Assistant Director, Professional Education Services


TITLE Assistant Director, Professional Education Services




IMMEDIATE SUPERVISOR Director, Professional Education Services


The Assistant Director, Professional Education Services provides professional academic advisement and support to prospective and current students with majors in the College of Education (COE). This position assists the Director, Professional Education Services, in program planning and administration of the Professional Education Services office. This role works closely with the Professional Education Services staff to achieve student success goals throughout advisement, field placement, and teacher certification, as well as assists in planning and coordinating recruitment events, utilizes technology and electronic resources, and connects with representatives from Elementary Education Outreach campuses, community colleges, and other stakeholders to streamline student success.


Education: A bachelor’s degree is required. A master’s degree is preferred. An equivalent combination of years of experience and education may be considered for substitution of educational requirements.

Experience: At least three years of full-time professional academic advising, or in a closely related area is required, where knowledge of federal, state, and higher education policies and procedure have been gained. Documented experience working with the majors/programs/pathways in the College of Education and Professional Education Services is preferred. Experience working with at-risk and vulnerable student populations is preferred.

Skills: Strong verbal and written communication skills, problem-solving skills, time management skills and organizational skills are required. A working knowledge of various computer applications and adaptability to learn new technologies is required. The ability to learn and follow complex procedures and detailed policies while working with minimal supervision is required. Effective decision-making skills are required.  The ability to work effectively and collegially with faculty and staff across all areas of campus is required. The ability to develop knowledge of, respect for, and skills to engage with those of other cultures or backgrounds is required.  The ability to develop knowledge of, respect for, and skills to engage with those of other cultures and backgrounds is required. Extensive knowledge of the University, its academic programs, requirements, and regulations is preferred.


1. Provide the essential student service of academic advisement by being knowledgeable of academic policies and procedures unique to Missouri State University that facilitate the advisement process.

2. Ensures the success of the Professional Education Services by assisting the Director in administration as needed.

3. Coordinates new employee selection, orientation, training, and mentorship.

4. Represents the College of Education on various committees and work groups.

5. Serves as the PES liaison with Elementary Education Outreach communication.

6. Coordinates work with recruitment and marketing events.

7. Coordinates participation in the Student Orientation, Advisement and Registration program (SOAR).

8. Updates website, electronic forms, and other documentation to assure current and accurate information distribution. Remains competent and current in computer literacy and adaptability to new software, programs, etc.

9. Ensures continuity in the management and operation of the Professional Education Services by assuming the duties and responsibilities of the Director in his or her absence, when requested.

10.Effectively collaborates with the academic units within COE and across the University to help determine the best student success, practices and procedures.

11. Contributes to a work environment that encourages knowledge of, respect for, and development of skills to engage with those of other cultures or backgrounds.

12. Remains competent and current through self-directed professional reading, developing professional contacts with colleagues, attending professional development conferences, and attending training and/or courses required by the supervisor.

13. Contributes to the overall success of the COE Professional Education Services by performing all other duties and responsibilities as assigned.


The Assistant Director, Professional Education Services supervises academic advisors, field placement and compliance specialists, and student workers, particularly in the absence of the Director.


JUNE 2023