Post Date: 01/25/2019
Close Date: 02/28/2019
University Mission: Concordia University is a Christian university preparing leaders for the transformation of society.
Department Mission: With Christ as our teacher, the College of Education prepares educators to serve diverse communities, promote moral leadership, demonstrate effective teaching skills, and encourage life-long learning.
Position Title: Director of Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) Programs
Department: College of Education
Reports To: Dean, College of Education Dean / Assistant Dean - Licensure Programs
FLSA Status: Exempt
Position Number: FAC094
Salary Grade: $46,000-$69,000
Primary Work Location: Onsite, Portland Main Campus
Work Schedule: Weekdays during regular business hours; some evening and weekend work required.
Employee Classification: 07 – Faculty, Full-time, Exempt
FTE: 1.0 FTE (12 months, 40 hours per week)
Position Summary: The Director of MAT Programs is a full-time ranked faculty member within the College of Education, who provides administrative oversight for all MAT programs. The primary functions of the position are programming and scheduling courses, overseeing curriculum alignment, mentoring faculty, hiring of adjuncts, and providing support to MAT candidates seeking preliminary licensure. Additionally, the MAT Director will coordinate with key stakeholders for program development, compliance, and student support.
Preference Concordia University is a private, Christian university. Concordia University reserves the right to give preference in employment based on religion in order to further the Lutheran objectives of the University and the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
1. Program Leadership (40%)
a) Provide leadership in the development of programmatic growth opportunities for MAT programs, including online models
b) Provide supervision and oversight of MAT Department, including Associate Director and various program staff
c) Ensure ongoing alignment of MAT curriculum to TSPC state standards, national standards
d) Collaborate with 3 to PhD partners and various school district partners to create innovative initiatives that advance the College of Education and the field of teacher preparation
e) Work with the Director of Accreditation and Assessment on MAT program evaluation and continuous improvement plans, for both continuous improvement and accreditation purposes
2. Faculty & Student Support (40%)
a) Provide support and mentorship for preservice teachers throughout their time in the MAT program, including grievances and student dismissals.
b) Coordinate MAT course scheduling, instructor scheduling, annual course projections (forecasting), calendaring, enrollment tracking, handbooks, etc.
c) Work closely with other CU departments, including Admissions, Registrar, Financial Aid and Student Accounts
d) Participate in and/or oversee interviews for prospective MAT candidates
e) Hire, onboard and support on-ground adjunct faculty in accordance with university policies and procedures
f) Attend recruitment events, coordinate and run student orientations
3. Other Responsibilities (20%)
a) Engage in appropriate scholarly research; participate in professional conferences at the regional and national levels; and participate in scholarly publication and activity (including grants for external and internal funding)
b) Engage in University and community service (service activities include, but are not limited to, University and College committees and participation in student recruitment events)
c) Perform other administrative and academic duties as assigned by the COE Dean or COE Assistant Dean of Licensure Programs
The faculty member supports various College of Education programs and initiatives as time and background experience allow.
Work Contacts: College of Education Dean, Associate Dean, Assistant Dean(s), University Staff, Faculty, Adjuncts, Students, and strategic business partners.
Scope of Work: Serve as a subject matter expert in assigned functional area.
Work facilitates high levels of performance, achievement of goals, and quality of results as they relate to the strategic and operational goals in the College.
Activities and tasks support the operations of the College of Education and includes following standard operating procedures through course of work.
May initiate actions in support of departmental operations. Exercises independent judgement under limited supervision.
Requires knowledge of institution policies and practices.
Responsible for ensuring departmental compliance with policies and standards.
Contributes ideas and expertise to department leadership on operational plans for the college.
Assists with keeping leaders informed of results, outcomes and impediments.
Working Conditions: Office environment within elementary school setting.
Minimum Physical Requirements:
Able to tolerate prolonged sitting and keyboarding
Able to lift and carry 15 lbs. on an occasional basis
Able to use basic office equipment including phones, copiers, and computers
Able to read, write and interpret language at a high level of comprehension.
Able to apply qualitative and quantitative logic and reasoning towards problems solving.
Able to lift, pull, grasp, stoop and reach within an office environment
Minimum Education and Experience Requirements:
An earned doctorate in education, teacher education, or a closely related field
3‒5 years undergraduate and/or graduate-level teaching experience in higher education
3-5 years of K-12 teaching experience
Successful classroom and higher-education teaching experience that demonstrates a capacity for excellence in teaching at the undergraduate and graduate level
Familiarity with and the demonstrated ability to use and integrate the latest educational technologies
Demonstrated ability to provide support in intensive learning environments
Minimum Requirements (Knowledge, Skills and Abilities):
Ability to demonstrate excellent organizational and problem-solving skills; outcome-oriented.
Ability to be highly productive and self-motivated with minimal supervision.
A genuine commitment and ability to carry out to culturally responsive and equitable practices.
Excellent interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills.
Willing and able to work collaboratively as part of a larger faculty team.
Proficient using the educational research software (Qualtrics, SPSS, Atlas.ti, IRBNet) Microsoft Office Suite including Word, Excel, Access PowerPoint, and Outlook.
Able to enter data in a database in an accurate and timely manner. Able to readily learn to use existing administrative software including Banner, Blackboard and Task Stream.
Working knowledge of FERPA and ability to handle confidential information with tact, discretion and good judgement.
Post-Employment Offer Requirements: Successfully pass a criminal background check.
Attitude and demeanor of all Concordia University employees: As part of a work environment that highly values Christian education, educational excellence and service to students, all members of the community will:
Publicly support the mission of Concordia University.
Communicate effectively with warmth, sensitivity, and understanding as s/he deals with administrative colleagues, teachers, students, parents, faculty, college personnel and program associates.
Work as a team member in a professional environment.
Possess a “service attitude” (willingness to be flexible to meet the needs of the department).
Have a professional physical appearance (appropriate clothing, personal hygiene, etc.).