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Circle of Indigenous Nations Director

University of Minnesota
life insurance, paid holidays
United States, Minnesota, Saint Paul
Jun 24, 2024
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Twin Cities
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About the Job

The Director of the Circle of Indigenous Nations(COIN) reports to the Associate Vice President for Institution Engagement and Education Justice of the Office for Equity and Diversity (OED) and works closely with the Office of Equity and Diversity Vice President. The Director oversees the development of strategic partnerships that support campus-wide support initiatives for American Indian, Native American, and Indigenous students who hold intersectional identities along race, ability, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, and socioeconomic status.

COIN's director leads the visioning, strategic planning, and programmatic agenda for the unit, and partners with institutional colleagues on strategic enrollment management.
This position is a 100 percent time, 12-month, annually renewable professional and administrative position on the University's Twin Cities campus.

This posting will stay open until filled

Duties and Responsibilities:
Provide vision, direction, and support for COIN
* Establish short and long-term strategic plans for COIN, in consultation with OED senior leaders, in the areas of campus representation, inclusion, and American Indian (AI)/Native American (NA)/Indigenous student academic success and advocacy.
* Develop a detailed budget to support COIN strategic initiatives in consultation with finance and budget colleagues.
* Create, sustain, and continuously cultivate institutional, system, and community relationships and collaborations (i.e., with admissions, academic, counseling, and career services units) with the goal of enhancing AI/NA/Indigenous student support initiatives.
* Serve as the primary staff coordinator for the Twin Cities American Indian Advisory Board.
* Develop and implement programs and initiatives that provide AI/NA/Indigenous students with skills to navigate a Predominantly White Institution with the goals of increasing retention and graduation rates.
* Implement holistic support frameworks aimed to ensure AI/NA/Indigenous students/learners achieve their intellectual, academic, and well-being goals.
* Partner with OED and Foundation colleagues in the cultivation of philanthropic efforts to support COIN, as well as administering funds that support students' scholarships.
* Prepare briefs, reports, and talking points for senior leaders highlighting COIN's efforts in support of our AI/NA/Indigenous students.
* Design and implement a robust evaluation and assessment plan for COIN programming and initiatives.
* Lead the recruitment, hiring, and onboarding of professional staff; provide supervision, mentoring, coaching, and evaluation of staff members; lead team-building efforts.
* Assist in the recruitment, hiring, and implementation of COIN's Elders in Residence Program, language tutors, office interns, and American Indian Cultural House Living Learning Community intern.
* Represent COIN and serve as internal and external ambassador to AI/NA/Indigenous students' interests; attend events and programs on campus, particularly those being held by multicultural/AI/NA/Indigenous student organizations.
* Provide on-going support, feedback, and direction for existing and developing programs and initiatives in COIN.
* Establish and share best practices to support AI/NA/Indigenous students in the classroom.
* Develop and implement a strategic marketing and outreach plan focused on campus-wide marketing of COIN services, mission, and resources.

* Serve on appropriate University committees and as a member of the Leadership Team in the Office for Equity and Diversity.
* Engage in work consistent with the mission of the Office for Equity and Diversity to create and sustain a campus environment that values and actively supports a pluralistic community.
* Serve as an effective spokesperson and ambassador for COIN to AI/NA/Indigenous external (i.e., Big Ten Native Alliance and American Indian Graduation Committee) and
internal constituents (i.e., student, staff, and faculty affinity groups/spaces).



* Master's degree with at least 8 years of experience working with students who come from marginalized communities, and/or who have had limited access to higher education.
* Must possess knowledge of and expertise working with American Indian students, tribes, tribal colleges, and/or tribal school systems.
* Demonstrated understanding of American Indian students in a college or University setting (addressing academic, financial, personal, social, and cultural needs) along with the knowledge of reservation and tribal communities, offices, and agencies.
* Must be committed to creating strong and supportive academic support strategies for underrepresented, first generation, and marginalized students.
* Demonstrated experience developing initiatives aimed to support diverse students and groups, not limited to:
o American Indians/Native Americans and Indigenous people; people of color, including underrepresented groups and new immigrant populations; people with both visible and invisible disabilities; people across faiths, religions, spiritualities, and those who are agnostic and atheists; women; people of various gender and sexual identities and expressions; first generation students and those from economically disadvantaged backgrounds.

* Demonstrated understanding of theories and ways of knowing related to equity, diversity, and inclusion; student development; community engagement.
* Ability to relate effectively to students and work cooperatively with faculty and staff.
* Demonstrated ability to:
o encourage creativity and innovation
o administer higher education programs
o working and collaborating with faculty, administrators, members of communities
o evaluate and assess AI/NA student success programs and initiatives
* Experience supervising and mentoring staff.
* Excellent communication, writing skills to diverse audiences.
* Experience developing and administering budgets.
* Computer competency with word processing, spreadsheets, email, and electronic calendaring programs.
* Ability to work evenings and weekends as needed.

* Ph.D. or comparable terminal degree in Higher Education or related field.
* Five years of full-time experience working in a college or university academic setting.
* Teaching, presenting, and/or facilitating in a higher education environment.

About the Department

Mission Statement

The Circle of Indigenous Nations (COIN) is a student support office that advances and advocates for the needs of American Indian/Native American, Alaska Native, and First Nations students at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities. COIN offers a range of specialized services, programs, events, and resources to assist students throughout their journey at the University. COIN also creates and maintains a welcoming on-campus space where Native and global Indigenous students are able to build relations with each other through shared interests, cultural values/traditions, and hxstorical experiences.


Working at the University

At the University of Minnesota, you'll find a flexible work environment and supportive colleagues who are interested in lifelong learning. We prioritize work-life balance, allowing you to invest in the future of your career and in your life outside of work.

The University also offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes:

  • Competitive wages, paid holidays, and generous time off
  • Continuous learning opportunities through professional training and degree-seeking programs supported by the Regents Tuition Benefit Program
  • Low-cost medical, dental, and pharmacy plans
  • Healthcare and dependent care flexible spending accounts
  • University HSA contributions
  • Disability and employer-paid life insurance
  • Employee wellbeing program
  • Excellent retirement plans with employer contribution
  • Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) opportunity
  • Financial counseling services
  • Employee Assistance Program with eight sessions of counseling at no cost

Please visit the Office of Human Resources website for more information regarding benefits.

How To Apply

Due to a technical error, the priority deadline has been extended to Friday, June 7, 2024. To be considered for this position, please click the Apply button and follow the instructions. You will be given the opportunity to complete an online application for the position and attach a cover letter and resume.

Additional documents may be attached after application by accessing your "My Job Applications" page and uploading documents in the "My Cover Letters and Attachments" section.

To request an accommodation during the application process, please e-mail employ@umn.edu or call (612) 624-8647.


The University recognizes and values the importance of diversity and inclusion in enriching the employment experience of its employees and in supporting the academic mission. The University is committed to attracting and retaining employees with varying identities and backgrounds.

The University of Minnesota provides equal access to and opportunity in its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. To learn more about diversity at the U: http://diversity.umn.edu

Employment Requirements

Any offer of employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a background check. Our presumption is that prospective employees are eligible to work here. Criminal convictions do not automatically disqualify finalists from employment.

About the U of M

The University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (UMTC)

The University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (UMTC), is among the largest public research universities in the country, offering undergraduate, graduate, and professional students a multitude of opportunities for study and research. Located at the heart of one of the nation's most vibrant, diverse metropolitan communities, students on the campuses in Minneapolis and St. Paul benefit from extensive partnerships with world-renowned health centers, international corporations, government agencies, and arts, nonprofit, and public service organizations.

At the University of Minnesota, we are proud to be recognized by the Star Tribune as a Top Workplace for 2021, as well as by Forbes as Best Employers for Women and one of America's Best Employers (2015, 2018, 2019, 2023), Best Employer for Diversity (2019, 2020), Best Employer for New Grads (2018, 2019), and Best Employer by State (2019, 2022).

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