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South Dakota State University
Division of Student Affairs
Lower Brule
South Dakota
Posted: 04/12/2021
College Access Liaison

South Dakota State University (SDSU) is currently seeking a self-motivated and organized College Access Liaison to lead a grant-funded innovative project based out of Lower Brule Community College (LBCC) in Lower Brule, South Dakota (SD). The successful applicant will coordinate the grant program entitled Igluwiyeya (ee – Glue – wee – yea – yah), meaning “Prepare oneself.” The position will facilitate the Igluwiyeya program in collaboration with project partners to provide outreach to local tribal high schools and LBCC students to increase student knowledge of college preparation programs, tribal career opportunities, postsecondary and advanced degree options, and college financing. This position will create sustainable resources and provide student instruction on access and pathways to higher education and degree attainment for American Indian students. The liaison will travel to and work effectively with high school administrators, teachers and manage project tasks and objectives in accordance with the project’s fast-paced timeline. This is a 12 month, full-time hourly, benefit eligible, grant funded position for up to three years. This position is supervised by the Assessment and Grant Specialist- Wokini Initiative at SDSU.

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

SDSU is especially interested in candidates that can contribute to and/or coordinate course offerings that address the experiences of underrepresented minorities in organizations. Women, minorities, veterans, and people with disabilities are especially encouraged to apply.


· Provide project leadership and direct support to project partners;

· Implement workplans, establishing work processes to deliver project goals and objectives;

· Communicate effectively with project partners and project team;

· Develop resources that assist students in navigating the pathway into higher education;

· Travel between Lower Brule Community College and local tribal and public high schools to deliver program;

· Instruct high school and tribal college students regarding available college preparation programs, tribal career opportunities, postsecondary and advanced degree options, and college financing;

· Provide career counseling and mentoring to students interested in pursuing higher education.


· Two-year Associates Degree in Education, Human Services, Social Work or related field by start date with four years of experience working with American Indians or in a tribal community;

· Ability to communicate effectively with diverse audiences;

· Excellent oral and written communication skills;

· Demonstrated organizational and time management skills;

· Strong interpersonal skills;

· Demonstrated ability to work independently and as a contributing team member;

· Demonstrated ability or potential to plan, develop, implement, and evaluate educational materials and direct effective programs;

· Valid driver’s license, or ability to obtain one within 30 days of hire, and willingness to travel.


· Bachelor’s Degree in Education, Counseling, Social Work, Human Services, American Indian Studies, or related field by start date;

· Demonstrated experience, minimum of one year, in project management or program evaluation;

· Demonstrated leadership in managing or leading grant funded projects.


Base salary is $33,467.


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.


SDSU 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, and excellence through continuous improvement.

As the state’s 1862 Morrill Act land-grant institution, the work of the 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.

SDSU was recognized as one of 54 institutions in the United States as an Innovation and Economic Prosperity University by the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities in 2014. The university’s total research expenditures are greater than $60 million. SDSU is the state’s first High Research Activity institution as classified by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

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.


This position is open until filled with full consideration given to applications received by April 23, 2021.


SDSU accepts applications through an on-line 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 contingent on the university’s verification of credentials and other information required by law and/or university policies, including but not limited to, a criminal background check.

South Dakota State University is a tobacco free environment.

It is the policy of the University 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 Nicole Biever at (605) 688-4690 or

South Dakota State University is committed to affirmative action, equal opportunity and the diversity of its faculty, staff, and students. Women, minorities, veterans, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Arrangements for accommodations required by disabilities can be made by emailing SDSU prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, citizenship, ancestry, gender, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, age, disability, veteran’s status or any other protected class in the offering of all educational programs and employment opportunities. Individuals with concerns regarding discrimination should contact: Equal Opportunity Officer/Title IX Coordinator, Human Resources, Morrill Hall 100, SDSU, Brookings, SD 57007. Phone: (605) 688-4128.