Employment Description

Associate Director
Date Posted 01/25/2017
Hiring Status Accepting Applications
Location Twin Cities Campus
Position Responsibilities

The Associate Director position provides support and leadership for the Master of Arts in Special Education program.

Duties and responsibilities include:

Data analysis:

  • Identify any gap areas of student standard mastery through independent analysis and in coordination with other members of the educational licensing team.
  • Review standards and participate in the curriculum enhancement process by identifying courses, lessons, and assignments that could be improved.
  • Analyze syllabi for standard mastery and duplicate learning for prospective students who are seeking course substitutions and transfer credit.

Curricular Adjustments/Faculty Support:

  • Reflect any changes in state legislation within curriculum.
  • Following Director approval and in coordination with faculty expertise and feedback, adjust the syllabi to increase student mastery of standards.
  • Analyze faculty ratings for curricular changes, propose curricular changes to Director.
  • Assist faculty in preparing proposed changes for the syllabi for Director review.
  • Assist in semester schedule development with Program Director and Program Coordinators.
  • Assist in faculty development as it relates to culturally responsive teaching and other areas.

Partnerships:

  • Collaborate with the Field Placement Office and other teacher licensure directors to build a network of strategic partners who can serve our placement needs and also welcome opportunities that Saint Mary’s programs can provide to their staff.
  • Collaborate with the Director of Outreach and Field Specialists to generate partnerships and increase enrollment.
  • Continued and on-going faculty support.
  • Provide trainings and onboard new faculty as needed with the Program Director.
  • Understand the Lasallian mission, the program structure, and content scope and sequence.
  • Effectively use instructional technology and face-to-face instruction to effectively deliver instruction and/or provide effective supervision in the field.
  • Review rating forms, grading and expectations of performance to ensure standard mastery.
  • Assist in the development and modification of faculty trainings based on course evaluations.
  • Attend weekly team meetings, Graduate School of Education meetings, and other University required meetings.
  • Attend Teacher Education Advisory Council meetings as scheduled per semester to foster and facilitate partnerships with external stakeholders.

Student Support:

  • Support students who were identified as not meeting standard expectation but do not require a full support plan.
  • Engage in ongoing academic advising with students to support their learning and successful completion of their program pathway.
  • Develop and support academic probation support plans as needed.
  • Assist students with licensure applications and prepare application materials for review from the Program Director and certifying officer.
  • Serve as evening administrator three to four times per year.
Essential Skills and Abilities

The ideal candidate must:

  • Be self-directed and be able to take initiative.
  • Be a team player and willing to support programmatic needs.
  • Have effective time management skills and be able to prioritize tasks to be completed.
  • Have advanced interpersonal skills to communicate with various stakeholders.
  • Have technology fluency to manage multiple databases, interact with online learning platforms, and effectively manage email communication.
  • Be proficient in Google Apps (Gmail, Drive, Calendar, etc.), Microsoft Office Suite, and be open and willing to learning new technology.
  • Have high attention to detail.
  • Have resourcefulness to connect with other university resources when needed.
  • Have advanced written communication skills.
  • Be able and willing to seek assistance and clarification when needed.
  • Be able to engage in collaborative problem solving and conflict resolution, in addition to providing critical feedback to improve processes and programming.
  • Have excellent organizational skills.
  The successful candidate must support, respect, and advance the mission of Saint Mary's University as a Lasallian Catholic institution.
Education and Experience
  • Master’s required in an education related area.
  • Licensed special education teacher or related service provider.
  • Director of Special Education licensure and/or administrative licensure, preferred.
  • Five years of experience working with students with special needs, preferred.
  • Experience as a teacher on special assignment, instructional coach, school and/or district administration preferred.
  • Experience in higher education, preferred.

All job offers are contingent upon the successful completion of a criminal background check.

Additional Required Materials Application, cover letter, resume, and three reference letters with contact information
Application Review Date
Starting Date
Contact Dr. Judy Nagel
Contact Email jnagel@smumn.edu
Position Full-time
Contract Length 12 Month
Other Details / Information
Benefits Full
Work Sponsorship This position is not eligible for work sponsorship
  We encourage members of the protected classes as defined by the federal, state, and municipal law and those persons attracted to a university with a Catholic identity to apply.
EEO M/W/D/V
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