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JOB OPENING: Community Engagement Coordinator

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September 6, 2019

    This position is a 9764P3 - Student Professional Services 3 position. Benefit information can be found here

    Questions can be directed to Angela Boutch at

    About the Job

    The Department American Indian Studies in the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Minnesota invites applications for a full-time twelve-month Community Engagement Coordinator position to begin as soon as possible. Candidates for this position will serve as liaison between the University of Minnesota and American Indian communities, organizations, students and institutions. They will work to enhance the Department’s and the College’s role as a partner with communities of color in Minnesota.

    Roles and responsibilities of this individual will include, but are not limited to:

    • Regular communications between the Department and its various constituents.
    • Serve as liaison connecting the community to the department and college's teaching, service, and research resources, including use of social media and other resources.
    • Create and nurture a network of relationships that link the department and college to the community by providing internship and service learning opportunities for CLA students as well as research and service opportunities to our faculty.
    • Recruit diverse and excellent undergraduate students to CLA establishing relationships with schools, workplace, after school programs, service agencies and local community colleges to increase awareness of the University of Minnesota American Indian serving programs. This will include programming support for a summer campus experience for American Indian high school students.
    • Develops strategic plans for outreach to diverse communities including immersion schools, reservation communities, and other American Indian serving organizations.
    • Collaborate with collegiate administrative offices, Admissions, other collegiate outreach coordinators, and University personnel.
    • Cooperate with CLA Office of External Relations to enable outreach activities to build strong collegiate relationships with communities of color, alumni and potential donors.
    • Act as coordinator, in collaboration with the Department’s curriculum coordinator, for events and recruitment associated with the Ojibwe and Dakota language programs.


    Required Qualifications: 

    • Bachelor's degree, plus four (4) years of relevant experience in program or project coordination.
    • Experience with American Indian Communities. 
    • Proficient computer skills to include word processing, email, electronic newsletters, social media, web searching and design.    

    Preferred Qualifications: 

    • Master's degree, excellent organizational skills, grant writing experience and/or demonstrated (Dakota and/or Ojibwe) speaking capabilities. 
    • Demonstrated ability to prioritize and balance multiple tasks and responsibilities. 
    • Ability to work well and communicate effectively (both verbally and in writing) with diverse populations, including students, members of the faculty, and community members. 
    • Knowledge and experience in higher education structures, policies, and procedures.
    • Demonstrated ability to learn and disseminate detailed information using a high-level of interpersonal skills. 
    • Demonstrated ability to work independently, collaboratively, and under supervision. 
    • Familiarity with liberal arts programs and with university-wide student support services.
    • Strong writing skills to include proofing, editing, and presentation layouts. 
    • Demonstrated success working in a team setting. 

    About the Department

    The Department of American Indian Studies at the University of Minnesota strives to cultivate Native leaders and allies by providing a critical and comprehensive education in the field of Native American and Indigenous Studies. Through the exploration of indigenous narratives, heritage, and history, we strive to restore and promote the importance of American Indians in everyday life. 

    How To Apply

    Applications must be submitted online.  If you are a current employee of the University of Minnesota, click here; otherwise, you may apply at the link here

    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 or call (612) 624-UOHR (8647).



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