The student governance advisor will support the Office for Student Affairs in multiple areas including advising students, facilitating processes and implementing initiatives, and alumni outreach. Under the supervision of the associate director, the student governance advisor will provide advising support to student government organizations, including the Minnesota Student Association (MSA), Professional Student Government (PSG), and Council of Graduate Students (COGS), support the Student Services Fee (SSF) process, and assist with initiatives to engage student government alumni. The student governance advisor will have a high level of student interaction; as such, up to (and at times, exceeding) 25% of work time may be outside regular business hours in order to best meet the needs of students. The position is responsible for achieving four critical outcomes: • Empower student leaders to engage in shared governance at the University of Minnesota through a consultative process with key stakeholders in order to optimize strategic campus partnerships • Assist with the development and facilitation of a comprehensive leadership development curriculum for student governance leaders, including orientation, training, goal-setting, coaching, and succession planning • Provide training and support to student groups and leaders involved in the execution of the SSF process, imparting the principles of critical thinking and tolerance of ambiguity • Create opportunities for student governance alumni to develop an affinity for the University of Minnesota and become engaged members of the University community
Responsibilities: • Advise undergraduate, graduate, and professional student leaders in MSA, COGS, and PSG, respectively (70% of time) o Attend weekly committee, assembly, and executive member meetings (note that many of these meetings may occur on evenings and weekends) o Meet regularly with council and committee chairs o Communicate student government initiatives and needs to campus partners o Assist students with advocating for their interests through University processes, procedures, and institutional partnerships o Provide guidance and support for advocacy and outreach programming o Provide training, individual/group coaching, goal-setting, and succession planning for student government bodies and individual leaders o Assist with communication with student government alumni and coordination of the student government alumni events • Assist with facilitation of the Student Services Fee (SSF) process (20% of time) o Facilitate training sessions for student group applicants o Coordinate and assist student groups with the SSF audit process o Coordinate SSF process logistics, marketing of the process, and website updates o Facilitate regular meetings with SSF committee chairs o Attend administrative unit and student group presentations (note that these will likely occur on evenings and weekends) o Attend SSF committee deliberations (note that these will likely occur on evenings and weekends) o Provide administrative support to the SSF committee o Assist with the disbursement of SSF checks to student organizations • Other projects and/or duties as assigned (10% of time) o Serve on OSA and/or University committees o Complete regular assessment of programming and processes
Appointment: The student governance advisor position is a 100% time, 12 month academic administrative position in the University's Professional and Administrative (P&A) classification series. Salary is commensurate with education, experience, and qualifications. Benefits include health, dental, and life insurance, retirement after a waiting period, paid vacation and sick leave and U of M tuition reimbursement. This position reports to the Associate Director, Office for Student Affairs.
Required Qualifications: • Bachelor’s degree in education or related field, with at least three years demonstrated experience working with student organizations at an institution of higher education • Advanced knowledge and understanding of college student development • Strong understanding of legal issues in higher education • Excellent verbal, written, communication, and interpersonal skills • Ability to consistently demonstrate a high level of professionalism and good judgment • Demonstrated commitment to and success in valuing and actively promoting equity and diversity • Demonstrated ability to handle ambiguous, complex situations and requests
Preferred Qualifications • Master’s Degree in higher education administration/student personnel services, education, student development, or related academic work • Experience with student governing bodies or advisory boards • Demonstrated ability to partner with offices throughout the University • Experience working with student fee allocation • Knowledge of and experience with assessing and evaluating services and programs • Proficiency with computer and common business software • Ability to plan, monitor, evaluate, and manage multiple priorities • Demonstrated ability to be flexible and innovative • Advanced understanding of legal issues surrounding student fees and First Amendment rights
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