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Iḷisaġvik College Seeks New President

Nov 18, 2019 | Education, News

Bowhead whale skull in front of Iḷisaġvik College main building in Utqiaġvik.

Dave Cohoe

Alaska’s only tribal college located in Utqiaġvik, (Barrow), America’s northernmost municipality, has an opportunity for an educational leader at Iḷisaġvik College, one of the top ten community colleges in the nation.

A press release from the college states, “this isn’t just another President job. It is a career choice that will take you to the top of the world. Literally.”

Reporting to the board of trustees, the president provides overall leadership and direction to staff and faculty to assure effective running of the college. The president is responsible for leadership and strategic vision, community relations, board relations and development, and financial management, and administration of the college; they ensure alignment with the college’s vision of building strong communities through education and training while supporting traditional Iñupiat values of:

  • Respect for Nature
  • Sharing
  • Knowledge of Language
  • Cooperation
  • Family and Kinship
  • Love and Respect for Our Elders and One Another Humor
  • Hunting Traditions
  • Compassion
  • Humility
  • Avoidance of Conflict
  • Spirituality


The president works collaboratively with the college’s executive team members and its board of trustees. This skilled and strategic professional will be well-versed in managerial, fiscal, and pedagogical best practices of higher education. A Master’s Degree is required and a Doctorate is preferred.  Preference will be given to candidates who possess an understanding of Indigenous learning styles and pedagogy and who have knowledge of, and experience within, the North Slope Borough.

The college offers competitive compensation and generous benefits including group health insurance (medical, dental, and vision), employer paid and employee paid life insurance options, defined contribution retirement plan, and paid accrued leave and holidays. The role also provides the opportunity to be part of developing a well-educated and trained workforce to meet the human resource needs of North Slope employers and the state of Alaska.  

For the full job description and directions on how to apply, please visit our website at: www.ilisagvik.edu.

The position will remain opened until filled. 

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