Niganawenimaanaanig Program Student Mentor (Nursing Dept.)

Bemidji State University
Minnesota, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Posted date
Nov 29, 2021

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

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.  Initial review of applications will begin on Wednesday, December 21st,so applications should be submitted by that time for guaranteed consideration.


Bemidji State University (BSU) invites applicants to join our team as the Niganawenimaanaanig Program Student Mentor in the Nursing Department.  BSU’s vision is to educate people to lead inspired lives. To accomplish BSU’s vision, the University prioritizes creating a culture in which diversity is embraced and all people are safe, welcome, and validated. BSU also prioritizes increasing engagement with Indigenous communities to become a destination university.

BSU is located amid the lakes and forests of northern Minnesota and occupies a wooded campus along the shore of Lake Bemidji.  BSU balances rigorous academia with the opportunity to enjoy a fun, robust, outdoor culture.  The proximity to the lake and the surrounding north woods allows easy access to an assortment of recreation.  Major campus facilities are connected by all-season underground passages for safe and warm travel during the cold, winter months. 

Enrolling more than 5,000 students, BSU offers more than 70 undergraduate majors and eight graduate degrees encompassing arts, sciences and select professional programs. BSU is a member of the Minnesota State system of colleges and universities and has a faculty and staff of more than 550. BSU’s Shared Fundamental Values include civic engagement and leadership, international and multicultural understanding, belief in the power of the liberal arts, and environmental stewardship.

BSU’s Nursing Program is an established and fully accredited nursing program with a 30-year history of providing baccalaureate-educated nurses to the region. The Program’s mission is to engage in scholarship that supports the development of critical thinkers, creative problem solvers and innovative leaders in care delivery; to teach and support professionalism and professional values in the care of individuals and populations across diverse cultures, ages and environments; and to educate the baccalaureate nurse generalist for a future that includes lifelong learning and professional practice. The Program is focused on mentoring students on their educational journeys and through their career planning processes, providing the support and resources necessary for students to achieve their goals. 

The Niganawenimaanaanig Program Student Mentor provides academic, social, cultural and emotional support for American Indian and Indigenous nursing students; provides guidance, motivation, goal-setting, and positive role modeling to potential and current students; assists with setting goals, developing contacts, and identifying resources within the Niganawenimaanaanig Program grant initiatives; and works closely with the rest of the Niganawenimaanaanig team, BSU faculty and staff, internal and external partners, and community resources to aid in student recruitment, retention, persistence, graduation, and RN licensure of Indigenous nursing students.  

The Student Mentor may occasionally need to take student calls, texts, or emails during evenings, weekends, holidays to address student emergencies.  The Student Mentor will also be required to travel evenings, weekends and overnight for recruitment events, conferences and meetings, and must possess a valid driver’s license and be able to pass a driving history background check.

Responsibilities of the Niganawenimaanaanig Program Student Mentor include:

  1. Communicating and meeting with students to provide social, emotional, cultural, and academic support to ensure successful completion of nursing program and RN licensure. Assisting students with goal setting, time management, study skills, facilitating study sessions, referrals and community resources as needed. Serving as a positive role model, providing support and guidance to students. Assisting the program director with data collection, analysis, documentation and writing of progress reports. (65%)
  2. Collaborating and communicating with the Niganawenimaanaanig Program Director, Grant Coordinator, BSU faculty and staff, internal and external partners of the grant, and community to integrate grant objectives of increasing, retaining and graduating American Indians and Indigenous students in nursing. Documenting activities and assisting the Grant Coordinator and Program Director with developing, writing and disseminating progress reports. Assisting the Grant Coordinator with program analysis/evaluation and collaborating to develop and implement student cultural activities. (25%)
  3. Coordinating recruitment efforts at local and university events. Recruitment and outreach communication through Niganawenimaanaanig social media channels and virtual opportunities. Developing and fostering relationships with potential students, tribal colleges and communities. (5%)
  4. Performing other duties assigned by the Niganawenimaanaanig Program Director. (5%)


Minimum qualifications for this position include:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in a related field such as nursing, psychology, social work, or education.
  • At least 2 years of experience working with American Indian people/communities, experience with program and community coalition building, mentoring/leadership.
  • Knowledge of or experience with registered nursing educational programs (4-year and RN-BS) or the willingness to learn.
  • Knowledge of, experience with, and interest in American Indian and Indigenous culture, people, and communities.
  • Program and community coalition building expertise.
  • Experience and knowledge of issues impacting diverse populations.

Preferred qualifications include:

  • Excellent administrative, communication, and public relations skills.
  • Problem solving skills sufficient to independently resolve issues with minimal referral to other resources.
  • Highly organized; ability to set priorities, use analytical reasoning, and integrate results into meaningful program activities.
  • Ability to work independently and with a team.
  • Knowledge of or experience with local and tribal community resources for individuals and families.


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Bemidji State University is nestled among the pines along the shores of Lake Bemidji, just blocks from a thriving downtown community. In this Northwoods setting, students, staff, and faculty have a variety of activities at their fingertips. Possessing all the charm and character of a college town, Bemidji remains a tight-knit community of good neighbors and engaged citizens who always come out to cheer for the Bemidji State Beavers. While the city of Bemidji — named after the Ojibwe Chief Shaynowishkung (nicknamed Bemidji) — is home to a diverse population of more than 15,000 people, it serves a regional population of more than 100,000.

Located between three American Indian reservations – Leech Lake, Red Lake and White Earth, students at Bemidji State University have the opportunity to experience a dynamic local culture and history. Bemidji also sits at the center of the legends of Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox. The famous statues of Paul and Babe greet students as they drive in from the south along Lake Bemidji.

Though quaint and historic, the city offers the urban conveniences upon which college students rely. Bemidji State is conveniently located minutes away from affordable restaurants, cozy coffee shops, grocery stores, city parks and more. Small, locally owned shops and art sculptures line the streets of downtown Bemidji, while national chains can be found in and around the Bemidji area, including an uptown selection of department stores and restaurants.

The thriving downtown community presents ample opportunities for engagement off-campus. Among other things, there are fine-dining restaurants, cafes, and a natural foods co-op in downtown Bemidji. The historic Paul Bunyan Playhouse has a calendar of classic shows; restaurants and lounges offer weekly live music performances; the First Friday Art Walk provides a tour of new monthly art exhibits; and annual events such as the Loop the Lake Festival, the Dragon Boat Festival, the Blue Ox Marathon, Bemidji Winterfest, and The Minnesota Finlandia bring the community together.

For those who love the outdoors, there are wooded, multi-use trail systems within minutes of campus and community parks with walking trails, playgrounds and a skate park. Lake Bemidji State Park and its miles of navigable trails is located directly across the lake from BSU, and the Buena Vista Ski Area — just 12 miles north of campus — offers downhill skiing and BSU-sponsored student transportation in the winter months. Further, the Mississippi River Headwaters is a mere 45 minutes from Bemidji.

For further information About BSU visit our website at:

Review a "special report on how this former lumber town has rebuilt itself as a high-speed, regional center of enterprise" at Bemidji 2.0

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