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Academic Support Specialist

Job Description

Academic support specialists are tasked with the creation, planning, coordination and monitoring implementation of educational and career support activities. Academic support specialists support the healthy development of American Indian youth and ensure the accomplishment of the goals, objectives, and outcomes as required. Academic support specialists ensure youth are successful in setting career goals through education, training, mentoring and coaching. T​his position reports directly to MIGIZI President.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Develop an annual work plan to meet goals and objectives

  • Participate in the collection of data, story collection and assessing outcomes through outcome tracker, and regular meeting to learn, celebrate and/or redefine strategies

  • Maintain timely and accurate program records in the organizational


  • Recruit, assist and advise youth in pursuit of their goals

  • Manage and coordinate project activities and collaborate with project/program teams on a daily basis

  • Plan and deliver education support programming and individualized plans that increase educational effectiveness with youth including tutoring, credit recovery, and GED support

  • Monitor and track individualized plan benchmarks and modify as needed

  • Design and implement after-school and summer programming, coordinated with all MIGIZI staff

  • Offer accelerated academic studies opportunities

  • Assist in and contribute to project reports

  • Engage youth as full partners in activities

  • Communicate as required with families of youth served

  • Network within institutions and systems to strengthen relationships and opportunities

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Contribute to a cooperative, collaborative and flexible work team environment

  • Model positive behaviors to youth and staff

  • Proven ability to actively engage youth and their families/guardians in

    the creation and pursuit of education and career goals

  • Minimum five years experience planning, coordination and successful implementation of educational and internship support activities with American Indian youth

  • Knowledge of American Indian values and cultural practices

  • Knowledge of and familiarity with Minneapolis/St. Paul Indian communities

  • Background and ability to work with youth in a variety of settings and on a variety of projects

  • Computer skills (MS Word, Excel and Powerpoint)

  • Maintain confidentiality of required information

  • Bachelors Degree or equivalent experience required

  • Good driving record and ability to transport youth with an organizational vehicle.

  • Submit to a criminal background check as a prerequisite

  • Additional duties as assigned by supervisor


Work Environment

Academic support specialists work primarily in MIGIZI office settings and in a field environment with youth programming. Academic support specialists provide administrative and programmatic support. A great deal of time may be spent standing and walking, and these individuals can frequently be exposed to the elements as well. These are normally salaried positions that require Monday - Friday average 40 hour work week, which can include nights and weekends.

Please send a resume and a cover letter to

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