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Accreditation Specialist

09/07/2018 2:14 pm

Rockford University invites candidates for the position of Accreditation Specialist. The successful candidate is responsible for all teacher preparation program accreditation/recognition-related activities at the local, state, and federal level including comprehensive documentation and maintenance of accreditation/recognition statistical data and electronic records, correspondence, annual program reports, Department report, self-study preparation, ISBE’s Illinois Professional Teaching Standards (IPTS) 2010 program redesign, the Education Department Assessment Plan (EUAP), and all other duties and projects related to the University’s approved teacher education programs, assigned by and completed under the direct supervision of the Education Department Chair. This is a salaried position working 28 hours per week.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following:

1. Provide pertinent agenda items for the weekly Teacher Education Program (TEP) Council. Archive agendas; edit minutes, and other resultant documents. Track, report, and archive data-driven TEP Council decisions regarding Department program and operations improvements.

2. Administer and maintain the Education Department Assessment Plan (EUAP) as approved by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE). Facilitate ongoing review, revision, and creation of appropriate program assessments to monitor candidate acquisition of knowledge, skills, and dispositions, and to inform program improvement. Prepare and archive EUAP executive summary reports presented to the Department Head, the TEP Council, and appropriate stakeholders.

3. Prepare and maintain ISBE Annual Program Reports, including comprehensive written program descriptions and supporting statistical and assessment data, for submission to the Illinois State Educator Preparation and Licensure Board (SEPLB), pursuant to 23 Illinois Administrative Code, Section 25.115(h). Collect and verify data in collaboration with the Rockford University Institutional Research Office, the Education Department administrative assistant, and the licensure officer.

4. Prepare and maintain annual Title II report, including comprehensive written program descriptions and supporting statistical and assessment data, for submission to the US Department of Education, pursuant to Section 207, Higher Education Act (HEA), revised 2008 (PL 110-315). Collect and verify data in collaboration with the Rockford University Institutional Research Office, the Education Department administrative assistant, and the licensure officer.

5. Support preparation, collect, and archive Department evidentiary accreditation/recognition documents including current agendas, minutes, and resultant documents of the annual Secondary Department Chairs Meeting, the annual Department Adjunct Faculty Meeting, weekly university supervisors meetings, and the annual Early Childhood, Elementary, MAT, Reading Specialist, Secondary, and Special Education Advisory Councils meetings.

6. Facilitate annual Department review and revision, as needed, of the Conceptual Framework, the Conceptual Framework brochure, Department Title II inserts, the Handbook for Professional Educator Licensure Programs, Rockford University academic catalog copy, undergraduate teacher education program advising worksheets and major and minor forms, MAT plans of study, and all other appropriate program documents to reflect ISBE rules and regulations and to reflect Department program and operations improvement decisions. Archive current versions of these documents.

7. Establish, maintain, and facilitate collaborative relationships with local, state, and federal accreditation/recognition agencies and staff, including, but not limited to, the Regional Office of Education for Boone-Winnebago Counties, State Educator Preparation and Licensure Board, Illinois State Board of Education, and Westat/Pearson, Inc.

8. Monitor the ISBE web site weekly for announcements, updates, deadlines, and due dates concerning accreditation/recognition activities, licensure, professional development Support Units, legislation, the Illinois Licensure Testing System (ILTS), State Educator Preparation and Licensure Board (SEPLB) meetings and minutes, and ISBE meetings and minutes. Monitor the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) website in the same manner. Inform the Department Head and TEP Council, as appropriate.

9. Write ISBE program proposal applications under the direction and supervision of the Department Head for submission to the Illinois State Educator Preparation and Licensure Board. Support the Department Chair and Department faculty prior to and during the required oral defense of the program proposal.

10. Perform other accreditation/ recognition and assessment duties as assigned by the Department Chair.
• Track Illinois Licensure Testing System (ILTS) Basic Skills/TAP, content-area, and APT pass rates reported to Rockford University. Maintain and update descriptions of Department interventions to support candidate acquisition of content knowledge and professional skills necessary to pass these exams, across all ISBE-approved Rockford University teacher education programs.
• Facilitate the Department’s comprehensive teacher education elementary program reapplication process based upon Part 20 (23 Illinois Administrative Code; Part 20; Sections 20.20, 20.100, 20.110, 20.120, and 20.130).

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES:

This position has no supervisory responsibilities.

QUALIFICATIONS:

 High energy self starter; must be able to take initiative with minimal guidance and be comfortable working both as an individual and as part of a team.
 Effective verbal and written communication skills.
 Excellent interpersonal skills with various stakeholders.
 Excellent interpersonal, research, and time management skills.
 Must be organized, meticulous, detail orientated, and able to multitask
 Strong MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook skills
 Effective analytical skills and ability to organize large amounts of data
 5 years of work experience in a similar role
 Demonstrated knowledge, skills and abilities in working with faculty, staff and students with diverse backgrounds including academic, socioeconomic, cultural, sexual orientation, and disabilities.”

EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE:

A bachelor’s degree is required, but a masters is preferred. Prior experience working in a P-12 education setting is preferred. Knowledge of teacher licensure and IBSE programs, accreditation, and requirements is preferred.

TO APPLY:
Review of resumes will begin immediately. Please submit cover letter indicating salary requirements, resume and list of three professional references to:

HumanResources@rockford.edu

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