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Program Specialist I

Program Specialist I

By |April 12th, 2019|


1601 R Ave
Anacortes, WA 98221

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Position Summary

Under direction of the Special Programs & Services Director or Assistant Director, the Program Specialist I provides support to school districts, staff, students, and families toward the improvement of student outcomes with a primary focus on high risk students and/or students with disabilities, birth through age twenty-one. This is accomplished through direct support, consultation, and technical assistance to districts and NWESD program personnel, and provision of professional development associated with Special Programs and Services. The Program Specialist I is responsible for management and support of designated special projects or programs operated through the Special Programs & Services Department.


  • Directly supervises Administrative Assistants, Educational Staff Associates, and program staff, including assigning and directing performance responsibilities, reviewing, planning and initiating strategies for performance development, leadership support and training, formally evaluating performance, resolving complaints, and recommending the hiring and termination of staff.
  • Provides technical assistance and training to local education agencies (LEAs) in the area of special education, early childhood education and student support programs.
  • Interprets applicable laws, codes, and regulations as they apply to special education services; including the Revised Code of Washington (RCW), Washington Administrative Codes (WAC), board policies and procedures.
  •  Consults and works collaboratively with district directors and program support personnel to develop comprehensive special education services, program supports, and procedures which adhere to policies within area of assignment.
  • Plans, develops, coordinates, and assists in the implementation of professional development for district and school site personnel on related topics such as, but not limited to, Section 504 requirements, instructional pedagogy, specialized educational programs, Positive Behavior Instructional Supports, Response to Intervention, and Student and School Success efforts.
  •  Reviews corrective action summaries and compliance reports, provides technical assistance, and makes program or procedural recommendations to district administrators, conducts compliance verifications and prepares verification summaries for submission to the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction.
  •  Attends and/or consults with district administrators in matters related to contentious IEP meetings.
    Supervisory: This position has direct supervisory responsibilities over administrative assistants, instructional support staff, and educational staff associates,


  •  Performs related duties as assigned.*


Master’s Degree in Education, Special Education, Educational Administration, School Psychology, or equivalent; and three years of program management experience required. Teaching experience with high risk students or students identified with special needs, and educational experience in both rural and urban school settings preferred.

Employment Conditions and Benefits

Full time for the remainder of the 2018-19 school year, and .6 FTE for the 2019-20 with the potential to increase to full-time.

This position is eligible for benefits.

Work is performed primarily in an office environment; however, travel within the NWESD region will be required for provision of technical assistance to Districts, and training sessions, and overnight or extended travel may be required for attendance at workshops and conferences. Lifts and carries a maximum of 30 pounds. Sitting for extended periods of time may be required. Adequate manual and finger dexterity, hearing, speech, and vision are necessary to perform the essential functions of this position.

Salary Range

Schedule III, Range 8 ($40.73 - $45.86/hour)

How to Apply

Submit a complete application at nwesd.org/jobs. Applications for this position must include:

  • Letter of Interest
  • Resume
  • Copies of Official Transcripts
  • Other documents may be included at your own discretion

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