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Regional Manager, Grow Your Own Program – (Chattanooga, TN) UT System Office of Academic Affairs

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Tennessee, United States
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Posted Date
Aug 15, 2022

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Administrative, Academic Affairs, Other Academic Affairs, Business & Administrative Affairs, Community Relations & Institutional Outreach, Student Affairs, Disabled Student Services, Other Student Affairs, Student Activities & Services
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Regional Manager, Grow Your Own Program – Chattanooga, TN
UT System Office of Academic Affairs and Student Success (2-yr Grant-Funded Position)
Market Range 13

About the UT System

The University of Tennessee is comprised of campuses at Knoxville, Chattanooga, Martin, and Pulaski; the Health Science Center at Memphis; the Space Institute at Tullahoma; and the statewide Institute of Agriculture and Institute for Public Service.

The UT System has a presence in each of Tennessee’s 95 counties. Through the combined force of education, research and outreach, the University serves students, business and industry, schools, governments, organizations, and citizens statewide.

The University of Tennessee System, through its multiple campuses and institutes, serves the people of Tennessee and beyond through the discovery, communication, and application of knowledge. The System is committed to providing undergraduate, graduate, and professional education programs in a diverse learning environment that prepares students to be leaders in a global society. The UT System’s delivery of education, discovery, outreach, and public service contributes to the economic, social, and environmental well-being of all Tennesseans.

The Opportunity

The University of Tennessee System and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (UTC) seek a highly qualified K-12 professional to serve as one of two East Tennessee Regional Grow Your Own (GYO) Program Managers for the state’s GYO Teacher Apprenticeship Initiative. The Tennessee Department of Education (TDOE) recently selected the UT System as its lead teacher apprenticeship program partner. Tennessee is the first state in the nation approved by the U.S. Department of Labor to create permanent teaching apprenticeship programs. TDOE has awarded the University of Tennessee a $20M grant to serve as the nation’s model and selected UT for its leading educator preparation programs, presence in all 95 counties, culture of innovation, and commitment to helping the state address grand challenges. The UT System has four undergraduate institutions (UT Knoxville, UT Chattanooga, UT Martin, and UT Southern) that offer Educator Preparation Programs (EPPs) across Tennessee’s three grand

divisions, East, Middle, and West, as well as in urban and rural communities. The regional program manager will report directly to the GYO Executive Director in consultation with the GYO project lead on the assigned campus (Chattanooga). Although the candidate will operate mainly from the UT Chattanooga campus, the role requires travel to and support for all students, EPPs, and LEAs in the assigned region. The ideal candidate will be an experienced student services, social services, or student success professional; or a former K-12 educator or administrator with a passion for supporting students and teachers and a strong desire to improve public education in Tennessee. The program manager will fill a complex role that requires excellent communication skills, enthusiasm for helping to drive an innovative new program, the ability to manage multiple project components across the state’s eastern region, and a willingness to engage, collaborate with, and support numerous stakeholder groups.

Applicants are encouraged to review all position requirements before applying. Salary is based on a combination of professional experience and qualifications at Market Range 13. The position is a grant-funded for two years with the possibility of extension depending on available funding and job performance during the appointment period. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Candidates must submit their application online and attach a separate resume, cover letter, and contact information for at least three professional references.

Position responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following:

Program Management: The regional manager will: work collaboratively with the GYO executive director and campus project leads to develop a plan and drive the program's success in the assigned region by:

  1. providing accurate and timely information to prospective students about the programs in the region and the available resources and student services at each, and connecting prospective students with the appropriate campus staff across various institutions and districts in East Tennessee;
  2. ensuring that currently enrolled GYO teacher candidates in any participating Educator Preparation Program (EPP) across East Tennessee have the resources and information they need to be successful in their respective programs;
  3. developing and maintaining effective relationships with Local Education Agencies (LEAs), UT Chattanooga and UT System GYO leadership, regional EPPs, state and national partners, and other relationships that will enhance the reach and success of the program;
  4. adopting a customer service mindset, making the process of identifying, enrolling in, and completing a program as seamless as possible for GYO teacher candidates;
  5. serving as the primary resource for student inquiries and responding in a timely, professional, and courteous manner at all times
  6. connecting students with information or staff relative to their needs for financial aid, housing options, and customized services (e.g., transportation, childcare and other expenses that impede success).

Evaluation, Reporting, and Communication: The regional program manager will be responsible for

  1. tracking various metrics and key performance indicators identified by the program's executive director and ensuring the timely delivery of collected data to EPPs and project leadership;
  2. soliciting regular input/feedback from school district partners, GYO teacher candidates, and EPPs on the overall program's effectiveness, needs, and challenges--and making these data available to key stakeholders on a frequent basis;
  3. regularly reviewing metrics, data and feedback to evaluate the project’s progress and success and recommending necessary modifications for improvement to the program throughout the assigned region;
  4. distributing communications and marketing materials, as needed, in collaboration with the GYO communications manager; and
  5. speaking to various audiences (e.g., LEA staff, high school students, guidance counselors, and others about the program and the opportunities it affords to those it serves);
  6. providing updates and presentations to leadership or other stakeholders as needed;
  7. communicating clearly and promptly with all project team members associated with the project concerning goals, scheduling, and resource allocation. :

Each program manager will directly support the assigned campus, supporting its GYO programs and various needs. Because the UT campuses have been charged with leading the GYO Apprenticeship, there may be needs unique to the UT campus where the candidate is based.

The Regional Manager of the Tennessee Grow Your Own Program will support a culture of engagement and belonging by treating others with dignity and respect at all times, and by exhibiting conduct that reflects a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. The successful candidate is expected to contribute in measurable ways to the systemwide mission and fully embrace the systemwide Be One UT Values .

Qualifications :

Required Education & Qualifications:
The successful candidate will have a Bachelor’s degree in Education; social work, psychology, sociology, communications, or related field with at least 5 years' of experience in public K-12 education, higher education, student success, social services, or other supporting role. Education may be substituted for employment experience . Successful candidate must have some knowledge of or be able to draw on experience in K-12 education in Tennessee and must be highly informed about the Grow Your Own initiative. Must be able to show past experience and demonstrate skill in data collection and reporting as well as experience in connecting individuals with needed resources or support. Candidate must have the ability to collaborate with numerous and diverse stakeholder groups located throughout the assigned region. Must demonstrate experience building and maintaining successful relationships. Must be skilled at using a variety of online collaboration tools (e.g., Zoom, SharePoint, Teams) and possess strong skills in written communication, listening, and public speaking.

Preferred Qualifications
The preferred candidate will have a Master’s Degree or Doctoral degree and s even or more years of experience in a supportive role in education, social services, student success, or related field. At least one year of classroom experience. Demonstrated ability to manage multiple aspects of a complex project. Experience working across multiple organizations or a region. Familiarity with grant-funded initiatives and operations

The preferred candidate will have knowledge of grant-funded initiatives, student success challenges and needs, as well as the structure of higher education institutions, how EPPs operate, and how LEAs involved in Tennessee public education support learners. The ideal candidate will be able to draw on prior experience supporting the growth and development of students, teachers, or other professionals.

Application Process
For full consideration applications should be accompanied by a letter of interest, resume and three references. Review of applications will begin immediately.

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