Position Title: Teacher Education (TED) Director
Contract Term: 12-month position
Accountable To: Dean of Academics
Salary: $70,543 - $76,590
Summary of Position: The Teacher Education Director is accountable for the development, administration, and overall direction of the Turtle Mountain Community College’s teacher education program. The Director serves as the chief fiscal and administrative officer for the department and is responsible for fostering excellence in the department’s research, teaching and outreach/services. This entails the recruitment, retention, and support of students pursuing a baccalaureate degree in teacher education through academic advising, career counseling, and financial support. The Director maintains program accreditation under the jurisdiction of the North Dakota Education Standards and Practices Board and the Higher Learning Commission. The Director is responsible for reporting to all federal, state, and local agencies on the program’s performance and the successful student outcomes in the professional field of education. The Director is required to maintain the compliance regulations for funding sources via record keeping, budget monitoring, and performance tracking of program goals and objectives. As part of enriching the department’s efforts in bringing in high quality programs and instruction to the College, the Director participates at a national level in the support and promotion of tribal college teacher education initiatives and serves on state and national accreditation Boards of Examiners through the NDACTE and CAEP (Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation). The Director is the key to promoting the TMCC teacher education program to the forefront of the tribal college teacher preparation efforts across Indian Country.
Nature of Work: The nature of the work is fifty percent administrative and fifty percent instruction with experience in curriculum development, faculty development, and program evaluation and assessment.
Personal Contacts: Human relationships are critical to the position in dealing with faculty, peers, students, and external public on a person-to-person basis. The Director works in daily collaboration with TMCC’s Administration and staff, faculty, students, and state and national level program officials.
Supervision Received: The Director is supervised by the Dean of Academics.
Supervision Exercised: Supervision is provided to all TED faculty and staff.
Essential Functions: The Director must have specialized mastery in the field of teacher education, course design and instruction. The position requires seasoned experience with maintaining accreditation for a teacher education program.
Knowledge: Position requires knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and course development, teaching and instruction at the early childhood, elementary, and secondary level and the assessment of student learning. Knowledge of faculty selection, development and evaluation, as well as the development, administration and evaluation of teacher education programs of study is preferred. Knowledge of the federal grant funding processes and knowing how to develop grant proposals is preferred. Knowledge of the history of tribal colleges and the culture of its community, specifically with higher education entities in North Dakota is a preferred for this position.
Skills: Human relations skills with respect to understanding, selecting, developing, motivating, instructing, supervising, and collaborating with people are critical to this position. Instructional design and teaching proficiency are fundamental to this position. Excellent verbal and written communication skills are necessary for presentations, reports, grant proposals, and course designs. Critical thinking skills are necessary to identify academic deficiencies and develop alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems. General managerial and administrative skills in human resources management, data management, and program management are necessary.
Abilities: The ability to identify a person’s developmental needs and to coach, mentor, or instruct to improve their learning is fundamental. The ability to assess and evaluate programs, curriculum, and instructors at the elementary, middle, and secondary levels is critical. The position requires the ability to organize work with attention to learning objectives.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:
Formal review of applications will begin on October 27, 2021, and continue until the position is filled.