Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS), Assistant Director of Implementation and Policy




Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS), Assistant Director of Implementation and Policy
  annually  $91,087-100,000

5 year grant funded through October 2025

Closes February 15,2021

Applications will start being reviewed January 28,2021


The Washington State Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) seeks an Assistant Director – MTSS Implementation and Policy to join the OSPI team. This full-time position is based in Olympia, Washington, but remote work options from other locations in Washington are available. Preference would be for a qualified applicant in WA who will be able to travel regionally but given the current circumstances individuals in others states could hold the position, with expectation to relocate once it is safe to do so. We encourage interested candidates to visit the OSPI website to gain insight into our agency.
About OSPI and our initiatives

OSPI is the primary agency charged with overseeing public K–12 education in Washington state. Working with the state's 295 public school districts and 6 state-tribal education compact schools, OSPI allocates funding and provides tools, resources, and technical assistance so every student in Washington is provided a high-quality public education.


At OSPI, we recognize that our employees are the key to the success of the agency. We are committed to our work but value the balance with our personal lives. We demonstrate our commitment to employees by providing an environment that stimulates professional growth and values them for their expertise. OSPI is a great place to work and has several initiatives to help create a great working environment, including:


We support a healthy work/life balance by offering flexible/alternative work schedules and mobile and telework options. (Depending on job duties and work location.)

We have an Infant at Work Program that is based on long-term values of newborns and infant-parent bonding. Eligible employees who are new parents or legal guardians can bring their infant (six weeks to six months) when returning to work. (Depending on job duties and work location.)

We value and are actively involved in promoting diversity, equity and inclusion within OSPI by a way of cross-divisional, collaborative committees. The focus of the committees includes employee engagement and education; reinforcing OSPI values; and maximizing the value of diversity and identifying strategies for inclusion.


Vision, Mission, and Values
Vision: All students prepared for post-secondary pathways, careers, and civic engagement.
 Mission: Transform K-12 education to a system that is centered on closing opportunity gaps and is characterized by high expectations for all students and educators. We achieve this by developing equity-based policies and supports that empower educators, families, and communities.


Values: Ensuring Equity, Collaboration and Service, Achieving Excellence through Continuous Improvement, Focus on the Whole Child


Each student, family, and community possess strengths and cultural knowledge that benefits their peers, educators, and schools. Ensuring educational equity:

  • Goes beyond equality; it requires education leaders to examine the ways current policies and practices result in disparate outcomes for our students of color, students living in poverty, students receiving special education and English Learner services, students who identify as LGBTQ+, and highly mobile student populations.
  • Requires education leaders to develop an understanding of historical contexts; engage students, families, and community representatives as partners in decision-making; and actively dismantle systemic barriers, replacing them with policies and practices that ensure all students have access to the instruction and support they need to succeed in our schools.


Position Overview


This position directly reports to the Director of Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) in the Center for the Improvement of Student Learning (CISL) and is responsible for the daily support, supervision and oversight of contracted regional implementation coordinators who provide training, coaching, and technical assistance to school districts on readiness and implementation of the Washington MTSS Framework. Facilitates the development of MTSS training and coaching materials and methods. Coordinates training of the regional implementation specialists in MTSS, implementation science, adult learning, and related areas. Coordinates the collection, analysis, and integration of training and coaching data. Manages performance-based contracts with regional contract entities.


Key Responsibilities

Supervision and Oversight of Regional Implementation Coordinator (RIC) Program

  • Understands, communicates, and supports the implementation of agency priorities and divisional objectives. 
  • Manages implementation of the MTSS technical assistance program to districts.
  • Develops, provides, and coordinates the initial and on-going professional development of the regional implementation specialists.
  • Supervises the substantive work of the regional implementation specialists and provides coaching to expectations. 
  • Leads cross-divisional MTSS implementation team for content development and alignment.
  • Works with the MTSS director to ensure the effectiveness, consistency, and coherence, of the MTSS framework and technical assistance on implementation.
  • Provides observation and feedback to regional specialists on the quality and fidelity of training and coaching services they provide.
  • Ensures that regional specialists receive training and ongoing professional development in culturally responsive and other practices that support equitable student outcomes
  •  Develops content and processes aligned to professional learning best practices.
  • Supervises regional implementation specialist contacts with school and district teams. 
  • Provides technical assistance consistent with agency and divisional objectives.
  • Develops and maintains collaborative partnerships with internal and external stakeholders, including CISL and other OSPI staff, ESDs, school districts, schools, family organizations, and other project partners consistent with divisional expectations and objectives. 
  • Develops and implements processes for obtaining program data and other information from regional implementation specialists.
  • Reviews and supports the accuracy and relevance of posted information directed toward regional implementation specialists.
  • Develops, coordinates, or implements communication to connect regional implementation specialist programming with current agency information on related legislative requirements, grant requirements, or research-based practices. 
  • Maintains current MTSS resources for reference by regional implementation specialists and school district audiences.
  • Identifies solutions that are consistent with legal requirements and divisional objectives.
  • Writes, prepares reports or presentations, and edits periodic responses pertaining to MTSS implementation

Data Collection and Analysis

  • Collects annual data from regional specialists in the state through the designated data system, consistent with direction provided by data use leadership. 
  • Facilitates the collection of training logs and other technical assistance data from RIS contractors.
  • Provides leadership for the regular utilization of aggregate and disaggregated data related to training and coaching, implementation fidelity, and student outcomes.
  • Reviews data from regional coordinators to ensure the delivery of culturally responsive practices by districts receiving MTSS implementation support.


Program Accountability

  • Ensures alignment of regional implementation coordinators activities with the program design.
  • Supports the collection and reporting of program outcomes to federal and state funding entities.
  • Uses program information to coordinate and support continuous improvement collaboration, communication, and professional learning.
  • Submits information about the program to other state agencies, legislature, and the public as directed, in coordination with divisional leadership.



Required Qualifications: 

  • Bachelor's degree and a minimum of 3 years of experience at the school, district, state, or regional level using data to result in changed outcomes for staff and students. 
  • Minimum 1 year of experience implementing or coaching Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS).
  • Education or work experience in data collection, analysis or use in problem solving.
  • Demonstrated successful ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously, to prioritize tasks, and meet deadlines.
  • Ability to develop and maintain positive relationships with colleagues and a variety of stakeholders, including school district and educational service district staff, researchers, and/or district and state policymakers.
  • Experience teaching or presenting to adult audiences.
  • Support the state's goals for student equity and workforce diversity
  • Maintains the highest standard of personal, professional, and ethical conduct



Desired Qualifications: 

  • Three years supervisory or management experience – preferably with remote employees or contractors.
  • 3 years of experience implementing or coaching Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS)
  • Experience in implementing educational reform at the district or state level.
  • Experience promoting culturally responsive and equitable practices at a school or district and working to reduce disparate outcomes for students
  • Master's in education, counseling, psychology, or other social science
  • Experience establishing data collection or data management systems, or continuous improvement systems.
  • Experience analyzing data for quality improvement or program evaluation.
  • Skilled at positively influencing educational outcomes at a building, district, regional, or statewide scale
  • Experience communicating effectively with parents and community members regarding educational improvement and research
  • Understands project development and management, task management, long-range planning, and program evaluation; has strong organization, writing, and facilitation skills. Projects will include working with employees, contractors, support staff, division partners, and school and district personnel



The annual compensation for the position is $91,087-100,000 per year and depends upon experience, educational background and qualifications. Geographic differentials may be applied based on work location of successful candidate. Washington State offers a generous benefit package including health, dental and life insurance, retirement and an optional deferred compensation program. Please visit Health Care Authority for information regarding health benefits and the Department of Retirement Systems for retirement plan information. This position serves at the pleasure of the Superintendent, and is Civil Service Exempt. This position is not represented by a bargaining unit.