Director, Alabama Math, Science and Technology Initiative (AMSTI)
Job posting number: #7066529
Posted: May 27, 2020
Application Deadline: Open Until Filled
The AMSTI Director is a professional staff member of the College of Education. The primary responsibility is the daily operation of the AMSTI-Athens site, including overseeing operations of the master site, purchasing supplies, scheduling summer institutes, and supervision of AMSTI-Athens staff. This is a 12-month position.
• Communicate and collaborate with AMSTI-ALSDE to implement all AMSTI projects, recognizing that the ALSDE is the final authority regarding policies and operations of AMSTI sites
• Oversee and coordinate the effective operation of the AMSTI site, which includes supervising staff and the materials/refurbishment center, budgeting for site activities, and monitoring the AMSTI Inventory Management System (AIMS.) In some locations, this includes supervision of ASIM staff
• Plan and supervise a Foundational Training that includes instructional and resource components as defined and identified by AMSTI-ALSDE; prior approval to miss setup of and execution of Foundational Training must be granted by AMSTI-ALSDE
• Coordinate with ASIM, Regional In-Service Centers, IHEs, science centers/museums, AMSTI affiliates, and other related entities in implementing AMSTI
• Oversee the recruitment and selection process for schools and teachers that are recommended to the ALSDE to become AMSTI trained
• Lead site efforts to retain AMSTI schools and AMSTI teachers
• Coordinate ongoing mentoring and content-deepening opportunities for current and potential specialists and trainers
• Arrange and supervise publicity and media releases showcasing regional AMSTI events, to include social media
• Oversee PLUs and other professional learning in AMSTI schools
• Maintain records of the following:
*Schools, administrators, and teachers participating in various project components (Foundational Training, OGAP, in-service training, new hire training, etc.)
*Daily itineraries of staff
*Evaluations of specialists with the purpose of fostering professional growth
*Evaluations of Foundational Training and other staff development activities to assess the effectiveness of the initiative
*Activities with businesses and higher education
*Financial operations and documentation as required by the ALSDE and the institution associated with the site
*Other documentation required by the ALSDE, local institution, and/or the funding source (e.g., SharePoint and site reports)
• Provide guidance and support to LEAs and schools as defined in the three-year PLSP
• Complete and submit the required paperwork in a timely manner
• Coordinate with other AMSTI sites and provide assistance, as needed
• Pursue grants and other forms of funding to support the mission of AMSTI (must be approved in advance by the ALSDE)
• Participate in professional learning activities and staff meetings as required by the ALSDE (prior approval for absence is required)
• Foster positive public relations with local school systems, businesses, communities, and higher education
• Perform other duties assigned by AMSTI-ALSDE
• Master’s Degree or equivalent in Elementary Education and/or Secondary Education required from an accredited institution of higher education
• At least three years training and experience with AMSTI
• Broad and extensive educational work experience to include a minimum of five to ten years teaching in Alabama Public Schools
• Knowledge of PC systems and a variety of software
• Skill to effectively write and deliver oral presentations and respond to questions from a wide variety of on and off campus groups and individuals
• Ability to bring creative and innovative solutions to problems and demonstrate a commitment to teamwork and service
• Valid Alabama Teachers Certification required
• Valid and current driver’s license required
• FBI/ABI fingerprinting background clear status required
• Leadership experience and significant experience in teaching and those who show evidence of professional involvement and scholarship, especially in the areas of Science and Mathematics, preferred
Salary range: $69,370 – $101,516
Salary will be based on education and teaching experience according to the Athens State University-AMSTI salary schedule for Directors. Directors who are National Board Certified will be entitled to the additional amount paid by the state for such certification, as long as the certification remains in effect. Future employment is contingent upon AMSTI funding.
Located in historic Athens, Alabama, Athens State University offers junior and senior-level coursework to community college graduates and transfer students holding sufficient credits from other institutions. Presently, over 3,100 students have selected Athens State because of its neighborly environment where 50 majors and degree programs are offered, with courses taught by a supportive and exceptional faculty. Approximately 80% of the students are enrolled in at least one online course. The typical student is a working adult who commutes. Recently, the University was featured in the 2015 Best Value Online College Rankings by OnlineU.org for four online programs including computer science, accounting, education and human resources. The University offers undergraduate degree programs in Liberal Arts, Teacher Preparation, and Business. The University employs more than 350 full and part-time employees with approximately 90 full-time faculty members in three colleges: College of Arts and Sciences, College of Business, and College of Education. Seventy-five percent of the full-time faculty members hold a terminal degree. The University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.
Athens, Alabama is located in north Alabama equidistant between Nashville, TN and Birmingham, AL. Athens is home to several events and festivals that have been featured as the Southeast Tourism Society’s “Top 20 Events in the Southeast” including the Athens Storytelling Festival and the Tennessee Valley Old Time Fiddlers Convention.
Non-Discrimination Policy Statement Athens State University, as an equal opportunity/affirmative action institution, complies with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action. Athens State University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, marital status, gender, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, sexual orientation, disability, religion, genetic information, or veteran status in employment, or admissions to or participation in educational programs and activities. Inquiries or concerns may be addressed to the Office of the Vice President of Enrollment and Student Support Services, 300 N. Beaty St., Athens, AL 35611, 256- 233-8175.
Background Check Statement
In accordance with Athens State University Policy and guidelines, the applicant chosen for employment will be required to sign a consent form for a criminal background check. Employment will be contingent upon the receipt of a clearance notification from that criminal background check.