Director, Educational Certification and Career Services
Whitworth University - Spokane, WA
May 25, 2018
Full Time - Experienced
DIRECTOR, EDUCATIONAL CERTIFICATION AND CAREER SERVICES SCHOOL OF EDUCATION FULL-TIME, 12 MONTHS
FUNCTION: Reporting to the Dean of the School of Education, manages the Office of Educational Certification and Career Services; serves as the certification officer and liaison to the state of Washington, Superintendent of Public Instruction, Office of Professional Education and Certification to ensure compliance with the state certification regulations; oversees the collection of program data for the School of Education and prepares annual reports to external bodies; serves as a member of the School of Education Leadership group.
RESPONSIBILITIES AND RELATED DUTIES: A. Serve as Director of the Office of Educational Certification and Career Services 1. Manage all aspects of the functions related to the work of the office. 2. Implement practices that will advance and streamline the work of the office. 3. Conduct research and do both internal and external presentations. 4. Serve as direct supervisor for Certification Specialists and conduct yearly evaluation. 5. Hire, train, and supervise student workers. 6. Manage the Educational Certification and Career Services budget. 7. Oversee the website for Education Certification and Career Services. 8. Serve as a member of the School of Education Leadership Group. 9. Meet regularly with the Dean, School of Education. 10. Serve on SOE search committees. B. Serve as the Chief Compliance Officer for the School of Education 1. Work with the Chairs and Directors of Departments to coordinate work related to certification and career services. 2. Attend and take a leadership role in department meetings. 3. Assist the Dean with planning and preparation for state and national program accreditations. 4. Call and chair meetings of the Teacher Education Policy and Review Committee (TEPaRC). 5. Ensure consistent WAC related compliance and internal policies across Whitworth certification programs. 6. Provide timely information to the Dean and the SOE Leadership of changes that emerge from PESB, and WACTE. 7. Serve as Co-Chair of the Teacher Education Committee (TEC) along with the TED Chair. C. Provide comprehensive administrative services related to certification of teachers, principals, and school counselors. 1. Oversee recommendation of residency certificates, endorsements, intern substitute certificates, and limited certificates where appropriate and applicable. 2. Instruct faculty, staff and students on certification requirements and procedures. 3. Manage the collection and maintenance of certification statistics and records to assure compliance and to provide data necessary for state and national reports. 4. Oversee collection of data regarding certification and endorsements for the preparation of yearly reports. 5. Coordinate the review of files for applicants to student teaching. 6. Prepare and deliver presentations to students, faculty, and staff regarding certification issues and changes. 7. Attend Professional Educator Advisory Board (PEAB) for teachers and present as needed. 10. Attend local, state and regional certification meetings and conferences. 11. Oversee the verification of program completion process of Whitworth School of Education alumni for other state certification offices. 12. Provide services for candidates who are pursuing add-on endorsements. D. Manage job placement services for all School of Education candidates. Maintain effective communications and relationships with local school districts. 1. Establish and maintain a communications network with school district personnel related to placement of students and with P-12 human resource personnel. 2. Visit selected school district administrators and human resource directors. 3. Maintain current MOUs with districts for the placement of students. 4. Maintain active membership and participation in the Washington School Personnel Association. 5. Advise faculty, staff and students on current employment trends, vacancies, and job application procedures and make recommendations to increase the employment of Whitworth graduates 6. Prepare and conduct job search workshops and seminars for current students. 7. Represent the Whitworth University School of Education at professional educator career fairs. 8. Coordinate annual Whitworth Educator Career Fair on campus. 9. Oversee the establishment, maintenance, and updating of education placement files and the processing of placement file requests. 10. Oversee the preparation and submission of yearly placement reports to the Professional Educator Advisory Board. 11. Actively work to consistently improve processes and career services. E. Oversee the collecting of assessment data for the School of Education and prepare annual reports for external bodies. 1. Work with the Dean, the SOE Director of Assessment, and faculty on the implementation of the SOE data collection related to accreditation agencies and required reporting. 2. Collect data on student performance on the state required tests of basic skills, content knowledge, and pedagogy. 3. Serve as the liaison between the SOE, the Department of Information Systems, and the Department of Institutional Effectiveness. 4. Collect teacher candidate’s professional growth plans and maintain records of completion. 5. Work with the Dean to conduct graduate follow-up surveys, compile information from those surveys, and distribute to program directors 6. Gather data and complete SOE reports to Public and Professional Offices and outside agencies.
QUALIFICATIONS, SKILLS AND ABILITIES: • Master's degree required. • Five years progressively responsible work experience; (an equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered in lieu of degree). • Demonstrated effective oral and written communications, interpersonal, problem solving, organizational and time management skills. • Ability to think broadly and creatively, and articulate and implement vision. • Ability and willingness to be in a leadership position within the School of Education and represent the university on and off campus. • Understanding of and ability to work with school and district level administrators in the public and private school systems. • Ability to understand state certification guidelines. • Ability to supervise staff and student employees. • Ability to work as part of a team and establish and maintain good working relationships with faculty, staff students and the public. • Ability to handle highly confidential information. • Ability to prepare and present information for student and professional groups. • Experience and proficiency in using computers for word processing, database and spreadsheets. • Ability and commitment to provide quality customer service. • Ability to work with minimal supervision. • Demonstrated awareness and commitment to effectively establishing relationships and positive communications across multiple dimensions of diversity including, but not limited to race, gender, physical limitations, class or religious perspectives. • An active commitment to equal opportunity for all persons. • A commitment to the educational mission of Whitworth University as a Christian liberal arts university affiliated with the Presbyterian church. • Background check required.
APPLICATION PROCESS: The following documents are required to complete the online application form: 1) A letter of interest that relates your education and experience to the qualifications of the position. 2) Résumé 3) The names, addresses, telephone numbers and email addresses of three academic/professional references. 4) A one-page document describing your personal commitment to the Christian faith.
Whitworth complies with all federal, state, and local nondiscrimination laws that are applicable to religious nonprofit institutions and does not engage in unlawful discrimination based on race, color, national origin, age, sex, or disability. With our commitment to building a diverse community, the university encourages applications from populations underrepresented at Whitworth including members of racial/ethnic communities, women, and persons with disabilities.
About Whitworth University - Spokane, WA
Since 1890, Whitworth has held fast to its founding mission of providing "an education of mind and heart" through rigorous intellectual inquiry guided by dedicated Christian scholars. Recognized and ranked as one of the top regional colleges and universities in the West, Whitworth University has an enrollment of 2,900 students and offers 60 undergraduate and graduate degree programs. Located on a 200-acre campus of red-brick buildings and tall pines, Whitworth offers a beautiful, inviting and secure learning environment. More than $83 million in campus improvements have been made over the past decade, including a new center for the visual arts, a landmark general academic building, a new science facility, three new residence halls and several outdoor athletics facilities.