Director of Professional Education

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Position type: full-time
Location: Lewisburg, PA
Categories: Other, Academic Affairs

The Director of Professional Education is responsible for maintaining and advancing the mission and vision of programs within the Education Department at Bucknell University. The Director collaborates with the Department Chair, Department faculty, Bucknell students, and community partners to promote program continuity and cohesiveness. The Director is a key driver in development, retention, and recruitment.
This role will work with students and faculty to coordinate field experiences, student teaching experiences and will also coordinate service learning experiences and internships in local schools and community agencies. The individual serving in this position will also develop and maintain partnerships with area school districts and community agencies to enhance students’ placement opportunities. Additionally, this person will have teaching responsibilities and supervise student teachers and field placement students.

This is a full-time, benefits eligible, 9 month position; typically scheduled to work from mid-August to mid-May (up to Commencement).

Job Duties:
Coordinating Field Experiences and School District Collaboration
- Serve as the point of contact for local school and community administrators, teachers, Bucknell faculty, staff, and students for the field-based Teacher Education Program courses and experiences.
- Collaborate with Bucknell faculty to determine the nature of the field experiences or internship placements that students require to meet course goals.
- Develop mutually beneficial relationships with local education agencies, working to promote a partnership model between the department and local school districts
- Solicit and coordinate field experience and internship placements for undergraduate students. Secure placements for students in all field-based Teacher Education Program courses including student teaching. Match students’ requirements, preferences, and availability with actual opportunities in surrounding schools and community sites.
- Ensure site supervisors meet program-specific qualifications for their roles.
- Conduct pre-placement meetings and orientations for students and teachers.
- Communicate placement information to students and teachers.
- Maintain regular contact with supervisors of field experiences and trouble-shooting administrative and/or placement issues with students and faculty
- Facilitate and participate in the evaluation of student participation, performance, and work relating to field placements.
- Maintain student fieldwork and academic files and records associated with fieldwork. This includes, but may not be limited to, analyzing requirements and availability for placement, evidence of required placements hours, pre-CIPS (current students applying to enter a teacher certification program).
- Maintain a database for tracking placements, including fieldwork sites, site supervisors, and clinical teachers; ensure diverse experiences and ensure that candidates meet a number of required hours.
- Initiate, track, review, and monitor the status of placements and all associated paperwork including required clearances. Collect, maintain, and disseminate information and data related to student clearances. Purge documentation as appropriated based on retention schedule.
- Coordinate with Department Chair and University Counsel to maintain Memoranda of Understanding with school districts.
- Participate in ongoing analysis of field experiences and procedures. Includes, but is not limited to, organizing and conducting various surveys, and analyzing the data for the Teacher Education Program. Provide recommendations for improvement in the field experience process to the chairperson of the department. In collaboration with the department chair, track program completers, and provide analysis of findings to the department and PDE.
- Additional duties as assigned such as assisting with logistics of placements, arranging transportation for students, and coordinating the end-of-semester thank you notes/evaluations/gift cards for field hosts.

Education Department Support
- Collaborate with and delegate appropriate administrative tasks to the Department Academic Assistant to maintain reliable departmental records and processes
- Serve as the Certification Officer with the Pennsylvania Department of Education
- Assist in the recruitment and retention of students
- Create opportunities for students to develop competency while addressing community goals and needs.
- In partnership with the Department Chair, work to develop, revise, expand, synthesize, and evaluate certification programs
- Collect and maintain data required for the annual Title II Report Card. Coordinate with Academic Assistant to complete the annual Title II Report Card.
- Work with the department chair and department faculty to ensure currency and accuracy in program handbooks on an annual basis and assist with revisions and updates.

Community Programs and Civic Engagement
- Direct an after-school program in area neighborhoods
- Set and maintain program goals
- Oversee the hiring, training, and professional development of student site coordinators and any other program employees and volunteers
- Supervise students and other employees as the program requires
- Communicate and collaborate with Lewisburg schools and host communities to ensure smooth and successful implementation of the after-school program
- Actively engage in outreach to sustain and develop new partnerships opportunities within the Bucknell campus community and the broader Susquehanna Valley community.

- Teach one departmental course each semester. Teaching may include the supervision of student teachers which typically counts as two courses for the assigned instructor in the same semester. If supervising student teaching, the Director of Professional education would teach two courses in a single semester rather than one course each semester.
- Supervise students in Junior Block (an intensive field placement for elementary education students), overseeing the non-credit seminar component. Supervising secondary cert. students in field placements.

Minimum Qualifications:
● Master’s degree or higher in Education or a related field
● A minimum of 5 years of professional experience as a teacher and/or administrator in public or private schools
● Demonstrated record of professional development with teacher education students or practicing teachers.
● At least one Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) approved teacher certifications.
● Outstanding organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills (oral and written) are required, along with the ability to maintain confidentiality.
● Evidence of administrative ability, experience with database software, assessment, curriculum design and alignment.
● Competence in tracking several projects simultaneously
● Willingness to learn state and federal mandated reporting processes
● Demonstrated ability to work with diverse populations
● Demonstrated ability to build positive relationships with schools and the community
● Driver’s license and ability to become certified to drive a university vehicle is required to transport student volunteers and assess students’ performance in Level III placements.

*Field experience is divided into 4 stages. In Stage III, certification candidates engage in tutorials, small group, and whole class instruction with materials they have created and prepared.

Work Type: 
This is a full-time, benefits eligible, 9 month position; typically scheduled to work from mid-August to mid-May (up to Commencement).

About Bucknell

Founded in 1846 and located along the banks of the Susquehanna River in historic Lewisburg, Pa., Bucknell University is an undergraduate-focused institution that stands uniquely at the intersection of top-ranked liberal arts, engineering and management programs. Our students choose from more than 60 majors and 70 minors in the arts, engineering, humanities, management, and natural and social sciences, as well as extensive global study, service-learning and research opportunities. Bucknell’s 3,700 undergraduate and 30 graduate students enjoy a low 9:1 student-faculty ratio and exceptional opportunities to collaborate with faculty mentors on scholarly and artistic projects.

Bucknell’s beautiful 450-acre campus includes first-rate facilities and is home to more than 90 percent of its undergraduate students. Student life is vibrant with about 200 student-run organizations, 27 NCAA Division I athletics teams, a robust arts culture, and a commitment among many of the students to community and global service work.

Bucknell is committed to fostering an environment that embraces diversity, equity and inclusion, and we seek candidates who will contribute to a climate that supports the growth and development of a diverse campus community. The University provides equal opportunity without regard to race, color, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, religion, national or ethnic origin, marital status, veteran status or disability in admissions, employment and in all of its educational programs and activities. We encourage individuals from historically underrepresented groups to apply.

The Community

Lewisburg (pop. 5,700) is located in central Pennsylvania and features beautiful Victorian homes, the restored art deco Campus Theatre (owned by the University), a variety of restaurants, shops and boutiques, and the Barnes & Noble at Bucknell University Bookstore. It is the seat of Union County, which has about 44,000 residents.

The city of Williamsport is about a 30-minute drive from campus, and Penn State University’s main campus is about an hour away, as is Harrisburg, Pennsylvania’s state capital. Bucknell is within a three-hour drive of New York City, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington, D.C.

The cost of living is low compared to that of major U.S. cities and suburbs. Bucknell’s surroundings yield fresh produce, cultural activities and events, and outstanding opportunities for outdoor activity on the Susquehanna River and in the nearby state parks and forests. The Lewisburg Area School District receives excellent reviews for its schools at all grade levels. Lewisburg Area High School consistently ranks among the top 50 high schools in Pennsylvania for SAT scores and statewide exams.

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