Field Experience Manager
Build, secure, and maintain relationships and partnerships with various educational programs across the Chicagoland area through outreach and travel to schools, centers, and visits with school administration, cooperating teachers, and other educators for the Undergraduate College.
The UGC Field Experience Manager will secure, coordinate, and manage Teacher Preparation student field experiences for undergraduate junior and senior year field experiences. This work also includes working collaboratively with the NLU Advisement Team to assist in the review process of pre-service student-teaching applications, ensuring students have met all academic and advising expectations prior to entering their field placement course/experience, and ensuring that students have completed any and all testing requirements as applicable to their program.
The Field Experience Manager is responsible for identifying, selecting and assigning field mentors/supervisors for field experiences. Field Experience Managers work collaboratively with faculty to ensure that field mentors/supervisors are trained and updated on practice based curricular assignments that they are providing support to students on. They also maintain communication with Field Mentor/Supervisor Coordinators and assist Coordinators and the OFE Director in problem solving and managing field based incidents in schools.
Field Experience Mangers are responsible for assisting the OFE Director and Teacher Preparation faculty in planning and executing various Mentor/Supervisor Professional Development and Training events, and working collaboratively on other OFE planned events. Field Experience Managers are responsible for attending all Office of Field Experience monthly meetings, Outreach Unit meetings, and Advisement Center meetings. This includes, working collaboratively with Student Affairs on presenting at various student orientation sessions quarterly.
Master’s degree (preferably in the Education field, specifically Early Childhood Education); previous Birth to -12 Teaching Experience (or experience as a university supervisor or cooperating teacher); and working knowledge of school systems and community based child care, Head Start and/or Early Head Start. Experience with the Gateways to Opportunity ECE Credentialing system is preferred. The selected candidate should have a conceptual idea of school systems and responsibilities of administrators and faculty; knowledge of general curriculum requirements related to student success; strong organization and problem solving skills; effective management skills; ability to view a situation from multiple perspectives; ability to deal with difficult situations in a professional and confidential manner; ability to engage in creative problem solving and data-driven decision making; and ability to communicate effectively with teacher-candidates, site-based school administration, as well as university faculty and administrators. Local and statewide travel will be occasional requirements for this position.