Director of the American Indian Learning Resource Center
University of Minnesota, Duluth
Location: Duluth, Minnesota
Salary: 66055.26 - 115596.70
Internal Number: 343166
***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.