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Website South Dakota State University

South Dakota State University 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. The Specialist will develop assessment and program evaluation tools, collect and analyze data, and prepare reports for programs and activities related to the Wokini Initiative. The position 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 collaborate 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 Wokini and Tribal Relations Director. 

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.


·         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 on program process and outcome data.

·         Provide training on different assessment and evaluation aspects.

·         Draft written reports and presentations related to 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 in Statistics, Educational Assessment, Measurement, or Evaluation or related field required by start date;
At least three years of demonstrated experience and/or evaluation of academic or student programming;
·         Ability to communicate effectively with diverse audiences;

·         Effective verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills;

·         Detail oriented and demonstrated ability to successfully manage multiple projects and tasks;

·         Ability to interpret and synthesize written information;

·         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 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.


$53,000 – $60,000 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.


Ranked as the No. 2 best place to work in South Dakota by Forbes, South Dakota State University is the state’s largest, most comprehensive university with more than 200 programs and an enrollment of approximately 12,000 students.

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 (SD).

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.

The Wokini Initiative is SDSU’s collaborative and holistic framework to support American Indian student success and Indigenous Nation-building. The Initiative builds upon SDSU’s current tribal partnerships and American Indian Student Center services to 1) enhance cultural programming and support for American Indian students, 2) offer Wokini scholarships for citizens of the nine tribal nations in SD, and 3) enhance research and outreach partnerships with tribes, tribal colleges and other tribal organizations. Collaboration between key campus and tribal stakeholders is central to the Wokini framework

Brookings is home to approximately 24,000 residents and is located 60 miles north of Sioux Falls and 200 miles west of Minneapolis. Livability.com rates Brookings as an ideal community for families, students, young professionals, and retirees. It considers Brookings 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.


Position is open until filled with full consideration given to applications received by September 1, 2020.


SDSU accepts applications through an on-line employment site.  To apply, visit:  https://yourfuture.sdbor.edu, 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 Jana Hanson at (605) 688-6305 or jana.hanson@sdstate.edu.

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 HR@sdstate.edu. 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.