Director of Office of Field Experiences

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Company Description:

The State University of New York at Fredonia is a comprehensive, selective, public, residential, liberal arts university located in beautiful Western New York, just minutes from Lake Erie. Founded in 1826, the university is among the most storied in the State University of New York system and is the first in the SUNY system to be awarded the SUNY Shared Governance Award. It is home to a world-renowned School of Music and over 100 degree programs in the liberal arts, natural and social sciences, education, mathematics, and business. Fredonia also features cutting-edge programs in the emerging fields of technology, service, and communication and is consistently ranked among the top public, master's granting universities in the North by U.S. News and World Report.

Fredonia is known for its strong academic programs, attractive architecture and grounds, rich campus life, and commitment to student engagement and success.  Fredonia is focused on ensuring that all Fredonia students, utilizing knowledge developed through a broad range of intellectual experiences, will be:

  • Skilled (develop Intellectual and Applied Skills, Literacies and Knowledge),
  • Connected (engage Community and Diversity: Local Stewardship, Global Citizenship),
  • Creative (demonstrate Scholarship, Artistry, and Innovation), and
  • Responsible (activate Sustainability, Ethics, Leadership, and Professionalism).

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Job Description:

The Director of Field Experience (Coordinator Student Teaching, SL5) serves as the college representative in working with school district and community liaisons to develop, coordinate, and lead partnership initiatives that yield rich clinical experiences for candidates in initial and advanced programs across all Professional Education Unit (PEU) departments. The Director is responsible for providing oversight for all aspects of field and clinical experiences coordinating, securing, monitoring, maintaining, and tracking field experience placements and establishing protocols, guidelines and procedures for field operations. Oversees the placement, supervision and monitoring of all aspects of student teaching for approximately 500 students across three Colleges providing training and professional development for student teachers, cooperating teachers and college supervisors. The director is responsible for the office's budget and data collection and analysis that contributes to systemic program and Professional Education Unit reports and clinically rich CAEP standards.

Rewards & Benefits

  • Competitive compensation plus comprehensive benefits plan including health, dental, and vision insurance and retirement plan options including a fixed pension plan or a 401(A) with generous employer contributions;
  • Paid leave provisions including sick and holiday leave; impressive educational benefits including tuition-free study plus supplemental tuition aid;
  • A rich array of services, programs and benefits to help employees advance in their career and enhance the quality of their personal life, including professional development programs and services, employee EAP and wellness programs, discounted membership to the on-campus fitness center, and access to the Campus and Community Child Care Center.


Reporting to the Dean, the successful candidate will:

Provide leadership in establishing and maintaining high quality field placement, mentoring, and supervision practices;

Supervise the Assistant Director of Field Experiences, office Secretary, part-time Field Representatives, part-time College Supervisors, and student workers;

Oversee partnership development across the PEU;

Coordinate and/or conduct all aspects of the student teaching application and placement process;

Select, interview, hire, train, assign, and supervise college supervisors; Counsels and mediates with student teacher, college supervisor, cooperating teacher, and college program coordinator regarding problems that arise during student teaching;

Establish, maintain, and update all collaborative service agreements and contracts with area school buildings and districts;

Develop, distribute, collect, and maintain student teaching evaluation results; Maintain database with current and past roster of placements and student teaching locations used for practicum/student teaching placement profiles and to identify demographics of schools used;

Conduct data collection and analysis that contributes to systemic program and Professional Education Unit quality assurance system and clinically rich CAEP standards;

Contribute to curriculum development and refinement and provide academic advisement to students;

Participate in committees and provide service to the department, college, university, and profession;

Be aware of, understand, and follow all university policies.



Master's degree or higher in teaching, educational administration or related field;

Public school teacher and/or administrator/principal certificates/licenses;

Minimum three years of successful experience as a teacher or administrator in public schools, or experience teaching at the university level in a teacher preparation-related program;

Demonstrated supervisory, organizational, problem solving, and management skills.

Excellent interpersonal skills, in particular, the ability to work with students, B-12 administrators, teachers, and University faculty;

Strong verbal and written communication skills;

Demonstrated commitment and ability to work with a diverse group of students, faculty, staff and constituents in support of campus and department mission; Experience with database management;

Demonstrated commitment to the university, division, and profession.


Familiarity with CAEP Accreditation Standards; Previous experience supervising student teachers;

Previous employment in a university field experience office; Interest in, and commitment to, community engagement.

Additional Information:

This is a full-time, 12-month, UUP-represented, professional position beginning August 2018.

Visa sponsorship is not available for this position.

Fredonia prides itself on an outstanding workforce. To continually support organizational excellence, the university conducts background screens on applicants.

An Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employer, Fredonia provides for, and promotes, equal opportunity employment, compensation, and other terms and conditions of employment, without discrimination.

Pursuant to University policy, the University is committed to fostering a diverse community of outstanding faculty, staff, and students, as well as ensuring equal educational opportunity, employment, and access to services, programs, and activities, without regard to an individual's race, color, national origin, religion, creed, age, disability, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, familial status, pregnancy, predisposing genetic characteristics, military status, or domestic violence victim status. Employees, students, applicants or other members of the University community (including but not limited to vendors, visitors, and guests) may not be subjected to harassment that is prohibited by law, or treated adversely or retaliated against based upon a protected characteristic.

The University's policy is in accordance with federal and state laws and regulations prohibiting unlawful discrimination and harassment. These laws include the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 as Amended by the Equal Employment Opportunity Act of 1972, and the New York State Human Rights Law. These laws prohibit discrimination and harassment, including sexual harassment and sexual violence.

Application Instructions:

Interested candidates shall apply and submit the required documents listed below by clicking on the APPLY NOW button. Complete applications received by March 12, 2018 will be given full consideration.  Names and contact information for three professional references are required as part of the application.

  • Cover Letter
  • Resume/CV

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Posted: 2/12/2018
Application Due: 12/28/2018
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