The American Indian College Fund (College Fund) strives to positively impact the lives of American Indians by supporting their higher education and career objectives by building tribal college and university (TCUs) capacity through programming, research, and scholarships. Together, we collectively raise funds and secure grants to support TCU students, faculty, and staff in achieving their goals. The College Fund believes education is the answer and supports TCUs as an integral part of our mission. The College Fund also practices programming for impact where we develop clear program outcomes and collects data to monitor and evaluate outcome fulfillment and the effectiveness of our strategies.
The Tribal College Transfer Pathways Program Officer position focuses on managing and implementing one grant-funded program at the College Fund, which seeks to build the capacity of the seven tribal colleges in Montana (MT) to collectively and systematically meet state workforce needs in the healthcare and education sector. Broadly, the College Fund will provide technical assistance, stakeholder coordination, program administration, and implementation grants to build the proposed capacities across the seven MT TCUs. Specifically, the Program Officer will guide the TCUs in their work to collaboratively establish clear transfer pathways and program standards between their institutions and build out stackable credentials, focusing on the development of healthcare and education pathways from certificate to associate to baccalaureate degrees through 1+1 and 2+2 articulation agreements. Overall, the programming and Program Officer role will support and build the transfer pathways to improve the educational and career outcomes of underserved Native populations in MT and across the TCU system.
The Program Officer will work closely with College Fund’s Program Administrator, TCU leadership, TCU faculty and staff, consultants, and state/national partners to ensure successful grant implementation and goal achievement. The Program Officer will lead the project with strong subject matter expertise, support the project implementation teams at each of the seven TCUs, and facilitate TCU cross-collaboration to achieve project goals and successfully build out transfer pathways.
The program officer will offer a broader perspective, facilitate cross-TCU collaboration, and provide focused technical assistance including examples of articulation agreements, successful transfer policies and procedures, and transfer support services. They will work closely and directly with a dedicated team of faculty/staff at each TCU and provide input on programming activities as they occur on the ground. The Program Officer also plays a critical role in helping the TCUs assess their readiness and resources for grant implementation and in addressing emergent challenges among grantees. The Program Officer will also be responsible for collecting the necessary data for and writing annual project reports.
Essential Job Functions
- Works with the seven Montana Tribal Colleges identify two healthcare and/or education transfer pathways that require one- or two-year credentials and lead to high-demand jobs in healthcare and/or education in Montana.
- Develops program strategies and implementation plans in collaboration with the seven TCUs to identify gaps and opportunities in existing transfer and academic programming and to specify concrete actions to build out successful transfer pathways and stackable credentials.
- Reviews, guides, and supports the execution of broader strategies across the MT TCUs, within each tribal college’s implementation plan, to develop a cohesive system to deliver robust academic programming, stackable credentials, and coordinated career supports to prepare Native students to meet workforce needs in healthcare and education across the state.
- Coordinates, facilitates, and co-leads meetings with MT TCUs.
- Provides program leadership and technical assistance to TCU faculty, TCU leadership, and partners engaged in the transfer pathway development to build effective transfer processes, programming and partnerships among the TCUs.
- Helps connect existing educational programs already offered across MT TCUs while engaging with the TCUs to identify and build out the needed institutional capacity to make transfer pathways successful.
- Develops and maintains highly collaborative and supportive relationships with the seven MT TCUs. The Program Officer will conduct monthly check-ins with each TCU and quarterly check-ins with all seven MT TCUs to identify and help resolve emergent challenges and ensure cross-TCU partnership building and communication are occurring.
- Support and guide the alignment of programming with TCU policies and procedures to ensure the sustainability of transfer and academic programming.
- Works together with the seven MT TCUs to build out at least two transfer pathways through 1+1 and 2+2 articulation agreements; and assists with the development of articulation agreements, curriculum revisions, and accreditation approvals to meet program outcomes.
- Collaborates with the College Fund’s Research and Evaluation team to offer data training and coaching to the seven MT TCUs to build their capacity to track enrollment, transfer, and graduation data for the newly developed transfer pathways using National Student Clearinghouse data.
- Convenes the MT TCUs to identify best practices and insights that are scalable to the TCU system.
- Collects, tracks, and manages all program elements.
- Documents all changes to certificate and degree programs and transfer processes (courses, descriptions, and curriculum) as evidence of developing a clearer and cohesive academic pathway that support stackable credential completion.
- Serves as point-of-contact and a resource to College Fund Program Administrator and seven MT TCUs.
- Identifies training needs and skills gaps for project grantees, facilitates skill development, and make recommendations for solutions.
- Organizes and attends meetings and events related to the project.
- Trains and provides direction to team members.
- Oversees program reporting and evaluation and plays a pivotal role in collecting program data.
- Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite
- Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills.
- Ability to communicate with a diverse team and build strong relationships with diverse stakeholders.
- Ability to work well independently and as part of a team.
- Flexibility to adapt to a fast-paced and dynamic work environment.
- Ability to multi-task, organize and meet deadlines.
- Personal characteristics sought include initiative, discretion, mature judgment, positive behavior, patience, and understanding.
- Aptitude for learning
Required Education/ Experience
- Master's degree in Education or a related field from an accredited institution.
- 3+ years of experience in program management and oversight in higher education
- 3+ years of experience with transfer pathway development, including experience developing articulation agreements.
- Familiarity with student transfer student advising, and curriculum development processes in higher education.
- Experience engaging diverse stakeholders in program development and implementation.
Preferred Experience and Knowledge of:
- Ph.D. in Education or a related field.
- Knowledge of research design and research methods
- Familiarity with course evaluation, curriculum development, transfer, and articulation policies in higher education
- Experience working with tribal nation communities and knowledge of American Indian/Alaska Native culture, and/or working with TCUs
Work Environment and Physical Activities:
- This position is often required to pack boxes and lift them for shipping, and to lift equipment (computers, printers, recorders, screens, etc.), up to 20 to 30 pounds
- Frequent keyboarding
- 25% travel
Note: The intent is not to provide an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities, or qualifications associated with this position. Incumbent may perform other duties as assigned.