Teacher on Special Assignment K-12 SpEd

Tacoma, WA, US
Sep 08, 2020
Tacoma Public Schools

Expected Start Date: September 2020

FTE: 1.0

Hours per day: 7.5

Salary Level: Based on preparation level and experience per TEA Collective Bargaining Agreement

Union/Days per year: Teacher, 180 work days, 10 month

Benefits: This job has the full range of benefits offered by Tacoma Public Schools.

Additional Information: This position is for the 2020-2021 school year only. One Year Only positions are part of the Tacoma Education Association following the TEA work calendar and salary schedule. At end of year assignment the position will be displaced in accordance with TEA CBA guidelines.

This position will support Student Services/ Special Education staff (administrators, teachers and paraeducators) and students assigned to the new Tacoma Online program under the direction of the Student Services Director(s) and/or Assistant Directors.

Tacoma Online is an all-inclusive program that provides core content and elective courses. Students have access to their courses anytime, from anywhere, and can work at a pace that supports them. Learning occurs through live and recorded lessons delivered completely online - delivered by Tacoma teachers. Tacoma Online serves kindergarten through 12th grade learners and features an emphasis on personalized learning experiences that align to each student's growth along a path toward graduation.  Previous experience with online learning platforms or support of staff in online environment is preferred.

A minimum five years of teaching experience required-preferrably in Special Education.


Under the immediate direction and supervision of the assigned Assistant Superintendent, Director or Building Principal, this position provides the necessary leadership in the planning, coordination and implementation of a subject area, special project, or grade level instructional program and performs other duties directly related to this position description.


1. Plans cooperatively with District or school staff in the design, development and delivery of all assigned projects or programs.

2. Facilitates and maintains communication between District, project team, parents and school site(s) staff regarding information about the assigned projects or programs.

3. Represents the District, project or program Director and school site(s) as necessary and assists with leadership in the development, implementation and evaluation of the particular assignment.

4. Assists with overall responsibility for monitoring program(s) budget and advises designated Supervisor on necessary expenditures.

5. Plans and conducts necessary meetings as related to special assignment.

6. Responsible for receiving, distributing and replying to special assignment communications.

7. Motivates project/program participants to develop skills and attitudes that foster success.

8. Participates with the appropriate District administration to develop the method by which the special assignment is evaluated.

9. Serves as a resource person to ensure program goals meet the specialized need of students.

10. Identifies, encourages and, when feasible, provides on-site staff development and instructional coaching support to ensure that teachers are knowledgeable about program components and understand the accountability aspects toward a high performing school.

11. Assists the teachers in maintaining a classroom atmosphere/environment conducive to learning and highest student achievement.

12. Provides instructional support to the school community in the full implementation of the assigned projects or programs.

13. Keeps abreast of current research applicable to the assigned projects or programs.


1. Maintains and updates knowledge and skills required for success in the position by participating in professional development activities, workshops and conferences as needed or as assigned.

2. Manages special projects and performs related duties as assigned.


Experiences frequent interruptions; may be required to attend meetings beyond regular work hours; occasionally required to work an extended work day and required to travel to district and community sites.

Minimum Qualifications
Other information:


Education and Experience
Bachelor's degree with appropriate educational endorsement and five years successful teaching experience; or any combination of experience and training which provides the applicant with the knowledge, skills, and ability required to perform the work. Master's degree preferred in Curriculum and Instruction or related area.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
Knowledge and skill in instructional principles, methods and techniques.
Skill in decision-making and problem solving.
Skill in classroom management.
Skill in handling student discipline.
Effective time management and priority-setting skills.
Skill in obtaining, clarifying, and exchanging information.
Skill in training and making presentations.
Ability to bring about consensus to develop a school vision and mission for assigned projects or programs.
Ability to serve as a role model for staff.
Ability to participate as part of a team.
Ability to demonstrate reasonable, reliable and regular attendance.
Ability as a communicator.
Ability to motivate and interact with teachers, principals and other administrators.
Ability to coordinate activities.
Ability to organize, prioritize, and maintain good follow-through procedures.
Ability to maintain confidentiality.
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with a variety of people in a multi-cultural, diverse socio-economic setting.

Licenses/Special Requirements
Must maintain all licenses and certifications as a condition of continued employment.
Valid Washington State teaching certificate or ESA certificate.
Valid Washington State driver's license.
Fingerprints and successful WSP and FBI background clearance/Sexual Misconduct clearance.

Job Locator Number: D40-69

Minimum Qualifications

This job description is not an employment agreement or contract. Tacoma School District administration has the exclusive right to alter this job description at any time without notice. The statements contained herein reflect general details as necessary to describe the primary functions of this job, 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 balance the workload.

Tacoma Public Schools does not discriminate in any programs or activities on the basis of sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, veteran or military status, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The following employees have been designated to handle questions and complaints of alleged discrimination: Civil Rights Coordinator: Lisa Nolan, 253-571-1252, lnolan@tacoma.k12.wa.us; Title IX Coordinator: Eric Hogan, 253-571-1191, ehogan1@tacoma.k12.wa.us; and 504 Coordinator: Elementary, Elise Friedrich-Nielsen, efriedr@tacoma.k12.wa.us, 253-571-1096; Secondary, Cari Ake, cake@tacoma.k12.wa.us, 253-571-1225. Address: P.O. Box 1357, Tacoma, WA 98401-1357.

HRInfo@tacoma.k12.wa.us, (253) 571-1250

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