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Director of the American Indian Learning Resource Center

Company: University of Minnesota
Location: Duluth
Posted on: November 19, 2021

Job Description:

Director of the American Indian Learning Resource Center ***This is a professional and administrative position.***-- Required Qualifications:
--- BA/BS degree from an accredited University.
--- At least 8 years of relevant professional experience.
--- Knowledge of tribal sovereignty and self-governance.
--- Demonstrated commitment to equity, inclusivity, and engagement with diverse populations.

Preferred Qualifications:
--- Master's degree in American Indian Studies, Student Affairs, Education, or related fields.
--- Experience in an educational setting and knowledge of college programs. Prior oversight of a small department or cross-disciplinary team.
--- Experience with and knowledge about programs supporting Al/AN college success and familiarity with research base informing impactful approaches to student success.
--- Outstanding written and oral communication skills.
--- Demonstrated ability to learn and disseminate detailed information using a high level of interpersonal skills.
--- Cultural knowledge, competence, and experience to make informed decisions about Al/AN student support needs.
--- Experience collaborating and consulting with tribal leaders, nations, and communities.
--- Ability to understand and articulate Al/AN student needs and concerns from a perspective that includes intersections of gender, sexual orientation, two-spirit, tribal membership, first-generation, low-income, veteran, people with disabilities, and other significant aspects of individual and cultural identity.
--- Demonstrated ability to work independently. Strong problem-solving skills.
--- Commitment to American Indian languages and cultural revitalization.
--- Valid driver's license is required or in lieu of driver's license, must have demonstrated ability to travel within the Duluth area and to other regional locations.
--- Ability to work flexible hours and to travel as required.

Position Summary:
The Director is responsible for the overall function of the American Indian Learning Resource Center (AILRC). The AILRC's mission is to increase American Indian and Alaska Native (Al/AN) students' educational attainment and retention through orientation, secondary advising, coaching, skill building, and culturally relevant programming. This position works with colleagues, the University Minnesota Duluth campus and the University of Minnesota system, as well as with community partners to create a welcoming environment where American Indian cultures, histories, and lifeways are reflected, valued, honored, and students thrive. The Director works to coordinate and supervise AILRC daily operations while ensuring compliance with regulations and internal policies.

Responsibilities:
--- Manage overall budget and operations of the AILRC.
--- Oversee programs and services to Al/AN student communities.
--- Plan, develop, and lead the implementation of integrated programs and services to assist current Al/AN students in their success at UMD.
--- Organize campus-wide American Indian cultural, social, and academic events.
--- Provide formal presentations to University and community audiences on Al/AN topics to promote awareness, sensitivity, and competence to assure inclusion of and access for Al/AN students.
--- Lead the effort on initiating new programs and on improving existing offerings and processes.
--- Hire, train, supervise, mentor, and evaluate the AILRC staff.
--- Write and manage grants for student recruitment and retention activities.
--- Assess student needs, strengths, and support to determine their goals. Help students adjust to changes and challenges in their lives, refer students to campus, community, and traditional Al/AN resources.
--- Counsel and advise Al/AN students on academic program policies and advise students in addressing academic problems, educational choices, and making decisions.
--- Build a more inclusive and reflective campus environment and strengthen reciprocal connections with tribal nations/communities valuing cultures, histories, and lifeways.
--- Serve on system-wide, campus-wide, and collegiate committees and contribute to the development of policies and regulations governing functional areas.
--- Assist and consult with the UMD American Indian Advisory Board. Salary range: $67,000-$77,000-- How To Apply Applications must be submitted online. To apply for this position, go to http://www1.umn.edu/ohr/employment/ and search for job opening #343166. Job opening date: September 1, 2021. The position will remain open until filled. To ensure full consideration, completed online applications should be received on or before October 1, 2021. For additional questions please contact Melissa Plante at engel295@d.umn.edu.-- Complete applications must include:
1. Letter of Application addressing qualifications, including your commitment to anti-racist work
2. Current Resume or Curriculum Vitae
3. Contact information for four professional references (references will be contacted only for finalists) Please note that the letter of application (cover letter) and resume/CV--are uploaded during the application process. Once the application is submitted, please return to the "My Job Applications" page to upload your references under the activities and attachments section.-- Smoking, chewing tobacco and the use of electronic cigarettes prohibited on all UMD property, including indoor facilities, campus grounds and University vehicles. If you have started receiving retirement annuity payments from the Minnesota State Retirement System (MSRS) or Public Employees Retirement Association (PERA) your eligibility for this position may be impacted. Please contact UM Benefits at 1-800-756-2363 for any eligibility limitations. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process, please contact a University of Minnesota Access consultant at 612-624-3316. The University of Minnesota is an Equal Opportunity Educator and Employer. Veterans and individuals from underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.--
-- Diversity The University recognizes and values the importance of diversity and inclusion in enriching the employment experience of its employees and in supporting the academic mission. The University is committed to attracting and retaining employees with varying identities and backgrounds. The University of Minnesota provides equal access to and opportunity in its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. To learn more about diversity at the U: http://diversity.umn.edu. Employment Requirements Any offer of employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a background check. Our presumption is that prospective employees are eligible to work here. Criminal convictions do not automatically disqualify finalists from employment. About the U of M

University of Minnesota, Duluth (UMD) The University of Minnesota, Duluth (UMD) consistently ranks among the top Midwestern, regional universities in U.S. News and World Report's "America's Best Colleges" issue.
Overlooking Lake Superior, UMD provides an alternative to both large research and small liberal arts environments and attracts students looking for a personalized learning experience on a medium-sized campus of a major university. A firm liberal arts foundation anchors a variety of traditional degree programs, as well as professional and graduate students that draw on UMD's many research institutes and labs.

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