Director, Indian Education

Minneapolis, MN, US
May 16, 2019
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Job Title: Director, Indian Education and Requisition ID number: 58963
Close Date: 11:59 PM on 05/30/2019
Organizational Unit: Indian Education (10000261)
Site: Davis Center (0001)
FTE: 1.0; this is based on full-time equivalency with 1.0 being full time
Union: MAAS(43)
Functional Area: Administrative

Resume and Cover Letter are mandatory to apply for any position.

SUMMARY Under limited supervision, coordinates and leads MPS Indian Education Programs, including program development, financial oversight, staff management, and community relations;

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS -- Essential functions, as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include any of the following representative duties, knowledge, and skills. This list is ILLUSTRATIVE ONLY, and is not a comprehensive listing of all functions and duties performed by incumbents of this class. Employees are required to be in attendance and prepared to begin work at their assigned work location on the specified days and hours. Factors such as regular attendance at the job are not routinely listed in job descriptions, but are an essential function. Essential duties and responsibilities may include, but are not limited to, the following:

• Leads MPS Indian Education Program and establishes program priorities; performs duties within scope of authority and training, and in compliance with MPS policies.
• Directs programs and policies to implement the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between the Minneapolis Board of Education and the American Indian community.
• Coordinates MPS Indian Education Program with Metropolitan Urban Indian Directors and Phillips Indian Educators Committee to build collaborative partnerships and effective programs.
• Manages assigned staff, develops priorities, assigns tasks and projects, and assures that appropriate services are provided; develops staff skills and conducts performance evaluations; meets regularly with staff to discuss and resolve priorities, workload and technical issues.
• Develops and evaluates Indian Education programs; collects and analyzes program and participant data, and develops recommendations to improve program effectiveness; presents information and training sessions to MPS staff on Indian Education programs.
• Promotes and markets Indian Education programs; directs outreach programs to the Native American tribal communities; assures effective communication of Native American cultural and program issues.
• Develops and evaluates programs to help students understand their cultural heritage, learn indigenous languages and fully engage in the learning process. • Coordinates the applications and reporting for grant fund programs; assures the grant programs are in compliance with state and Federal rules and regulations, and MPS policies and procedures.
• Performs required administrative functions; monitors budgets, revenue and expenses; develops and processes administrative and technical documents and financial reports.
• Coordinates Indian Education program with private businesses, government agencies, community organizations and other regional resources; promotes special programs and services.
• Provides information and referrals on community services and resources; provides advocate services for Native American clients and families.
• Demonstrates courteous and cooperative behavior when interacting with students, clients, visitors, and MPS staff; acts in a manner that promotes a harmonious and effective workplace environment.
• Enthusiastically promotes the Superintendent's goals and priorities in compliance with all policies and procedures.
• Maintains absolute confidentiality of work-related issues, records and MPS information.
• Other duties or tasks may be assigned on an as-needed basis
• At times may be required to work outside normal business hours and work extended hours to accomplish requirements of the position.

Education, Training and Experience Guidelines Master's Degree in Education, Public Administration or related field; AND five (5) years of professional experience in public education support programs; OR an equivalent combination of education, training and experience as determined by Human Resources.

Knowledge of:
• Rules and regulations of the Minnesota Department of Education and other governing agencies.
• Rules and regulations of the US Department of Education Title VII (20 U.S.C. • 7401) governing Indian, Native Hawaiian, and Alaska Native Education.
• The rules and regulations of the MOA between the Minneapolis Board of Education and the American Indian community governing the provision of services to the indigenous population.
• Principles and practices of public sector administrative management, including finance, budgeting, purchasing, contract management, and employee supervision.
• State and Federal laws governing public sector grant funding programs.
• Local community resources, regional community services programs, and regional training programs.
• Personal computers utilizing standard software, and specialized MPS and state agency software applications and procedures.
• Principles of record keeping and records management.

Skill in:
• Understanding and applying program standards, public sector grant program procedures, applicable Federal and state rules and regulations, and MPS policies and procedures.
• Reviewing operations and assuring MPS compliance with state and Federal rules and regulations.
• Managing staff, delegating tasks and authority, and coaching to improve staff performance.
• Using initiative and independent judgment within established procedural guidelines.
• Coordinating and administering educational and school support programs.
• Preparing, reviewing and presenting management reports.
• Identifying problems and opportunities, and developing solutions.
• Assessing and prioritizing multiple tasks, projects and demands.
• Providing effective customer service, and dealing tactfully and courteously with the public.
• Establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with co-workers, clients, advocates and representatives from community groups and government agencies.
• Effective verbal and written communication.

A valid Minnesota State Driver's License may be required.

Work is performed in a standard office environment which requires occasionally lifting such articles as file boxes or heavier materials with help from others and/or lifting and carrying light objects frequently. A job in this category may require walking or standing to a significant degree or may involve sitting most of the time with long periods of computer work and heavy phone usage.

• Bargaining Unit: MAAS
• Grade: 79
• FLSA Status: Exempt
• Job Group: Academics

Final candidates may be invited to interview with a committee. Final appointment to this position will be contingent upon passing a criminal background check.

Diversity is one of Minneapolis Public Schools core values and is essential to our goal of putting children first and making them college-ready. Diversity of our workforce provides us with a competitive advantage and allows us to better understand, communicate with and educate our diverse student body. Minneapolis Public Schools will not deny anyone the opportunity for training or employment because of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender or gender identity, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, disability, sexual orientation, age, family care leave status, or veteran status.

Minneapolis Public Schools strongly encourages diverse candidates to apply.

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