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Retention Specialist/Projects Specialist

Department: TRIO Support Services (TRIO SSS)Position:  80 percent (10 months)Wage:  $12.871 per hour entry rate plus complete benefit packageUnion Affiliation: MPEAPosting Date: July 2013 Description TRIO programs are federally funded and are designed to assist low-income, first-generation and/or disabled students to obtain a post-secondary education. TRIO Student Support Services (TRIO SSS) offers advising, counseling and tutoring services to Montana Western student participants. This position is scheduled to average 80 percent time, working full time during the academic year and off for up to eight unpaid weeks in the summer with schedule and continuation subject to grant funding. The Academic Advisor II/ Projects Specialist reports to the TRIO SSS Director. Qualifications Required: Bachelor's degree required. Experience with advising and counseling. Ability to implement new non-academic services to students to improve retention. Excellent oral and written communication skills. Experience with, and aptitude for, educational technologies and computer skills. Demonstration of strong social skills and ability to be effective in communicating with staff and students. Experience with and/or knowledge of college success strategies. Preferred: Experience with and/or knowledge of TRIO programs. Experience working with low-income, first generation and/or students with disabilities. Master's degree or equivalent experience preferred. Knowledge of Montana University System entrance requirements, application procedures, and financial aid opportunities. Experience with program coordination. Experience with student software programs. Experience with learning management systems. Experience with writing for the web. Background similar to a majority of participants (from low-income or first generation family). Retention Specialist Responsibilities Coordinate with other staff on the delivery of program services to participants. Manage assigned caseload of participant services (i.e. advising, tutoring, tracking academic degree progress, keeping records, making referrals, providing retention services, etc.). Implement new non-academic services to improve retention among TRIO SSS students Input grant data into access program in a timely manner. Participate in assigned campus committees. Assist the Director with other duties as assigned. Develop communication plan with students through learning management system, as well as social media. Application Review of all applications will begin Aug. 19, 2013 and continue until the position is filled. Applications must include a letter addressing the qualifications for the position, a resume and the names and contact information of three references. Please send applications to: Dorothy Seymour The University of Montana Western 710 S. Atlantic St. Dillon, MT 59725 Finalist for this position may be subject to a criminal background investigation. The University & Dillon Area The University of Montana Western, located in Dillon, Mont., is an innovative institution nestled in a scenic valley in the Rocky Mountains of southwestern Montana. The campus Full-Time Equivalent (FTE) for student enrollment is approximately 1,289. Montana Western has over 60 FTE faculty members, features small cases for all students and has been recognized for excellence by U.S. News and World Report. Montana Western's small size and focus on education innovation have earned it the reputation of being a place where faculty and staff chose to collegially and creatively make a difference in the education of students. Montana Western is the first and only public four-year college in the nation to use block scheduling in which students take a single class at a time. This immersion learning program facilitates increased opportunities for experiential types of learning. The mission of the University of Montana Western is to provide innovative interdisciplinary education through experiential learning that combines theory and practice. Montana Western services citizens of all ages with its academic, community service, and lifelong-learning programs. As part of the global community, Montana Western encourages diversity, international awareness, environmental responsibility, and mastery of technology as a gateway to the world. Dillon, a community of 5,000 people, is known for outstanding public schools, safe environments, recreational opportunities and an excellent quality of life. The University of Montana Western is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and encourages applications from qualified women, minorities, veterans and people with disabilities. Qualified candidates may request veterans‚ or disabilities preference in accordance with state law. Reasonable accommodations are provided in the hiring process for persons with disabilities. Finalists for this position will be subject to a criminal background investigation. Click here for a printable version of the job description.

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Administrative Associate III

Department: Administration & FinancePosition:  Full-timeWage: $11.253 – $13.504 per hour entry plus complete benefit packageUnion Affiliation: NonePosting Date: July 2013 Description  Position serves as the administrative associate to the Office of Administration and Finance. Assists with budget planning and data entry; prepares budget spreadsheets and reports; assists with all aspects of biweekly and monthly payrolls; helps employees with and distributes benefit information and changes. Meets with new hires and terminating employees regarding payroll and benefits. In addition, writes and posts information on website; researches laws, policies and issues; edits the campus master plan, campus policy manual, employee handbook, NWCCU accreditation, contracts and leases. Makes travel arrangements, keeps appointment calendar and completes other administrative duties as assigned. Will meet, greet, direct and listen to problems from a variety of constituents with absolute confidentiality. Qualifications Must be highly skilled in Microsoft Excel and Word. Must have experience using an integrated enterprise or payroll software system. Must have ability to use problem solving skills and work independently in a fast paced office. Must have proven editing skills. Excellent customer service skills and the ability to keep all business confidential. Two years of post-secondary education and a completed degree are preferred. Banner system experience is preferred as is experience working in a state or university system. The successful candidate must demonstrate: Two years of experience in an administrative support position including a thorough knowledge of office practices and procedures; Excellent organizational skills, time management, confidentiality and multi-tasking skills; Excellent oral and written communication skills, and customer service and leadership skills; Proficiency with various software including but not limited to MS Office, Excel, Access, web creation tools and integrated software systems; Resourcefulness, critical thinking, analytical skills, collaboration and documentation skills; Some knowledge of payroll and benefit processing; Some knowledge of budget and accounting management. Application To apply, please complete a State of Montana Job Application and a letter of application specifically addressing the qualifications and duties described above. Finalists for this position may be subject to a criminal background investigation. Also include the names, addresses, and phone numbers of three (3) professional references. Submit application materials to: Dorothy Seymour, Payroll/Benefits ManagerThe University of Montana Western710 South Atlantic StreetDillon, MT 59725 For questions, call (406) 683-7031. Review of applications will begin July 22, however the position will remain open until filled. The University & Dillon Area  The University of Montana Western, located in Dillon, Mont., is an innovative institution nestled in a scenic valley in the Rocky Mountains of southwestern Montana. The campus Full-Time Equivalent (FTE) for student enrollment is approximately 1,289. Montana Western has over 60 FTE faculty members, features small cases for all students and has been recognized for excellence by U.S. News and World Report. Montana Western's small size and focus on education innovation have earned it the reputation of being a place where faculty and staff chose to collegially and creatively make a difference in the education of students. Montana Western is the first and only public four-year college in the nation to use block scheduling in which students take a single class at a time. This immersion learning program facilitates increased opportunities for experiential types of learning. The mission of the University of Montana Western is to provide innovative interdisciplinary education through experiential learning that combines theory and practice. Montana Western services citizens of all ages with its academic, community service, and lifelong-learning programs. As part of the global community, Montana Western encourages diversity, international awareness, environmental responsibility, and mastery of technology as a gateway to the world. Dillon, a community of 5,000 people, is known for outstanding public schools, safe environments, recreational opportunities and an excellent quality of life. The University of Montana Western is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and encourages applications from qualified women, minorities, veterans and people with disabilities. Qualified candidates may request veterans‚ or disabilities preference in accordance with state law. Reasonable accommodations are provided in the hiring process for persons with disabilities. Finalists for this position will be subject to a criminal background investigation. Click here for a printable version of the job description

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Computer/Technical Support

Department: Information and Technology Services (ITS) Position: Part-time, permanent Posting Date: July 2013 Wage: $10.138–$12.166 per hour plus full benefit packageUnion Affiliation: Montana Public Employees Association Description Perform duties in the University of Montana Western Swysgood Technology Center (STC) including using various software applications; assume responsibility for supervision of the STC during required evening and weekend hours; assume responsibility for supervising student workers during work hours; interact with all STC users by providing quality service and information. Flexibility to work on special projects as assigned. Required evening and weekend hours during the academic year. Approximately five-eighths time (20-28 hours per week). Work schedule will vary based on the academic calendar. Required Qualifications High school education and three years of work experience serving the public. Working knowledge of various software applications including Microsoft Office. Excellent oral and written communication skills. Possess a can do attitude, be service oriented and provide excellent customer service. Ability to positively contribute to and participate in a teamwork environment. Preferred Qualifications Technical support experience. Inventory automation and systems experience. Experience with web applications (Moodle, eMail and Banner). Ability to provide basic troubleshooting of printers, software and operating systems. Application To be considered for this position, please submit the following: 1) a letter of application stating reasons for interest in the position and addressing the desired qualifications; 2) a resume listing educational background and employment; and 3) names, addresses and telephone numbers of three references to: Dorothy Seymour, payroll/benefits managerThe University of Montana Western Business Services 710 S. Atlantic St.Dillon, Mont. 59725 Please send electronic copies (limit to six PDF pages) or alternatively send hard copies of all application materials to: . Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. The University and Dillon Area The University of Montana Western, located in Dillon, Mont., is an innovative institution nestled in a scenic valley in the Rocky Mountains of southwestern Montana. The current campus student headcount is 1,447 and the Full-Time Equivalent (FTE) for student enrollment is approximately 1,392. Montana Western has over 60 FTE faculty members, features small classes for all students and has been recognized for excellence by U.S. News and World Report. Montana Western's small size and focus on education innovation have earned it the reputation of being a place where faculty and staff chose to collegially and creatively make a difference in the education of students. Montana Western is the first and only public four-year college in the nation to use block scheduling in which students take a single class at a time. This immersion learning program facilitates increased opportunities for experiential types of learning. The mission of the University of Montana Western is to provide innovative interdisciplinary education through experiential learning that combines theory and practice. Montana Western services citizens of all ages with its academic, community service, and lifelong-learning programs. As part of the global community, Montana Western encourages diversity, international awareness, environmental responsibility, and mastery of technology as a gateway to the world. Dillon, a community of 5,000 people, is known for outstanding public schools, safe environments, recreational opportunities and an excellent quality of life. The University of Montana Western is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and encourages applications from qualified women, minorities, Vietnam era veterans and people with disabilities. This position is eligible for veteran's preference in accordance with State law. Finalists for this position will be subject to a criminal background investigation. Click here for a printable version of the job description

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Computer Support Spec II (Desktop and System Support Specialist)

Department: Information and Telecommunications Services (ITS)Position: Full-timePosting Date: July 2013 Wage: $15.537–$18.644 per hour plus full benefit packageUnion Affiliation: Montana Public Employees Association Description The desktop and system support specialist performs and coordinates desktop support services across the UMW campus. The position maintains application environments on faculty and staff desktop computers (a mixture of Microsoft and Apple); manages campus ITS Help Services including student staff; and assists with basic functionality of the campus server environment. The position supports core desktop software applications such as Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Office Suite, e-mail clients, anti-virus software and unique departmental software. In addition, this position maintains campus workstation hardware falling under the supported desktop equipment policy. Other responsibilities include managing ITS Help Services including the tracking of jobs, assigning of student technicians to jobs, training student technicians and evaluating student technician performance. Requirements Candidates must possess the following: A bachelor’s degree in business, information technology, Information systems or a related field. The ability to learn PC- or Apple-based applications as necessary. May assist with desktop security issues by troubleshooting, cleaning or repairing compromised desktop systems. An understanding of wireless and wired network configurations. The ability to install, configure, upgrade, deliver and setup computer hardware, software and peripheral devices. A good understanding of current Microsoft application environment including Windows, Office, and Access. Experience with Office 365 is preferred. Familiarity with Microsoft Windows Servers (2003 and 2008). The ability to work well with people of varying levels of technical expertise. The ability to work as a team member. Application To be considered for this position, please submit the following: 1) a letter of application stating reasons for interest in the position and addressing the desired qualifications; 2) a resume listing educational background and employment; and 3) names, addresses and telephone numbers of three references to: Dorothy Seymour, payroll/benefits managerThe University of Montana WesternBusiness Services710 S. Atlantic St.Dillon, Mont. 59725 Please send electronic copies (limit to six PDF pages) or alternatively send hard copies of all application materials to: . Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. The University and Dillon Area The University of Montana Western, located in Dillon, Mont., is an innovative institution nestled in a scenic valley in the Rocky Mountains of southwestern Montana. The current campus student headcount is 1,447 and the Full-Time Equivalent (FTE) for student enrollment is approximately 1,392. Montana Western has over 60 FTE faculty members, features small classes for all students and has been recognized for excellence by U.S. News and World Report. Montana Western’s small size and focus on education innovation have earned it the reputation of being a place where faculty and staff chose to collegially and creatively make a difference in the education of students. Montana Western is the first and only public four-year college in the nation to use block scheduling in which students take a single class at a time. This immersion learning program facilitates increased opportunities for experiential types of learning. The mission of the University of Montana Western is to provide innovative interdisciplinary education through experiential learning that combines theory and practice. Montana Western services citizens of all ages with its academic, community service, and lifelong-learning programs. As part of the global community, Montana Western encourages diversity, international awareness, environmental responsibility, and mastery of technology as a gateway to the world. Dillon, a community of 5,000 people, is known for outstanding public schools, safe environments, recreational opportunities and an excellent quality of life. The University of Montana Western is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and encourages applications from qualified women, minorities, Vietnam era veterans and people with disabilities. This position is eligible for veteran’s preference in accordance with State law. Finalists for this position will be subject to a criminal background investigation. Click here for a printable version of the job description

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Brea Mitchell competes in national volleyball tourney

University of Montana Western volleyball middle blocker Brea Mitchell participated in the 2012 U.S.A. Volleyball Girls’ Junior National Championships held from June 28 to July 1 in Columbus, Ohio.

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Assistant Professor of Equine Studies

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Men's basketball signs Taylor Mullins

University of Montana Western head men’s basketball coach Steve Keller announced the signing of Taylor Mullins, a 6’5” forward from Bozeman, Mont., to a Frontier Conference/NAIA letter of intent.

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Adjunct Professors of English

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UMW's Sharon Williams nominated for award

University of Montana Western Financial Aid Programs Assistant Sharon Williams has been nominated for the Montana Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (MASFAA) Financial Aid Professional of the Year award.

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Montana Shakespeare in the Parks in Dillon July 26

Montana Shakespeare in the Parks will perform "The Merchant Of Venice" in Dillon’s Jaycee Park on Tuesday, July 26 at 6 p.m.

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