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The College of Education (COE) has an outstanding opportunity for a full time Recruitment and Support Specialist for Teacher Candidates to positively impact the racial, ethnic and linguistic diversity of the educator workforce in the region. The COE Recruitment and Support Specialist works with multiple Teacher Education programs to increase the number of outstanding, highly qualified applicants with particular attention on recruiting candidates who identify as Black, Indigenous, People of Color, and/or multilingual speakers.
The Recruitment and Support Specialist contributions are essential to meet our mission: As a public College of Education, we strive to transform inequitable systems of education to create just, sustainable and culturally-thriving democracies by engaging in dynamic, collaborative partnerships, practices and research. Competitive candidates will demonstrate how they value diversity and contribute to an inclusive working and learning environment and offer evidence of their ability to center educational justice in their prior work and/or life experiences. Inherent to success in this position is the ability to be culturally responsive, innovative and collaborative while assessing current recruitment, application, selection and enrollment systems, identifying ways to better serve applicants, students, and faculty and following through on implementing changes and assessing subsequent progress.
The Recruitment and Support Specialist will provide direct outreach to potential teacher candidates and will have responsibility for cultivating relationships and working closely with tribal communities, organizations that support individuals who identify as Black, Indigenous, People of Color, and/or multilingual speakers and school districts. The Recruitment and Support Specialist must create a welcoming and inclusive environment - especially for aspiring educators who may have experienced oppression and/or trauma in their own schooling experiences. This position requires an individual who is especially adept at listening and developing relationships, who will surface potential applicants’ future aspirations, provide guidance to prospective candidates on unique aspects of our teacher education programs including entry and degree requirements, application procedures, financial aid and other resources.
Reporting to the Assistant Dean for Teacher Education, the Recruitment and Support Specialist will be responsible for attending external recruitment events and leading teacher education recruitment by hosting, planning and facilitating College of Education recruitment events, leading application and selection processes, inviting district and alumni engagement, supporting enrollment processes and ongoing retention of teacher education students.
The Recruitment and Support Specialist will work in partnership with a Retention and Support Specialist, the COE Office of Student Services to contribute to COE diversity recruitment and retention strategies and will coordinate efforts with UW Office of Minority Affairs and Diversity (OMA&D) and Graduate Opportunities and Minority Achievement Program (GO-MAP).
Responsibilities: •Assess the current candidate recruitment and application processes to identify and address barriers and strengthen recruitment and retention systems with particular attention on recruiting and selecting teacher education candidates who identify as Black, Indigenous, People of Color, multilingual speakers, and/or first generation college students; •Must be able to travel to cultivate contacts with, and actively reach out to, prospective teacher education applicants in order to recruit for COE teacher certification programs; •Respond to programmatic questions from prospective students through individual consultation, workshops, electronic and printed materials; •Develop and maintain relationships with organizations and offices, both on campus and off campus, to improve recruitment and retention efforts with special attention on nurturing relationships with organizations that support individuals who identify as Black, Indigenous, People of Color, multilingual speakers, and/or first generation college students; •Work with the Office of Institutional Research and Office of Student Services to maintain and use teacher education data in the recruitment database and develop and track recruitment, application, enrollment and retention goals and benchmarks for the teacher certification programs; •Work with the Office of Student Services, the Seattle Teacher Residency recruitment team and individual teacher education programs to plan, coordinate, promote, and implement teacher education information sessions and other outreach with prospective students; •Work closely with the Office of Student Services to articulate and manage an effective system of supporting students through application, selection and enrollment processes; •Assist potential students through the application process, and support teacher education candidates to choose the program that aligns best to career and learning needs; •In coordination with program directors and teacher education personnel, take the lead in organizing, supporting and directly conducting application reviews and interviews; •Assume shared responsibility for assessing and modifying/updating website and print content related to recruitment, application and enrollment processes; •Complete other duties as assigned.
Minimum Qualifications: •Bachelor’s degree in Education, or related field and three years of experience performing as a recruiter in higher education and/or for other organizations or institutions •Experience in authentic, respectful community partnership development •Knowledge of and practice in effective recruiting and retention approaches with demonstrated experience in increasing diversity, as well as the ability to develop and implement new initiatives in this area. •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. •Sensitivity and ability to handle highly confidential information. •Excellent interpersonal communication skills, including experience working with individuals who are multilingual and/or from diverse backgrounds •Current experience and proficiency using Microsoft Office suite programs (Word, Excel, Access, Outlook, etc); and Google Workspace.
Equivalent education/experience may substitute for minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.
Additional Desired Qualifications: •Experience as an academic advisor. •Proficiency using and engaging with social media platforms.
Application Process: To apply to this position, submit your resume and a cover letter that addresses these key components of the position: •What work and/or life experiences have prepared you for the position of Recruitment and Support Specialist? •Describe one specific example of how your efforts have contributed to educational justice and/or increased diversity of the educator, or other, workforce.
Please note that your application will not be reviewed, and you will not be considered for this position until all required assessments have been completed.
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