Overview: The Minnesota Council on Economic Education (MCEE) is located in the Department of Applied Economics, a department within the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. MCEE is an entrepreneurial non-profit organization (501c3) with a mission to equip Minnesotans with the economic and personal financial understanding needed to succeed in today’s complex economy. MCEE accomplishes this mission by developing and delivering professional development courses and workshops for K-12 teachers, providing direct programs to K-12 students, and working with community agencies in personal finance education for adults. For more information about MCEE, visit https://www.mcee.umn.edu/.
This position provides content development and coordination of program delivery, delivers or arranges instructors to deliver teacher professional development statewide, assists with writing grants and reports for programs, assists with marketing and communications and supports general administration. Some statewide travel to work with Centers for Economic Education and to deliver teacher professional development workshops involved.
1. Education Outreach & Programming (60%)
Lead the content development and delivery of all teacher professional development-related programming, including but not limited to professional development courses and workshops, the annual conference, and pre-service teacher training.
Either serve as instructor and/or identify other instructors for programming. Work with staff to coordinate instructor contracts.
Work with instructors to identify content/curriculum for programming.
Work in close coordination with Program and Communications Coordinator (PCC) to ensure effective delivery of programming.
Provide Program and Communications Coordinator with content specific information and materials for programming marketing and recruitment.
Work with the PCC to evaluate content and instruction of programs.
Ensure the academic integrity of student competitions and direct-to-student programs.
Work with the Program and Communications Coordinator to deliver the student competitions and direct to student programming.
Oversee the quality of the academic content, including updating the curriculum as needed.
Write or oversee the writing of Quiz Bowl questions for the Regional and State Economics Challenge and the case study for the State Personal Finance Decathlon.
Along with the ED and PCC, work to ensure that such programs are consistent with the mission and values of MCEE.
Lead Education outreach for the organization.
Work with PCC to develop relationships with the affiliated Centers for Economic Education, school districts and service cooperatives to coordinate delivery of programming to teachers.
Develop and manage the relationship with the 27 institutions of higher education that teach students in preparation for licensing in one of the four areas that deliver the K-12 economics standards – elementary, social studies, business and agriculture education.
Collaborate with partnering organizations such as Junior Achievement, Jump$tart, and Best Prep. Represent MCEE in those organizations, as assigned.
Represent MCEE at the Minnesota Center for Social Studies Education (CSSE) meetings held at the MN Department of Education, alone or with the ED.
Manage the MCEE Master Teacher program.
Manage the promotion and selection process for teaching awards and teacher scholarships.
Serve as staff lead for any MCEE BOD or advisory committees specifically focused on education programming. Coordinate and attend meetings as appropriate or assigned by ED.
Attend and represent MCEE at conferences or events as requested by ED.
2. Curriculum Curation, Development, Maintenance, Marketing and Distribution (10%)
Keep informed of new curriculum and teaching resources available nationally from all sources related to the teaching of K-12 economics and personal finance. Develop or procure content/curriculum where needed and appropriate.
Work to ensure that MCEE teacher professional development programs incorporate the highest quality, most up-to-date and most innovative curriculums and teaching pedagogies and technologies.
Work to ensure that information on new curriculums and teaching resources are conveyed to MN teachers through multiple platforms.
Oversee the on-going maintenance and distribution of MCEE-developed curriculum in MN and elsewhere. These include Sustainability through an Economic Lens, the Global Food Challenge, Learning Together Thriving Together, and others.
If determined there is a need for new curriculum, collaborate with ED to facilitate the development of new curriculum, teacher professional development related to the curriculum, and on-going distribution of the curriculum.
3. Market Research and Communications (10%)
Along with the PCC and ED, develop and help implement a program for market research related to teacher professional development and student competitions.
Work to determine the demand for MCEE programming and services, and the best way to deliver these programs and services:what, where, how long, and via what platform?
Oversee an on-going market research program to ensure MCEE is delivering quality services to as many teachers as possible.
Work to develop effective communications over several platforms in support of teacher professional development.
Engage in regular communication with teachers via existing MCEE email, newsletter, and social media communications vehicles.
Work with the PCC and ED to develop a blog, webinar and/or podcast series aimed at providing information to teachers on resources and teaching tips.
4. Grant Writing and Fundraising Activities (15%)
Write proposals and grant reports as appropriate and needed in conjunction with the ED, as assigned by the ED.
Collaborate with ED and PCC to create program budgets for grant proposals.
5. Workflow and Teamwork (5%)
Accept, prioritize and complete assignments for a work group.
Coordinate work schedule and vacation time with other staff to provide office coverage.
Attend professional development workshops as required by program needs.
Some evening and weekend work is expected to perform duties related to delivery of professional development workshops, attend conferences, and interact with the Board.
Other work-related duties may be assigned.
Salary and Position Level: Starting position level and salary will be competitive depending on knowledge, skills and experience. The successful candidate has the possibility of advancing to Associate Director.
Health Care and Retirement Benefits: MCEE is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization, but has since the late 1990s been embedded in the Department of Applied Economics at the University of Minnesota (UMN) and receives some in-kind services from the Department and the UMN, including but not limited to facilities, and Human Resources (HR) and IT support services. Hence, this MCEE staff positions are run through the UMN HR system and staff receive UMN health care and retirement benefits Benefits Summary: https://humanresources.umn.edu/sites/humanresources.umn.edu/files/2019_tcd-fpa-75100-ben-0105-10_0.pdf
Professional Development and Tuition Benefits: MCEE encourages staff to undertake continuing professional development appropriate to their position and professional goals, including attending workshops and conferences, as directed or approved by the ED. Staff can also take advantage of UMN employee tuition subsidy benefit to take classes in pursuit of personal or professional goals. Regents Scholarship: https://policy.umn.edu/hr/regentsscholarship
Required Qualifications: Master’s degree. At least 8 years of experience in education, with at least five years in the classroom. (Eight years of experience is required for job class 9342K2. Those with more than 10 years of experience will be considered for job class 9342K3).
Preferred Qualifications: Master’s degree and licensed K-12 educator with significant experience teaching economics or related field, or a PhD in Economics or Education, with a demonstrated interest in economics education.
Experience with the MCEE or other Master Teacher type program or other experience leading teacher professional development workshops. Experience developing curriculum and working with a variety of educational technologies.
Experience working for an educational non-profit or education programming. Demonstrated experience in writing grants and reports. Demonstrated ability in program management. Excellent writing, verbal, and interpersonal skills.
Internal Number: 331258
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