Position Information

Director of Graduate Studies
Application Deadeline:

Review of applications will begin on October 7, 2021 and continue until the position has been filled.

Job Description:

The Director of Graduate Studies is the day-to-day operational supervisor for the College of Graduate Studies and is responsible for planning, development, implementation, evaluation, and supervision of all Graduate Studies functions. They are responsible for all academic and administrative elements of graduate student affairs, from inquiry to graduation. The Director supports the Dean of Graduate Studies and is the designated surrogate for the Dean on matters related to graduate education.

Based upon this position’s essential functions, it reports to the Graduate Studies Office (MSU, Mankato Campus), five (5) days a week, and does not have the option of telework.

Additional Information:

The core value for Minnesota State is to provide an opportunity for all Minnesotans to create a better future for themselves, for their families, and for their communities. The focus of our work includes:
  • Enhancing access and student success
  • Providing Minnesota with the talent it needs
  • Anchoring the communities and regions we serve

Equity 2030 seeks to bridge efforts occurring within divisions and institutions, creating an intentional statewide culture of equity-minded collaboration and resulting in equitable practices embedded throughout our institutions.

We seek to attract teaching and research-active, culturally and academically diverse faculty members, with a demonstrated commitment to creating an inclusive learning and working environment. Minnesota State University, Mankato, is student-centered and focuses on applied research that expands knowledge; improves learning; and serves the region, state, and nation.

Founded as a Normal School in 1868, Minnesota State University, Mankato is a regional comprehensive university with a tradition of combining big ideas with real-working thinking to find solutions for pressing problems in the state, region, and global society. Mankato, Minnesota, is a community of nearly 53,000 people, about 85 miles southwest of the twin cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul.

Serving 18,000 students annually, the University is an applied research institution, with approximately 200 academic programs, from bachelor’s through doctoral degrees. The University is a diverse and global campus with 18% or more students of color and 1,300+ international students from 95 countries, cutting-edge information technology solutions, 3 additional locations, and extensive partnerships. With around 1,700 faculty and staff, the University has an annual budget of $216 million, and generates $781.5 million in economic impact per year. Minnesota State University, Mankato is a member of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities. Noteworthy facts include: specialized accreditation, certification, or recognition, by more than 24 accrediting bodies; designation as a Non-Land Grant College of Agriculture, by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) in 2015; selection among the top 10% of American Association of State Colleges & Universities (AASCU) institutions for the Re-imagining the First Year of College (RFY) position project; and an Intercollegiate Athletics program that has ranked in the top 5 nationally within the Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup standings for 7 of the last 10 years.

The Minnesota State system of 30 colleges and 7 universities is committed to closing the educational equity gaps across race and ethnicity, socioeconomic status, and geographic location by the year 2030. This staggeringly ambitious goal will require both intentional systems and culture change and innovation, as well as advocacy and leadership with partners and stakeholders across the state to accomplish.

Additional information on Minnesota State University, Mankato can be found at: www.mnsu.edu

Application Process:

A complete online application will include the following attachments. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed by the search committee.
  • Cover Letter
  • Non-Photo Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  • Contact Information for three (3) references
  • Unofficial Transcript(s) of your highest completed degree
  • A brief (no more than one-page) diversity statement presenting a commitment to or experience working in an equity-minded environment

*Employment for this position is covered by the collective bargaining agreement for the Minnesota State University Administrative and Service Faculty which can be found at: http://www.mnsu.edu/hr/bargaining.html

Notice: In accordance with the Minnesota State Vehicle Fleet Safety Program, employees driving on college/university business who use a rental or state vehicle shall be required to conform to MN State’s vehicle use criteria and consent to a Motor Vehicle Records check.

The Minnesota State University, Mankato Annual Security and Fire Safety Report is available for your review. This report is required by federal law and contains policy statements and crime statistics for the University. The policy statements address the school’s policies, procedures and programs concerning safety and security. Three years’ worth of statistics are included for certain types of crimes that were reported to have occurred on-campus, or in other University affiliated locations. This report is available online at: http://www.mnsu.edu/safety/ You may also request a paper copy from University Security at 507-389-2111, or by emailing security@mnsu.edu

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement Minnesota State University, Mankato has a long-standing commitment to diversity and is actively seeking to nurture and enrich its underrepresented communities. Women, minorities, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. In accordance with USCIS regulations, successful applicants must be legally able to accept work in the United States. Requests for reasonable accommodation of a disability during the application and/or interview process should be made to the Office of Human Resources, 507-389-2015 (V), 800-627-3529 or 711 (MRS/TTY). This Vacancy Notice is available in alternative format upon request. Minnesota State University, Mankato is an affirmative action/equal opportunity University and is a member of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System.

To apply for this position, visit: https://minnesotastate.peopleadmin.com/postings/1895
Position: Director of Graduate Studies
Location: Mankato,  MN 
United States
Salary: $59,867 to $104,244 . The salary range denoted is the contractual range; however, salary upon hire is dependent upon qualifications and experience.
Posting Start Date: 9/23/2021
Date Posted: 9/23/2021
Required Qualifications:
  • Master’s degree or equivalent (conferred on an official transcript at the time of application).
  • Five (5) years of advanced professional experience in post-secondary education leadership, admissions or enrollment management, academic advising or related.
  • The capacity to apply an equity lens to supervision in Graduate Studies that includes social justice and anti-racism.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Demonstrated commitment to fostering a diverse working and learning environment.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of graduate education policies, procedures, and processes, including graduate student recruitment, admissions procedures, retention strategies, graduate faculty appointments, curriculum management, graduate assistant employment and responsibilities, and relevant Minnesota State system, Minnesota, and federal policies.
  • Experience managing budgets and supervising personnel.
  • Demonstrated ability to analyze complex problems and situations, develop solutions and plan projects, determine staffing and resource requirements, and assess project outcomes.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a collaborative and consultative environment, interact with students, faculty, staff, and administrators to obtain support for initiatives and overcome resistance to change.
  • Demonstrated ability to resolve conflicts within the framework of University and project objectives.
  • Advanced professional knowledge of international education and visa issues, including employment eligibility.
  • Advanced professional knowledge of graduate student recruitment and marketing strategies and tools.
  • Ability to use data to analyze situations, answer questions, report results, and make decisions.
  • Effective written and oral communication skills.
Other Requirements:

Work safely at all times, which includes but is not limited to, participating and completing all required safety trainings, as well as performing all job tasks in accordance with Minnesota State University, Mankato policies and procedures utilizing appropriate tools, equipment and personal protective equipment.
Status: This listing expires on: 11/23/2021
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Organization Information

230 Armstrong Hall

Mankato,  MN 56082
United States
(507) 389-5936
Geoff Herbach, Professor, Search Coordinator

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