Student Governance Advisor

University of Minnesota-Twin Cities  |  Minneapolis, MN

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Job Overview

Posted 2 weeks ago Full-Time

Job Details

Position Title:

Student Governance Advisor

Job Type: Student Affairs Administration
Location: Minneapolis, MN
Positions Available: 1
Institution Type: Public, 4-year
Institution Size: 30,000 & Over Students
Employer ID: 28424


Housing for Position:
None provided
Housing for Position:
None provided
Masters Preferred, Bachelors Required
Major Preference:
Higher Education

Masters Preferred, Bachelors Required
Major Preference:
Higher Education

Position Description

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 Sr. Associate Vice President for Student Affairs, the student governance advisor will provide advising support to student government organizations, including the Undergraduate Student Government (USG), Professional Student Government (PSG), and Council of Graduate Students (COGS),  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
Create opportunities for student governance alumni to develop an affinity for the University of Minnesota and become engaged members of the University community

Advise undergraduate, graduate, and professional student leaders in USG, COGS, and PSG, respectively (80% of time)

Attend weekly committee, assembly, and executive member meetings (note that many of these meetings may occur on evenings and weekends)
Meet regularly with council and committee chairs
Communicate student government initiatives and needs to campus partners
Assist students with advocating for their interests through University processes, procedures, and institutional partnerships
Provide guidance and support for advocacy and outreach programming
Serve as liaison with the Graduate School and Faculty Advisor for the Council of Undergraduate Students
Provide training, individual/group coaching, goal-setting, and succession planning for student government bodies and individual leaders
Assist with communication with student government alumni and coordination of the student government alumni events

Other projects and/or duties as assigned (20% of time)

Serve on OSA and/or University committees
Complete regular assessment of programming and processes
Work on OSA Projects

Job Requirements

Required Qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree in education or related field, with at least four years demonstrated experience working with student organizations at an institution of higher education, or master's degree with at least two years of relevant experience
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
Knowledge of and experience with assessing and evaluating services and programs
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

Application Information

Applications must be submitted online through the University's jobs website, Job opening ID #351570

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