Equity, Education Innovation, and Research Specialist

  • American Indian Higher Education Consortium
  • Alexandria, VA, USA
  • Feb 05, 2024
Full time Education Research

Job Description

The American Indian Higher Education Consortium (AIHEC) is the collective spirit and unifying voice of our nation's Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs). AIHEC provides leadership and influences public policy on American Indian and Alaska Native higher education issues through advocacy, research, and programmatic initiatives; promotes and strengthens Indigenous languages, cultures, communities, lands, and tribal nations; and through its unique position, serves member institutions and emerging TCUs. 


Reporting directly to the Director of Equity, Education Innovation, and Research (EEIR); the Specialist will champion the use of critical, culturally responsive, culturally sustaining, and empowering approaches for AIHEC sponsored projects, research practices and initiatives. The incumbent will support the Director of Equity, Education Innovation, & Research to operationalize the AIHEC Research & Programs Agenda, steward research and program activities, and contribute to the developing knowledge management infrastructure that significantly advances the student success and nation building goals of AIHEC and our Tribal College and University (TCU) membership. In addition, this Specialist will provide support to the TCUs to facilitate Tribal scholarship, knowledge creation, and sustainable research activities and engagement. 

Essential Functions:

  • Support the Director of Equity, Education Innovation, & Research to operationalize AIHEC’s Research and Programs Agenda and enhance the knowledge management infrastructure, including research analysis, reporting, and collaborating on the implementation of sponsored research, programs, and projects.
  • Assist in the implementation of leading-edge research, including collaborative and interdisciplinary research in areas related to AIHEC’s strategic plan and the AIHEC Research & Programs Agenda.
  • Champion equity, culture, and community amongst AIHEC’s central staff and within assigned programs and projects.
  • Support in managing research programs and projects towards successful outcomes: collaborative planning, conducting work, managing deliverables, anticipating areas of challenge, looking for opportunities, making adjustments to meet timelines.
  • Advocate for the necessary and appropriate compliance and Tribal/individual sovereignty and privacy protection policies for AIHEC sponsored research and programs.
  • Support grant-making coordination and activities for TCU research sub-awardees to facilitate effective and sustainable research activities, educational program enhancements, professional development and/or other activities that increase TCU student success.
  • Support in building and sustaining a community of innovative researchers to strengthen and sustain research capacity at the member TCUs and to increase research opportunities for TCU faculty and students.
  • Develop networks involving researchers in the public and private sectors, locally, nationally, and internationally and develop AIHEC’s Collaborative Research Framework, founded on Tribal sovereignty.
  • Advocate for appropriate and acceptable standards of research and the maintenance of ethical behavior strengthening and protecting Tribal sovereignty and ownership.
  • Any other duties needed to help drive to our vision, fulfill our mission, and abide by AIHEC’s values. 

Required Education, Experience and Attributes (minimum requirements):

  • Master’s degree with an emphasis in educational research, social science, education policy or related field. PhD is preferred.
  • 3-5 years of experience in research and analysis, preferably in higher education or a related field.
  • Strong analytical and critical thinking skills with the ability to interpret and communicate complex data.
  • Familiarity with recent research in fields such as higher education access, completion, and equity.
  • Understanding of American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) higher education issues, as well as issues regarding AI/AN research or other Indigenous communities and tribal nations.
  • Ability to coordinate and manage programs including effective email correspondence, client engagement and resource support.
  • Ability to assist in research and evaluation activities including quantitative and qualitative analyses, interpretation of results, visualizations for reports, drafting report narratives, and communication of research findings to lay audiences.
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively in a fast-paced and dynamic environment.
  • Demonstrated ability to organize, prioritize, and manage multiple projects.
  • Any other duties needed to help drive to our vision, fulfill our mission, and support AIHEC’s values. 

Work Location

This position is hybrid. This role is approved for telework, remote with occasional, bi-annual in-person activities in Washington, DC. 

Physical Requirements

Sedentary work. Repetitive motion. Substantial movements (motions) of the wrists, hands, and/or fingers. Close visual acuity is required to perform typical workday activities such as: preparing and analyzing data and figures; transcribing; viewing a computer monitor; extensive reading.   

Diversity & Inclusion

We believe that different perspectives and backgrounds are what make a company flourish. All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment regardless of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, economic status, disability, age, or any other legally protected characteristics. We are proud to be an inclusive company with values grounded in equality and ethics, where we celebrate, support, and embrace diversity. 

Total Rewards Package

At AIHEC, we demonstrate our commitment to rewarding individual and team achievement through a total rewards package. This package includes a competitive base salary, generous paid time off policy, the latest technology and tools to do your best work, merit-based or annual cost of living increases, bonus opportunities and a robust recognition program. Other benefits include a competitive range of gratuitous coverage in the most comprehensive insurance plans (including health, dental, life, and short-term and long-term disability), access to a retirement savings program such as a 401(k) plan with 6% employer matching, an employee assistance program with mental wellness counseling benefits, and numerous other offerings to support a healthy work-life balance. 

Important Notes:

You must be able to perform the essential duties and responsibilities with or without reasonable accommodation. The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work.  Final employment offers are contingent upon a Final Candidate’s successful completion of a Background Verification, and a determination by the University that the information derived from the Background Verification does not disqualify the individual. 


Consistent with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Commonwealth of Virginia where the agency is headquartered, it is the absolute pleasure of AIHEC to provide reasonable accommodation when requested by a qualified applicant or candidate with a disability, unless such accommodation would cause an undue hardship for AIHEC. The policy regarding requests for reasonable accommodation applies to all aspects of the hiring process. If reasonable accommodation is needed, please contact our People and Culture Director Kea Magoh at kmagoh@aihec.org or 703-504-9838.


Equity, Education Innovation, and Research

Classification: Exempt, Full-Time

Percentage of Travel Required: Up to 10%

Type of Travel: AIHEC headquarters, Alexandria Virginia-Washington, DC area and other TCU institutions as required.