The University of Minnesota Morris (UMM) is the upper Midwest’s only 4-year Native American Serving Non-Tribal Institution (NASNTI) recognized by the US Department of Education. The Project Director leads and manages Native American Student Success (NASS), a US Dept. of Ed. funded project, reporting to the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs. NASS works to increase Native American students’ educational attainment by eliminating college achievement gaps. Priorities include orientation, coaching, peer mentoring, and culturally relevant programming for first-year students; a residential life theme floor; meaningful student work; visiting Native American elders, leaders, activists and scholars; Dakota and Anishinaabe language revitalization; course enrichment; and faculty/staff professional development. The Director collaborates with colleagues to create a welcoming environment where Native American cultures, histories, and lifeways are reflected and valued, and students thrive. The position works with the Chancellor advancing UMM’s NASNTI work, equity, diversity, and inclusion.
Program Leadership, Management, Development, and Collaborations (50%) ? Advise and assist the Chancellor in building relationships and partnerships with Native American Serving institutions, tribal communities, and others fostering college access, education, and success. ? Oversee, manage and direct NASS, with authority to implement the project. ? Establish project priorities. Lead staff and partners in planning, coordinating, implementing, assessing, and improving the operation plan and strategies. ? Convene the project team and Advisory Committee. Oversee staff hiring, training, and supervision. ? Oversee student participant recruitment, resources, and outcomes. ? Partner with campus, community, and state agencies to increase students’ academic success, persistence, graduation, and graduate school matriculation. ? Create strong working relationships and partnerships with faculty, staff, and UMM’s administrative team to deliver program services; integrate NASS efforts; and foster an inclusive, positive climate. ? Deepen and extend Dakota Iapi and Anishinaabemowin revitalization efforts. ? Stay abreast of student development and success practices and philosophies for Native American students; engage in related scholarly, leadership, and professional development activities. Provide education and guidance to build UMM’s capacity to support and retain Native American students. ? Participate in campus governance and service roles, including policy making. ? Participate in state, regional and national program relevant conferences and meetings. Disseminate project best practices to advance Native American student success.
Student Success Coaching, Mentoring, and Support (15%) ? Directly mentor and coach up to 20 NASS project participants for a good transition and success. ? Monitor student progress; advance student persistence, degree progress, and graduation. ? Train and guide staff in applying evidence-based Native American student success, counseling, student development, and career development practices in their work and referrals. ? Provide support during critical incidents using Student Life response team protocols. ? Work with faculty and staff to coordinate a holistic and culturally relevant approach to student support; ensure collaboration with academic advising, student success and support services.
Fiscal Management, Compliance, and Assessment (35%) ? Oversee and manage budgets, working closely with the Vice Chancellor, Grants Office, and staff. ? Ensure NASS/NASNTI compliance with state, federal, and university regulations and policies. ? Work with staff and external evaluators to assess project programs and outcomes. Report key findings. Enhance and strengthen the Project and campus practices based on assessment. ? Complete annual Dept. of Ed. reports, working with the Vice Chancellor and Grants Office.
The University of Minnesota Morris Equity, Diversity and Intercultural Programs seeks a Native American Student Success (NASS) Director & Interim Assistant to the Chancellor for Native American Partnerships, Student Success, and Inclusion. This full time, twelve month, generally Monday - Friday, 8:00 am - 4:30 pm, some evening/weekend, academic professional appointment is annually renewable through September 2020. Morris intends to apply for future US Department of Education NASNTI Funds. The qualifications are as follows:
Bachelor’s degree and 6 years related experience working with Native American educational initiatives, Native American students, first generation students, students from low-income households, academically at-risk students, and/or students with disabilities.
Training or experience in educational success and retention strategies for disadvantaged populations.
Experience and demonstrated success in designing, managing, or implementing Native American student services, educational initiatives, or similar projects.
Knowledge of college programs.
Program management, staff supervision, budgeting, and assessment experience.
Demonstrated awareness of and sensitivity to diverse student populations and the ability to contribute to the University’s commitment to a diverse, inclusive learning environment.
Demonstrated ability to create a diverse, respectful, and inclusive work environment.
Preferred qualifications: ? Master’s or PhD/EdD in Native American/ Indigenous Studies, Student Affairs, Education. ? Three + years of higher education experience. ? Success in leading collaborative change processes and/or educational initiatives. ? Training in college success/retention strategies. ? Commitment to language revitalization. ? Cultural knowledge, competence, and experience to make informed decisions about Native American students’ support needs; build a more inclusive and reflective campus environment, and strengthen reciprocal connections with tribal nations / communities. ? Background that includes overcoming barriers similar to those of participants. ? Knowledge of and experience with US Dept. of Ed. and other grant funded programs.
Internal Number: 327491
About University of Minnesota, Morris
The University of Minnesota, Morris (UMM) provides a rigorous undergraduate liberal arts education, preparing its students to be global citizens who value and pursue intellectual growth, civic engagement, intercultural competence, and environmental stewardship.As a public land-grant institution, UMM is a center for education, culture, and research for the region, nation, and world. UMM is committed to outstanding teaching, dynamic learning, innovative faculty and student scholarship and creative activity, and public outreach. Our residential academic setting fosters collaboration, diversity, and a deep sense of community.