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State of Montana Educator Licensure Program Director in Helena, Montana

TITLE: Educator Licensure Program Director

STATUS: Permanent, Full-time

ANNUAL SALARY: $62,834.01

CLOSING DATE: March 11, 2021

REQUIRED SUPPLEMENTAL QUESTIONS: Yes

POSITION NO: 351-00110

DEPARTMENT: Office of Public Instruction

DIVISION: Department of School Innovation and Improvement

  • Educator Licensure*

LOCATION: Helena, Montana

RETIREMENT: PERS

ADDITIONAL SALARY AND BENEFIT INFORMATION: This is a Public Employee or PERS Retirement position. Full-time employees earn 15 vacation days, 12 sick days, state holidays, health and dental benefits and life insurance. They also receive access to a defined benefit - contribution retirement. More information can be found at_http://benefits.mt.gov/_.

INSTRUCTIONS FOR APPLYING: *Only*the information you submit on your attached resume and supplemental questions will be reviewed to determine if you meet the qualifications. *The State of Montana Careers system application will not be considered in this process. *

*To apply for this position, you mustattachthe required resume and supplemental questions as separate documents. Supplemental questions located at the bottom of this job announcement are required. _ Materials not requested in this vacancy announcement will not be considered. (Example: Transcripts and Letters of Reference_) Required materials must be received or postmarked by midnight (Mountain Time Zone) on the closing date to be considered. *

Your resume_must include_the following information:

  • Education

  • All relevant work history, listing employment in chronological order in a month/year format with the most recent job first.

  • Supervisor’s name and phone number for each job.

  • Detailed description of the duties for_each_job, including hours per week, and the reason why you separated.

Applicants claiming employment preference are required to submit proper documentation to_opipersonnel@mt.gov_in order to receive any preferences. If you indicate your preference status while completing your application process, the system will generate an e-mail with instructions on how to submit the required preference documents.

Procedures to be used in evaluating an applicant’s qualifications may include, but not limited to, a resume, supplemental questions, an oral interview, skills-based testing, and reference checks.

If accommodation for disability is needed during the application or interview processes, please contact the OPI Human Resource Office at (406) 444-2673 oropipersonnel@mt.gov.

The Montana Office of Public Instruction is an equal opportunity employer. Women (and/or) minorities are under-represented in this position and are encouraged to apply. Applicants must be eligible to work in the United States.

GENERAL DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES: The Educator Licensure Program Director role is both a hands-on and strategic role that provides program leadership, strategic vision, and oversight of educator licensure in Montana. This role is critical in executing program functions, driving operational excellence, process improvement, and providing superior customer support. Dissemination of information and interpretation of Administrative Rules of Montana regarding educator licensure requires that this position have substantive knowledge of the educational field to which the administrative rules apply.

This position will ensure the accurate and timely issuance of all Montana educator, administrator, and specialist licenses pursuant to 20-4-106, MCA, while promoting partnerships with school district leaders and educator preparation providers to implement best practices, streamline processes, and minimize burdens; lead the development of policy, procedure and legislation related to educator licensing and ensure compliance with applicable state and federal laws; and establish systems, use data, and lead a team in order to implement educator licensure protocols that ensure consistent processes, safety perimeters, and continual improvement. This position will also work closely with colleagues and stakeholders to drive a statewide recruitment and retention efforts to ensure that the state's children have the benefit of qualified and capable teachers, administrators, and specialists. Ultimately, this position will help Montana achieve its goal of providing a quality education to every student, while taking on of the responsibility within the educator licensing process to safeguard and promote the education, health and welfare of Montana's children and youth by:

  • Managing the licensure procedures and supervising unit staff to maintain high levels of productivity and exceptional customer service;

  • Analyzing operational efficiency and applicant experience to identify improvement opportunities; streamline processes, and minimize burdens;

  • Gathering, analyzing, interpreting, and summarizing data for the issuance of licenses to ensure accurate reporting of data on Montana’s educator workforce and to identify trends and deliver insights on educator preparation, recruitment, and retention.

  • Assisting higher education through ongoing communication that directs the educator preparation programs in alignment with current licensure requirements;

  • Communicating with licensing agencies throughout the nation to guarantee that Montana Administrative Rules and practices are aligned with other states to provide assurance to the educational community that our state is maintaining academic standards consistent with the rest of the nation; and

  • Analyzing regional and national licensure standards to determine Montana’s competitive ability to train and recruit teachers; this analysis demands knowledge of teacher preparation programs, accreditation standards, and Administrative Rules of Montana.

COMPETENCIES: The in-depth understanding of philosophies and principals of education are required for adequately interpreting and evaluating research data that is used in recommending changes in Administrative Rules of Montana or teacher preparation programs. Required knowledge also includes state school laws, Administrative Rules of Montana, teacher testing history and rules, and school accreditation procedures as they affect educator licensure.

Required skills include organizing and implementing complex programs, systems and processes, the ability to deal with diverse individuals and groups in a cooperative and productive setting, management and supervision of staff, conflict management and effective communication skills, and technology applications and equipment use. Abilities required include well-developed interpersonal relations skills extending to all levels of schools and higher education, a strong work ethic, a thorough understanding of teamwork to achieve goals, and a commitment to collegial responsibility within the agency.

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:

  • A bachelor’s degree in education, business administration, public policy, law, public administration, or a related field; and

  • Three years of related and progressively more complex assignments. Experience should include working with data, querying data, and some knowledge of normalized, relational database structure, adhering and advocating for policy, coordinating, and improving complex business processes and delivering exceptional customer service; and

  • Two years of supervisory experience.

  • Alternate combinations of education and experience will be considered on a case by case basis.

  • Knowledge of state licensure regulations and requirements desired.

SUPPLEMENTAL QUESTIONS: The supplemental question(s) are scored in a separate phase and are*required*for this vacancy announcement. Supplemental questions are evaluated on their own merit, so you_must_include specific information regarding names of employers, dates, job titles, duties, etc. on_both_your resume and supplemental questions to receive full credit for your qualifications. List the position title and your name at the top of each page. The suggested response is a minimum of ½ a page, but no more than 2 pages per question.

*Once you have answered the following supplemental questions, you must upload your responses into the State of Montana recruiting system.*

*1. Describe your experience and number of years managing projects or programs. Be specific regarding the type of project or program, the tasks you performed, the number and roles of members on team, if any. *

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2. This position will require exceptional, intensive service to the public, individual educators, school districts, and interface with post-secondary preparation program personnel. Please describe your experience in providing customer service, dealing with the public and other professionals, and the various techniques or methodologies you have used. Be sure to include successes, challenges, best practices, and strategies.

3. Do you want to be informed before we contact your present employer?

Job: *Business/Analyst/Statistics

Title: Educator Licensure Program Director

Location: Helena

Requisition ID: 21140369

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