Mankato Area Public Schools would like to develop programming for Native youth. We inspire to engage youth in cultural activities and mentorship.  

Job Summary

The American Indian Program Specialist is a new position that will create cultural and mentorship activities for Native Mankato Area Public School students and families. The Program Specialist will work closely with the AIPAC, American Indian liaison, and Student Support Coordinator. This position will manage all aspects of American Indian programming, including: 

  • Cultural activities for students during the school day or after school 

  • Field trips for American Indian students

  • Mentoring opportunities for American Indian students

  • Researching opportunities and camps for American Indian students

Since this is a newly created position focused on program growth, we expect the job responsibilities to evolve as new needs are identified. This is a grant-funded position with funding secured through the American Indian Education Grant Aid yearly.


  • Plan, manage and supervise monthly cultural activities for students at each building.

  • Coordinate materials ordering, communication, transportation, meeting spaces, and resources for monthly activities.  

  • Hire activity leaders.

  • Attend activity sessions and supervise.

  • Plan, coordinate, and supervise field trips for American Indian students

  • Plan, coordinate, and supervise mentorship activities for American Indian students.

  • Communicate grant reporting related to the programming.

  • Help track student and family program outcomes. 

  • Other duties as assigned to support AIPAC activity or mentorship initiatives.

Safety Responsibilities

All employees of District 77 will promote and represent site safety by performing their job in a manner that reflects any and all relevant District safety guidelines or policies.


? Knowledge of American Indian culture, Dakota and/or Ojibwe language or culture preferred  

? Experience working with children in a school, education license or background preferred but not required

? Strong organizational skills and time management 

? Ability to manage multiple priorities 

? Ability to work independently with minimal supervision  

? Excellent written and oral communication and welcoming personality 

? Commitment to Mankato Area Public School’s vision mission, values

? Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited university or equivalent work experience preferred but not required, HS  diploma or equivalent (G.E.D) required 

? Experience with Google for Education preferred

Organizational Relationships

Reports directly to the Director of Teaching & Learning

Working Conditions

Travel between building and for field trips