GENERAL STATEMENT OF DUTIES: Manages the day-to-day program operations of the East African Student to Teacher (EAST) initiative, including fiscal oversight of the Collaborative Urban Educator Fund to support diversification of the teacher workforce. Augsburg's program specifically targets future teachers of East African origin. The EAST Program Manager serves as a bi-cultural liaison between and among East African communities and the Education department's faculty and staff for the purposes of successfully recruiting, retaining, and licensing East African K-12 teachers.
The EAST Program Manager collaborates closely with the EAST Faculty Director, the Education Department faculty and staff, and EAST Scholars in areas of student recruitment, advising, program management, and advocacy.
Advising and Retention
- Assist new students with initial enrollment processes; arrange for academic support for coursework and state testing requirements.
- Collaborate with Education department faculty and staff to provide ongoing support for course selection to ensure licensure requirements are met.
- Provide culturally responsive advising, guidance and support to enrolled students.
- Full fiscal oversight and management of the CUE grant; budgeting, forecasting, expenditures, and reporting.
- Plan and co-lead bi-monthly seminars to foster community and support for the EAST Scholars.
- Develop and maintain relationships with school districts to build professional networks.
- Advocate and liaison to the East African community to build pipeline of future EAST Scholars.
- Basic knowledge with how legislature works, related education policies in Minnesota, and ability to seek additional education grants for the program.
- Manage student recruitment process through ongoing communication and visits to community colleges and community events throughout the Twin Cities metro and Rochester to provide potential students with information about the CUE-EAST program.
- Foster and maintain relationships with other providers of student recruitment and outreach activities inside and outside of the College; coordinate with admissions staff for undergraduate and graduate programs.
- Develop marketing plans; monitor activities to evaluate the effectiveness of the program's recruitment efforts.
- Produce and distribute reports to faculty regarding activities and projects related to recruitment.
- Partner with Admissions to provide additional support to potential EAST Scholars through the application process.
- Experience with interviewing process.
- Assist with data collection for future improvements to the program.
ADDITIONAL EXAMPLES OF WORK PERFORMED:
- Serve as Augsburg representative at college and career-fairs to promote the EAST program on behalf of the Education department.
- All other duties as apparent or assigned by supervisor(s).
- Bachelor's Degree from an accredited college or university required.
- Minimum of five (5) years of relevant experience working with East African communities, preferably within the Twin Cities.
- Bi-lingual fluency in English and Amharic, Oromo, Somali, or Swahili.
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills in both English and Amharic, Oromo, Somali, or Swahili.
- Ability to influence and motivate others.
- Deep and demonstrated knowledge of East African cultures, traditions and values.
- Demonstrated knowledge of and commitment to issues related to K-12 education.
- Strong computer skills; proficient in MS Office, Google Mail/Calendar, and cloud-based applications.
- Ability to work effectively and collaboratively in a diverse work environment.
- Flexible and adaptable.
- High initiative and ability to work independently, yet collaborate as part of a larger team.
- Experience with planning, organizing, and implementing high-quality programs and events.