1812 Professional Developer


TITLE Professional Developer




IMMEDIATE SUPERVISOR Director, Agency for Teaching, Leading and Learning

MAJOR ADMINISTRATOR Department Head, Counseling, Leadership and Special Education


The Professional Developer for the Agency for Teaching, Leading and Learning provides a comprehensive, sustained, and intensive approach to improving teachers’ and principals’ effectiveness in raising student achievement. The Professional Developer aligns courses, workshops, consultation, modeling, etc. with state student academic achievement standards as well as related local educational agency and school improvement goals. The Professional Developer works with school principals and/or school-based teacher leaders to support the evaluation of student and teacher learning needs based on a review of data on teacher and student performance, the development of educator learning goals, the implementation of learning strategies that improve instructional effectiveness and student achievement, the provision of job-embedded coaching to support the transfer of new knowledge and skills to the classroom, and regular assessment of identified learning goals, improved teaching, and the ability of all students in meeting state academic achievement standards. The Professional Developer completes reporting and implementation requirements and participates in all Agency for Teaching, Leading and Learning staff meetings. The Professional Developer works collaboratively with the Agency for Teaching, Leading and Learning and Missouri State University faculty and staff in efforts relating to improving student achievement and teacher effectiveness.


Education: A Master's degree in the field of Education from an accredited four-year college or University is required.

Experience: At least five years of successful teaching or public school administrative experience is required by the time the incumbent starts in the position.

Skills: The ability to develop training materials and gather and report research data and program evaluation projects is required. Knowledge and understanding of current research-based instructional and assessment practices and methodologies is required. Presentation experience with adult audiences both small and large is required. The ability to express complex ideas clearly and concisely in writing, as well as the ability to speak effectively to large and small groups is required, including the ability to utilize training methods that will actively engage adult learners. Knowledge and skills in common formative assessment, effective instructional practices, data-driven decision making, and collaborative teaming applicable in all core academic areas is required. The ability to develop knowledge of, respect for, and skills to engage with those of other cultures or backgrounds is required. Expertise in teacher/administrator evaluation is preferred.

Other: The nature of this position frequently requires attendance at evening and/or weekend activities, including national, state, and local conferences and meetings. Travel is necessary. This position transports a laptop and a projector and quantities of informational brochures unassisted to professional development sessions located both on- and off-campus.


1. Supports the Agency for Teaching, Leading and Learning initiatives by planning and executing training for participating schools as assigned, planning and executing local training for schools, and developing materials for training, information, and evaluation purposes.

2. Provides direct services to school leadership teams and staff by making on-site visits and telephone calls on a regular basis.

3. Helps to expand Agency for Teaching, Leading and Learning initiatives by recruiting new schools and promoting the expansion of initiatives by conducting workshops.

4. Documents all activities, prepares program reports, and attends meetings at the Agency for Teaching, Leading and Learning.

5. Conducts evaluations of participating schools by collecting and analyzing performance data.

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

7. Remains competent and current through self-directed professional reading, developing professional contacts with colleagues, attending professional development courses, and attending training and/or courses as approved by the Director, Agency for Teaching, Leading and Learning and leadership team.

8. Supports the overall success of the Agency for Teaching, Leading and Learning and the College of Education by performing all other duties as assigned.


The Professional Developer is supervised by the Director, Agency for Teaching, Leading and Learning and generally exercises no supervision of others.