The 2017 Omnibus Education bill created a new state agency, the Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board (PELSB) to oversee and implement teacher licensing for the state of Minnesota. The new agency will (1) develop the teacher’s code of ethics; (2) adopt rules for public school teacher licenses and teacher preparation programs; (3) approve teacher preparation programs; (4) issue teacher license applications; (5) suspend or revoke licenses based on qualifying grounds; and (6) verify district and charter school licensure compliance.
The new Board is seeking a Director of Education Policy to act as a legislative and national stakeholder liaison, working closely with these stakeholders to develop and implement policies aligned to board goals. This will involve advising on policy decisions for the board, including within legislation and administrative rule development. The Director will coordinate agency’s participation in legislative activities and support the Executive Director in stakeholder relations. The Director will funnel and manage the work of teacher education specialists and rulemaking specialist brining their expertise together to shape agency policies around teacher preparation work. The Director will also manage and facilitate additional special projects of the board, ensuring effective implementation.
Bachelor’s degree and four years of professional experience in government relations, state or federal government, and/or public policy development. This experience must also demonstrate:
Knowledge of the legislative process
Experience with policy development
Experience leading and managing projects
In addition, a successful candidate must possess:
Strong leadership skills to perform activities on behalf of PELSB and maintain ongoing positive relationships with stakeholders.
Knowledge of state policies, procedures, and practices in the areas of rulemaking process.
Knowledge of project management standards, principles and practices sufficient to determine program direction, plan work and set goals, and monitor and evaluate accomplishments.
Strong written and oral communication skills including public speaking.
Strong interpersonal and human relations skills necessary to build consensus and reconcile opposing views, lead discussion groups with diverse perspectives, and work with a variety of stakeholders representing different interest groups.
Strong organizational and project management skills and creativity.
Strong analytical skills to evaluate, review, and critique policy and program proposals.
Ability to collect, evaluate, and summarize research.
Ability to prepare and provide testimony at legislative hearings.
Ability to work collaboratively.
Bachelor’s or higher degree in education or related educational field.
Experience developing, analyzing, and implementing rules, laws, policies and practices impacting K-12 education.
Professional experience related to education, teaching, or teacher preparation.
Sensitivity to political environment and differing concerns of constituencies.
This position requires successful completion of the following: It is the policy of PELSB that all candidates submit a background investigation prior to employment. The background check may consist of the following components: SEMA4 Records Check, Criminal History Check, Employment Reference Check, & Education/License Verification.
Why Work For Us
GREAT BENEFITS PACKAGE! The State of Minnesota offers a comprehensive benefits package including low cost medical and dental insurance, employer paid life insurance, short and long term disability, pre-tax flexible spending accounts, retirement plan, tax-deferred compensation, generous vacation and sick leave, and 11 paid holidays each year.
WE ALSO OFFER A GREAT BENEFITS PACKAGE! The State of Minnesota offers a comprehensive benefits package including low cost medical and dental insurance, employer paid life insurance, short and long term disability, pre-tax flexible spending accounts, retirement plan, tax-deferred compensation, generous vacation and sick leave, and 11 paid holidays each year.
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