Location: SCSU Main Campus, 720 Fourth Avenue South, St. Cloud MN 56301
Full/Part Time: Full Time
Employment Condition: Externally Funded
Recruitment and retention of American Indian students is important and strengthening the Native community at SCSU will impact the success of these students while prioritizing diversity, equity and inclusion. This position will manage a new Indigenous Learning Community to provide culturally relevant learning and support to Native students. The Coordinator will provide direct student support services and collaborate with university staff, faculty and outreach to tribal leaders throughout the state to facilitate academic, cultural, leadership and career development for students. This position will also coordinate group visits to tribal communities, businesses, sacred sites and museums. The Coordinator will develop, monitor and evaluate program activities with intentions to increase student involvement and retention for American Indian students.
Under general supervision, the Program Coordinator is responsible for monitoring and coordinating the American Indian student cohort for a three year grant program to support student retention. The Coordinator will provide oversight, management and guidance on implementation of the student retention/support activities as outlined in grant award and in collaboration with the American Indian Center Director and Office Manager. This will include advising, mentoring, and liaison work with university staff, faculty and tribal leaders. The Coordinator will also participate in the evaluation and reporting for the grant. The position is vital to the program's success as it will provide the bridge between students, staff, faculty and tribal collaborators. The Coordinator will help students navigate university services and facilitate student success.
Provide guidance, facilitation and management support to the students related to their activities, events and programming
Manage intake of cohort student applications and coordinate the selection process.
Coordinate efforts between SCSU American Indian Center, tribal community partners, and serve as a liaison to student service areas (admissions, financial aid offices, foundation/scholarship offices, advising and counseling offices, tutoring, career services, University Library etc. ) to ensure success of the students.
Serve as the primary contact for student cohort to ensure they are connected and serviced by pertinent support service units.
Coordinate cohort students' cultural activities/intercultural development, mentoring, career and leadership development activities to support academic learning environment (curricular and co-curricular cohort experiences, travel to tribal communities) as required by the grant.
Monitor cohort students' participation to ensure they are fulfilling the requirements of the Indigenous Learning grant program.
Serve as the project coordinator for Indigenous Leaning Community to ensure various stakeholders are connected and function in coordination to meet project goals.
Serve as the Liaison between the Grant Program (program stakeholders) and university offices providing direct services (i.e. Business Services, Admissions, Advising, Student Life and Development etc.).
Coordinate activities among the stakeholders for students with faculty, staff and tribal leaders to ensure project goals are met.
Coordinate the grant project activities with partners pertaining to recruitment, selection and implementation of project activities.
Participate in continuous improvement activities to assist with evaluation and reporting with SCSU Staff and Faculty, in collaboration with the American Indian Center Director.
Responsible for program data to ensure grant reporting and evaluation.
Maintain accurate records and reports pertaining to cohort student applications and involvement for the annual activities.
Develop tracking systems that maintain student data to track students' academic, personal/cultural and financial needs.
Monitor evaluation data sufficient to produce accurate reporting to internal and external audiences.
Accurately maintain, enhance and expand data to meet the current and future needs of the program.
Responsible for assisting in compiling reports to fulfill reporting compliance requirements.
Remain current on reporting requirements and make recommendations regarding process changes to ensure continuous compliance.
Analyze data and develop reports regarding student retention.
Assist in preparation of semi-annual and annual reports.
Assist in coordinating assessment and evaluation related activities involving institutional research offices and evaluators.
Other duties as assigned. Perform other duties as assigned to ensure successful implementation of the grant program.
Bachelor's Degree in Education, Communication, Counseling, American Indian Studies or related field and one year related professional experience.
Demonstrated experience working with American Indian students in high school or university environment.
Evidence of working with Indigenous communities in tribal and/or urban setting(s).
Strong knowledge about tribal history, culture, sovereignty and contemporary issues with focus on the Ojibwe and Dakota of Minnesota.
Proven organizational skills with project management and event planning.
Advanced computer skills (Microsoft Office, social media, digital marketing, web)
Experience with communicating effectively to a wide range of audiences through excellent written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills.
Evidence of demonstrated ability to work with persons from culturally diverse backgrounds.
Master's degree in Education, Communication, Counseling, American Indian Studies or related field.
Two years of experience managing complex program development and organizational management between multiple stakeholders/organizations.
Working knowledge of student development and student life concerns during the university experience.
Knowledge of Minnesota State and University policies and procedures.
Founded in 1869, St. Cloud State is an award-winning regional public university and proud member of the Minnesota State Universities & Colleges system. The 100-acre campus is about an hour northwest of Minneapolis and St. Paul, along the oak-crowned west bank of the Mississippi River. St. Cloud State students prepare for life, work and citizenship by exploring the world around them and making it better. St. Cloud State employees value active and applied learning, community engagement, sustainability, and global and cultural understanding. These commitments complement more than 200 majors, minors and pre-professional programs, 60 graduate programs and 250 student clubs and organizations. St. Cloud State began as a normal school in 1869 and became St. Cloud State Teachers College in 1921. Bachelor's degrees were first offered in 1925. Master's degrees debuted in 1957. In 1975, the institution became St. Cloud State University. In recent years, the University added applied doctoral programs in Higher Education Administration and Educational Administration and Leadership. A diverse mix of students from Midwestern towns and U.S. metropolitan areas are learning alongside more than 1,000 international students from about 80 nations.
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Why Work For Us:
GREATBENEFITSPACKAGE! The State of Minnesota offers a comprehensive benefits package including low cost medical and dental insurance, employer paid life insurance, short and long term disability, pre-tax flexible spending accounts, retirement plan, tax-deferred compensation, generous vacation and sick leave, and 11 paid holidays each year.
St. Cloud State prepares students for life, work and citizenship in the 21st century. In our rigorous academic programs, students apply their knowledge in real-world settings. Our 200 academic programs, 60 graduate degrees and education abroad choices on six continents emphasize hands-on learning through community engagement and close interaction with professors. Couple that with support from the Career Services Center and you have a clear path to a career. Our 100-acre campus is between downtown St. Cloud and the Beaver Islands, a group of more than 30 islands that form a natural maze for a two-mile stretch of the Mississippi River.