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Professional Development Coordinator

Reports to: Programs/Services Administrator

Classification: Management

Job Summary:

Coordinates, assesses and implements the state-approved professional development programs for teachers, administrators and others in the educational community.  Provides leadership and support to AEA and district staff involved with professional development activities.  Advances the Agency mission to help ensure success for all learners.  Manages, supervises and evaluates program staff members.


  1. Master’s degree in an educational related field or training/development.
  2. Iowa instructional or support license.
  3. Three years of related experiences developing or implementing professional development activities.
  4. One year of experience in leadership capacity.

Essential Functions:

  1. Assists in the review and development of the Agency’s Professional Development Plan component of the Comprehensive Improvement Plan and Annual Progress Report.
  2. Implements and assesses the Agency comprehensive professional development plan that provides a full range of learning opportunities for AEA and LEA staff.
  3. Reviews and approves course proposals, hires instructors, monitors activities to insure a quality professional development program in accordance with the Board of Educational Examiners and graduate college requirements.
  4. Serves as the license renewal coordinator for educators in AEA 10.
  5. Facilitates onsite endorsement and graduate degree programs.
  6. Facilitates mandatory trainings for AEA and LEA staff and monitors compliance for AEA staff.
  7. Manages and monitors professional development budget.
  8. Establishes, implements and evaluates professional development activities in response to research-based best practices and changing client needs.
  9. Manages the maintenance of recordkeeping systems to provide efficient, accurate and current data.
  10. Chairs Professional Development, License Renewal Advisory and Agency Learning Committees.
  11. Actively communicates with clients via the Linker, web page, newsletters, and networking.
  12. Manages, supervises and evaluates effectiveness of designated staff.

Additional Responsibilities:

  1. Participates in projects, committees or activities to support the mission of the programs and Agency.
  2. Pursues professional growth opportunities and relationships to keep current with and influence educational directions.
  3. Promotes a learning environment and assists staff in accessing necessary resources for individual professional growth goals.
  4. Develops and maintains effective team functioning through collegial problem solving, coaching and mentoring.
  5. Assists with coordination of varied activities such as All-Agency In-service, satellite and computer-assisted learning and coordination of collaborative learning activities with other AEA groups, school districts, higher education and community.
  6. Performs such other duties as may be assigned.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  1. Ability to communicate effectively and maintain effective working relationships.
  2. Ability to function effectively as a team member and work collaboratively with others.
  3. Ability and willingness to be flexible and respond to the changing needs of clients and the Agency.
  4. Ability to integrate educational theory and research into appropriate practices for local contexts.
  5. Effective presentation and group facilitation skills.
  6. Ability to use data to make educationally sound decisions.
  7. Ability to organize and coordinate multiple tasks.
  8. Knowledge of best practices in professional development.
  9. Knowledge of applicable rules and laws that govern decisions.
  10. Customer-oriented communication skills.
  11. Ability to develop long-range and short-range plans and manage creatively and collaboratively.
  12. Effective in solving problems and budget management.
  13. Progressive and visionary in responding to current laws, trends and issues in education.
  14. Ability to read and interpret documents, write reports and correspondence, and apply appropriate mathematical concepts.
  15. Ability to use and integrate technology appropriately in daily work which includes, but is not limited to, efficient operation of telephone and voice mail systems and application of basic computer skills to effectively use e-mail, internet and word processing.

Physical Requirements:

  1. Ability to travel between schools/sites served.
  2. Normal, routine levels of activity related to bending, carrying, climbing, hearing, lifting, reaching, sitting, standing, vision and walking, and may also involve above-average levels of activity at times that can’t always be anticipated.
  3. EOE/M-F-H-V