ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR OF FIELD EXPERIENCE, Education Department
University of Northwestern - St. Paul
Location: St. Paul (Roseville), Minnesota
Type: Full Time
Purpose: At the direction of the Director of Field Experience & Student Teaching, this position oversees field experience placements and assists with assessment. This position manages correspondence with school districts, school personnel and students regarding the placements and assists in planning and delivering assigned courses.
Essential job responsibilities include but are not limited to:
Oversee the field experience placement work for placements at the pre-methods level as directed by the Director FE&ST by conducting pre-registration interviews, hosting orientation sessions, conducting initial meetings/emails with cooperating teachers, preparing student assignments, facilitating midpoint and end point reflections, facilitating placement evaluations, conducting exit interviews, and collecting student reflection logs. This includes but is not limited to placements for the following courses in the teacher education programs:
EDU2215L Foundations of Education Lab
EDU3209L Human Relations Lab
EDU3286L Educating Diverse Learners Lab
ECE2216L Foundations of Early Childhood Education
SPD2215L Introduction to Special Education Lab
Oversee the field experience placement work for placements at the methods and student teaching level for the Early Childhood Education program as directed by the Director FE&ST. This includes but is not limited to placements for the following courses in the teacher education programs:
ECE3306L Infant Toddler Methods Lab
ECE4316L Preprimary Methods Lab
SPD4415L Special Education Field Experience
EDU4976 Student Teaching in Early Childhood Education: Preprimary
EDU4976E Student Teaching in Early Childhood Education: Preprimary Endorsement
Manage correspondence with school districts, school personnel and students regarding the placements defined above under the direction of the Director FE&ST. This includes oversight of all requests and letters of confirmation related to early childhood methods placements and education core and special education placements at the pre-methods level and required background checks.
As Designated School Partner (DSP) Liaison:
Maintain an effective collaborative relationship between the SOE and the DSP that is consistent with PELSB standards including but not limited to:
Organizing and facilitating two annual meetings between SOE and DSP personnel
Aligning practice and theory
Facilitating collaborative activities such as professional development sessions, shared data review discussions, program goal setting and feedback implementation processes
Managing DSP agreement concerning shared student and candidate data
Overseeing field experience feedback processes
Assist the Director FE&ST with the assessment of field experiences.
Assist the Director FE&ST with updating materials related to field experiences.
Conduct regular site visits with district placement coordinators.
Because our community is a significant part of our mission and the development of our students, all employees act as a minister of the gospel of Jesus Christ by actively partnering with the University to disciple students in growing intellectually and spiritually, and with Northwestern Media to lead people to Christ and nurture believers to mature in their faith.
Secondary job responsibilities include but are not limited to:
Serve on the Admission and Retention Committee, as needed.
Represent the School of Education at campus visit days/events in partnership with the UNW Admissions Department.
Other duties as assigned by the Department Chair or Director of FE&ST.
Minimum Education and Experience:
Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in education or related field required. / Master’s degree preferred.
A minimum of three years of teaching in the PK-12 schools is required.
Previous experience in supervision strongly preferred.
Maintain a personal relationship with Jesus Christ; is a consistent witness for Jesus Christ; maintain a kind, Christ-like attitude in dealing with and ministering to people within and outside of Northwestern; and faithfully uphold and embrace Northwestern’s mission, doctrinal statement, and Declaration of Christian Community.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Ability to work well with faculty (recruiting and mobilizing)
Ability to interact with a variety of individuals, personalities, and departments in a professional and effective manner
Knowledge and understanding of basic computer skills
Strong organizational and problem solving skills
Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
Ability to type 40 wpm and to efficiently and accurately use the computer to carry out job responsibilities
Ability to maintain confidential information
Ability to secure and maintain a current, valid driver’s license and automobile
Ability to pass a background check upon hire and periodically throughout the course of employment
University of Northwestern - St. Paul is an evangelical, non-denominational Christian institution offering both undergraduate and graduate degree programs. Northwestern is an intentional community of faith, living, and learning located in St. Paul, Minnesota. Since 1902, Northwestern has been committed to providing Christ-centered, academically excellent education for men and women from around the world. Northwestern’s 100-acre campus is nestled along the shores of Lake Johanna. The downtown areas of both Saint Paul and Minneapolis can be reached within 15 minutes, providing easy access to hundreds of cultural and recreational activities in the Twin Cities.