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Montana State University

Professional Position /
Vacancy Announcement

Assistant Director - American Indian Research Opportunities(AIRO)
American Indian Research Opportunities

Search Number: 7394-3

Starting Date: Upon completion of search process.

Salary: Commensurate with experience, education and qualifications. Salary is contingent upon grant funding.

Departmental Information

AIRO is a consortium of Montana's seven tribal colleges (Blackfeet Community College, Chief Dull Knife College, Fort Belknap College, Fort Peck Community College, Little Big Horn College, Salish-Kootenai College and Stone Child College) and Montana State University-Bozeman. The consortium is dedicated to providing opportunities for American Indian students in career fields where they are significantly underrepresented; more specifically to recruit, retain and graduate American Indians with associate, baccalaureate, master's and doctoral degrees in science, engineering and mathematics. For more details on AIRO, refer to the home page at .

Founded in 1893 in the scenic Gallatin Valley just north of Yellowstone National Park, Montana State is now a four-campus university with a combined enrollment of more than 19,000 students, a faculty and staff of over 3,000 FTE, and a general operating budget of nearly $150 million.

MSU-Bozeman is a comprehensive, land-grant university that offers undergraduate degrees in 51 fields, master's degrees in 40, and doctoral degrees in 17. The Bozeman campus awards approximately 40 doctoral degrees yearly. Currently MSU-Bozeman expends over $80 million annually from externally funded research, an increase of 400% over the last ten years.

Named an all-American City, Bozeman is an attractive, culturally alive, small city located in the northern Rocky Mountains. The 70,000 residents of Bozeman and nearby communities enjoy excellent schools, a very low crime rate, a vibrant cultural and arts scene, and one of the most outstanding year-round outdoor recreational areas in the nation. Bozeman is located just 90 miles from Yellowstone National Park and has two world-class ski areas less than an hour away.

Duties and Responsibilities:

This position will assist the AIRO Director in managing all aspects of MSU's American Indian Research Opportunities (AIRO) Program. The Assistant Director will work with the AIRO Director to ensure the successful implementation and operation of the AIRO program. The decisions made by the person in this position will directly impact the ability of AIRO to meet the goals of the work plan as outlined in the supporting grants. Performance in this position is also crucial to the efforts of the University to obtain support for diversity issues. Major responsibilities will include:

  • Mentor and tutor students.
  • Collaborate in writing grant proposals and progress reports.
  • Teach/facilitate seminar on health issues for Native Americans.
  • Conduct outreach to tribal colleges and tribal communities.
  • Supervise AIRO staff.
  • Responsible for a wide variety of administrative support for all grant activities and serve as part of the project team.

Required Qualifications

  1. Bachelor's Degree.
  2. Demonstrated experience working with, and in support of, college-level Native Americans.
  3. Experience working with Native American communities.
  4. Record of progressively responsible experience in program planning and implementation.
Preferred Qualifications
  1. Master's Degree.
  2. Knowledge, sensitivity and understanding of the social, educational and cultural needs/concerns of Native Americans.
  3. Demonstrated excellence in oral and written communication.
  4. Record of success in supervising employees.
The Successful Candidate Will possess excellent interpersonal skills; the ability to contribute in a team environment; the ability to manage multiple and complex tasks with attention to detail; the ability and willingness to work a varying schedule that will include evenings and occasional weekends as assigned. The candidate must have the ability to travel on an occasional basis (must have or be able to obtain a valid Montana driver's license)and possess the ability to represent American Indian Research Opportunities (AIRO) and its programs to others in a professional, courteous and competent manner.

Application Procedure
Screening of applications will begin July 9, 2007 and continues until the position is filled. Interested applicants should submit

  1. a letter of application addressing each of the required and preferred qualifications;
  2. a complete curriculum vita and
  3. names and contact information for three professional references. Please send both a signed hard copy and an electronic file (Microsoft Word format).

Submit materials to:

Jennifer Woodcock
AIRO Administrative Associate
Montana State University
P.O. Box 173925
Bozeman, MT 59717-3925

ADA/EO/AA/VETERAN'S PREFERENCE: In compliance with the Montana Veteran's Employment Preference Act, MSU provides preference in employment to veterans, disabled veterans, and certain eligible relatives of veterans. MSU makes accommodation for any known disability that may interfere with an applicant's ability to compete in the hiring process or an employee's ability to perform the duties of the job. To claim veteran's preference or request accommodation, contact Human Resources/Affirmative Action, Hamilton Hall, MSU, Bozeman MT 59717-2430; 406-994-2042.

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