The University of Minnesota Morris (UMN Morris) is the upper Midwest’s only 4-year Native American Serving Non-Tribal Institution (NASNTI) recognized by the US Department of Education. The Associate and Assistant Directors assist in leading and managing Native American Student Success (NASS), a US Department of Education funded project. NASS works to increase Native American students’ educational attainment through 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, and scholars; Dakota and Anishinaabe language revitalization; course enrichment; and faculty/ staff professional development. The positions work with colleagues to create a welcoming environment where Native American cultures, histories, and lifeways are reflected and valued, and students thrive.
Project Management and Leadership • Lead key NASS project components and assist in directing NASS implementation and strategies. • Lead and manage NASS student participant recruitment, selection, and success initiatives. • Lead and direct the NASS peer mentor program, aiding Morris NASS students in achieving their goals and college success. • Plan and direct workshops and programming to meet students’ college success needs. • Coordinate and advance the Morris student success coaching model, strategies, and processes with Student Support Services and the Office of Academic Success. • Advance assessment systems. Conduct assessment activities to ensure Project services contribute to students’ academic success, retention, graduation, and access to graduate/professional school. • Participate in governance and professional association meetings and relevant conferences.
College Success Coaching and Student Support • Provide direct mentoring, coaching, guidance and referrals for 35 NASS project participants; create and implement student Academic Success Plans; assist students in acclimating to college. • Partner with academic advisors in each academic division, campus programs, and others to ensure that Morris NASS students access resources for learning and success. • Advance student persistence, degree progress, graduation and graduate school matriculation. • Log student contacts, academic success plans, referrals and follow-up. Maintain student records. • Monitor each student’s academic progress including key markers, such as academic alerts, semester/annual credit completion, course registration, probation, and degree application. Follow-up with students receiving academic alerts or missing progress indicators. • Assist students in achieving their goals utilizing intrusive and appreciative advising practices and effective intervention strategies. • Communicate with students and others to foster students’ academic and career success, address concerns, and to help maintain a coordinated approach.
Provide Dakota or Anishinaabe Language Instruction and Cultural Workshops - Optional • Responsibilities will include language teaching and cultural workshops for candidates with language fluency and teaching experience.
The positions are available as 100% full time appointments. Appointment at 75% (with full benefits) or 50% (with reduced benefits) may also be considered upon request. The positions include some night and weekend hours. The positions report to the Director of Native American Student Success. NASS academic professional appointments are annually renewable through September 2020. UMM intends to apply for future US Department of Education NASNTI funds.
The University of Minnesota Morris Equity, Diversity and Intercultural Programs seeks an Associate and Assistant Directors for Native American Student Success (NASS), a US Department of Education funded project. The qualifications are as follows:
• Essential qualifications ? Bachelor’s degree plus at least 4 years of related experience; a Masters degree in Native American/Indigenous Studies, Student Affairs, Education, or related field is preferred – for appointment as Student Services Professional 3 #9764P3 – a professional administrative appointment. ? OR, Bachelor’s degree and at least 2 years experience or a combination of related education and work experience to equal 6 years – for appointment as Student Services Professional 2 #8463P2 - a civil service appointment. ? Responsibilities will be consistent with the classification. • Experience working with at risk populations (including Native American populations, first generation students; families from low-income backgrounds, students of color, rural populations, people with disabilities, and/or individuals from other underserved backgrounds). • Experience in an educational setting and knowledge of college programs. • Demonstrated awareness of and sensitivity to diverse populations and the ability to contribute to the University’s commitment to a diverse and inclusive learning environment.
Preferred experience: • Training in college educational success and retention strategies for disadvantaged populations. • Experience with and knowledge about programs supporting Native American college success. • Cultural knowledge, competence, 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. • Commitment to Dakota and/or Anishinaabe language and cultural revitalization.
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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.