Washington State Assessment Specialist in Olympia, Washington



Assessment Specialist $43,000-$50,000 annually Open November 9-23, 2018

The Washington State Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) seeks an Assessment Specialist to join the OSPI team. This full-time position is based in Olympia, Washington. We encourage interested candidates to visit the OSPI website to gain insight into our agency's mission and strategic plan.

Vision & Mission 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.

Equity The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction is an equal opportunity employer. We strive to create an inclusive working environment that respects diverse backgrounds. Individuals from diverse gender, racial and ethnic backgrounds, religions and creeds, and national origins, individuals with any disabilities or the use of a trained service dog or service animal, individuals over 40 years of age, individuals in honorably discharged veteran or military status and individuals of all sexual orientations and gender identities are encouraged to apply. Please include your name and preferred pronouns in your application, to ensure we address you appropriately throughout the application process.

Position Overview This position works as part of the Operations Team in the Division of Assessment and Student Information. The Operations Team collaborates with cross-functional teams in the areas of data, IT, special education and migrant/bilingual education. The Operations Team writes, edits, reviews and publishes administration and technical manuals, which supports school district personnel throughout testing and the year. The Operations Team also monitors and tracks district testing processes, and conducts User Acceptance Testing for the online testing systems.

This position provides information to school district staff to support the statewide assessment system. This position develops and distributes technical information and documentation, and provides direct customer support regarding state assessments. Washington State conducts assessments statewide in Mathematics, English Language Arts and Science knowledge and skills at the elementary, middle and high school levels. In addition, Washington State assesses English language proficiency and kindergarten readiness.

Key Responsibilities Support school districts in the implementation of Washington State's assessment program.

  • Respond to questions from school district staff via phone and email.
  • Work with the team to develop test administration and technical training materials for school districts.
  • Work with the team to develop communication materials for school districts, parents and the general public.
  • Track and manage district inquiries.
  • Document procedures and processes.

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in education or related field, OR four (4) years of professional level experience in a school, district, or Educational Service District or in customer service.
  • Demonstrated customer service experience.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Excel, Word, PowerPoint and Outlook.
  • Familiarity with K-12 assessment requirements, as dictated by federal and state laws.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Effective verbal communication and technical-writing skills.
  • Precise attention to detail with proofreading and editing.

Compensation The annual compensation for the position is $43,000-$50,000 per year and depends upon experience, educational background and qualifications. 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 Systemsfor 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.

Application Process Those interested in this position must apply through Careers.wa.gov. Applications must include the following documents in MS Word and PDF format only:

  • A letter of interest specifically addressing the qualifications listed in this announcement;
  • A current résumé, and;
  • A list of three or more professional references.

Please address any questions to:

Carole Lynch, Human Resources Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction 600 Washington Street Southeast Olympia, Washington 98504-7200 (360) 725-6270;Carole.Lynch@k12.wa.us

Persons needing accommodation in the application process or this announcement in an alternative format may contact the Human Resources Office at (360) 725-6270 or (360) 725-6066, or e-mail hroffice@k12.wa.us.

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Salary: $43,000.00 - $50,000.00 Annually

Location: Thurston County – Olympia, WA

Job Type: Exempt

Department: Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

Job Number: 2018-11234

Closing: 11/23/2018 11:59 PM Pacific

Agency: State of Washington

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Website: http://www.careers.wa.gov