Position Overview: The Director of Field Placement works directly with teacher education licensure candidates at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. The Director facilitates and manages the pre-practicum and practicum experiences in accordance with ESE regulations and expectations.

Responsibilities:

Field Placement

  • Facilitate field placements for undergraduate and graduate students with partner schools and districts.  This includes the initial placement, follow-up to ensure that the student is receiving the appropriate learning experience, mediate any issues with the placement, and completion of required paperwork. Placements are for:

    • Undergraduate practicum

    • Graduate pre-practicum I, II, III (on-campus and online students)

    • Graduate practicum (on-campus and online students)

  • Grade entry for corresponding pre-practicum and practicum course upon completion of the field placement requirements.

  • Coordinate with the Director of Teacher Education Fellowship program to ensure that the field placements for Fellows complies with DESE regulations.

  • Assign, orient, and manage program supervisors who supervise the teacher candidates, providing appropriate training and resources related to ESE standards and regulations for licensure.

Student Support

  • Facilitate information sessions for practicum candidates, detailing policies and requirements (approx. 2 semester before they are eligible).

  • Facilitate orientation sessions for practicum students (semester prior to practicum) to ensure a positive and successful experience.

  • Advise students on CAP requirements and guide them through to completion.

  • Verify CAP completion and prepare files to be passed along to the Director of Licensure for final endorsement.

  • Work with the K-12 Program Coordinator to ensure that ESE regulations are implemented in the field experience and that students fulfill all requirements.

Desired Skills

  • Highly detailed and organized, the ability to function as both a team member and work independently when required, and time management skills.

  • Ability to handle multiple on-going, large, and time-sensitive complex projects.

  • Excellent customer service skills.

  • Excellent communication skills, both written and oral.  Public speaking experience a plus.

  • Knowledge and general understanding of academic program administration.

  • Knowledge and general understanding of the graduate program requirements.

  • Knowledge and proficiency in using computer technology such as Microsoft Office and Google applications.  Comfortable learning new technologies.

Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree required, Master’s degree preferred

  • 3-5 years experience in PreK-12 setting and/or the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (ESE)

  • Current teaching license a plus, but not required

  • Experience supervising and/or mentoring PreK-12 teachers

  • Experience working in higher education preferred

To Apply: Please apply online with cover letter and resume.
 
Merrimack College is an Equal Opportunity Employer.