Director - Institute for Educational Leadership

Posted: 06/07/2021

Director - Institute for Educational Leadership

Department of Educational Psychology, Foundations & Leadership Studies

College of Education

The University of Northern Iowa's Department of Educational Psychology, Foundations & Leadership Studies seeks applications for a term Instructor as Director, Institute for Educational Leadership (IEL). This position is grant funded for a period of five years (2021-2026) with a projected start date of Fall 2021. During year one, the new IEL Director will work with the current Director to oversee the completion of the existing Kern Family Foundation Grant, develop new outreach programs and audiences as designated within the approved grant, and prepare to lead the initiative by the start of year two.
The IEL Director coordinates and facilitates grant initiatives involving the delivery of statewide professional development opportunities for school and district leaders. These opportunities involve Leadership Camps, School Board Dialogues, Superintendent Think-Tanks, Mentoring Training, and the development of new sessions expanding to include instructional coaches and educators in both public and private institutions. This position is a nine month appointment with a six credit expectation during the summer, and an additional opportunity for summer teaching - most likely in the superintendent preparation program.
The primary emphasis of this position is to direct the Institute for Educational Leadership (IEL) under the Kern Family Foundation grant. Responsibilities include the facilitation of the Kern Family Foundation grant, coordination of the Iowa Superintendents Finance & Leadership Consortium conferences (ISFLC) by year two of employment, as well as teaching educational leadership courses with a focus on superintendency and supervision of student internships. Educational leadership faculty are expected to conduct conferences, workshops, and seminars; work collaboratively within a program unit; and be professionally involved at the university, local, state, regional, and national level. The Director of the IEL provides on-site professional development opportunities that require in-state travel and overnight responsibilities.
UNI’s College of Education offers a full range of programs in education and education-related fields (bachelor through doctorate) that comprises six departments: Curriculum and Instruction; Educational Psychology, Foundations and Leadership Studies; Health, Recreation and Community Services; Kinesiology; Special Education; and Teaching.
The University of Northern Iowa provides a high-quality education, purposefully guiding students to find and develop their strengths and prepare them for success after college. We have a bold vision that we will be a diverse and inclusive campus community that provides an engaged education empowering students to lead locally and globally. As we advance our work to become an equity-oriented institution and realize our vision, we seek to elevate the diversity of our faculty across disciplines, departments, and colleges and to build an inclusive teaching and learning environment. Equity vision hires will be supported by faculty on campus who are working to reimagine our curriculum and pedagogy and to build equitable practices for tenure and promotion; policy review, development and implementation; and student retention, persistence, and success. They will be welcomed to join these efforts.
Building on its historic excellence in teacher education, the university has developed outstanding programs in business, natural sciences, humanities and fine arts, and social and behavioral sciences with advanced degrees available in many programs. One of three state universities, UNI enjoys national recognition for its high educational standards. U.S. News and World Report the top three among Midwest public universities for over 20 years. The university’s size allows it to offer faculty the facilities and academic choices of a large university, while retaining a friendly, small-college atmosphere on a compact, park-like campus. For more information, visit
The successful candidate must have a doctoral degree in educational leadership or related field.
Required qualifications include demonstrated evidence of providing effective professional development for teachers and administrators; demonstrated evidence in managing multiple responsibilities and oversight of major projects; and successful superintendency and/or central office administrative experience in PK-12 schools.
Preference will be given to candidates with experience in design, development and delivery of professional development materials; implementation of effective professional development strategies to support high levels of learning; knowledge of the new Iowa Standards for School Leaders for school and district-level leadership; and experience and comfort with multiple styles of distance education instruction.
Applications received by June 28, 2021 will receive full consideration. To apply, visit Inquiries may be sent to search chair Tim Gilson,, or 319-273-2636. Pre-employment background checks required.  Preferred start date is August 23, 2021.  However, a later start date is negotiable.
UNI actively seeks to enhance diversity and is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. The University encourages applications from persons of color, women, individuals living with disabilities, and veterans. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, creed, disability, ethnicity, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, national origin, political affiliation, pregnancy, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, veteran or military status, or any other basis protected by federal and/or state law.
The University is a tobacco-free campus.

Type of Employment: Full-Time

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