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American Indian Student Success Program Manager

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Position Information

Announcement Number STAFF - VA - 18066
For questions regarding this position, please contact:

Lisa Stevenson

Classification Title Program Mgr
Working Title American Indian Student Success Program Manager
Brief Position Overview

The Office of American Indian/Alaskan Native Student Success is looking for 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 4M1095
Department Native American Studies
Division College of Letters & Science
Appointment Type Classified
Contract Term Fiscal Year
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FLSA Non-Exempt
Union Affiliation Exempt from Collective Bargaining
FTE 1.0
Benefits Eligible Eligible
Salary $16.71 -$20.27 per hour. Rate of pay will be determined by the staff compensation plan. For questions contact .
Contract Type Classified Salary
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Recruitment Type Open

Position Details

General Statement

The Office of American Indian/Alaska Native Student Success (AI/ANSS) serves to assist in the recruitment, retention, and graduation of Native American and Alaska Native students at Montana State University.

Reporting to the the Director of the Office of AI/ANSS, the Program Manager serves as an advocate, providing mentoring, counseling and academic programming to all Native students at Montana State University. The Program Manager will provide student and academic support pursuant to the recruitment, retention, and academic success of American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) students.

Duties and Responsibilities
  • Directly supervises and mentors the American Indian Council (AIC). 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.
  • Oversees the coordination of the Native Pathways to Success Orientation Program, Dinner and Dialogue, CPS Walk-In Hour as well as associated initiatives and activities.
  • Recruit and supervise tutors, mentors and work study positions for the Office of AI/ANSS Services.
  • Manages scholarships, internships, mentorships, and research opportunities for Native American students.
  • Co-facilitates/teaches the NASX 492 Pow Wow Leadership course.
  • Writes and submits grant proposals for program and resource initiatives in collaboration with Director.
  • In collaboration with the Dean’s Office and University Communications, develops, updates, and maintains MSU AI/ANSS electronic/social media resources as related to recruitment, retention and support for MSU AI/AN 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, develops informational materials such as brochures and pamphlets for recruitment and retention purposes
  • Presents information at MSU Fridays, Orientation, Native Youth Preview Day, and etc.
  • Serves as back up to the Director in the recruitment and retention initiatives of AI/AN students as needed.
Required Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills
  1. Bachelor’s degree plus one year of full-time (or part-time equivalent) progressively responsible administrative work experience with an emphasis on program management or an equivalent combination of relevant education and experience.
  2. Experience advocating for economically disadvantaged and underrepresented students.
  3. Experience working in an educational setting.
  4. Experience coordinating and managing small and large events such as: study nights, cookouts, student orientations, cultural events, pow wows, etc.
  5. Demonstrated proficiency working with Microsoft applications (i.e. Word, Excel, Power Point, Publisher, Outlook, etc.), various social media platforms, electronic storage/databases, and general computer proficiency required.
Preferred Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills
  1. Master’s degree.
  2. Knowledge of American Indian cultures, history and contemporary issues, particularly those tribes in Montana.
  3. Experience with retention and recruitment practices in an educational setting.
  4. Experience working with diverse communities.
The Successful Candidate Will

Possess ability to be self-directed and independent, as well as be able to work effectively in a team environment; be able to manage sensitive and confidential situations and information appropriately; have exceptional judgement and problem-solving ability; possess excellent written and oral communication skills; possess strong interpersonal and organizational skills; have strong attention to detail; be able to effectively prioritize workload and activities in order to meet deadlines and adapt to changing priorities while maintaining a positive, effective and professional manner; represent the programs, college and university to others in a professional and courteous manner.

Position Special Requirements/Additional Information

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

The requirements of the position include occasional positioning of 25 pounds, transversing campus, moving carts with loads up to 100 pounds.

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

Posting Detail Information

Number of Vacancies 1
Desired Start Date At the conclusion of a successful search.
Position End Date (if temporary)
Open Date
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Applications will be:

Screening of applications will begin on September 22, 2017; however, applications will continue to be accepted until an adequate applicant pool has been established.

Special Instructions
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 race, color, religion, national origin, ethnicity, creed, service in the uniformed services (as defined in state and federal law), veteran status, gender, age, political beliefs, marital or family status, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, or sexual orientation or preference. 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.

Montana State University makes accommodation for any known disability that may interfere with an applicant’s ability to compete in the hiring process or an employee’s ability to perform the duties of the job. To request an accommodation, contact the Human Resources Office, PO Box 172520, Montana State University, Bozeman MT 59717-2520; 406-994-3651; .

In compliance with the Montana Veteran’s Employment Preference Act, MSU provides preference in employment to veterans, disabled veterans, and certain eligible relatives of veterans. To claim veteran’s preference please complete the veteran’s preference information located in the Demographics section of your profile.

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Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Resume OR Curriculum Vitae
  2. Cover Letter addressing Each of the Required and Preferred Qualifications
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