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A cover letter is required for consideration for this position and should be attached as the first page of your resume. The cover letter should address your specific interest in the position and outline skills and experience that directly relate to this position.

Job Summary

The Accreditation and Certification Specialist (ACS) is responsible for providing leadership in the implementation of an ongoing process of national accreditation and state certification program reauthorization for the school at the University of Michigan.  The ACS will coordinate all aspects of national accreditation reporting and visits, including writing program reviews, major and minor program reviews, institutional review and coordinating state and national pre-visits and visits. The ACS will also facilitate the organization of data for use in accreditation and certification reauthorization processes.


1.     Design and coordinate assessment systems including: assuring the validity and reliability of data for various purposes; identifying data needed for certification / accreditation; selecting/designing methods of collecting and organizing data from sources internal to the School of Education, University-level sources, and sources external to the university (data related to teaching performance/student performance at post-graduation job sites)

2.     Communicate assessment results within the unit, to appropriate cross-campus entities, and outside agencies (e.g. Newsweek annual report);

3.     Collaborate with staff and other administrators to implement and sustain data-based programmatic improvement plans;

4.     Coordinate technical aspects of assessment with the Teacher Education Department, Educational Studies Department, and Office of Student Affairs, and other departments as needed (e.g., electronic data-gathering, web-based reports, electronic exhibits);

5.     Serve as the main point of communication with state and national accreditation and certification bodies;

6.     Prepare official accreditation and approval documents (e.g., applications, annual reports, institutional reports, rejoinders);

7.     Stay abreast of certification program reauthorization requirements and cycles; facilitate reauthorization and application processes in collaboration with faculty and staff;

8.     Develop long range plans, and monitor the implementation of those plans, to ensure that accreditation and certification requirements are met.

9.     Coordinate participation from faculty in the School of Education; College of Literature, Science, and the Arts; and other cross-campus units as needed;

10.   Assist faculty in understanding and meeting reporting requirements;

11.   Coordinate pre-visits, site visits, and follow-up visits;

12.  Engage in other duties as assigned by Associate Director of Student Affairs and Career Services and/or Associate Dean for Undergraduate and Teacher Education

Required Qualifications*

1.     Master’s degree or higher in education or education-related field

2.     Demonstrated analytical skill with quantitative and qualitative data

3.     Strong interpersonal skills

4.     Exceptional written and oral communications skills, especially the ability to write technical reports

5.     Experience working with various software data management and analysis software

6.     Familiarity with university systems and processes

Desired Qualifications*

1.     Prior experience as an accreditation specialist with NCATE, TEAC, CAEP, and K-12 and/or higher education preferred

2.     Experience working in an institution of higher education, preferably in teacher education

3.     Experience working with the Michigan Department of Education (or other the equivalent in another state) on teacher certification or program authorization

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days. This job may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.