Division of Education/Early Childhood
Full Time, 12 month position, full benefits
$16.00 per hour
The Division of Education is seeking a Distance Teacher Education
Program (TEP) Recruitment and Retention Specialist, to increase and
support enrollment within the distance programs in Education. The
Distance TEP Recruitment and Retention Specialist will work with
the Early Childhood Program Chair and the Education Division Chair
to create and implement a recruiting and retention plan for
distance students. It is expected that enrollment of distance
students within the TEP will increase as a result of the work
efforts of the Distance TEP Recruitment and Retention Specialist.
The Distance TEP Recruiting and Retention Specialist will support
the Early Childhood Distance Program and students (approximately
75% of FTE) and support Post Baccalaureate Distance students across
all Education programs (approximately 25% of FTE). This position is
customer service based, serving approximately 250 students,
coordinating with education faculty and UMW campus offices, and
partnering with community agencies.
- Along with the Early Childhood Chair and Education Division
Chair, co-develop short-term and long-term recruiting and retention
plans for distance TEP students.
- Implement short-term and long-term recruiting and retention
plans for distance TEP students.
- Recruit post-baccalaureate and early childhood certificate and
degree-seeking students using a variety of recruitment strategies
such as working closely with the UMW Outreach Office, holding
community-based recruiting meetings, working closely with community
agencies that serve childcare providers and potential UMW students,
foster and build relationships with TEP 2-year college partners and
2-year college students, recruiting and visiting Head Start, Early
Head Start and community childcare programs, building relationships
with school districts and teachers.
- Build and maintain partnerships with Montana Head Start, Early
Head Start, and Child Care programs to support recruitment and lab
- Increase enrollment in TEP distance programs through
- Building and maintaining The University of Montana Western
statewide presence through retention, recruitment, and
- Act as a liaison and maintain effective working relationships
with a variety of constituencies.
- Increase retention of TEP distance students by offering
coaching, support, resources, and problem solving when students
need extra support.
- Support current distance students in need of connection with
campus resources to support retention.
- Work with Early Childhood Education faculty advisors to track
current distance students; along with faculty advisors, contact
students who do not enroll in classes to offer support.
- Along with faculty advisors, contact early childhood distance
students who fail to engage in classes and are at risk of not
passing. Offer support and problem solving.
- Maintain contact and offer regular support to high-risk early
childhood education students as requested by the Faculty Review and
Support Committee and by the Early Childhood Education Chair and
Education Division Chair.
- Attend to detail and communicate clearly with the Early
Childhood Program team and Education Division.
- Participate in Education Division and Early Childhood Program
and Instructors’ meetings.
- Position requires in-state travel a minimum of monthly and as
indicated in short-term and long-term recruiting and retention
The University & Dillon Area
- Minimum of a bachelor’s degree in education or related field
- Experience/background in Early Childhood or related educational
- Positive affect and professional disposition.
- Employ strong interpersonal skills for working with a diverse
group of individuals and campus offices on a day-to-day basis.
- Ability to problem-solve, resolve conflicts, and facilitate
resolution of issues that arise.
- Excellent oral, written, and editing skills.
- Strong technology skills.
- Work effectively under pressure and maintain a pleasant
- Perform duties and responsibilities with minimal direct
- Proven ability to maintain confidentiality, handle sensitive
issues, and make sound decisions using good judgement, tact, and
- Valid driver’s license.
The University of Montana Western is a dynamic, innovative,
undergraduate university with over 65 full-time faculty and 1,300
students. It is located in Dillon, Montana in the scenic Rocky
Mountains and has been awarded numerous top national rankings for
delivering high quality, affordable education.
Montana Western is the only public four-year college in the nation
offering Experience One (X1),
delivered on the block schedule. Class sizes are small and students
take a single course at a time, three hours each day for 18 days,
before moving on to the next course. Each course is four credits
and four blocks are offered each semester. The block schedule
facilitates field and lab work, undergraduate research, study
travel, and interdisciplinary teaching. Montana Western’s faculty
strongly believe in mentoring and inspiring students, and assisting
them in the transition from university life to professional
The University of Montana Western is an integral part of the Dillon
Community. With a population of 5,000 people, Dillon is known for
outstanding public schools, safe environments, recreational
opportunities, and an excellent quality of life.
The University of Montana Western is an equal
opportunity/affirmative action employer and encourages applications
from qualified women, minorities, veterans and people with
disabilities. Criminal Background Investigation is
required prior to the Offer of Employment In accordance
with University regulations, finalists for this position will be
subject to criminal background investigations.
ADA/EOE/AA/Veteran's Preference Reasonable accommodations
are provided in the hiring process for persons with disabilities.
For example, this material is available in alternative format upon
request. As an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, we
encourage applications from minorities, veterans, and women.
Qualified candidates may request veterans’ or disabilities
preference in accordance with state law. References:
References not listed on the application materials may be
contacted; notice may be provided to the applicant. Testing:
Individual hiring departments at UM may elect to administer
pre-employment tests, which are relevant to essential job
functions. Employment Eligibility: All New Employees must be
eligible and show employment eligibility verification by the first
date of employment at UMW, as legally required (e.g., Form
To apply, please complete a State of Montana Job Application and a
letter of application specifically addressing the qualifications
and duties described above. Finalists for this position may be
subject to a criminal background investigation. Also include the
names, addresses, and phone numbers of three (3) professional
references. Submit application materials to:
Kelly Graham, Recruitment Specialist
The University of Montana Western
710 South Atlantic Street
Dillon, MT 59725
For additional information contact Jen Gilliard @ 406-683-7177 or
by email @ firstname.lastname@example.org. Review of applications will
begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.
Montana, United States