Executive Director of School-University Partnerships and Clinical Experiences
The College of Education at the University of South Carolina is a state and national leader in providing comprehensive, world-class preparation for teachers, counselors, educational leaders, researchers, and policy makers for the education profession. Our mission is to contribute to the high achievement of all learners by sharing our expertise and leadership and offering a forum for educational dialogue and advancement that promotes educational excellence, equity, and opportunity at all levels. We partner with government agencies; P-12 educators, schools, and districts; families; professional organizations; and other institutions of higher education to advance our teaching, engagement, research, and service. Our faculty, staff, and students form a dynamic, nurturing learning community that supports growth and excellence.
The Office of School-University Partnerships and Clinical Experiences (SUPCE) works to facilitate positive collaborative relationships between the University educator preparation programs and over one hundred forty P-12 schools in Columbia and surrounding communities. The office places practicum and internship candidates in partnership sites interested in mentoring future educators and also orchestrates professional development and research projects with a limited number of Professional Development Schools. We are seeking to expand and strengthen our partnerships in diverse setting(s) and in diverse ways throughout our state and thus require someone with current knowledge of the field and best practices. The Executive Director must be a visionary to keep the College ahead of the field for clinical placements, partnerships, and other relevant models for collaborating with schools.
Meaningful collaboration with school partners requires engagement along a continuum that begins with pre-service preparation and extends through advanced professional development. The College seeks a leader who combines a broad vision of school partnerships as the basis for deepening the clinical experience, with the administrative expertise to manage the complex and demanding process of placing students in schools from a diverse range of education programs, including teacher education, school counseling, and educational leadership.
The Executive Director is expected to work directly with school and district personnel to place students in internship positions; conduct strategic planning to expand and deepen the College’s presence in local schools, districts and around the state; create and manage professional development opportunities in schools as part of the foundation for partnership work; oversee a full-time dedicated staff; and manage the office budget. The College is committed to serving a wide variety of partners to ensure that our students receive a high quality education that is supported by educational equity.
- Provide leadership in creating, expanding, and sustaining school partnerships
- Manage and track the placement of students in field and clinical experiences
- Build and sustain relationships with superintendents, principals, mentor teachers, and district staff to support partnership and placement activities
- Provide leadership for professional development opportunities that support a reciprocal relationship with partner schools and other related entities, including international opportunities
- Work collaboratively with faculty and staff across the Professional Education Unit (all university certification programs in various colleges)
- Serve as liaison with regional and national professional organizations affiliated with clinical training, especially the National Association of Professional Development Schools
- Support accreditation and assessment of all related programs
- An earned doctorate (Ph.D./Ed.D) in the field related to teacher education; other fields may be considered, based on relevant experience
- Demonstrate knowledge, expertise, and experience related to the clinical experience
- Established record of working to support school partnerships and collaborative work with superintendents, principals, teachers, school counselors, and other education professionals
- Demonstrate experience providing professional development experiences for education professionals
- Provide evidence of working with PreK-12 and higher education/post-secondary institutions
- Demonstrate knowledge and experiences of working with diverse settings and populations
- Demonstrate excellent administrative and organizational skills
- Demonstrate excellent communication and people skills
- A minimum of at least 5 years of full-time administrative experience which includes supervisory responsibilities.
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The University of South Carolina has a strong commitment to the principles of diversity and is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. Minorities, women, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. The University embraces family-friendly policies that provide a work environment and an academic culture supportive of faculty members and their families.