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Heart of MO-RPDC Teacher Recruitment & Retention Specialist

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Heart of MO-Regional Professional Development Center

Job Description

The purpose of the Teacher Recruitment and Retention Specialist is to address teacher shortages in Local Education Agencies (LEAs) through intentional and targeted strategies in the Heart of MO-RPDC, Region 2 area.


The expected outcome for this effort is to increase teacher retention and recruitment rates.


Teacher Recruitment and Retention Specialists will have the following skills:

o Demonstrated administrative and organizational skills such as strategic planning, analytical thinking, setting deadlines, and evaluating progress is required.

o Strong ability to understand the context of a program and how it affects program planning, implementation, outcomes, and evaluation.

o Strong analytical and critical thinking skills.

o Strong communication skills to be able to provide clear and concise written and verbal reports.

o Skill in oral and written presentation of complex ideas to college and university personnel, private providers, and others involved in teacher education.

o Ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships with public officials, departmental personnel, college/university officials, private providers, school administrators, and the general public.

o Strong facilitation skills in working with diverse teams.

o Ability to collaborate and implement a shared leadership model.


Teacher Recruitment and Retention Specialists will have the following knowledge and/or experience:

o At least five (5) years of successful teaching or school administrative experience.

o At least two (2) years of experience leading complex projects and/or initiatives.


Teacher Recruitment and Retention Specialists will:

o Collaboratively work across the state to implement regional MO Teacher Development System (MTDS) technical assistance and programming, including:
  • Participate in various groups and teams to develop MTDS materials and resources.
  • Facilitate regional MTDS programs (Emerging Level I & II, Teacher Academy and Teacher Academy Grads).
  • Understand, promote, and implement the Missouri Teacher Development System Framework.
  • Work collaboratively to develop program evaluation methods and data collection instruments.
  • Host regional MTDS information sessions to provide grant application and planning guidance.
  • Reviews, approves, and evaluates teacher recruitment and retention grants and teacher education grants according to established grant guidelines.
  • Provides TA to districts that apply for teacher recruitment and retention grants and for teacher education grants.
  • Develop regional networking cohorts to support and serve as a resource for teacher recruitment and retention and teacher education grant administrators and GYO program designers and coordinators.
  • Provide resources for grant recipients.
  • Engage in ongoing collaborative planning, production, implementation, and evaluation for MTDS programming.
  • Participate in program implementation monitoring, evaluation processes, and ongoing data reporting for MTDS programming.
  • Provide assistance to DESE, and external researchers in gathering and reporting data and impact strategies related to teacher recruitment, retention, and teacher education grants.
Attend and participate in monthly, multi-day meetings, as directed by the Director of the Heart of MO-RPDC and funding agent.

Create and complete reports and assessments of progress as needed.

The Recruitment and Retention Specialist is expected to travel statewide as necessary. The specialist is expected to possess a valid MO drivers license.

Other duties as assigned by the Heart of MO-RPDC Director.


This is a 100% full-time, benefit eligible FY2025 grant funded position.

Monday - Friday; 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, 40 hours per week.

Minimum Qualifications

A Bachelor's degree or an equivalent combination of education and experience and at least 4 years of experience from which comparable knowledge and skills can be acquired is necessary.

Anticipated Hiring Range

Salary Range: $51,875 - $55,000, as per letter of intent from the Heart of MO-RPDC funding agent for FY2025

Grade: GGS-010


Internal applicants can determine their University title by accessing the Talent Profile tile in myHR.

Application Materials

Applicant must include with their application materials the following:

Current Resume

Cover Letter

List of References

Benefit Eligibility

This position is eligible for University benefits. As part of your total compensation, the University offers a comprehensive benefits package, including medical, dental and vision plans, retirement, paid time off, short- and long-term disability, paid parental leave, paid caregiver leave, and educational fee discounts for all four UM System campuses. For additional information on University benefits, please visit the Faculty & Staff Benefits website at .

Values Commitment

We value the uniqueness of every individual and strive to ensure each person’s success. Contributions from individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences and perspectives promote intellectual pluralism and enable us to achieve the excellence that we seek in learning, research and engagement. This commitment makes our university a better place to work, learn and innovate.

In your application materials, please discuss your experiences and expertise that support these values and enrich our missions of teaching, research, and engagement.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The University of Missouri System is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Equal Opportunity is and shall be provided for all employees and applicants for employment on the basis of their demonstrated ability and competence without unlawful discrimination on the basis of their race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, disability, or protected veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable state or federal law. This policy applies to all employment decisions including, but not limited to, recruiting, hiring, training, promotions, pay practices, benefits, disciplinary actions and terminations. For more information, visit or call the Director of Employee and Labor Relations at 573-882-2146.

To request ADA accommodations, please call the Director of Accessibility and ADA at 573-884-7278.




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