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Teacher Certification and Field Experience Specialist 2

Pierce College
Washington, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
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Oct 1, 2021

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A Community College District in Puyallup and Lakewood, Washington invites applications for the position of: 

Teacher Certification and Field Experience Specialist 2


$3,294.00 - $4,398.00 Monthly

$39,528.00 - $52,776.00 Annually

OPENING DATE:                 


CLOSING DATE:                  

10/15/21 05:00 PM 

Effective August 30, 2021, Pierce College will be a “fully vaccinated campus” under the state’s higher education guidance, which means that COVID-19 vaccination (or allowable exemption) will be required for all employees and students. More information can be found here:

The mission of Pierce College is to create quality educational opportunities for a diverse community of learners to thrive in an evolving world.

Recognized by the Aspen Institute as one of the Top 10 community colleges in the nation, Pierce College is an innovative and equity-focused community college dedicated to helping all students achieve their academic and professional goals. Check out our Aspen Institute Award for Community College Excellence. This is Pierce College's second time as an Aspen Prize top finalist. 

Please note

Pierce College is transitioning back to working in the office at Pierce College Fort Steilacoom after more than a year of primarily-remote work. One or two days in the office per week will be required at first (other days remote). This will increase over time. Health and safety precautions are in place.

About the District

The college enjoys a strong presence in the community and participates in numerous partnerships with business, community, government, and educational organizations. Want a feel for our District? Take a peek with aerial campus views. 

Pierce College at Fort Steilacoom

Located on a beautiful 140-acre site with views of Mount Rainier and recreational Waughop Lake, the campus enjoys modern facilities that include state-of- the-art teaching and learning spaces; an immersive, full-dome digital planetarium; child development center; and a health education center. 

Pierce College at Puyallup

Located on a luscious site with 125-acres of wooded land including modern facilities and beautiful spaces for exploring.

Pierce College at JBLM

Located at the Joint Base Lewis-McChord military sites, serving many of our military and active duty families serving our country. 


Are you committed to antiracism in student success and teacher preparation to advance social justice?

Are you excited about helping students reach their educational and career goals?

Are you interested in building relationships with early learning programs and school districts to build opportunities for teacher candidates’ field experiences and residency?

Are you passionate about working to diversify tomorrow's teachers by equitably supporting their path to licensure?

If these questions resonate with you, then we invite you to consider joining the Education Programs team at Pierce College, an innovative and equity-focused community college committed to antiracism and dedicated to helping all students achieve their academic and professional goals. As a Teacher Certification and Residency Coordinator, you would be an integral part of this dynamic program at Pierce College and making a difference in the lives of others! 

About the Program

The successful candidate will be a member of the Education program whose team of faculty and staff are dedicated to equitably supporting students in pursuit of their education and career aspirations. 

Under the direction of the Director of Education Programs and to ensure equitable access and success, the successful candidate will be responsible for the operation and administrative duties for Bachelor Field Experience, Residency Placements, and Data Management (collection, organizing, reporting), and will act as the Teacher Certification Officer for the college. In order to ensure the program’s field experiences are effective, the successful candidate will be responsible for building and maintaining positive and productive relationships with local early learning programs and school districts to coordinate the equitable placement of students for field experiences and residencies.

Actively works to ensure diverse experiences across the degree programs and field opportunities. Included in this work is monitoring and reporting needs for additions or changes to existing Memoranda of Agreement (MOA) with early learning programs. As the Teacher Certification Officer, the successful candidate will provide effective case management to Bachelor of Applied Science in Teaching (BAS-T) students to ensure they meet all the requirements for teacher certification. This includes providing equitable access, referrals, support and managing the data required for teacher certification progress and reporting.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: Institutional and Program Core Responsibilities

Actively support, engage in, and work to advance Pierce College's goals for equity and inclusion in order to provide access and support for our diverse community of learners. Contribute to an engaged and supportive team with shared accountability for the equitable success of students and the programs/department.

Other duties as assigned to support the mission, goals, and objectives of the college.

Student Placement Administration

Manage student BAS placements to ensure they have a variety of experiences to meet local and national standards, including the college’s commitment to antiracism and equity, the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), and Professional Educator Standards Board (PESB) standards.

Assist students with obtaining a portable background check and pre-residency clearance through the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI).

Work with students to identify challenges during placement and direct the information to the appropriate field supervisor and/or the director of education for follow-up.

Under the direction of the Director, facilitate changes in placements for students if/as necessary.

Notify all students, field supervisors, and the education director in writing when a placement is confirmed, or changed, and provide specific instructions and answer questions about the placement.

In collaboration with the Director of Education, establish procedures and implement a smooth process for students to register for field experience and residency classes.

Serve as the Pierce College Field Experience Placement Officer to liaison with the PESB and OSPI and actively advocates for students in line with Pierce College’s commitment to equitable and antiracist student supports and access to opportunity.

Network and keep positive channels open with local school district personnel offices.

Plan ahead and work to actively identify barriers associated with placing students and work collaboratively to identify and implement solutions.

Consistently communicate, coordinate, and partner with instructors and students regarding placement requirements, including regular updates.

Seek input on issues of placement and requirements; maintain familiarity with program expectations from multiple perspectives, including policy, legal, academic, etc..

Develop, implement, and administer an equitable system for placing students in community- based settings, including establishing placement procedures for the following:

  • ECED& 120
  • EDUC 223
  • ECED& 190
  • EDUC& 190
Admissions and Certification Management

Serve as the BAS-T student admissions navigator, connecting BAS students to their advisor and college resources for holistic student supports in a manner that is culturally responsive/sustaining, particularly for marginalized students.

Demonstrate cultural humility and vulnerability in interactions (email/post, phone, and in- person) with students and their families, as well as employees and the community in order to advance an inclusive environment.

Serve as the Certification Officer for the BAS-T students and is the college liaison to PESB and OSPI in this role.

Prepare and maintain accurate records for certification processing.

Verify that student meet all requirements for certification and complete OSPI certification forms recommending those qualified for certification (i.e. GPA monitor, course completion, completion of state assessments).

Assist BAS-T students with the certification application. Attend PESB Certification Officer training and meetings.

Track and update program and advisory board approved changes in standardized assessments required for certification and inform program.

Regularly maintain the accuracy and currency of student data spreadsheets.

Manage the BAS-T application review process, prepare and maintain student teaching applications and database,, facilitate correspondence with students regarding placement; conduct certification seminars for student teachers.

Stay current with Washington State teacher certification requirements and endorsement competencies and report out any changes (may require travel).

Track students’ progress towards certification requirements and inform them of upcoming deadlines, alert student and program staff of any risk of not meeting requirements. 

Outreach and Partnership Development

In collaboration with the EDI CARES team, seek opportunities to increase recruitment and equitable support of students from underrepresented/marginalized communities.

Identify, contact, and maintain placements opportunities for BAS-T students.

Provide administrative support in building relationships between field supervisors, Human Resource departments at local school districts, and early learning programs.

Prepare and organize meeting with field supervisors and director of education to organize BAS- T placements.

Ensure Memoranda of Agreement are created, signed, and up to date.

Provide updated information to school districts regarding program changes and expectations. Actively engage in PESB Field Experience Placement Officer training and meetings.

Maintain a positive and supportive working relationship between the college and the school districts.

Staff recruiting tables at district education fairs and community early learning conferences. Plan and implement BAS orientation meetings and information recruitment sessions.

QUALIFICATIONS:  Required Education

Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood, Education, Social Work, Humans Services or related field.

Required Experience

Experience working with and supporting a diverse student population. Experience working in a public school setting (i.e. school building, HR, etc.).

Required Competencies: Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Traits & Characteristics Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

Values open-mindedness, inclusion, multicultural perspectives, and multiple ways of knowing, thinking, and being. Actively supports and engages in Pierce College’s mission and core theme for equity, diversity, and inclusion in order to provide access and support for our diverse community of learners. 

Ethics and Integrity

Earns the trust, respect and confidence of coworkers and customers through fairness, truthfulness, honesty, sensitivity, reliability and professionalism in all interactions; builds and maintains the trust of others; adheres to high standards of integrity and honesty.

Coordinate Multiple Projects

Excellent organizational and time management skills, and able to coordinate multiple projects, shifting priorities and multiple deadlines. 

Computer Skills

Proficient in Microsoft Office, ability to use spreadsheet software, such as Microsoft Excel, to create and manipulate large or complex spreadsheets, use complex mathematical formulas to calculate data, and link worksheets. Import data from other sources, filter lists, and create and format charts and graphs. 


Ability to establish and maintain positive working relationships with students, colleagues, staff and the public. 

Culturally Responsive Engagement

Use effective communication skills to interact respectfully with others. 


Committed to functioning as an effective member of a team.

Adaptability & Flexibility

Adapts to changing business needs, conditions, and work responsibilities; is comfortably with some ambiguity in the job. 

Job Management

Manages one’s time and priorities to ensure assignments are completed in a timely and effective manner; strong organizational skills; balances multiple competing needs; meets deadlines.

Critical Thinking & Problem Solving

Critical, creative, reflective thinker; will question, search for answers and meaning; evaluate ideas and information and develop ideas that lead to action; ability to interpret complex programs and administrative policies and procedures.

Effective Communication

The effective exchange of messages in a variety of contexts using multiple methods; communicates clearly and effectively to individuals and groups, both verbally and in writing.

Student Service (Student Focus)

Works effectively and efficiently to provide quality and equitable service to students and the public to satisfy student service expectations; ability to effectively motivate students to achieve educational and career goals.

Establishing Rapport

Interacts effectively with others to establish and maintain smooth working relationships; ability to concisely and effectively interact with other individuals, as well as internal and external organizations; ability to notice, interpret and anticipate others’ concerns and feelings, and to communicate this awareness empathically to others.

Decision Making & Judgment

Makes timely and informed decisions when working towards goal/task completion; adheres to privacy laws (such as the Family Education Rights & Privacy Act) and ethical guidelines; respects the confidentiality of information or concerns shared by others.

Special Requirements and/or Conditions of Employment

The successful candidate must consent to and pass Department of Early Learning criminal background check after a conditional offer of employment.

Current drivers’ license and/or the ability to travel to early learning programs and local school districts.


Application Requirements: To be considered for this position, applicants must

Meet the required qualifications as outlined in this announcement.

Complete the online application profile at

Apply for the specific job opening.

Upload (attach) a cover letter that addresses how you meet the required qualifications as outlined in this announcement. At Pierce College, we value cultural humility and vulnerability in individuals who bridge diverse backgrounds and perspectives in support of academic equity and excellence. In your cover letter, please address how you will support the mission of Pierce College to create quality educational opportunities for a diverse community of learners to thrive in an evolving world. Please include in your response how your previous education and/or professional experience contribute to your effectiveness in promoting a climate of student success for a diverse community of learners. (Cover Letter)

Upload (attach) detailed résumé of all educational and professional experience. (Résumé)

Transcripts are not required in order to apply for this position; however, if you are selected for an interview, you will be asked to bring copies of unofficial transcripts showing completion of the required level of education. Please upload current copies of your transcripts, if available. Unofficial copies of all college and university transcripts must include degree received and conferral date. International transcripts must include a foreign transcript evaluation. For a list of approved credential evaluation services (Unofficial transcripts acceptable for application process; official transcripts required upon hire). (Transcripts)

Upload (attach) a list of at least two professional references with names, addresses, telephone numbers, and e-mail addresses. Letters of recommendation will not be accepted. (References)

Provide a response to the following questions. (Supplemental Questions)

  1. How does this position impact the College's goal to support all students and to achieve racial and social equity in pursuit of mission?

Please limit your response to a maximum of 500 words.

  • Briefly describe how you have worked in your previous or current positions to advance equity, diversity, and inclusion in your organizations and how you would do that in this
  • Please limit your response to a maximum of 500 words.

    Special Note

    To ensure consideration, application materials should be received no later than 5:00 p.m. on the closing date.

    Terms of Employment

    Recruiting to fill one vacancy. Vacancy is a full-time (40 hours per week) classified overtime-eligible position with Pierce College District. The primary work location will be at Pierce College, Fort Steilacoom, but infrequent travel to Pierce College campuses or sites may occur. Work hours are between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. These positions may be subject to reassignment between campuses or sites. 

    Salary & Benefits

    The starting salary range of this position is $3,294.00 - 3,792.00 a month (dependent upon qualifications), with annual periodic increments up to $4,398.00. However, your paycheck is just part of the total compensation package. There is an outstanding benefits package which is worth an additional value equivalent to about 30% of your salary. A comprehensive health care benefits package for you and your dependents includes medical, dental and vision insurance. Life and long term disability insurance plans; vacation, sick and personal leave; reduced tuition; and retirement benefits are also provided. For more information, please visit our Benefits and Leave website at:

    Physical Work Environment

    This position is required to work indoors in an office environment. 

    Reasonable Accommodation

    Applicants with disabilities who require assistance with the application and employment process will be accommodated to the extent reasonably possible. Requests should be made to the District Human Resources Office by calling 253-964-7342. Persons who are deaf or hard of hearing may dial 711 to place a call through Washington Relay, the state's free telecommunication access service.

    Screening & Interview Process

    Only those candidates who have complied with the application process and meet the required qualifications will be considered. Following the review of application materials, the most qualified candidates will be contacted for an interview. Check the email account you used for the application process for communication regarding the status of your application. Application materials submitted to Pierce College are the property of the College and will not be returned.

    Please note

    This is a competitive selection process. Your application materials will be reviewed and evaluated based on the minimum qualifications listed for the position. Applicants whose qualifications most closely correspond to the District's needs will be eligible for further consideration. Notification of application status normally occurs 4 to 6 weeks after the closing date. Short notice may be given to applicants to participate in further selection processes which may include written, oral and performance examinations, and final interviews. 

    Conditions of Employment

    An offer of employment will not carry with it any responsibility or obligation on the part of the District to sponsor an H-1B visa. In compliance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, proof of authorization to work in the United States will be required at the time of hire.

    Pierce College has adopted a Drug Free Workplace policy. As a condition of employment, employees must agree to abide by the requirements established in that policy.

    Bargaining Unit

    This position has been designated as a bargaining unit position represented by the Washington Public Employee Association (WPEA).

    Equal Opportunity

    The Pierce College District is an equal opportunity employer. The Board of Trustees and Pierce College District are committed to providing equal opportunity and will not discriminate in terms and conditions of employment and personnel practices. Decisions are made without regard to race, color, national origin, age, perceived or actual physical or mental disability, pregnancy, genetic information, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, creed, religion, honorably discharged veteran or military status, or use of a trained guide dog or service animal. For more information about this position or assistance regarding your application, contact Human Resources at:

    Questions regarding equal employment opportunities or discrimination may be directed to the following:

    Sean Cooke, Title IX Coordinator

    (253) 840-8472

    Holly Gorski, Vice President for Human Resources

    (253) 964-6519

    Paula Henson-Williams, District Affirmative Action Officer

    (253) 864-3229




    9401 Farwest Drive SW Lakewood, WA 98498





    Teacher Certification and Field Experience Specialist 2 Supplemental Questionnaire


    • How does this position impact the College's goal to support all students and to achieve racial and social equity in pursuit of mission? Please limit your response to a maximum of500 words.



    • Briefly describe how you have worked in your previous or current positions to advance equity, diversity, and inclusion in your organizations and how you would do that in this position. Please limit your response to a maximum of 500 words.



    • Required Question
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