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  FCAE District 1 Program Advisor Vacancy  
  Dean Dittmar  11/19/2019 8:00:00 PM  
     
 

The Facilitating Coordination in Agricultural Education(FCAE) Project will be hiring a District 1 Program Advisor with a start date of July 1, 2020.   This program advisor position is very important to maintaining, improving, and expanding agricultural education programs within the northwestern counties of Illinois.  This position is a great leadership opportunity to be engaged with the Illinois Agricultural Education State Staff.   Congratulations to Jay Solomonson, current program advisor, with his new position as the Assistant Professor of Agricultural Education at Illinois State University beginning in August of 2020.

Position - District 1 Program Advisor

Description    
QUALIFICATIONS:
1. Minimum of a Bachelor's Degree in Agriculture or Agriculture Education. 
Master’s in Agriculture Education, Education Leadership, or related is preferred. 
2. Minimum of three (3) years of successful secondary teaching experience in Agricultural Education is preferred.
3. Membership and participation in related state and/or national professional organizations.
4. Knowledge of Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) initiatives and guidelines as they pertain to agricultural education.
5. Familiarity with the components and content of The Plan for Illinois Agricultural Education.
6. Possesses good human relations skills with the ability to communicate clearly through written and oral methods.
7. Capable of working independently and as part of a team.
8. Illinois teaching license in Agriculture

JOB GOALS: To be knowledgeable of the Facilitating Coordination in Agricultural Education (FCAE) procedures and policies. To assist in ensuring a helpful, efficient, and people-oriented interaction with our clientele, enabling the project to provide a positive impact.

PERFORMANCE RESPONSIBILITIES:
PROGRAM AND FIELD SUPPORT
1. Provides on-site technical assistance and on-going remote assistance to middle school and secondary agriculture teachers, career counselors, administrators, and other educational personnel. 
2. Provides on-site technical assistance and on-going remote assistance to post-secondary agriculture instructors, administrators, and other educational personnel. 
3. Provides on-site technical assistance and on-going remote assistance to Agriculture Literacy County Coordinators, county coalition administrators, and other related personnel. 
4. Reviews, field-tests, and disseminates curriculum and instructional resources to teachers at all levels.
5. Works with administrators, school counselors, and other educational personnel to promote agricultural education.
6. Networks and presents updates regarding agriculture education at section and district agriculture education meetings and events.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND PRESENTATIONS
1. Facilitates, plans and/or conducts professional development for teachers.
2. Facilitates, plans and/or conducts presentations for students.
3. Participates in related agricultural and/or educational events to promote and inform others about agricultural education.
4. Participates in professional growth opportunities, attends regional, state, and/or national professional conferences, reads professional publications, and/or enrolls in advanced courses.

LEADERSHIP AND MANAGEMENT
1. Is self-motivated and actively participates in FCAE meetings and activities. 
2. Prepares or supervises the preparation of reports, records, lists, and all other paperwork required, within the given timelines.
3. Is able to work independently, plans and organizes time and work flow effectively in order to maximize productivity and complete assigned projects on time and with a high degree of effectiveness. 
4. Uses funds efficiently and appropriately.
5. Develops and works toward individual and team goals related to the objectives of the FCAE project. 

DEVELOPING AND MAINTAINING RELATIONSHIPS
1. Works closely with and maintains relationships with agricultural and educational organizations.
2. Works in harmony as a member of the FCAE team and with agricultural and educational professionals.

OTHER
1. Performs other duties as assigned by the FCAE coordinator.
2. Access to a reliable vehicle
3. Willing to work some evenings and weekends.

SALARY 
Salary will be commensurate with experience and education.

BENEFITS
-TRS beyond salary and single health and dental insurance are paid.
-Mileage is reimbursed at the current state rate($.58) per mile.
-Paid membership in professional organizations(IAVAT, IACCAI, IACTE, ACTE, NAAE, NASAE)
-Cell phone reimbursement
-Sick leave - 1 per month or 12 total
-Non-work(vacation) - 22 days
-Personal leave - 3 days 

STARTING DATE
Negotiable with a target date of July 1, 2020.

OFFICE LOCATION
Negotiable though preferable within fifteen minutes of applicant's home.

REPORTS TO:  FCAE Coordinator

Click to view current program advisor monthly summaries.   Phone calls and email messages with questions are welcome.  Contact information.
District 1 - Jay Solomonson
District 2 - Luke Allen
District 3 - Jennifer Waters
District 4 - Megan Coy
District 5 - Casey Bolin
Coordinator - Dean Dittmar

To Apply:  By Monday, December 9, 2019, email these items in this order in one pdf file to:

Dean Dittmar, FCAE Coordinator  -  ddittmar@ILAgEd.org

-Cover letter with signature
-Resume
-Three professional references with contact information on one page who are familiar with the candidate's qualifications and experience.   Reference letters should not be included.
-Copy of grade transcript(s) after high school.  Official transcripts are not required.
 
Interviews are anticipated on December 18 or 19, 2019.

The Champaign and Ford Regional Office of Education is the employing fiscal agent for the FCAE Project that is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer and welcomes individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and ideas who embrace and value diversity and inclusivity.
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Dean Dittmar
Facilitating Coordination in Ag Education (FCAE)
Phone: 217-893-0091 Cell: 618-604-1622
Email: ddittmar@ILAgEd.org
Address: 3358 Big Pine Trail , Champaign, IL 61822
 
     
 
 
     
     
 
 
     
     
 
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