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South Dakota State University
Office of Wokini and Tribal Relations
South Dakota
Posted: 06/10/2022
Assessment and Grant Specialist

South Dakota State University (SDSU) is currently seeking an Assessment and Grant Specialist to lead and coordinate grant writing and the collection, analysis, and interpretation of data connected with the Wokini Initiative. This position will develop assessment and program evaluation tools, collect and analyze data, and prepare reports for programs and activities related to the Wokini Initiative. The Assessment and Grant Specialist will also develop statistical models to measure the impact of Wokini programming on American Indian student recruitment, retention, and graduation rates. Grant duties include researching grant opportunities that align with Wokini Initiative goals and collaborating with both internal and external departments to develop competitive grant proposals consistent with the vision of the Wokini Initiative. This is a 12-month, full-time, benefit-eligible position. This position is supervised by the Director of Wokini and Tribal Relations. 

Must be authorized to work in the U.S. Sponsorship is not available for this position. 

South Dakota State University promotes access to and opportunities for all to receive the benefit of and participate in education, research, and service and is especially interested in candidates that can contribute to this land-grant mission of access.


  • Coordinate and manage program assessment and evaluation activities related to the Wokini Initiative.
  • Design assessment and evaluation tools and processes to effectively collect pertinent data.
  • Develop statistical models to measure the impact of Wokini programming on American Indian student recruitment, retention, and graduation rates.
  • Create reporting forms for assessment and evaluation activities.
  • Develop program strategies and evaluation tools to measure the impact and effectiveness of programming.
  • Conduct routine analysis of program process and outcome data.
  • Provide training on different assessment and evaluation aspects.
  • Draft written reports and presentations related to the evaluation process and findings.
  • Research and identify grant opportunities based on targeted departmental goals, programs, and funding amount needed.
  • Coordinate grant development and proposal process, collaborating with key stakeholders.
  • Development of grant budget, assessment and evaluation plans, and related reports.
  • Coordinates submission of highly effective grant applications to the appropriate funding agency.


  • Master’s degree by start date.
  • At least three years of experience in assessment and evaluation of student programming.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with a variety of audiences.
  • Effective verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Detail oriented and demonstrated ability to successfully manage multiple projects and tasks.
  • Demonstrated organizational and time management skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead and collaborate with staff to facilitate project completion.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently to implement projects.
  • Valid driver’s license, or ability to obtain one within 30 days of hire, and willingness to travel.


  • A minimum of two years of demonstrated experience in writing and obtaining grants from federal, non-profits, and other philanthropic organizations.
  • Knowledge and understanding of American Indian culture and tribal communities;
  • Experience communicating effectively with college students, staff, and external stakeholders.


Base salary is $45,747, commensurate with qualifications.


South Dakota State University offers a wide range of benefits including medical, dental, and flexible benefits, retirement plans, compensation packages, paid holidays, and vacation leave. Employees also have access to internal and state-sponsored training as well as reduced tuition for state-supported courses at all State of South Dakota academic institutions.


South Dakota State University offers a rich academic experience in an environment of inclusion and access through inspired, student-centered education, creative activities and research, innovation and engagement that improve the quality of life in South Dakota, the region, the nation and the world. Its employees embrace the university’s core values of being people-centered, expanding knowledge through creativity, embracing organizational and personal integrity, commitment to diversity of thought, and excellence through continuous improvement.

As the state’s 1862 Morrill Act land-grant institution, the work of South Dakota State University is carried out on its main resident campus in Brookings, at sites in Sioux Falls, Pierre, Rapid City, and Aberdeen, and through Extension offices and Agricultural Experiment Station research sites across South Dakota.

Jackrabbits Athletics competes as an NCAA Division I member with membership in the Missouri Valley Football Conference, the Summit League and the Big XII for wrestling.

Brookings is home to approximately 24,000 residents and is located 60 miles north of Sioux Falls and 200 miles west of Minneapolis. Brookings is listed as an ideal community for families, students, young professionals and retirees, and is rated among the safest and most vibrant cities in South Dakota.

The Brookings Public School District educates approximately 3,300 K-12 students and ranks among the state’s highest academic achieving school districts. The district includes three elementary schools, an intermediate school for fourth and fifth grade, one middle school, and a high school.

The city also boasts an abundance of attractions and activities, including the Children’s Museum of South Dakota, Dakota Nature Park, South Dakota Art Museum, McCrory Gardens, South Dakota Agricultural Heritage Museum, Outdoor Adventure Center and the Brookings Summer Arts Festival.


The position is open until filled with full consideration given to applications received by July 1, 2022.


SDSU accepts applications through an online employment site. To apply, visit:, search by the position title, view the job announcement, and click on “apply for this job.” This system will guide you through the electronic application form. This employment site will also require the attachment of a cover letter, which should specifically address how the candidate meets the qualifications as outlined in the advertisement, resume, and a reference page with the contact information for three professional references. Email applications will not be accepted. Please contact SDSU Human Resources at (605) 688-4128 if you require assistance with this process. 

Any offer of employment is conditioned upon the university’s verification of credentials and other information required by law and/or university policies, including but not limited to, successful completion of a criminal background check.

South Dakota State University is a tobacco free environment. It is university policy to maintain a drug-free environment and to thereby establish, promote, and maintain a safe and healthy working and learning environment for employees and students. This position is subject to South Dakota State University’s Drug and Alcohol Testing Policy 4:14. . 

For questions on the position, contact Jana Hanson at (605) 688-6305 or

South Dakota State University promotes access to and opportunities for all to receive the benefit of and participate in education, research, and service and is especially interested in candidates that can contribute to this land-grant access mission. SDSU is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to, and SDSU prohibits discrimination on, the basis of sex, race, color, creed, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, gender, gender identification, transgender, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, or any other status that may become protected under law against discrimination in the offering of all educational programs and employment opportunities. Arrangements for accommodations required by disabilities can be made by emailing Individuals with concerns regarding discrimination should contact: Equal Opportunity Officer/Title IX Coordinator, Human Resources, Morrill Hall 100, SDSU, Brookings, SD 57007, 605-688-4128.