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.
- 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.
- 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.
Applications must be submitted online. To view the full job description and to apply for this position, go to http://www1.umn.edu/ohr/employment/ and search for job opening #343166. Job opening date: September 1, 2021. The position will remain open until filled. To ensure full consideration, completed online applications should be received on or before October 1, 2021.