Native American Center Student Support Advisor

$42,000 yearly
  • Lake Superior State University
  • Sault Ste. Marie, MI, USA
  • Nov 18, 2021
Full time Education Professional Services

Job Description

Lake Superior State University invites applications for a new open position as the University’s Native American Center Student Support Advisor. Reporting directly to the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, the Native American Center Student Support Advisor serves on the Provost’s Council and is directly responsible for developing and implementing student success and retention initiatives through the Native American Center. Primary responsibilities for this position include oversight of the Native American Center, oversight of the Native American student organization on campus, development of culturally relevant professional development and community programming, and collaborative coordination of student success and support services programming with other student support service areas on campus. This position requires comprehensive knowledge of, and experience working with, Native American populations and communities.

We seek an enthusiastic, entrepreneurial self-starter eager to embrace a tremendous opportunity to work collaboratively with a dedicated and exciting academic team to conceive and carry out substantive and far-reaching student success initiatives. This academic team includes the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, the Vice Provost for Accreditation and Assessment, the Director of Library and Academic Services, and the Deans of all five Colleges at LSSU.

Aligned closely with the University’s Strategic Plan, the Native American Center Student Support Advisor position is critical to accomplish two specific goals in connection with Priority 2 of the plan, Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging. With the support of the entire academic team described above, this individual will work to “augment the prominence of the Native American Center on campus, in the community, and on a regional and national level through broader programmatic offerings” (Goal Strategy 2.5.1). Additionally, this position provides extensive opportunities to help LSSU develop immersive cultural programming that “promotes Native American historical and contemporary narrative” and create new programming and activities through the Native American Center that will greatly broaden Native American cultural awareness among the campus community.

Specifically, LSSU seeks someone with these characteristics and qualifications: 

  • Experience with and comprehensive knowledge of Native American populations and communities.
  • Commitment and dedication to the success of Native American students.
  • Commitment and dedication to the success of at-risk, first-generation, and underprepared students.
  • Entrepreneurial self-starter outlook with strong collaborative teamwork skills.
  • Strong interpersonal, oral and written communication skills.
  • Leadership, management, and organizational skills.
  • Understanding of assessment as a tool to direct change and improvements.
  • Commitment to promoting a culture of inclusion that values diversity.

Lake Superior State University is located in Sault Sainte Marie, Michigan, bordering Canada and several Tribal communities. It is a prime location for any outdoor enthusiast, situated in close proximity to three Great Lakes and surrounded by the rich natural resources of Northern Michigan.

 Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent education.
  • Demonstrated experience with and comprehensive knowledge of Native American populations and communities.
  • Commitment and dedication to the success of Native American students.
  • Self-starter with strong collaborative teamwork skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills.
  • Proficiency in productivity and design software including Microsoft Office.