American Indian Academic Success Advisor

South Dakota State University
Brookings, South Dakota
Commensurate with qualifications.
Posted Date
Aug 12, 2022

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Position Type
Administrative, Student Affairs, Academic Advising & Academic Support Services
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

The American Indian Student Center at South Dakota State University (SDSU) is offering an exciting career opportunity as the American Indian Academic Success Advisor. We are looking for a creative and innovative professional to join us in enhancing American Indian student success efforts at SDSU. This is a 12 month, full-time, benefit eligible position. This position is supervised by the Larson Family Endowed Director of American Indian Student Success.

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.

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


  • Advise a caseload of American Indian undergraduate students on academic matters ranging from selecting a program of study and developing academic plans to academic skill development, curricular and co-curricular engagement, and financial well-being;
  • Refer students to appropriate departmental offices, faculty, and support services for help with academic, personal counseling, career counseling, and financial aid support;
  • Communicate University policies including general education, major and minor, and graduation requirements;
  • Assist students in exploring career options related to their academic programs of study;
  • Support students as they make the transition from high school to college;
  • Maintain ongoing contact with advisees;
  • Maintain detailed records of interactions with advisees;
  • Deliver presentations about academic success advising in classrooms and other settings;
  • Coordinate advising programs or retention efforts, such as Early Orientation;
  • Co-advise American Indian Student Association (AISA) and American Indian Science & Engineering Society (AISES) student organizations.


  • Master’s degree in American Indian Studies, Education, Counseling, or closely related field completed by first day of employment;
  • A minimum of one year of academic or student success advising, counseling, or related experience;
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills;
  • Demonstrated organizational and time management skills;
  • Strong interpersonal skills;
  • Experience working with American Indian and Indigenous students or individuals. 
  • Valid driver’s license, or ability to obtain one within 30 days of hire, and willingness to travel.


  • Experience working with American Indian/Native Americanor Indigenous students in a higher education setting.


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 is the state’s largest, most comprehensive university with more than 200 academic programs, an enrollment of approximately 12,000 students, and over $60 million annual research expenditures.

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.

The new American Indian Student Center (AISC) facility was completed in June 2020, creating a home for American Indian and Indigenous students in the heart of the SDSU campus. The center includes a student lounge with full kitchen, art room, multipurpose room, classroom, conference room, and study spaces in addition to staff offices. 

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.


Position is open until filled with full consideration given to applications received by September 6, 2022.


South Dakota State University 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 South Dakota State University 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 Tracy Chapman at 605-688-4195 or

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