Assistant Director, Teacher Certification Programs

$23.55 - $24.66 hourly
  • Whitworth University
  • Whitworth University, West Hawthorne Road, Spokane, WA, USA
  • Feb 27, 2023
Full time Education: (i.e. Schools/Colleges of Education) Admissions/Retention/Enrollment Mgmt. Deans & Directors External Relations, PR, Marketing Other Academic Administration & Affairs

Job Description



POSITION TITLE: Assistant Director, Teacher Certification Programs
DEPARTMENT: School of Continuing Studies
REPORTS TO: Director, Teacher Certification Programs
SALARY: $23.55 - $24.66
FLSA DESIGNATION: Non-exempt/Hourly
SCHEDULE: Full Time (1.0FTE) | 12 months | 40 hours per week

The Assistant Director advises students; and assists in maintaining knowledge of all programs and certification requirements, manages the recruiting process for prospective students, provides administrative support for the TCP programs and coordinates projects.

Advising | 30%

  • Serve as prospective and current advisor for TCP
  • Advise students regarding required coursework
  • Track completion of coursework throughout the year
  • Provide professional and academic coaching to candidates
  • Complete transcript evaluations for prospective students
  • Remain current on Washington State requirements for P-12 endorsements offered by the School of Education
  • Work collaboratively to ensure all licensure requirements for TCP programs are met by the end of the program
  • Support candidate in course waivers and substitutions, as well as financial aid processes
  • Maintain necessary forms and documentation between TCP and school site personnel
  • Review all files for TCP certification and degrees

Recruiting and Marketing | 25%

  • Recruit prospective students and assist in marketing programs
  • Coordinate with recruiting events on and off campus
  • As appropriate, attend state and regional conferences related to admissions, recruitment, and support of adult students
  • Coordinate with the Whitworth University Office of Communications, the dean of the School of Education, the dean of the School of Continuing Studies, and program directors, updating university catalog as it relates to supported programs, ensuring accuracy of published information
  • Work with enrollment management office and program directors / coordinators on production of marketing campaign, including program recruiting materials, providing current and relevant market information
  • Review program marketing materials for accuracy and currency

Enrollment | 20%

  • Manage enrollment for supported programs
  • Meet with prospective candidates to discuss application & admission to TCP and supported programs
  • Attend regular admissions staff meetings
  • Track application status, using SLATE protocol
  • Follow up with prospects to gauge continued interest
  • Review program admission applications, making recommendations to program directors and coordinators
  • Ensure candidates meet program admission and institution qualifications
  • Participate in program admission interviews
  • Collaborate with the Financial Aid office to ensure accurate credits for FA awards
  • Match courses taken with teaching endorsement requirements
  • If necessary, communicate with other institutions to clarify course content
  • Recommend courses to take and where to take them for endorsement deficiencies

Administrative Responsibilities and Coordination of Projects | 15%

  • Work with enrollment management team to update web sites and Pirate Port with current, accurate information, promotional messages, and coordinate new content program projects
  • Review and facilitate updating program webpages
  • Participate in TCP meetings
  • Participate on appropriate program and Whitworth committees
  • Collaborate with TCP personnel on TCP policy revisions
  • Create cohort course schedule and sequence
  • Provide faculty support (e.g., Blackboard, textbook adoption, and scheduling of courses)
  • Participate in School of Continuing Studies meetings
  • Participate in strategic planning for TCP and continuing studies

Other | 10%

  • Coordinate event planning for programs
  • Participate in program event planning, including orientations, transfer events, cohort celebrations, and community college advisory events for TCP and The School of Continuing Studies
  • Other duties as assigned


  • Knowledge of educational assessments and processes
  • Strong analytical skills, with the ability to analyze student assessment scores, offering data-driven solutions
  • Strong problem-solving skills
  • Clear organizational skills
  • Effective written and verbal communication skills to support candidates, and communicate with constituencies
  • Excellent consultation and customer service skills
  • Strong team player, with the ability to take initiative and operate independently.

Preferred and Required Qualifications


  • Bachelor's degree or higher from an accredited college or university in a relevant field (e.g., Education, Psychology, Educational Administration, Counseling, etc.) or relevant professional experience
  • Two (2) years of experience working in higher education, adult education program advising, or a related field
  • Successful experience in marketing or recruitment
  • Experience using technology to aid in marketing and recruitment
  • Experience in support roles, working with clientele, coaching them toward desired outcomes (e.g., career counseling, coaching, managing, etc.).
  • A commitment to fostering culture that embraces diversity and inclusion
  • Ability to collaborate with a diverse constituency of students, staff, faculty and stakeholders
  • Experience with state licensure for teachers and counselors, including state required assessments and field experiences
  • Demonstrated ability to collaborate with multiple stakeholders, developing consensus toward common goals or policies
  • Demonstrated growth in cultural competence, awareness of societal and structural inequities and proven experience in effectively establishing relationships and positive communications with students and other constituents across multiple dimensions of diversity including, but not limited to, race, gender, varying abilities, nationality, sexual orientation, gender identity, class or religious perspectives
  • A personal commitment to the Christian faith and to the integration of faith and learning
  • A commitment to the educational mission of Whitworth University as a comprehensive Christian liberal arts university affiliated with the Presbyterian church

Application Details

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS: A background check, sexual misconduct check and confirmation of degrees earned will be required of the successful candidate. A resume, cover letter, faith statement, and names, email addresses, and phone numbers of at least three (3) professional references will also be required.

What's needed to apply:
When you complete an application, we will ask for the following to be included in your application:
• Resume
• Cover letter
• Faith Statement (
• Three (3) professional references

Please send completed applications to

Our Benefits:
Whitworth University provides a robust offering of benefits and services to enhance the quality of life of its faculty and staff. Employees who are eligible for benefits may participate in health plans including medical, dental and vision; a generous retirement plan (8% employer match); life insurance and long-term disability insurance. Well-being services include spiritual enrichment, the employee assistance program, and free access to the University Recreation Center and the Megan E. Thompson Aquatic Center. Free tuition for employees and tuition remission programs for spouses and dependents round out the offerings. Additionally, Whitworth employees enjoy 17 paid holidays each year.

Whitworth complies with all federal, state, and local nondiscrimination laws that are applicable to religious nonprofit institutions and does not engage in unlawful discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, sex, or disability. With our Christ-centered commitment to building a diverse and inclusive community, the university encourages applications from populations underrepresented at Whitworth including members of racial/ethnic communities, women, and persons with disabilities.

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