Native American Program Coordinator

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Posting Number:U - 00494
Position Title:Staff Assistant
Local Title if different:Native American Program Coordinator
Job CategoryProfessional/Management
FLSA Classification:Exempt
Obligation:Calendar Year
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Position TypeTemporary
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Salary Grade:SL2
Full Time or Part Time:Full Time
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DivisionDivision of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

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Search Contact(s):Dr. Jacqueline Richardson-Melecio, LMSW, PhD
Associate Vice President, Chief Diversity Officer
Search Contact Phone/Extension:315-267-2341
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Job Summary/Basic Function:A primary focus of the coordinator will be on programming initiatives designed to increase the recruitment, retention, and academic, social success and graduation rate of Indigenous students. This includes maintaining close working relationships with Native communities across the State, particularly Akwesasne Mohawks.

Job Requirements & Essential Functions of the Job:Work on programming initiatives designed to increase the recruitment, retention, and academic success of Indigenous students on our campus by forming collaboration with such departments as the Office of Admissions , Student Success Center, Careers, Campus Life and across all campus departments as well as maintaining close working relationships with Indigenous communities across the State, particularly Akwesasne Mohawks.

· Work in collaboration with the Student Success Center, academic departments, and other support services to support access, retention, and academic success of SUNY Potsdam’s Indigenous students.*Assist the Modern Language Department with Mohawk language course offerings.· Plan, organize and evaluate initiatives/activities that improve Indigenous students’ academic and social success.· Advise, mentor, and assist students on a variety of academic, social, and cultural issues and provide opportunity for cultural identity among the students.· Promote/offer resources and educational opportunities for the campus community to promote a climate of cultural awareness and inclusion.· Assist the Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in providing the necessary support to retain the students.· Collaborate with the Center for Diversity (CFD) and other campus departments on programming, which reflects the goals of the Division as well as support students’ intersecting identities.*Work with other campus units and external organizations to provide services and programs that promote and expand inclusive excellence at SUNY Potsdam.· Collaborate with academic and administrative departments to increase understanding of the unique issues, trends and needs of Indigenous students.*Organize targeted and campus-wide cultural activities to foster a better understanding of the culture of Indigenous people.*Serve as a resource and guide for Indigenous students who are having a difficult time adjusting to life on the SUNY Potsdam campus and in the North Country.*Support students in fostering a better understanding and appreciation of diversity and inclusion through events/workshops/conferences/forums.*Work closely with the First Nation Student Association (FNSA) and other CFD clubs.*Serve on college committees.*Other duties are assigned.This position will require some evening and weekend duties along with periodic travel.

Required Qualifications:A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university is required. The successful applicant must be able to work collaboratively with various campus constituents, possess facilitation and programming skills/experience, and must demonstrate a commitment to assist in building and sustaining a respectful, welcoming, inclusive, and supportive campus environment for underrepresented students and especially our Indigenous students.

We are seeking candidates who possess communication and interpersonal skills sufficient to work effectively with an increasingly diverse array of students and colleagues and who have demonstrated a commitment to creating, fostering and sustaining an inclusive environment.
Preferred Qualifications:Professional experience working with Indigenous students. Master’s degree in education, Counseling Psychology, Higher Education Administration, or related field, and at least three years’ experience.

Supervisor:Dr. Jacqueline Richardson-Melecio

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Special Instructions to Applicants:Application materials should include: resume, cover letter describing specific skills and experience relevant to the position and a document with the names of three professional references who can speak to your ability to perform this role.

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