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Science & Technology Regional Coordinator

Science & Technology Regional Coordinator

By |May 2nd, 2019|
Department: Teaching and Learning
Report to: Assistant Superintendent for Teaching and Learning
Supervises: Science Materials Center Manager
Classification: Professional/Technical
FLSA Status: Exempt
Salary Range: Salary Schedule III (Professional/Technical/Cert)

 

Summary:

The Science and Technology Regional Coordinator works in concert with NWESD staff,  OSPI, and local districts to create an equitable, powerful, collaborative, and coherent regional delivery system  providing professional development and support to schools and school districts for technology; NGSS Science instruction and use of data in school improvement.

Essential Functions:

  • Collaborates and works effectively as part of the larger NWESD 189 Teaching and Learning team.

       School Improvement and Data:

  • Be an active participant in the NWESD School Improvement Team for the purpose of coordination of efforts, planning regional assistance to schools, ensuring equity, and contributing to successful information sharing.
  • Build capacity in school teams to perform data analysis and the cycle of inquiry using the state provided data tools for school improvement. This would include, but not be limited to, Tableau, School Report Card and Student Growth Percentiles (SGP).
  • Utilize the Inquiry Cycle (Plan, Do, Study, Adjust) to support school teams in needs assessments, school improvement plans and progress monitoring.
  • Develop deep knowledge of WA School Improvement Framework (WSIF) to aid schools in understanding their improvement status.
  • Offer professional learning for all schools identified for improvement supports in the area of data review and data coaching.
  • Attend all scheduled training and collaborative meetings.

      Educational Technology:

  • Stays up-to-date with Washington’s educational reform efforts and current research in the area of teaching and learning of technology.
  • Provides professional development in content knowledge, content-specific pedagogy, differentiated instruction, and formative assessment in the area of educational technology.
  • Works in partnership with OSPI and the other eight ESDs to support one another in the delivery of state-level and regional-level professional development and collaboration in computer science and educational technology.

       Science Materials Center:

  • Directly supervises Science Materials Center (SMC) Manager which includes scheduling, planning and initiating strategies for performance, assigning and directing the work, training, administering disciplinary measures, formally reviewing performance, recommending salary adjustments, resolving complaints, and recommending the hiring and termination of SMC support staff.
  • Coordination and facilitation of Quarterly Science Materials Center Cooperative Advisory Meetings.
  • Recruitment, coordination and implementation of the Interlocal agreements with SMC member districts.
  • Budget creation and monitoring of the SMC budget in collaboration with SMC Manager.
  • Coordination with SMC Member District representatives and the successful materials vendor all aspects of the science kit adoption process.
  • Scheduling professional development for NGSS-aligned science kits for teachers in member districts.
  • Performs related duties as assigned. Related duties may not specifically be listed but are within the general occupational series and responsibility level typically associated with the employee’s classification of work.

Required knowledge, skills, and abilities:

  • Knowledge of and demonstrated experience with professional development/training practices appropriate to an adult audience.
  • Ability to use teamwork/collaboration at school, district, Educational Service District or state level
  • Knowledge of Next Generation Science Standards and the researched-based instructional strategies and assessment methods necessary to increase student performance on those standards.
  • Knowledge of Technology and Computer Science Standards and the researched-based instructional strategies and assessment methods necessary to increase student performance on those standards.
  • Ability to lead educational reform activities at school, district, Educational Service District or state level.
  • Knowledge of issues regarding equity for marginalized and family groups including ability, identification, race, ethnicity and gender orientation.
  • Ability to successfully coach practicing teachers.
  • Skill in delivering professional development/training in research-based instructional or assessment practices.
  • Ability to remain flexible with others in a wide variety of work circumstances, to include flexible scheduling with an ability to work some evenings and weekends.
  • Ability to work with diverse individuals and/or groups.
  • Ability to effectively communicate with persons of varied backgrounds and educational levels.
  • Ability to analyze issues, problem solve and create action plans both independently and with a team.
  • Ability to gather, collate, and/or classify data and use job-related equipment.
  • Ability to schedule a number of activities, meetings, and/or events.
  • Ability to set priorities and meet deadlines.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality.

Qualifications:

Bachelor’s Degree required, Master’s Degree preferred. Significant successful experience teaching K-12 science required, as well as experience managing workshops and special events. Successful leadership skills in school reform and/or effective educational practices. Must maintain personal transportation and a willingness to travel.  WSP/FBI criminal history background clearance required. Valid Washington State driver’s license and proof of liability insurance required.

Working Conditions/Physical Requirements:

Work is performed in an office environment; however, travel may be required for workshops or conference attendance. Lifts and carries a maximum of 30 pounds. Adequate manual and finger dexterity, hearing, speech, and vision are necessary to perform the essential functions of this position.

Hazards:  Those present in a normal office environment. Lifting and moving tables and chairs for workshop setup is a potential hazard if proper safety procedures are not adhered to. Routine travel may pose potential hazards including driving in inclement weather.

*This position description is contingent upon approval by the NWESD Board of Directors.

The statements contained herein reflect general details as necessary to describe the essential functions of this position, the level of knowledge and skill typically required, and the scope of responsibility, but should not be considered an all-inclusive listing of work requirements. Individuals may perform other duties as assigned, including work in other functional areas to cover absences or relief, to equalize peak work periods, or otherwise to balance the workload. Changes to the position description may be made at the discretion of the employer.

It is the policy of the Northwest Educational Service District No. 189 to not discriminate against any person with regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, marital status or physical or mental disability.