Field Experience Coordinator/ Director of Professional Education
Bucknell University is seeking applicants for a Field Experience Coordinator/Director of Professional Education. This is a full-time, 9 month position with responsibility for coordinating and implementing field experiences for students seeking teaching certification in the Department of Education. The Coordinator/Director will develop and maintain partnerships with area school districts to enhance students' placement opportunities, will work with students and faculty to coordinate field and student teaching experiences, and coordinate service learning experiences and internships in local schools and community agencies. Additionally, this role will have teaching responsibilities and supervise student teachers and field placement students.
This is a full-time, 9 month (mid-August to mid-May), exempt, benefits eligible position.
Job duties include but are not limited to:
• Serve as the point of contact for local school and community administrators, teachers, Bucknell faculty, staff, and students for the field based Teacher Education Program courses and experiences.
• Solicit and coordinate field experience and internship placements for undergraduate students. Secure placements for students in all field-based Teacher Education Program courses including student teaching. Match students' requirements, preferences, and availability with actual opportunities in surrounding schools and community sites.
• Collaborate with Bucknell faculty to determine the nature of the field experiences or internship placements that students require to meet course goals.
• Actively engage in outreach to sustain and develop new partnerships opportunities for field placement opportunities that reflect student and faculty course goals.
• Conduct pre-placement meetings and orientations for students and teachers.
• Facilitate and participate in the evaluation of student participation, performance and work relating to field placements.
• Maintain regular contact with supervisors of field experiences and trouble-shooting administrative and/or placement issues with students and faculty
• Maintain student fieldwork and academic files and records associated with fieldwork.
• Maintain a database for tracking placements, including fieldwork sites, site supervisors and clinical teachers; ensuring diverse experiences and ensuring that candidates meet number of required hours.
• Initiate, track, review, and monitor status of placements and all associated paperwork including required clearances. Collect, maintain, and dissemination information and data related to student clearances. Purge documentation as appropriated based on retention schedule.
• Participate in ongoing analysis of field experiences and procedures.
• Work with the Office of Civic Engagement to promote service-learning opportunities in educational and school settings. Assist in the coordination, management and assessment of service learning experiences and internships in local schools and community agencies.
• Work with department chair and department faculty to ensure currency and accuracy in program handbooks on an annual basis and assist with revisions and updates.
• Master's degree or higher in Education or a related field
• A minimum of 5 years of professional experience as a teacher and/or administrator in public or private schools
• Demonstrated record of professional development with teacher education students or practicing teachers.
• At least one Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) approved teacher certifications.
• Outstanding organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills (oral and written) are required, along with the ability to maintain confidentiality.
• Evidence of administrative ability, experience with database software, assessment, curriculum design and alignment.
• Competence in tracking several projects simultaneously
• Willingness to learn state and federal mandated reporting processes
• Demonstrated ability to work with diverse populations
• Demonstrated ability to build positive relationships with schools and the community
• Driver's license and ability to become certified to drive a university vehicle is required to transport student volunteers and assess students' performance in Level III placements.
Bucknell University provides equal opportunity without regard to race, color, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, religion, national or ethnic origin, marital status, veteran status or disability in admissions, employment and in all of its educational programs and activities.
Bucknell University is a private, highly selective, unique national University where liberal arts and strong professional programs in engineering, business, education and music complement each other. We seek candidates who are committed to Bucknell's efforts to create a climate that fosters the growth and development of a diverse student body, and we welcome applications from members of groups that have been historically underrepresented in higher education. Bucknell is a NCAA Division I (FCS) and Patriot League member institution that sponsors 27 varsity athletics programs. Located in Central Pennsylvania along the Susquehanna River, Bucknell is nestled in the Borough of Lewisburg, an architectural gem that has been ranked as one of America's best small towns. The Lewisburg area offers a unique combination of outdoor recreation opportunities, and appealing amenities such as art galleries, an art deco theater, historic museums, and charming independent boutiques and restaurants. In addition to the many cultural and athletic events offered by the University and the Borough, the surrounding region offers outstanding schools, medical facilities, and an affordable cost of living. For those who crave the city, Bucknell is within an easy three-hour drive to Philadelphia, New York, Baltimore, and Washington, D.C.