School to Work Specialist - 1.0 FTE - Sc...
Seattle Public Schools - Seattle, WA

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1. Provides in service training; designs and presents workshops appropriate to identified needs; facilitates presentations at staff meetings, board meetings, and parent and community meetings; provides appropriate in-classroom demonstration lessons modeling instructional strategies and providing feedback to teachers.

2. Assists in the development, writing and implementation of curriculum frameworks, and vocational competencies and standards.

3. Serves as a resource for research in curriculum and instruction and best instructional practices emphasizing the use of technology.

4. Integrates and relates appropriate multicultural strategies throughout the instructional process.

5. Coordinates TechPrep functions and articulation agreements with community college system.


6. Supports required Professional/Technical advisory committee activities and promotes/facilitates School-to-Work opportunities and experiences for students.

7. Provides leadership in a designated specialty area with ability to integrate instructional strategies and the use of technology across content areas.

8. Provides K-12 leadership and articulation (local, state and/or national) in content areas, categorical programs and instructional best practices.


9. Identifies and/or locates, secures and disseminates resources (human and material) within the District and in the community to assist teachers and students; participates in preparation of reports, as assigned.

10. Provides in-depth consultation in curriculum development.

11. Provides grant-writing support to schools.


12. Provides on-going communication with constituents at every level (team, liaison teachers, school staffs and District administrators, and community organizations and supporters).

13. Models a positive attitude and a commitment to District and Curriculum and Instruction goals and vision.

14. Participates in recruitment of new teachers and advises new recruits on certification and hiring processes.


15. Performs related duties consistent with the scope and intent of the position.


Reports to the School-to-Work Program Manager; collaborates with Team Coordinators and other Curriculum and Instruction Directors; receives input from and is evaluated, in part, by Principals.


Requires concentration; required to shift tasks and priorities; experiences frequent interruptions; requires adaptability and flexibility when dealing with different adult and student learning and behavioral styles and abilities; requires flexibility and adaptability; requires effective decision-making and problem-solving; requires ability to work both independently and as a member of a closely-knit team; may occasionally deal with distraught or difficult individuals; potentially exposed to ordinary infectious diseases carried by students; required to travel between sites; required to transport, and to employ in training and instruction, materials and equipment weighing up to 30 pounds; may be exposed to visual display terminal for prolonged periods; required to attend evening, weekend and summer meetings or activities; may represent the District on potentially sensitive or controversial matters.

Minimum Qualifications:



Master's degree and vocational certification; demonstrated successful teaching experience working with a culturally and racially diverse student population in an urban school system; demonstrated expertise in both a curriculum content area and instructional strategies; demonstrated experience in both a Professional/Technical curriculum content area and instructional strategies; demonstrated experience working with adults.


Bachelor's degree and three (3) years of demonstrated successful teaching experience working with a culturally and racially diverse student population in an urban school system; demonstrated expertise in both a Professional/Technical area and instructional strategies, may substitute for the Master's degree requirement.


Knowledge of : Current research in curriculum, instruction and specific area(s) of expertise; effective behavior management techniques; effective instructional techniques; collaborative problem-solving methods; state and federal vocational policies and regulations; equity and diversity issues.

Skill in : Staff development presentations; facilitating meetings; modeling effective methods of instruction; organization and time management; curriculum development; grant-writing; problem- solving, goal-setting and coaching others.

Ability to : Contribute positively to team and group processes; provide leadership and instruction to District staff in assigned area of expertise; communicate effectively, both orally and in writing; assist with strategy development; assist in implementing rules and requirements for categorical program compliance; provide appropriate and constructive feedback to District staff; establish objectives; plan sequential learning activities; develop, renew, and evaluate curriculum; research, plan, develop and implement lessons and in service training; assess and evaluate team, teacher and student progress and achievement; adapt, modify, and develop techniques and materials to enhance effectiveness; work independently, manage and prioritize multiple tasks; coordinate multiple activities simultaneously; maintain accurate records; be fair and consistent when working with students; adapt to change and remain flexible; establish and maintain effective working relationships with District staff, students, parents or guardians, outside agencies and the public, in a multi-ethnic environment.

Licenses/Special Requirements : Current Washington State Vocational Teaching Certificate, and, valid Washington State driver's license.

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