Executive Director, Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board

Minnesota Department of Administration
Saint Paul, Minnesota
Mar 06, 2018
Apr 05, 2018
Employment Status
Full Time

Job Class: Executive Director, Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board Working Title: Executive Director

Who May Apply: Open to all qualified job seekers.

Date Posted: 2/27/2018

Closing Data: Open until filled. Priority consideration will be given to applications submitted by 03/30/2018.

Hiring Agency/Seniority Unit: Professional Educators Licensing and Standards Board/220-Managerial

Division/Unit: Professional Educators Licensing and Standards Board

Work Shift/Work Hours: Day Shift

Days of Work: Monday-Friday.

Travel Required: No

Salary Range: $38.25-$54.87/per hour; $79,866-$114,569/annually

Classified Status: Unclassified

Bargaining Unit/Union: 220/Managerial

Why Work for Us

The 2017 Omnibus Education bill created a new state agency, the Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board (PELSB) to oversee and implement teacher licensing for the state of Minnesota. The new agency will (1) develop the teacher's code of ethics; (2) adopt rules for public school teacher licenses and teacher preparation programs; (3) approve teacher preparation programs; (4) issue teacher license applications; (5) suspend or revoke licenses based on qualifying grounds; and (6) verify district and charter school licensure compliance.

The new Board is seeking a visionary leader passionate for the future of K-12 education who has a record of actions reflecting concern for the success and well-being of students. The Executive Director will face opportunities to successfully lead the new entity through a transition and to make a positive impact on shaping Minnesota's teacher license system.

Job Summary:

The Executive Director will serve as the chief administrative officer of the Board and will be responsible for performing the executive duties of the board as outlined in Minnesota Statute 122A.07. The Executive Director will manage the planning and policymaking functions; the administrative functions including compliance; the legislative functions; provide leadership in teacher preparation and licensing; and develop and sustain an effective public relations policy. The incumbent will represent PELSB to a wide variety of clientele and will assure that the Board effectively fulfills its statutory responsibilities.

As the new Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board becomes operational on January 1, 2018, new opportunities will be presented to revisit and redesign policies and practices to make the work of teacher ethics run smoothly and consistently. The 2017 legislature session ended with passage of new laws that will dramatically change Minnesota's teacher license system, for which PELSB will oversee. The new law means Minnesota is adopting a tiered licensing system.



  • Five years of progressively responsible experience in K-12 education including a minimum of three years of a supervisory or managerial level experience in responsibility for federal or local education systems. A Master's degree in related field may substitute for two years of experience. A Bachelor's degree in related field may substitute for one year of experience.

*Related field include but not limited to: Education, Education Policy and Administration, Educational Program Evaluation, Organizational Development, Political Science, Public Administration, Public Affairs, and Public Policy.

Experience must include technical knowledge and application of the following comprehensive functional areas:

  • Analyzing and/or developing educational policy
  • Designing, developing, implementing, managing, and evaluating education programs
  • Working with state/federal officials and legislature
  • Establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with diverse education stakeholders
  • Evaluation including data analysis, monitoring and reporting
  • Preparing and managing budgets

In addition, to the above, successful candidates will demonstrate most, if not all of these qualifications:

  • Strong leadership skills to guide Board's vision and actions in governing all teacher preparation and licensure in Minnesota.
  • Demonstrated management skills and experience to successfully plan, organize, evaluate and control activity in order to reach goals and to manage, direct, and guide staff of a multi-disciplinary organization.
  • Advanced knowledge of federal and state laws related to teacher licensing, Minnesota educational policies and expectations, and the legislative process to expand statutory or other changed affecting K-12 education.
  • Advanced human relations and communication (both oral and written) skills to successfully work with and influence individuals and groups with varied interests and backgrounds.
  • Strong public relations skills to foster, develop and maintain relationships with diverse stakeholders.
  • Strong problem-solving and decision-making skills to evaluate current policies, processes, and to recommend and implement appropriate solutions.
  • Proven ability to manage conflicts and build consensus across programs and agencies.
  • Ability to design and implement new methods and changes.
  • Skills in using Microsoft Office products such as Word, PowerPoint, and Excel.


  • Advanced degree in related field.
  • Teaching experience.
  • Understanding of procedural and political legislative processes sufficient to direct preparation of policy and budget proposals, to implement new and existing legislative requirements effectively, to testify to legislative committees, and to respond to requests from legislators.
  • Sensitivity to political environment and differing concerns of constituencies.

Additional Requirements:

It is the policy of PELSB that all candidates submit a background investigation prior to employment. The background check may consist of the following components:

SEMA4 Records Check

Criminal History Check

Employment Reference Check

Education/License Verification

WE ALSO OFFER A GREAT BENEFITS PACKAGE! The State of Minnesota offers a comprehensive benefits package including low cost medical and dental insurance, employer paid life insurance, short and long term disability, pre-tax flexible spending accounts, retirement plan, tax-deferred compensation, generous vacation and sick leave, and 11 paid holidays each year.

How to Apply:

Click “Apply at the bottom of this page. If you are unable to apply online, please contact the job information line at 651.259.3637.

For additional information about the application process, go to http://www.mn.gov/careers.


If you have questions about the position, contact Nella Austin at nella.austin@state.mn.us or 651.201.8005.


The State of Minnesota is an equal opportunity, affirmative action, and veteran-friendly employer. We are committed to providing culturally responsive services to all Minnesotans. The State of Minnesota recognizes that a diverse workforce is essential and strongly encourages qualified women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans to apply.

We will make reasonable accommodations to all qualified applicants with disabilities. If you are an individual with a disability who needs assistance or cannot access the online job application system, please contact the job information line at 651.259.3637 or email careers@state.mn.us. Please indicate what assistance you need.




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