The Pathway Specialist performs outreach, recruitment, career/major advising, and retention of students and serves as the coordinator for the Integrated Science and Technology (ISAT) program. The position will work with the ISAT Faculty Committee and MinnPoly Executive Director to ensure ISAT tracks align with student and regional needs. The position will also advise ISAT students and coordinate the capstone experience for students in the program. More generally, the Specialist supports students transferring from external community colleges and other University majors into programs within the Minnesota Polytechnic & Applied Learning Institute (MinnPoly) from initial inquiry through graduation. The Pathway Specialist will focus on managing and coordinating partnerships in Southern Minnesota with two-year community colleges, industry, and secondary schools to strategically diversify STEM fields, increase access to educational opportunities and quality careers, and grow degree completion programs for Minnesota State University, Mankato and MinnPoly.
The position reports to the Director of Operations & Industry Partnerships and collaborates extensively with internal and external partners to ensure that the university provides programs and services that meet the needs of students, faculty, staff, and industry. The Specialist will work closely with the metro-based Pathways Specialist to implement practices that support diversity, equity, and inclusion. Serving a central role for MinnPoly, this position will facilitate a quality, consistent experience for students, and industry while increasing enrolment, retention, student satisfaction, and industry collaboration. The position will provide strategies with the goal of supporting students from inquiry to graduation, as well as helping to establish MinnPoly as a responsive and collaborative educational partner for handson, experiential learning opportunities and industry connections.
Bachelor's degree (conferred on an official transcript at the time of application.)
Minimum of two years working in a college or university with outreach, recruiting, customer service, project management, advising and marketing-related experience.
Demonstrated ability to plan, develop and orchestrate recruitment-related activities.
Ability to organize work and create internal processes to support performance outcomes.
Ability to learn and retain a wide range of institutional information.
Strong organizational and multi-tasking skills.
Demonstrated ability to handle and process sensitive and confidential information.
Demonstrated ability to work successfully with a diverse population of students, faculty, staff and external parties.
Demonstrated commitment to fostering a diverse working and learning environment.
Master's degree in educational leadership, student affairs/development, marketing major, STEM degree, or other related major.
Knowledgeable and/or experience in experiential education and trends that integrate technical and humanities skills in higher education
Knowledge of diverse student populations and transfer process, including the the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum.
Track record of improving equitable outcomes for students.
Work safely at all times, which includes but is not limited to, participating and completing all required safety trainings, as well as performing all job tasks in accordance with Minnesota State University, Mankato policies and procedures utilizing appropriate tools, equipment and personal protective equipment.
Based on the essential functions of this positions, MMB Policy #1422, and University policies relating to flexible work, this position is eligible for the following work mode:
Telework: Up to 20% of the time. A position with a work arrangement that allows an employee to perform work on a regular basis at a telework location that is not the employee's permanent/principal work location.
Some weekend and evening hours may be required.
Travel: Up to 20% of the time. Occasional in-state and out-state travel may be required to attend professional work-related conferences and partnership meeting. Some travel to other locations within the Twin Cities and greater Minnesota may be required.
Must have a vaild U.S. driver's license.
Additional information on Minnesota State University, Mankato can be found at: www.mnsu.edu
The salary range denoted above is the contractual range; however, salary upon hire is dependent upon qualifications and experience.
Minnesota State University, Mankato is a member of the Minnesota State system. Minnesota State has established a strategic vision, Equity 2030, which aims to close the educational equity gaps across race and ethnicity, socioeconomic status, ability, and geographic location by the end of the decade at every Minnesota State college and university and to provide an opportunity for all Minnesotans to create a better future for themselves, for their families, and for their communities. The focus of the work includes:
· Enhancing access and student success.
· Providing Minnesota with the talent it needs.
· Anchoring the communities and regions we serve.
Equity 2030 seeks to bridge efforts occurring within divisions and institutions, creating an intentional statewide culture of equity-minded collaboration and resulting in equitable practice embedded throughout our institutions. The full Equity 2030 plan is linked here. https://www.minnstate.edu/Equity2030/index.html
Minnesota State University, Mankato has identified five broad themes as our basis for discussion in developing our next comprehensive strategic plan. The themes are Serving Students and Managing Enrollment, Focusing our Resources, Offering an Exceptional Student Experience, Caring for Health and Well-Being, and Ensuring a Welcoming, Equitable, and Inclusive University. We seek to attract teacher-scholars who will be culturally and academically diverse faculty members, and staff with a demonstrated commitment to creating an inclusive learning and working environment. Minnesota State University, Mankato, is student-centered and focuses on applied research that expands knowledge; improves learning; and serves the region, state, and nation.
Founded as a Normal School in 1868, Minnesota State University, Mankato is now the second largest university in Minnesota with a tradition of combining big-ideas with real-world thinking to find solutions for pressing problems in the state, region, and global society. Mankato, Minnesota, is a community of nearly 44,500 people, about 85 miles southwest of the twin cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul. The University acknowledges the land and the tribal nations upon this land whose work is being accomplished. We acknowledge that we are on Dakota land. We also take the opportunity to recognize that we live, work, and learn in the homeland of the Dakota people, whose language frames our name—Minnesota State University, Mankato.
Serving approximately 17,900 students annually, the University is an applied research institution, with more than 200 academic programs, from bachelor's through doctoral degrees. The University is a diverse and global campus with 18% students of color and 1,175 + international students from 95 countries, cutting-edge information technology solutions and extensive partnerships. With 1,600 faculty and staff, including 700 teaching faculty. The University has additional locations and a growing number of on-line programs to accelerate educational access and opportunity. These locations include partnerships in northern Minnesota's the iron range region. Fast facts about the university can be found here: https://mankato.mnsu.edu/about-the-university/fast-facts/
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Minnesota State University, Mankato is where tireless thought and innovative research bring real solutions to real needs. The University's environment of big ideas coupled with real-world thinking equip Minnesota State Mankato students to go well beyond expectations and into exciting, rewarding futures.A growing international reputation for breakthrough research distinguishes the University, as does the unique quality of life that marks the proud community of greater Mankato.