Work Schedule: 11-month position (July off); Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm. Salary will be prorated for 11 month position, paid over 12 months.
General Description: The Coordinator of Field Placement takes a leadership role and responsibility for all aspects of the “Field” (the schools and districts in which teacher candidates reside for their internship/student teaching/practicum experiences), including communications with PLU department faculty and staff. Reports to the Dean of the School of Education & Kinesiology.
Essential Functions and Responsibilities: • Identify and coordinate the field placement, re-placement, add-on endorsement placements and practicum experiences of all candidates from all programs into local school sites following a strict placement protocol. • Hire, train, supervise, support, and evaluate the university supervisors who work to evaluate candidates’ performance in their field placements, and assign them to candidates for all programs. Manage all of the supervisors’ assignments. • Support the candidates in finding, keeping and benefiting from appropriate placements throughout their program. • Manage all aspects of Undergraduate, MAE and Alternative Routes to Certification candidate placements. Find, secure, maintain and enhance strong field placements. Build collaborative relationships between department faculty, cooperating teachers in the school and university supervisors so that the teaching and field experience of our candidates is effectively integrated and coherent. Clarify roles and placement protocols among parties involved. Solve problems and resolve conflicts when necessary within a given field placement situation. • As the University’s main field experience contact person with all district personnel, collaborate with district human resource staff, principals and cooperating teachers to support them and keep them informed of program details. • As the University’s main field experience contact person with all district personnel, collaborate with district human resource staff, principals and cooperating teachers to support them and keep them informed of program details. • Work with department program coordinators, faculty and staff to propose and maintain field placement policy as appropriate. • Assist department faculty and staff with communication of PLU education programs to support our recruitment and partnership efforts with districts participating in field placements. • Take a leadership role in assisting the department faculty and staff with improvements in the design, implementation and growth of our field placement system for education candidates. • Perform other duties as assigned.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: • Strong ability to collaborate in complex systems. • Attention to detail. • Strong interpersonal skills. • Ability to communicate complex information in a systematic and clear manner. • Strong work ethic. • Technical skills and experience with MS Word and Excel. • Ability to access and understand University online systems.
Required Qualifications: • Bachelor’s Degree. • Relevant experience in K-12 education. • Finalist must satisfactorily complete pre-employment background check.
Preferred Qualifications: • Master’s Degree. • Teaching or administrative experience in K-12 education.
Pacific Lutheran University is a private university located in Tacoma, Washington. The university is home to approximately 3,200 students pursuing undergraduate and graduate degrees. Through its seven schools: Humanities, Natural Sciences, Social Sciences, Arts& Communication, Business, Education and Kinesiology, and Nursing, Pacific Lutheran offers more classes and more opportunities than most l...iberal arts colleges. Students have the opportunity to work close-up and hands –on with professors and classmates. Professors at Pacific Lutheran not only serve as mentors who help students discover the professional opportunities in academic fields, but as colleagues who work side- by -side with students on research and creative projects. Pacific Lutheran seeks to educate students for lives of thoughtful inquiry, service, leadership, and care- for other people, for their communities, and for the earth.