The University of Montana, a research-oriented, doctorate-granting institution, enrolls more than 14,000 students (including 2000 graduate students) from across the country and around the globe. Surrounded by a stunning landscape, UM is a magnet for top-notch faculty and researchers. THe University recently concluded a capital campaign that raised more than $100 million in private funds for facilities, scholarships and endowed chairs--more than any Montana educational institution has ever acquired in a campaign.
Position Number 291010
Department: Native American Studies
Closing Date: Screening begins March 3, 2014. Applications received after 3/2 may be considered.
Work Schedule: Full-time, 12 months/year, 1.0 FTE
font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Union Affiliation: MPEA
Probationary Period: Six months minimum
Benefits Include: Insurance package, mandatory retirement plan, partial tuition waiver, professional development/wellness program
The Native American Studies (NAS) Department has a unique mission. As an academic department, our primary goal is to provide and maintain the highest possible academic standards for our students and ourselves. Owing to the nature and history of the department, we also maintain a strong, ongoing commitment to student and community service in appropriate areas. Both elements are reflected in our departmental philosophy and principles.
This position provides academic advising services for the NAS department majors and minors and for Native American and students from other units on campus seeking services; and provides student support by assisting with financial aid, helping Administrative Assistant organizing social and academic activities, and making referrals to campus, tribal, and community resources. This position serves as a NAS Program Specialist and Liaison; designs and implements outreach and external relations in collaboration with NAS chair, faculty, and appropriate student support persons on campus; manages NAS departmental Scholarships program; supervises student employees on special projects; conducts and oversees record-keeping and report writing; serves as administrator for NAS department Facebook page; creates, edits, and disseminates departmental newsletter; with department chair schedules NAS course offerings each semester; manages special projects for the NAS department; and other assigned duties in keeping with student support and program liaison role.
This position requires incumbent to develop working knowledge of UM General Education, major and minor and graduation requirements, UM academic policies and procedures, NAS major and minor requirements; knowledge of UM, Missoula community and tribal support services for students; knowledge of UM scheduling procedures, NAS curriculum and UM catalog; knowledge of UM website; knowledge of university or college level academic programs and of student life; knowledge of special Native American educational challenges relative to retention; knowledge of Native American Student organizations on campus; working knowledge of Native American cultures, tribal government structures, tribal colleges, Native American history and traditions, particularly in Montana; and knowledge of the history and purposes of the field of Native American Studies.
- Ability to learn and understand UM General Education, major and minor, and graduation requirements
- Ability to learn and understand UM academic policies and procedures
- Ability to learn and understand NAS major and minor requirements
- Ability to function within established policies and procedures
- Knowledge of or ability to learn about campus, Missoula community, and tribal support services for students
- Skill and ability to evaluate transcripts for transferability from other higher education institutions
- Knowledge of Banner system for accessing student records or clear indication of ability to quickly learn Banner
- Demonstrated excellent verbal, interpersonal, and written communication skills
- Ability to work well in a collaborative setting with people of various cultural backgrounds
- Knowledge of or willingness to gain knowledge of UM policies and procedures regarding use of facilities
- Ability to identify and assess at-risk students
- Understanding of confidentiality and students’ rights to privacy and demonstrated ability to maintain professional confidence regarding student records
- Ability to learn NAS-managed scholarship requirements
- Ability to work with budgets and make error-free calculations
- Ability to evaluate scholarship applications and head the scholarship review committee
- Knowledge of data management
- Public relations skills to work with current and potential donors to the scholarship funds overseen by NAS and to communicate information about scholarships to students, interested parties, and the general public
- Ability to work independently, organize, and prioritize project activities
- Knowledge of word processing, spreadsheet, and database software and ability to learn new software
- Ability to manage Facebook page and website for department
- Ability to proofread and edit and knowledge of standard business correspondence
- Ability to devise student retention plans by executing tasks like the early warning system, coordinating activities for student success, communicating resources to students, supporting student groups/clubs, and attending regular training to stay current with UM student success policies
- Ability to collaborate with American Indian Student Services (AISS) and NAS personnel and other entities on campus to facilitate student needs
- Ability to facilitate meetings and convey information about NAS
- Knowledge of the NAS mission and goals
- Ability to supervise student work staff
- Bachelor’s degree and minimum three years (3) of experience advising college students or equivalent combination of education and experience required.
- Master’s Degree in counseling or related field
- Background in Native American Studies-related field with knowledge of Native American culture, history and traditions, particularly of Montana Indians
Supplemental Questions –Please prepare responses into a word document to upload as part of your application materials. Please provide as much detail as possible.
- Please describe your work experience (if any) providing academic support/advising to students in institutions of higher education. Please be sure to include the name of the institution, your title, and specific duties performed.
- Please demonstrate your knowledge (if any) of Montana’s Native American educational institutions, organizations, and/or tribal support services for students.
HOW TO APPLY
Applicants are required to submit the following materials online via "New Resume/CV" button below. Step 5 "Attachments" in the online application process is where you may upload additional materials. Only five (5) attachments are allowed per application. Please combine documents accordingly.
- Letter of Interest – please also address the stated required skills for the position
- Detailed resume listing education and describing work experience
- Names and contact information for three (3) professional references
- Word document containing answers to supplemental questions
Criminal Background Investigation is required prior to Offer of Employment
In accordance with University regulations, finalists for this position will be subject to criminal background investigations.
Reasonable accommodations are provided in the hiring process for persons with disabilities. For example, this material is available in alternative format upon request.
As an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, we encourage applications from minorities, veterans, and women. Qualified candidates may request veterans’ or disabilities preference in accordance with state law.
References. *References not listed on the application materials may be contacted; notice may be provided to the applicant. Testing. Individual hiring departments at UM-M may elect to administer pre-employment tests, which are relevant to essential job functions. Employment Eligibility. All New Employees must be eligible and show employment eligibility verification by the first date of employment at UM, as legally required (e.g., Form I-9).