Under the direction of the Dean, provide leadership for and administer the Department of Early Childhood and Elementary Education in the College of Education and Human Services. Plan, organize, control and direct the delivery of comprehensive Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education (IECE), Elementary Education (El Ed) and Reading programs; provide direction, organization, and support for a comprehensive academic department. Lead and manage employees, budgets and other resources. Ensure compliance with state, federal, and local laws, rules, and regulations. Serve as liaison to and coordinate with appropriate local, state, and federal groups and agencies. Candidates should have a broad vision for the department, a desire to maintain and foster the department’s collegial and mutually-respectful culture, a commitment to promoting interdisciplinary links with other departments and programs, a desire to connect the department’s contributions with the priorities of the college and university, and a commitment to developing curricular, student, and faculty diversity.
Direct, administer, and manage the Department of Early Childhood and Elementary Education (ECE).
Plan, organize, and direct programs, projects, class schedules, and activities related to the department’s programs.
Provide leadership for and develop and implement long- and short-term plans and activities for the department’s programs; prepare goals and objectives; coordinate program planning and assessment activities; manage and participate in the continued evaluation and improvement of the assigned area’s instructional, student, and support services.
Serve as liaison for and coordinate programs and services with local, state, and federal education and child development agencies.
Establish and maintain network of community, civic, advisory groups and educational contacts/resources for IECE, El Ed and Reading programs.
Interpret applicable laws, policies, regulations, rules, and procedures, including collective bargaining agreement provisions; determine impact on assigned instructional and services areas; provide technical expertise regarding assigned functions; formulate and develop policies and procedures; recommend policy and prepare written procedures for operations.
Oversee compliance and reporting; direct the preparation and maintenance of a variety of narrative and statistical reports, records and files.
Provide leadership for and contribute to accreditation processes; promote the assessment of student learning outcomes and program and service area outcomes in order to determine effectiveness, assisting faculty and others, where appropriate.
Develop and implement long- and short-term funding plans for sustainability and expansion of assigned areas; develop, coordinate, and administer budgets; provide leadership for the effective utilization of resources; develop and write grant proposals and otherwise facilitate grant applications for assigned areas; manage grants and prepare required reports.
Train, supervise, and evaluate the performance of assigned faculty and staff; participate in the recruitment and assignment processes.
Plan, organize and direct ECE class scheduling and instructor assignment, assure that programs are well represented in print or electronic materials, including catalogs and schedules; Ensure that curriculum, instruction delivery methods, and course and program articulation are kept current, represent current and best practices, and comply with all legal requirements.
Evaluate the academic needs of ECE students relevant to their success. Administer, coordinate, revise, and update instructional services relevant to students enrolled in courses related to children and their development.
Interpret, implement and maintain federal and state program compliance directives and financial accountability mandates.
Serve on college and district committees as assigned. Travel as needed in carrying out responsibilities and functions.
Perform other duties as assigned.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Demonstrated sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, and ethnic backgrounds of students.
Knowledge of the theories, principles, and practices associated with higher education curricula, college level course scheduling and instruction, student learning, and student success.
Knowledge of pertinent federal and state laws, regulatory provisions, policies and procedures.
Demonstrated ability to interpret, apply and explain rules, regulations, policies and procedures. Ability to interpret certification changes.
Positive personnel management, supervision, and evaluation.
Ability to effectively lead teams with a collaborative style in a collegial and participatory governance environment. Ability to network with local and state agencies.
Knowledge of accreditation procedures, practices, and standards. Knowledge of the development, implementation, and assessment of student learning outcomes.
Ability to be a fair-minded and ethical leader with excellent interpersonal and communication skills, both oral and written. Analyze situations accurately and adopt an effective course of action.
Ability to develop, implement, and evaluate programs and services. Ability to utilize data and assessment to make improvements for programs and services.
Ability to develop and monitor budgets and effectively utilize resources. Ability to effectively manage priorities in diverse operational units.
Ability to use independent judgment in the interpretation and application of rules, regulations, policies, and procedures.
Ability to provide leadership and work collaboratively and productively with all stakeholders, including public and private agencies, parents and families, faculty, students, administrators, peers, support staff, unions, and the community.
Ability to prepare comprehensive narrative and statistical reports. Knowledge of computer software applications for reporting. Secure successful grants, when possible.
Ability to plan and work independently with little direction and meet schedules and timelines.
Minimum Education Requirements:
Earned doctorate in education field specific to disciplines within the department or related field.
Minimum Experience and Skill Requirements:
Three years’ experience as a teacher, department chair, and/or director in a public elementary or early childhood setting.
Demonstrated ability to work effectively and collegially with students, staff, and faculty from diverse backgrounds and programs.
Record of research in teaching and learning, teacher education, or related field.
Experience with accreditation processes associated with agencies such as CAEP, NAEYC, specialized professional associations, or regional accrediting bodies.
Experience with high-quality, field-focused teacher education.
Special Instructions to Applicants:
Along with the application, the following items must be included:
Letter of application
Copies of transcripts from all colleges/universities. These can be a combined document or, if multiple files, can be uploaded as “other documents”
For best consideration, please submit a completed application along with all required materials by October 29, 2019. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.
Internal Number: 8866
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