Classification Title Working Title Director, Office of American Indian and Alaska Native Student Success
Announcement Number STAFF - VA - 19140
For questions regarding this position, please contact: Lisa Stevenson, Search Manager Native American Studies 406.994.3884 firstname.lastname@example.org
Brief Position Overview The Department of Native American Studies is seeking a Director for the Office of American Indian/Alaska Native Student Success (AI/ANSS) who is an advocate and mentor, committed to providing excellent student and academic support to increase the recruitment, retention and academic success of American Indian and Alaska Native students at Montana State University.
Position Number: 4C1147 Department: Native American Studies Division: College of Letters & Science Appointment Type: Professional Contract Term: Fiscal Year
FLSA: Exempt Union Affiliation: Exempt from Collective Bargaining FTE: 1.0 Benefits Eligible: Eligible Salary: $60,000 annually, commensurate with experience, education, and qualifications Contract Type: MUS Recruitment Type: Open
General Statement The Office of American Indian/Alaska Native Student Success is dedicated to the enrollment, achievement, and success of American Indian and Alaska Native students at Montana State University. AI/ANSS, through a collaborative and nurturing philosophy, supports Native students and their families navigate the transition to Montana State University and the Bozeman community. The AI/ANSS provides advocacy on behalf of Native students with the MSU faculty, staff, and programs while supporting Native student academic, social, personal, and cultural growth.
Reporting to the Department Head of Native American Studies, the Director is an advocate, providing mentoring, counseling, student success and academic programming to all Native students at Montana State University.
Duties and Responsibilities
Directly supervise and mentor the American Indian Council (AIC), the principle Native student organization. This includes developing, organizing, planning, and coordinating numerous AIC activities and fundraisers including the Montana State University Annual Pow Wow, American Indian Heritage Days, Indian Education for All workshops in the public schools, and various fundraising activities.
Oversee the coordination of the Native Pathways to Success Orientation Program, Dinner and Dialogue, CPS Walk-In Hour as well as associated initiatives and activities.
Supervise the AI/ANSS Program Manager and Success Advisor/Recruiter.
Recruit and supervise tutors, mentors, and work study students for the Office of AI/ANSS Services.
Manage scholarships, internships, mentorships, and research opportunities for Native American students.
Co-facilitate/teach the NASX 492 Leadership course.
Serve on, and provide leadership to, the Council of American Indian Programs (CAIP), the Native American Education Advisory Board, and other programs/committees that serve the needs of Native students.
Collaborate with the Office of the Commissioner of Higher Education, Montana University System, on issues of Native student retention and success.
Write and submit grant proposals for program and resource initiatives in collaboration with Department Head and other programs.
In collaboration with the Dean's Office and University Communications, develop, update, and maintain MSU AI/ANSS electronic/social media resources as related to recruitment, retention and support for MSU Native students, including the AIC website, the Office of AI/ANSS website and MSU Native American Resource Directory website.
In collaboration with the College of Letters and Science Dean's Office and University Communications, develop informational materials such as brochures and pamphlets for recruitment and retention purposes.
Present information at MSU Fridays, Orientation, Native Youth Preview Day, and other opportunities.
Required Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills 1. Master's degree in Education, or related field; or an equivalent combination of relevant education and experience. 2. Successful experience advocating for economically disadvantaged and underrepresented students. 3. Demonstrated experience working with diverse communities. 4. Experience in a higher education setting or similar work environment. 5. Successful experience in managing projects or programs or work unit/center.
Preferred Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills 1. Training in marriage, family counseling, or related fields. 2. Knowledge of American Indian cultures, history and contemporary issues, particularly those tribes in Montana. 3. Knowledge of MSU policies and procedures. 4. Knowledge of student success practices. 5. Supervisory experience.
The Successful Candidate Will
Possess ability to be self-directed and independent, as well as be able to work effectively in a team environment.
Demonstrated excellent verbal and written communication skills, including the ability to communicate information in a concise manner to a diverse clientele.
Ability to manage sensitive and confidential situations and information appropriately.
Have the ability to work on many projects simultaneously and prioritize appropriately, as well as possess effective organizational skills.
Exhibit enthusiasm for working with students/communities with diverse backgrounds.
Represent Native American Studies and its programs in a professional and courteous manner.
Position Special Requirements/Additional Information The person in this position will work a varying schedule that will include evenings and occasional weekends as assigned.
Travel on an occasional basis may be required for attendance at meetings, trainings, conferences, etc. This job description should not be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities or requirements, but a general description of the job. Nothing contained herein restricts Montana State University's rights to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.
Physical Demands To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily with or without reasonable accommodations. The requirements listed above are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.
This position has supervisory duties? Yes
Number of Vacancies: 1 Desired Start Date: February 1, 2019
Applications will be: Screening of applications will begin on November 26, 2018, however, applications will continue to be accepted until an adequate applicant pool has been established.
Diversity Statement Montana State University values diverse perspectives and is committed to continually supporting, promoting and building an inclusive and culturally diverse campus environment. MSU recognizes the importance of work-life integration and strives to be responsive to the needs of dual career couples.
Montana State University is committed to providing a working and learning environment free from discrimination. As such, the University does not discriminate in the admission, access to or conduct of its educational programs and activities nor in its employment policies and practices on the basis of an individual's race, color, religion, national origin, creed, service in the uniformed services (as defined in state and federal law), veteran's status, sex, age, political ideas, marital or family status, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, or sexual orientation. In support of the University's mission to be inclusive and diverse, applications from qualified minorities, women, veterans and persons with disabilities are highly encouraged.
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