Native Environmental Science Faculty - Swinomish Site

$20,000 - $25,000 yearly
  • Northwest Indian College
  • 17113 Tallawhalt Way, La Conner, WA, USA
  • Oct 16, 2019
Part time Education

Job Description


Native Environmental Science Faculty – Swinomish (P/T, 9 months)


OPENING DATE:    August 15, 2019

REVIEW DATE:      Extended to November 1, 2019

CLOSING DATE:    Open until Filled

START DATE:         Winter Quarter 2019

LOCATION:             NWIC Swinomish Site

SUPERVISOR:         Native Environmental Science Department Chair / Swinomish Site Manager

SALARY:                  $20,000 to $25,000 Max DOE (Faculty Schedule)

                                    .525 FTE / 21 hours per week


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 is based on a 9-month faculty contract, with the possibility of supplemental summer salary through research grants and/or summer teaching.


Northwest Indian College hiring practices include adherence to the Indian Preference Act (Title 25, U.S. Code, Section 473).  NWIC supports and provides equal opportunity employment and educational opportunities without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy), disability, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identify or expression, marital status or genetic information.



The Native Environmental Science Department and Swinomish site invites applicants for a part-time faculty position in the area of Native Environmental Science.  The primary responsibility of this position is teaching in the discipline of Native Environmental Science.  Student advising, community engagement, and supporting student capstone projects are also key elements of the position. The position also includes development of place-based, culturally-informed curriculum that is part of a wider place-based pedagogy project. It is possible for the position to be supplemented by grant research funds and summer teaching.



The main components of work as faculty are teaching, academic student advising and mentoring, scholarship and research, committee work and service. The faculty member will be expected to participate in grant-funded projects that support the College’s mission and will be encouraged to develop (and seek funding) to support his or her own research agenda.


  • Instruction. Instruction is a primary focus of this position. The successful candidate will teach 5 to 10 hours of courses quarterly, with adjustment to the teaching load based on time spent in course design and development.  S/he is expected to support students in completing the B.S. in Native Environmental Science degree program and is responsible for course preparation, curriculum design, and assessment of course and program outcomes.
  • Academic advising and mentoring. Student academic advising and mentoring is another central focus of the position.  S/he is expected to meet regularly with and provide academic advising to students as well as serve on senior capstone committees
  • Scholarship and research. The faculty member is expected to remain current with the literature and research in their field of study.  In addition, supporting research experiences for undergraduates (REUs) – including internships – is highly encouraged.
  • Committee work and service. The faculty member is responsible for contributing to the overall functioning of the college through participation on committees and teams. 


Teaching Responsibilities

  1. Teaching courses in the Native Environmental Science discipline.
  2. Develop place-based, culturally informed curriculum in the Sciences, working with community members to identify key focus areas.
  3. Create a learning environment, a presentation style and a pace in which learning is enhanced.
  4. Submit necessary reports such as enrollment, progress and grading information in a timely manner.
  5. Order textbooks and supplies in advance of courses taught following established college timelines.
  6. Maintain at least ½ hour of office availability each week for each credit of lecture class taught.
  7. Submit information to supervisor regarding scheduling proposals, budget needs and travel requests in a timely manner following established timelines.
  8. Attend Teaching and Learning trainings and BSNES Department Meetings (call-in).



May supervise two or more student interns who are conducting research. May carry out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization's policies and applicable laws. Responsibilities may include interviewing, hiring, and training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems.


Minimum Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in the field of Native Environmental Science.
  • Willingness to understand the cultural perspectives of the community and to incorporate those perspectives into the presentation and development of courses.
  • Thorough knowledge of subject matter.
  • Ability to present information in a variety of ways.  Able to communicate clearly, concisely and respectfully.
  • Proven ability to work in a team environment in order to achieve strategic and departmental goals.
  • Strong teaching record.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and an ability to work well with all people.


Preferred Qualifications
  • Master’s or PhD Degree in related field.
  • Experience teaching in a Tribal College or
  • Prior work in a tribal education setting.
  • Prior administrative and / or teaching experience in a post-secondary academic setting.
  • Experience working on a reservation and/or for a tribal or urban Native American organization.
  • Experience working with adult distance learning programs.
  • Knowledge of AIHEC tribal college system.
  • Knowledge of Canvas



Other Skills and Abilities:

  • Ability to present information in a variety of ways.  Able to communicate clearly, concisely and respectfully.
  • Understanding of assessment, particularly as it relates to the Teaching and Learning philosophy of NWIC.
  • Experience with or willingness to learn different modes of instruction (on-ground, online, ITV, hybrid, etc.), teaching and learning, and assessment.
  • Excellent communication skills in the classroom and interpersonal skills with NWIC students, faculty and staff.
  • Must be culturally knowledgeable and comfortable working in a tribal setting;
  • Strong interpersonal skills and an ability to work well with all people.


Other Qualifications: Must have a current driver’s license and a driving abstract that meets employer qualifications for insurability. 


Computer Skills:

  • To perform this job successfully, an individual should have knowledge of basic word processing, spreadsheet software; internet and email in addition to proven competency with networks and teleconferencing.



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. Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) form
  4. Current and complete professional resume
  5. Copies of college transcripts (unofficial copy may be submitted with application)
  6. Three letters of recommendation from persons, who 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  98226-9278

Telephone/Fax: (360) 392-4230