improve the cultural responsiveness of IS Z-HOPs instructors, ensuring instructors assess and provide feedback on students’ competency-based coursework requirements, promptly respond to students’ questions and concerns, make weekly individual contact with all students via email or phone, and offer weekly drop-in Zoom tutoring sessions where students can receive personalized academic support.
  • Ensures that IS Z-HOPs learning success coach/advisors also monitor and support student progress, intervening with students who need assistance.
  • Collaborates with instructional deans and library staff to procure quality Open Education Resources (OERs), ensuring that the IS Z-HOP achieves full OER status by the end of the grant period.
  • Coordinates the hiring of faculty and contractors as needed to assist with the development of Z-HOPs curriculum and/or OER.
  • Serves as a member of the Longhouse Team, providing input and collaboration on the incorporation of the Longhouse mission and programming into instruction.
  • Collaborates with recruitment, marketing, Longhouse team, and Tribal Education Partners to support culturally appropriate outreach in support of the IS Pathway.
  • Builds and maintains positive relationships with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Collaborates with the Director of Grants and Institutional Effectiveness to seek additional grant funding to sustain the IS Program if needed.
  • Teaches IS Pathway courses as assigned.


Required Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Planning and organizing.
  • Critical and strategic thinking.
  • Demonstrated success working with people from diverse academic, cultural, and ethnic backgrounds.
  • Demonstrated experience in curriculum development, with design of online courses preferred.

Duties of the position requiring previous experience

  • Six or more years of experience working with tribal communities.


Required physical abilities

  • Work is typically performed in an office setting and requires the ability to sit/stand, perform computer data entry, and operate general office equipment for extended periods of time.
  • Must have the ability to use a computer and a variety of office equipment.


Required work schedule and work environment

  • Normal work hours are Monday through Friday, but position requires ability to work a flexible schedule and evening and weekend work may be required.
  • Must be able to independently travel to off-site meetings and events as needed.
  • Must complete time and effort reporting as this position is funded in whole or in part by a federal grant.


Required education or certificates

  • Master’s degree in education, social sciences, Native American Studies, humanities, or related field required, with PhD preferred.


Employment Terms

  • A full-time, faculty position beginning the 2021 fall quarter.
  • Starting salary: $55,500 per 9 month contract year (then follows faculty salary schedule per PCFA contract).
  • Excellent benefits package including medical, dental, life, and long-term disability insurance; sick leave; retirement plan; optional credit union and tax deferred annuity programs.  Peninsula College contributes $936.00 per month towards the cost of the Washington State employee insurance programs.  The college also supports professional development. 
  • Peninsula College is a qualified employer for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness  program. If you work for the College full time, have had Direct Loans and are on an eligible repayment plan, you are eligible to apply.
  • Attain/maintain vocational certification in accordance with WAC 131-16 Personnel Standards. 
  • In compliance with the Immigration and Naturalization Act, proof of authorization to work in the United States will be required at the time of hire.
  • Prior to a new hire, a background check including criminal record history will be conducted.  Information from the background check will not necessarily preclude employment but will be considered in determining the applicant’s suitability and competence to perform in the position.
  • Per Governor Inslee’s Proclamation 21-14(Download PDF reader), state employees must be fully vaccinated no later than October 18, 2021.  Your vaccine status will be verified.  Please reach out to the HR Office at pchr@pencol.edu if you need information on a medical or religious accommodation. 


Application Procedure

A complete application file will include:

  • a college employment application,
  • a letter of application addressing specific qualifications of this position,
  • a current resume,
  • unofficial transcript, and
  • three current professional references qualified to assess your experience and ability to perform the duties specified. Please include references’ email addresses and telephone numbers.


Application materials may be uploaded electronically, by mail, or email to:

  Human Resources

  Peninsula College

  1502 E. Lauridsen Blvd.

  Port Angeles, WA 98362

  Phone: (360) 417-6298

  Email: pchr@pencol.edu


Applications submitted electronically will be accepted without signatures.


Peninsula College does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, religion, national origin, families with children, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, including gender identity, age, honorably discharged veteran or military status, genetic information, or the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability in its programs and activities. Coordination of compliance is the responsibility of the Human Resources Officer, PC HR Office, (360) 417-6212


Peninsula College is an equal opportunity employer.