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Dynamic Academic Leader who offers a background in Collegiate Administration, Financial Management, Program Development / Management, Multimedia Technology Integration / Infrastructure, Strategic Analysis, Project Management, Budget Control, Grant Writing, Faculty Development, Classroom Construction, and Community Outreach, and exhibits an ability to see the big picture within an evolving campus landscape to drive success within an aggressive academic market.
Resourceful, Engaged Administrator who boasts above-average career results, and can make sound decisions to reflect positively on campus operations in alignment with a university s vision, value, and goals to attain a competitive advantage.
Ambitious Self-Starter who demonstrates both adaptive and collaborative leadership styles and can bring energy, enthusiasm, and diplomacy to strategically motivate campus staff members to achieve their potential and meet objectives.
Top Performer who has consistently been recognized for job excellence with increasing levels of responsibility and noteworthy appointments, and has initiated STEM improvements and technological advancements for campus growth.
Vice President Finance & Resource Development (2014 2015)
Capitalized on the opportunity to lead fiscal internal control compliance as a president appointee, including mentoring and managing a top-performing finance office and foundation staff while cost-effectively overseeing institutional budget development, assisting with financial management, and serving as lead administrator for audit prep and follow-up efforts.
Demonstrated proven experience in developing and implementing policies and processes for effective fiscal practices.
Stabilized and managed a Finance Office, including initiating internal controls to ensure financial accountability.
Served as executive administrator in areas of purchasing and procurement, maintenance and construction, and employee contracts and benefits, including all facets of health care and 403(b) plans, endowments, and insurances.
Streamlined and developed time-saving processes and policies to boost efficiencies.
Developed targeted camxxxxxxigns for current donors, appeal letters, and alumni outreach.
Managed the University Foundation, including directing all fundraising and public relations.
Led staff as change agents to bring a level of stability and collegiality to a previously fractured unit.
Presented financial data to governing boards while building relationships with financial and legal vendors.
Served as member of the President s Council, including driving community outreach and tribal nation-building.
Doubled the university s resources via aggressive fundraising through grantsmanship and donor cultivation.
Vice President Institutional Relations & Resource Dexxxxxxrtment (2001 2014)
Utilized broad scope of industry knowledge and dynamic leadership acumen toward coordinating forward-thinking resource development efforts, including grants, direct mail, public relations and publications, and the foundation office.
Expertly researched and wrote proposals encomxxxxxxssing federal and private foundation program and construction projects.
Exhibited analytical abilities toward prexxxxxxring technical program reports, along with evaluating data and writing reports.
Provide grant management and oversight for key academic and community development projects (e.g. federal programs).
Served as lead administrator for a Management Information System Dexxxxxxrtment, and worked with MIS personnel to develop, maintain, and enhance university s network and provide computing services to reservation s four learning centers.
Implemented institutional software and VolP system, and served as a liaison and advocate for technological improvements.
Performed as the lead administrator for data management and reporting, and managed a top-notch IPEDS reporting team.
Led the completion and close-out of two construction projects, including a new classroom office building for the Business Management Dexxxxxxrtment and the renovation of a classroom office building for Foundational Studies Dexxxxxxrtment.
Directed a Human Resources-based personnel office during an extended vacancy in the directorship.
Successfully wrote and secured $100+ million in grants for the university and non-profit and tribal groups.
Personally achieved and / or exceeded stated goals and objectives across new and / or continuing initiatives.
Collaborated with both public- and private-sector organizations, including the U.S. Dexxxxxxrtment of Education, Health & Human Services, Commerce, Labor, Defense, Justice, and Housing & Urban Development; National Endowment for the Humanities; U.S. Geological Survey; NASA; and Bureau of Land Management, as well as W.K. Kellogg Foundation, Bush Foundation, Lilly Foundation, and Boys & Girls Clubs of America, among others.
Director of Planning (1998 2001)
Strategically steered planning processes encomxxxxxxssing the coordination and management of meetings, engaging university and community constituents, maintaining information flow, and providing comprehensive documentation (e.g. meeting notes, minutes, summaries, surveys) for prompt distribution throughout both the campus and the community at large.
Collated essential data while keeping President s Council and Board of Regents informed and involved.
Wrote 2000 2010 s strategic plan and led annual meetings to assess progress and implement key revisions.
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Grants Officer (1990 1995)
Led targeted decision-making as the university s only full-time grants writer and manager, including proactively securing funds for further institutional development, scholarships, academic program development, and necessary student services.
Collaborated with faculty and university staff members to ensure seamless program management, reporting, and evaluation.
Designed multiple program management and evaluation plans, and worked with grant managers on program and fiscal reports.
Recognized as the university s first-ever Grants Writer / Manager, and established the Grants Office.
Established a xxxxxxttern of continuous grants-seeking, including working with faculty and staff on program design and management leading to new academic degree programs in Special Education and Career & Technical Education, increasing scholarships for students, and securing funds to support new program faculty.
Additional Employment Since Inception of Sinte Gleska University
Adjunct Faculty ￨ Chair Faculty Development Committee
Planned and presented student-centered undergraduate courses in Basic Composition, English Composition101, English Composition 102, Professional Writing, Reading & Writing Strategies Across the Curriculum, and Grants & Contracts Development & Management, as well as graduate-level Research Writing to continually achieve success.
Conceptualized, developed, and authored Reading & Writing Strategies Across the Curriculum and Grants & Contracts Development & Management courses, and further tutored adult students for the General Equivalence Diploma (GED).
Served as a proactive Chair of the Faculty Development Committee tasked with achieving academic growth.
Initiated and developed Return to College program for students on academic or financial aid probation.
Taught all ages ranging from Head Start to Elders enrolled in GED programs to instructing high school students in an alternative school setting to educating college / university students aged 18-65.
Developed a Winter College & Open College community education program to attract new students and address declining enrollment; 200 students enrolled Winter and Spring 2014 2015.
Secondary Princixxxxxxl (7-12) (1995 1998) ￨ Acting Superintendent (1997 1998)
Spearheaded solutions-focused instructional initiatives as a Certified Teacher and Administrator in the State of South Dakota, including serving as princixxxxxxl of 7th-12th grade regular and alternative school programs with 350 enrolled pupils.
Managed the K-12th grade school system for one year (650 students), including overseeing 140 employees in academic programs, plant operations, transportation, and financial support systems while performing duties as secondary school princixxxxxxl.
Led systems change and school reform efforts to increase core academic performance and attendance.
Managed 45 certified and support staff in delivering excellence in academic and extracurricular programs.
Director Office of Social Concerns
Played a vital role in engaging with the local community to address social and economic issues imxxxxxxcting the health and welfare of the Sicangu Lakota, including providing social analysis and working with team and local agencies and organizations on issues deemed vital to improving the quality of life in high-poverty areas of Rosebud Sioux Reservation.
Created a non-profit business sector on Rosebud Reservation by teaming up with local community members.
Led start-up of Brule Sioux Arts & Crafts Cooperative and Kiyuskapi Health & Healing Resource Center, including writing for NPO status, securing funds, assisting with policies, and writing articles of incorporation.
Coordinated a monthly Alcohol / Drug Forum that brought representatives from schools and tribal agencies together to work on health / wellness issues to result in policy change and Sobriety Movement on reservation.
Wrote and published a popular quarterly newsletter with social justice topics (e.g. water rights, jurisdictional issues, land claims, poverty issues) related to the Sicangu Lakota.
Doctor of Education (Educational Administration: Adult & Higher Education Administration)
Master of Education (Educational Administration: Administration / Curriculum & Instruction)
Bachelor of Arts in Journalism
Member, South Dakota REACH Committee
Consultant, Rosebud Sioux Tribe Head Start Program
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