Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services

ARC Program Director

Recruitment #221121-4799MP-001

Introduction

The State of CTOffice of Higher Education (OHE), seeks to advance the promise of postsecondary education for all state residents, and to advocate on behalf of students, taxpayers, and the postsecondary schools and colleges which fall under its purview. The Office carries out its mission by assuring students have access to postsecondary institutions which meet the highest standards of academic quality, by administering the state’s student financial aid programs, and by serving as an information and consumer protection resource.  

We have a job opportunity for a person who is a self-starter looking for an exciting opportunity to develop and direct an educational program in the area of teacher certification. As the State Program Manager, in the role of ARC Program Director, you will provide the implementation of the Connecticut Alternate Route to Certification (ARC) program, inclusive of Methods and CORE programming.   ARC provides a truncated licensure pathway to teacher certification for mid-career candidates. You will assure that ARC meets all standards required by the Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation and the Connecticut Department of Education, inclusive of the development of student and program assessment and data collection systems.  The individual in this role will:

  • Develop, share and implement innovative practices consistent with Connecticut education reforms and best practices;
  • Share the latest research and developments in teacher preparation, certification and curriculum development with faculty; 
  • Develop partnerships with professional organizations, including the Connecticut Association of Public School Superintendents (CAPSS) and the Connecticut Association of Schools (CAS) for placement in DSAP and Long Term Sub positions; 
  • Provide leadership to continue the educational excellence of the ARC program.  
Nationwide, there is a shortage of teachers. Governor Lamont's administration has placed a priority to recruit, deploy and retain a diverse educator workforce, especially minority educators who strive to work in Connecticut's urban districts.

NOTE:  In addition to student financial aid administration, some of the key responsibilities of OHE include the licensure and accreditation of Connecticut’s independent colleges and universities (programmatic and institutional; non-profit and for-profit), licensure of in-state academic programs offered by out-of-state institutions, regulation of more than 150 postsecondary career schools and operation of the Alternate Route to Certification.  The Office also serves as the portal agency in the administration of CT-SARA.  Major federal responsibilities include AmeriCorps and Veterans Program Approval. 

The State of Connecticut offers a competitive starting salary, excellent state benefits package including health/dental insurance, generous paid time off, retirement plan options, alternate work schedules, and a culture that encourages work-life balance.

Selection Plan

In order to comply with Public Act 21-69, the State of Connecticut is no longer asking for resumes during the initial application process.  Please ensure that your application is complete prior to submitting.  

Note:  At any point during the recruitment process, applicants may be required to submit additional documentation which support their qualification(s) for this position.  These documents may include:  a cover letter, a resume, performance reviews, attendance records, supervisory references, college transcripts, licensure, etc., at the discretion of the hiring agency.  Applicants must meet the minimum qualifications as indicated to apply for this position.  State employees currently holding the above title or those who have previously attained permanent status in this class may apply for a lateral transfer.

This posting may require completion of additional referral questions (RQ’s) which will be sent to you via email after the closing date. Please regularly check your email for notifications, including your SPAM/JUNK folders. You must reply by the deadline indicated on the notification or you will be automatically disqualified from consideration.

Interviews will be limited to candidates whose experience and training most closely meet the requirements and preferred qualifications of the position. Questions about these required documents or any other phase of this recruitment should be directed to the hiring agency's human resources office: Anthony Lewis, anthony.lewis@ct.gov.

All application materials must be received by the recruiting agency by the time specified on the job opening for the position for which you are applying. Late applications may not be submitted and will not be considered. Exceptions are rare and limited to documented events that incapacitate a candidate during the entire duration of the job posting time period.  It is the candidate’s obligation and responsibility to request an exception and provide a legally recognized justification to accommodate such exception.  Requests should be made to das.shrm@ct.gov.

PURPOSE OF JOB CLASS (NATURE OF WORK)

In a state agency this class is accountable for planning, organizing and directing an agency program and/or project or directing the development and administration of programs within a division.  

SUPERVISION RECEIVED

Receives administrative direction from an administrative official of higher grade.  

SUPERVISION EXERCISED

Directs staff as assigned.

EXAMPLES OF DUTIES

  • Directs staff and/or operations of an agency program and/or project or division; 
  • Coordinates, plans and manages program and/or project activities;
  • Formulates goals and objectives; 
  • Develops or assists in development of related policy;
  • Interprets and administers pertinent laws; 
  • Provides input or evaluates staff; 
  • Prepares or assists in preparation of budget; 
  • Maintains contact with individuals within and outside of agency who might impact on program and/or project activities;
  • Serves on committees and/or and task forces as required; 
  • Speaks before professional and lay groups on subjects related to agency mission; 
  • Leads the recruitment and hiring of staff, including outreach, interview and selection;
  • Performs related duties as required.  

KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY

  • Considerable knowledge of
    • and ability to apply management principles and practices;
    • relevant state and federal laws, statutes and regulations;
    • project management; 
    • principles and practices of business and public administration with emphasis on effective organization, administration and management 
  • Considerable
    • interpersonal skills; 
    • oral and written communication skills;
  • Considerable ability to analyze organizational problems and determine effective solutions.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - GENERAL EXPERIENCE

Nine (9) years of professional experience.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - SPECIAL EXPERIENCE

One (1) year of the General Experience must been in a consultative capacity with programmatic and administrative or project management responsibilities in the specific area of assignment. 

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - SUBSTITUTIONS ALLOWED

  • College training may be substituted for the General Experience on the basis of fifteen (15) semester hours equalling one-half (1/2) year of experience to a maximum of four (4) years for a Bachelor's degree.
  • A Master's degree in business administration, public administration or a closely related field may be substituted for one (1) additional year of the General Experience.
  • Department of Labor: Two (2) years of experience as an Apprenticeship and Training Program Manager may be substituted for the General and Special Experience.    

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

A 092 certificate (Intermediate Administrator), or 093 certificate (Superintendent), or Sixth Year Diploma in Educational Leadership, or an Ed.D. (Doctorate in Educational Leadership) is preferred.

Conclusion

AN AFFIRMATIVE ACTION/EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

The State of Connecticut is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and strongly encourages the applications of women, minorities, and persons with disabilities.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT

As defined by Sec. 5-196 of the Connecticut General Statutes, a job class is a position or group of positions that share general characteristics and are categorized under a single title for administrative purposes.  As such, a job class is not meant to be all-inclusive of every task and/or responsibility.


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The State of Connecticut is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and strongly encourages the application of women, minorities and persons with disabilities.