Student Service Associate I

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The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) is a pioneer of purpose-driven science and Cornell University’s second largest college and is the administrative home of the American Indian and Indigenous Studies Program (AIISP). CALS works across disciplines to tackle the challenges of our time through world renowned research, education and outreach. The questions we probe and the answers we seek focus on three overlapping concerns: natural and human systems; food, energy and environmental resources; and social, physical and economic well-being. CALS and AIISP seek a Student Development Specialist, reporting to the AIISP Director with a dotted line to the CALS Office of Academic Programs to provide student services including; recruiting, admissions, financial aid, and academic advisement to develop professionalism for Native American / Indigenous students at all levels (undergraduate, graduate, and professional). The desired candidate will be familiar with Native American and Indigenous secondary and post-secondary schools and communities throughout North America to identify, recruit, and retain Native American / Indigenous students for the University. They will assist in the collection and maintenance of student data analysis and program records. This individual will assist in AIISP planning, policy making with the ability to evaluate the effectiveness of University and AIISP services for Native American / Indigenous students. This position requires a strong working relationship with: University and College Admissions Offices, Diversity Programs, Academic Services, Financial Aid, Dean of Students, Campus Life, Cooperative Extension, Faculty, and Graduate and Professional Schools. This individual will represent the AIISP at national, regional, and state levels and serve as advisor to student groups. Work with Native American Summer College students and Pre-freshman Summer Program (PSP). Process all scholarship/financial aid related to AIISP specific programs-such as summer college. Maintain effective working relationship with various offices associated with summer programs – (bursar, residence life) in order to process awards. Keep detailed student records related to scholarships and awards awarded through the AIISP, College and/or University. Attend specialized student events. Remain current on emerging issues and trends in Indigenous and higher education w/respect to Native / Indigenous students. No visa sponsorship or relocation assistance are provided for this position. Required Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree required (Social Science, Humanities, or Education preferred). Minimum of two years of experience working directly with college students. Experience in recruiting underrepresented minorities/ Native American and program development is highly desired. Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written, required. Must exercise sound judgment and respect highly confidential information. Must have the ability to multi-task and the ability to prioritize; and to adapt to changing priorities, situations and demands. Ability to develop effective working relationships with a wide variety of faculty, staff, and students. Prior experience gathering data and prepare reports. Proven team player with strong analytical and creativity skills. Ability to work at student events nights and weekends. Ability to travel for recruiting prospective students; also travel to local and national student events. Applicants of Native American heritage are strongly encouraged to apply. Must be able to meet the travel requirements of the position, and have reliable transportation as well as have and maintain a valid and unrestricted New York State driver’s license. Preferred Qualifications: Masters degree in Student Personnel or Higher Education or closely related field preferred. Applicants of Native American heritage are strongly encouraged to apply.