Native American Student Success Associate or Assistant Director
University of Minnesota, Morris
Location: Morris, Minnesota
Salary: 43475.15 - 76053.41
Internal Number: 348644
The University of Minnesota Morris (UMN Morris) is the upper Midwest’s only 4-year Native American-Serving Nontribal Institution (NASNTI) recognized by the US Department of Education. The Assistant / Associate Director assists in leading Native American Student Success (NASS) and two US Department of Education funded projects - Pathways to Success: Cooperative Program Development Between UMN Morris and Minnesota's Tribal and Community Colleges and Fostering Native American Student Educational Equity & Attainment at UMN Morris.The position works with colleagues to facilitate, assess, and document the projects' success. It leads efforts to contribute to a welcoming campus environment where Native American cultures, histories, and lifeways are reflected and valued and students thrive.
The Associate Director’s duties include the following. (The position is also available as an Assistant Director level with an appropriate modification in duties.) Project management and leadership: Pathways to Success (.75 FTE)
Lead and co-lead project teams in the development and implementation of new pathways for transfer students from tribal colleges to earn BA degrees at UMN Morris using best practices in Native American student success.
Ensure good project planning, culturally relevant practices, documentation, and communication within UMN Morris and between UMN Morris collaborators and Tribal college partners.
Lead and co-lead team meetings, facilitate planning for project components, manage project budgets, and guide work outcomes to successfully implement the project plan of operation.
Supervise a NASS Transfer Student Services Navigator working in close collaboration with the Transfer Student Services Director.
Lead the development and implementation of a UMN Morris Transfer Pathway summer bridge program, working with Tribal college partners and UMN Morris Transfer Student Services, Gateway summer bridge coordinator, Student Success Center, Residential and Community Life, and others.
Hire, train, and supervise student program assistants and transfer student peer mentors.
Coordinate peer mentor programming and related workshops, in collaboration with Student Success Center initiatives where possible.
Act as a resource for colleagues on tribal college collaboration and Native American student success.
Lead collaborative efforts to anticipate, prevent, and resolve challenges inherent in program development and system change efforts with skill, creativity, and cultural sensitivity.
Lead project assessment efforts to ensure that activities and services are implemented effectively, meet the project goals and objectives, and contribute to students’ transfer success, persistence, and graduation. Share tracking and assessment reports. Lead key components of annual performance reporting.
Project management and leadership: Fostering Native American Student Educational Equity & Attainment (.25 FTE)
Lead implementation of project components/plan of operation including the NASS First Year Experience program – Gateway collaboration, NASS Extended Welcome Program, etc.
Hire, train, and supervise student staff. Coordinate peer mentoring to aid Native American students in achieving college success.
If eligible, teach a Native-centric section of the Morris 1101 and/or 1102 first year seminars; coordinate with other NASS teaching staff; serve as a success coach for Morris 1101 students throughout their first year and beyond - for candidates with Master’s degrees.
Partner with academic advisors, campus programs, and others to ensure that students access resources for learning and success.
Assist students in achieving their goals utilizing intrusive and appreciative advising practices and intervention strategies. Log student contacts, success plans, referrals and follow-up.
Serve on the Academic Alert team; follow up with alerted Morris NASS participants.
Coordinate assessment activities to ensure project services contribute to students’ academic success, retention, and graduation.
Essential skills and qualifications
For Associate Director: Bachelor’s degree plus at least 4 years of related experience. Appointment will be in classification 9764P3, Student Services Professional 3. (Masters degree in Native American/Indigenous Studies, Student Affairs, Education, or related fields and related experience preferred.)
For Assistant Director: Bachelor’s degree and at least 2 years experience or a combination of related education and work experience to equal 6 years. Appointment will be in classification 8463P2, Student Services Professional 2. Responsibilities will be adjusted to be consistent with the classification of the appointment.
Experience working with Native American students, low-income students and/or students from other underrepresented populations.
Experience in an educational setting and knowledge of college programs.
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.
Training in college educational success and retention strategies for disadvantaged populations.
Experience with and knowledge about programs supporting Native American college success.
Two or more years of professional experience coaching, mentoring, and/or supporting college students.
Cultural knowledge and experience to make informed decisions about Native American students’ support needs and build programs reflecting and valuing Native cultures, histories, and lifeways.
Background that includes overcoming barriers similar to those of participants.
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.