STEP Clinical Associate in English Language Arts

Stanford University

United States

August 20, 2021


Who We Are:

The Stanford Teacher Education Program (STEP) aims to cultivate teacher leaders who are committed to educational, racial, and social justice; expert in the subject matter they teach; aware of the strengths and needs of a diverse student population; and dedicated to equity and excellence for all students. STEP graduates are leaders within and beyond the classroom, working to strengthen the profession and the field. The program takes a practice-based approach to teaching and learning that is grounded in scholarship. STEP has a national reputation for excellence in teacher education.

Stanford University's Graduate School of Education (GSE) is highly ranked school known for its prestigious faculty, rigorous graduate degree programs, and impact on the quality of education across the world. The GSE is committed to developing leaders in education research, practice and policy. The work environment is dynamic, deadline-driven, fast-paced, and energetic.


Clinical Associates in the Stanford Teacher Education Program (STEP) fulfill a unique, important role in service of the program's mission; their contributions are essential to the program's success. As hybrid educators working at the university and in schools, Clinical Associates facilitate the joint work of preparing and developing teachers and educational leaders. They draw on the knowledge base regarding the professional preparation of teachers, understand and contribute to research on teaching and learning, are well grounded in their disciplinary fields, and have experience teaching in P-12 settings and at the university level. Clinical Associates understand the daily practice of teaching in schools, the contexts of schools and communities, the policies and politics of schooling, and classroom decision-making. They are successful educators whose expertise and competence are valued by university and school faculty and administration. Clinical Associates thrive in the cultures of both settings.

What You'll Do:

STEP is seeking a Clinical Associate with the capacity to fulfill the range of roles described herein and who possesses particular experience and expertise in the English Language Arts. This Clinical Associate will support STEP's efforts to cultivate an outstanding program for preparing effective English teachers for diverse, public middle and high school classrooms. Clinical Associates report directly to the STEP Assistant Directors.

Core responsibilities

  • Teaching: Instructing course(s) in STEP; offering professional development opportunities for the STEP community (supervisors, cooperating teachers, staff colleagues, partner schools, alumni, etc.).
  • Clinical work: providing guidance, support, and mentorship to other university supervisors; mentoring and supporting cooperating teachers and STEP graduates in partner schools; maintaining and fostering positive relationships with STEP partner schools and districts; representing the university to schools, and schools to the university.
  • Student support: supervising teacher candidates in their clinical placements; mentoring teacher candidates via STEP's advisory program; offering support to student affinity groups; and general student support.
  • Program support: working collaboratively with colleagues on a range of supportive projects to support the development and smooth operation of the program (eg admissions and recruiting, special events, alumni engagement, and more); remaining current in professional scholarship tied to educational practice and educational and racial justice.
  • Qualifications – education and experience:


    Bachelor's degree and 3 years of relevant experience or combination of education, training and relevant experience.

    Preferred Qualifications:

    Clinical Associates are expected to hold an advanced degree and an appropriate combination of education and experience. They are expected to possess exceptional skills as professional educators and leaders with a commitment to the mission and vision of STEP.

    Minimum Knowledge, skills and abilities:

  • Ability to develop program partnerships and funding sources.
  • Excellent oral, written, and analytical skills, exhibiting fluency in area of specialization.
  • Ability to oversee and direct staff.
  • Basic knowledge of managing budgets and developing financial plans.
  • Preferred Knowledge, skills and abilities:

  • Strong experience and expertise as a classroom teacher and contributor to schools and communities, particularly those traditionally underserved by our public school system.
  • Knowledge of, commitment to, and successful experience working to develop more equitable and just educational opportunities and outcomes for all learners;
  • Depth of knowledge and experience in building effective and inclusive practices for all learners;
  • Ability to work constructively and communicate effectively with experienced and novice teachers;
  • Collaborative working skills;
  • Demonstrated experience leading team projects;
  • Ability to interact effectively and tactfully with members of the academic community;
  • Demonstrated experience working in an environment with colleagues of diverse backgrounds and customs;
  • Demonstrated expertise with instructional design methodologies, pedagogical issues, and best practices for classroom, online, and hybrid learning;
  • Excellent time management and project management skills, with demonstrated ability to manage a complex workload, prioritize tasks, and use good judgment in providing services based on goals;
  • Ability to work with and honor diversity in all its forms;
  • Excellent oral, written, and analytical skills.
  • Why Stanford is for You:

    Imagine a world without search engines or social platforms. Consider lives saved through first-ever organ transplants and research to cure illnesses. Stanford University has revolutionized the way we live and enrich the world. Supporting this mission is our diverse and dedicated 17,000 staff. We seek talent driven to impact the future of our legacy. Our culture and unique perks empower you with:

  • Freedom to grow. We offer career development programs, tuition reimbursement, or audit a course. Join a TedTalk, film screening, or listen to a renowned author or global leader speak.
  • A caring culture. We provide superb retirement plans, generous time- off, and family care resources.
  • A healthier you. Climb our rock wall, or choose from hundreds of health or fitness classes at our world-class exercise facilities. We also provide excellent health care benefits.
  • Discovery and fun. Stroll through historic sculptures, trails, and museums.
  • Enviable resources. Enjoy free commuter programs, ridesharing incentives, discounts and more!
  • This is a fixed-term position through Aug. 31, 2022 (extension possible depending on performance and funding).

    Finalist must successfully complete a background check prior to working at Stanford University.

    Applicants to this position must be available to work in the United States without sponsorship for 2 years or more. OPT permit holders should confirm that they are eligible to work in the US at the Stanford GSE for two years or more. There's no visa sponsorship for this position.

    The job duties listed are typical examples of work performed by positions in this job classification and are not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, tasks, and responsibilities. Specific duties and responsibilities may vary depending on department or program needs without changing the general nature and scope of the job or level of responsibility. Employees may also perform other duties as assigned.

    Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of his or her job.

    Stanford is an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

    Additional Information

  • Schedule: Full-time
  • Job Code: 4112
  • Employee Status: Fixed-Term
  • Grade: J
  • Requisition ID: 90478
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