Montana State University

Professional Position
Vacancy Announcement
January 29, 2014

Director, Native American Student Success
Native American Studies

Search Number     14-246
Start Date Upon successful completion of search process
Appointment Full-time (1.0 FTE) fiscal year Montana University System contract; subject to annual renewal

$48,000 – 52,000 per year, dependent upon experience, education and qualifications.

Benefits Eligible
Montana State University values diverse perspectives and is committed to continually supporting, promoting and building an inclusive and culturally diverse campus environment. MSU recognizes the importance of work-life integration and strives to be responsive to the needs of dual career couples.

Founded in 1893 as a Land Grant University, Montana State University (MSU) is composed of nine academic colleges and a graduate school and boasts a friendly, supportive faculty and campus environment. Currently, the University hosts an enrollment of over 15,000 students, including approximately 2,000 graduate students. MSU is classified as one of 108 U.S. Research Universities (very high research activity) by the Carnegie Foundation.

MSU is located in Bozeman, Montana, an extended community of about 70,000 nestled in the Rocky Mountains in Southwest Montana. In addition to providing access to an extraordinary ecosystem for teaching and research programs, Bozeman is renowned for year-round recreational and cultural opportunities to include access to world class ski areas, multiple blue ribbon trout streams and the Gallatin National Forest. The Bozeman-Yellowstone International Airport is served by several major airlines and is the busiest airport in the state.

Named an All American City, Bozeman boasts high-quality medical facilities, a very low crime rate, many fine restaurants, acclaimed public and private schools, a symphony orchestra and choir, an annual opera, and nationally known events such as the Sweet Pea Festival of the Arts held in early August of each year. Bozeman is listed as one of National Geographic's "World's 25 Best Ski Towns." ranked Bozeman #2 on the list of American Dreamtowns - small towns that offer the best quality of life without metropolitan hassles. The K-12 educational system, growing reputation of Montana State University, and pristine natural environment of the area combine to make Bozeman one of America's most desirable university towns. Bozeman is located in the beautiful Gallatin Valley, 90 miles north of Yellowstone National Park.


The Office of Native Student Success serves to assist in the recruitment, retention and graduation of Native American and Alaska Native students at Montana State University.

Under the supervision of the department head, Native American Studies, incumbent serves as an advocate, providing advising and counseling to Native students. Incumbent will provide academic and student support pursuant to the recruitment, retention, and academic success of American Indian/Alaska Native students.

Current Native student enrollment is approximately 550. Native Student Success services works in coordination with a number of other campus-wide student support programs including New Student Services, University Studies, American Indian Research Opportunities (AIRO), Caring for Our Own (CO-OP), and Designing Our Community (DOC).

Duties and

  • Assist in the recruitment and retention of American Indian/Alaska Native students;
  • Serve as an advocate for American Indian/Alaska Native students pursing post-secondary educational opportunities;
  • Serve as counselor and advisor to American Indian/Alaska Native students;
  • Serve as liaison between academic/student support programs and American Indian/Alaska Native students;
  • Manage records and files related to grant or institutional compliance;
  • Coordinate tutorial, scholarship and emergency loan programs;
  • Represent MSU as liaison to the Issksiniip Project, Blackfeet Tribe;
  • Assist in the development of programs that benefit American Indian students academically, financially, and socially;
  • Advise the American Indian Council on the management of the MSU Pow Wow;
  • Supervise tutors and mentors;
  • Other duties as assigned.

1.   Master’s degree in Education, or related field; or an equivalent combination of relevant education and experience.
2.   Successful experience advocating for economically disadvantaged and underrepresented students.
3.   Demonstrated experience working with diverse communities.
4.   Experience in a higher education setting or similar work environment.
5.   Successful experience in managing projects or programs or work unit/center.
6.   Demonstrated potential for effective supervising others.
1.   Training in marriage, family counseling, or related field,
2.   Knowledge of American Indian cultures, history and contemporary issues, particularly those tribes in Montana.
3.   Knowledge of or ability to learn MSU policies and procedures.
4.   Knowledge of academic advising practices.
The Successful
Candidate Will

  • Possess excellent oral and written communication skills, including the ability to communicate information in an understandable way to diverse clientele.
  • Exhibit high professional standards.
  • Have the ability to work on many projects simultaneously and prioritize appropriately, as well as possess effective organizational skills.
  • Exhibit enthusiasm for working with students/communities with diverse backgrounds.
  • Possess effective mentoring skills related to working with students.
  • Possess the ability to represent Native American Studies and its programs to others in a professional, courteous and competent manner.

    1.   In accordance with MSU policy, hiring will be conditional upon successful completion of a pre-employment background check.
    2.   The person in this position will work a varying schedule that will include evenings and occasional weekends as assigned.
    3.   Travel on an occasional basis may be required for attendance at meetings, trainings, conferences, etc.
    4.   The person in this position must possess a valid driver's license and acceptable driving record. Please do not send a copy of your license at this time. (If successful candidate possess a valid out-of-state driver’s license, must obtain a valid Montana driver’s license within 60 days of hire.)

    Screening of applications will begin on February 24, 2014 and will continue to be accepted until an adequate pool is established.


    To apply, submit the following:

    • (1) a letter of application addressing all of the above required and preferred qualifications, and
    • (2) a current resume or vitae, and
    • (3) the names, addresses, telephone numbers and email addresses of three current professional references.

      An application packet addressing all of the above listed items is highly encouraged. Missing materials and/or information may not be requested and may result in your application not being considered for the position.

      Electronic submissions in PDF format are preferred, and must have the applicant's signature on the letter of application. For electronic submittals, please indicate "Applicant - Search #14-246" in the subject line of the email.

      • Submit materials to:

      • Dr. Matthew Herman, Chair
      • Native American Student Support Director Search Committee
      • Department of Native American Studies
      • Montana State University
      • PO Box 172340
      • Bozeman MT 59717-2340
      • (406)994-3881

        In order to receive Veterans Preference during the application review process, it is highly recommended that the required forms are included at the time you submit your application materials. Click here for the forms and information regarding Veterans Preference. Important note: Your preference form is submitted to a different location than your application materials. A DD214 is not a required document.