Post Date: May 7, 2021
The Washington Education Association is seeking applicants for the position noted below. A job description and application are included on the following pages. This position is currently available for internal and external applicants.
To be considered for this position the following documents are required:
- Cover Letter
- Updated résumé reflecting qualifications for this position
- Signed WEA application form
- A list of the names of three professional references (w/contact information including relationship to applicant)
Washington Education Association application forms are required and may be obtained by selecting ONLINE APPLICATION located at the end of this document. If you experience any problems with the online application, please contact Karen Knight using the email or phone number shown below. This position will remain open until filled.
Washington Education Association
Karen Knight, Human Resources Generalist
PLEASE NOTE: WEA Staff are currently working from home (subject to change when warranted) due to COVID-19 restrictions and mandates. If selected for this position, you will be equipped with the necessary tools to fulfill the requirements of your position from your home.
The Washington Education Association is committed to a diverse, equitable and inclusive workplace where the contributions of each employee are respected as part of the work performed on behalf of 90,000+ WEA members in public education. WEA embraces employees with varied backgrounds and life experiences, including race, ethnicity, gender, age, socio-economic status, sexual orientation, gender identity, physical ability, and veteran status. Only those candidates who can commit to promoting diversity, equity and inclusiveness need apply.
Job Description – Education Policy & Practices Coordinator
Position announcement: Education Policy & Practices Coordinator for the Center for Education Quality at the Washington Education Association in Federal Way, Washington.
Supervision: The successful incumbent will function as a member of the Center for Education Quality (CEQ) Team and will report to the Center Director.
Responsibilities and essential job functions
Instructional Leader/Teaching and Learning Expert
- Current education issues associated with this position include but are not limited to: Educator Evaluation (Washington Teacher-Principal Evaluation Program - TPEP) and the three (3) Instructional Frameworks, Evidence and Artifacts, Student Growth, Teacher Growth, Classroom-based Assessments (e.g., alternative, benchmark, formative, summative), State Standards, and Inclusionary Practices.
- Provide  instructional leadership/teaching and learning expertise to leaders, staff, and members;  project management of student-centered, educator-led training, training cadres and training grants; and,  student- and educator-focused advocacy, including bargaining guidance and policy input.
- Serve as specialist/field resource, advocate, expert witness, trainer and representative for the WEA on issues related to instruction, student learning, classroom-based formative and summative assessments, TPEP, and classroom-based state standards.
- Collaborate to create and disseminate (e.g., email, training) timely, relevant information internally (local associations, staff and members) and externally (media, public and policymakers) about quality instructional practices and related teaching and learning issues.
Internal and External Professional Engagement
- Coordinate and collaborate effectively with CEQ colleagues to develop a team-based approach to the organization’s professional member engagement and support work, as well as equitable teaching and learning practices.
- Represent the WEA with state agencies (e.g., ESDs, OSPI), education organizations (e.g., AWSP, WASA, CSTP), and external organizations (e.g., businesses, communities of color, non-profits) to achieve equitable classroom practices and success for all students.
- Participate in a variety of WEA member/governance, coalition, community, and state agency meetings throughout the state to represent the organization’s positions.
Educator Professional Engagement and Instructional Cadres
- Develop and implement statewide training for WEA members and staff on equitable practices involving classroom-based instructional and assessment practices and manage program budgets.
- Recruit and train member-leaders in instructional cadres (TPEP, STEM, state standards) that provide statewide support and training to members.
- Organize members around teaching, learning and education quality issues.
- Coordinate and oversee at least two large-scale summer learning conferences a year.
Learning Management System (LMS) Project Management
- Project manage an asynchronous (self-paced) online system (currently Canvas).
- Coordinate cadre trainers to create/modify/manage courses, annual end dates, admin privileges, and improvements.
- Design and create end-of-course surveys, track the data, and present the results.
- Coordinate inter-departmental meetings related to successful implementation of the asynchronous system and serve as WEA liaison with the LMS provider and developer.
Grants/External Funding Project Management
- Write, implement, and coordinate mid- to large-scale education grants.
- Serves as the primary WEA grant liaison with grantor organizations.
- Coordinate team meetings and budget-related issues.
Minimum job requirements
- Knowledge and experience working with the education issues listed in the job description.
- Three or more years of experience in statewide education reform initiatives.
- Successful K-12 public education classroom teaching within the Washington state TPEP system, and administrative/leadership experience in a supervisory role within the Washington state TPEP frameworks/TPEP system; teacher certification required, and administrative certification/experience is strongly preferred.
- A Master’s Degree in Education (or education-related field) or equivalent experience working with state and/or national education reform issues.
- Understanding and knowledge of state systems-level education reform law for classroom-based practice (preference for Washington state education reform law).
- Demonstrated ability to effectively work calmly under pressure with other staff, leaders, members, managers, and other staff.
- Proven success  working with diverse communities/communities of color and  implementing equitable instructional practices resulting in effective teaching and learning that meet the needs of underserved students and staff.
- Ability to effectively communicate, lead, and motivate individuals and teams.
- Ability to successfully work with colleagues in a team-based model for the purpose of effectively addressing member interests, goals, and priorities on a statewide scale.
- Proven ability to coordinate/guide the work and direction of assigned committees, training cadres, and other groups.
- Ability to work within budgetary parameters.
- Proven ability to collaborate with others to shape thinking and policy around equitable teaching and learning-related education issues.
- Excellent speaking, writing, listening, and mediating skills.
- Ability to work evenings and weekends, traveling as needed.
- Ability to obtain a valid Washington State driver’s license, maintain a satisfactory driving record, and have a dependable automobile for Association travel; proof of automobile insurance with liability limits of at least $100,000/$300,000 required.
- Must help advance the WEA mission, goal, core values, and priorities.
- Complete other duties as assigned.
Preferred job requirements
- Experience as an association leader and/or experience in education associations, such as local, state and/or national school employee organizations or professional organizations.
- Experience coaching/mentoring through an equitable instructional strategies lens.
- Knowledge of the federal ESSA and its impact on schools.
Salary range and benefits
Annual salary range: $109,304 to $155,912 (subject to change upon ratification of Collective Bargaining Agreement)
- Medical, dental, vision and life insurance
- Generous sick, vacation and personal leave
- Long-term disability
- Employer-paid retirement plan (Defined Benefit Plan)
- 401(k) plan w/employer contribution (Defined Contribution Plan)
This position is covered by the WEA/WEASO Collective Bargaining Agreement.
Application procedure and reference requirements
In order to be considered for this position, a completed and signed WEA application form including résumé, cover letter and list of three professional references must be submitted online. (Applicants must list the names of three (3) references that have professional knowledge of the applicant’s background and work experience. The reference list must include current mailing addresses, telephone numbers, contact names and relationship to applicant.)
Important Note: When submitting your application materials online, select “Save as Draft” until you have all materials together and ready to be attached and uploaded – i.e., cover letter, resume and a list of three professional references. This will ensure your application materials remain together as a single submission.
This position will remain open until filled.