Associate Director, Research and Curriculum Unit

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Position type: Full-Time 12-Month
Department: 192500 - Research Curriculum Unit
Location: Main Campus - Starkville, MS
Categories: Professional
Position Open Date:

Salary Grade/Salary Minimum:

16/Minimum $56,900

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

The following examples are intended as illustrations only of the various types of duties that may be assigned to this position. The absence of specific statements of duties does not exclude those tasks from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment of the position.
1. Provides strategic leadership, overall management, and implementation for all aspects of the RCU’s CTE and other contracts and projects as assigned.
2. Leads and supervises a fluid team of project managers and others responsible for various components of given contracts.
3. Responsible for annually developing large scopes of work and contract deliverables to the MDE or other agencies.
4. Develops and promotes strategies that improve education in MS.
5. Provides vision and leadership at the RCU, ensuring excellence for all activities.
6. Recommends and establishes policies and procedures to support RCU operations.
7. Drafts contracts and manages budgets in excess of $2 million.
8. Establishes timelines for multi-year project life cycles and facilitates process improvements initiatives.
9. Leads and supervises cross-functional teams of professionals.
10. Develops and leads training for teachers and administrators.
11. Collaborates with leaders at the Mississippi Department of Education and the Mississippi Community College Board. Works with K-12 teachers and administrators as well as community college instructors and administrators.
12. Makes presentations and represents MSU and the RCU at regional and national conferences.
13. Must understand education achievement related data sets and be able to organize, analyze and effectively communicate the data.
14. Must support grant writing efforts, including identification of potential project, partners, and budget preparation.
15. Performs related duties as assigned by Director.

Supervisory Responsibility:
Staff size ranges and includes research associates/faculty, project managers, instructional design specialists, project coordinators, and graduate students

The above essential duties are representative of major duties of positions in this position. Specific duties and responsibilities may vary based upon departmental needs. Other duties may be assigned to the above consistent with the knowledge, skills and abilities required for the job. Not all of the duties may be assigned to a position.

Minimum Qualifications:

Master’s degree and five years’ experience working in education related organizations in administration, teaching, training, curriculum, field technical assistance, or project/grant management activities.

Preferred Qualifications:

1. Five or more years with direct experience in career and technical education in Mississippi.
2. Knowledge of Mississippi’s CTE accountability policies and procedures.
3. 2 or more years directly involved with designing and delivering curriculum and teacher professional development
4. 2 or more years involved with innovative school models.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

1. Demonstrated knowledge of career and technical education curricula, assessment, , professional learning, state and federal policies, accountability, and educator licensing.
2. Demonstrated experience making presentations to large groups of professionals.
3. Demonstrated supervisory experience, including managing teams of 7 or more people.
4. Demonstrated experience establishing and managing multi-year timelines with a complex array of activities required to meet expectations.
5. Demonstrated experience training teachers and administrators.
6. Demonstrated ability to motivate a team and be a team member.
7. Ability to anticipate barriers to project completion; plan and manage contingencies.
8. Ability to work under constantly changing deadlines and requests from clients.
9. Demonstrated ability to handle hostile customers and client.
10. Excellent technology skills.
11. Ability to work under pressure with shifts in activities and priorities.
12. Excellent oral and written communication skills.
13. Independent self-starter with strong work ethic.
14. Strong interpersonal and communication skills, and the ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community.

Working Conditions and Physical Effort:

No unusual physical requirements. Requires no heavy lifting, and nearly all work is performed in a comfortable indoor facility.
Requires moderate travel with some overnight stays. Travel to schools in Mississippi and visit to out-of-state partner organizations and schools.
Externally imposed deadlines; set and revised beyond one's control; interruptions influence priorities; difficult to anticipate nature or volume of work with certainty beyond a few days; meeting of deadlines and coordination of unrelated activities are key to position; may involve conflict-resolution or similar interactions involving emotional issues or stress on a regular basis. Expectations and job assignments will change frequently.
Job frequently requires driving, sitting, reaching, talking, hearing, and handling objects with hands.

Restricted Clause:

Position contingent upon funding availability.

Instructions for Applying:

Apply online and attach a cover letter, current resume and the complete contact information for at least three professional references

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:

MSU is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, ethnicity, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, disability status, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We always welcome nominations and applications from women, members of any minority group, and others who share our passion for building a diverse community that reflects the diversity in our student population.

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