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The College of Education has an outstanding opportunity for a full time Teacher Candidate Retention and Support Specialist in the area of Teacher Education. The Retention and Support Specialist works across Teacher Education programs to increase the number of outstanding, highly qualified applicants for its masters level teacher education programs. The Retention and Support Specialist will work on a team with a full time Recruitment and Support Specialist. The position provides targeted support for student persistence and successful program completion. Support has a particular focus on students of color and students who are members of historically disenfranchised communities. The Retention and Support Specialist will have responsibility for outreach to existing opportunities and infrastructure aimed at supporting graduate students, as well as developing new support infrastructure as necessary. The Specialist will work closely with the Assistant Dean for Teacher Education, Program Directors and Field Directors to create a safety net for admitted teacher candidates. This position will also work with the Office of Student Services to provide information and guidance to current graduate level teacher candidates (Master of Education and Master in Teaching) concerning program completion and degree requirements, procedures, and resources.
Competitive candidates will possess the demonstrated ability to work in a dynamic and ever-changing team-oriented environment organized around functions important to the College and the ability to articulate the reasons behind their dedication and commitment to the professional development of graduate level teacher candidates. Inherent to success in this position is the ability to be innovative and collaborative, as well as a self-starter who constantly looks for opportunities to better serve applicants, students, and faculty through enhanced services. This position reports to the Assistant Dean for Teacher Education.
• Assess current student needs regarding retention, persistence and thriving in teacher preparation programs; • Develop and track retention goals and benchmarks for the teacher certification programs; • Work with the Office of Institutional Research and Office of Student Services to maintain and use teacher education data in the recruitment database; • Work closely with the Teacher Education Program Academic Advisor in the Office of Student Services to articulate and manage an effective system of supporting students as they transition from the application process to the enrollment process; • Develop and maintain relationships with organizations and offices, both on campus and off campus, that can support recruitment and retention efforts; • Support Program Directors and the Assistant Dean for Teacher Education in the development and monitoring of student support plans; • Work closely with Program Directors, the Assistant Dean for Teacher Education and program faculty on conflict resolution and articulation of candidate support needs; • Develop and conduct support activities for teacher candidates, particularly for students of color and students who are members of historically disenfranchised communities; • Assume shared responsibility for assessing and modifying/updating web site content related to recruitment and retention; • Complete other duties as assigned.
Qualifications: • Master’s degree and two years experience working with students in an advisory capacity. • Knowledge of effective recruiting and retention practices to increase diversity, as well as the ability to develop and implement new initiatives in this area. • Deep knowledge of public schools, the field of P-12 public school teaching and teacher education. • Demonstrated ability to use relational databases, web-based technologies, and an ability to integrate these technologies into educational and student-support environments.
Equivalent education/experience may substitute for minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.
Additional qualifications: Excellent customer service and interpersonal communication skills, including experience working with individuals from diverse backgrounds. Proficiency with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Access); use of the web; email.
Desirable qualifications: Familiarity with policies and procedures of the University of Washington and/or the UW College of Education. Experience as an academic advisor. Ability to multi-task in a fast-paced environment. Sensitivity and ability to handle highly confidential information.
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