Friday, January 30, 2015

Policy Program Specialist - Washington State School Directors' Association (Olympia, WA)

State of Washington
Washington State School Directors' Association

invites applications for the position of:
Policy Program Specialist
SALARY: Depends on Qualifications

OPENING DATE: 01/09/15
CLOSING DATE: Continuous

The Washington State School Directors’ Association (WSSDA) is a small state agency located in Olympia, Washington, that provides leadership, advocacy and services to support public school directors’ efforts to improve student learning. Serving 1,477 locally elected school board members, WSSDA has an outstanding record of service.


Policy Consulting:
  • Perform policy manual audits, full policy manual reviews and policy updates for client-school districts;
  • Communicate with district support staff regarding their contracted project;
  • Organize client-school district manuals, convert said manual to electronic format when necessary, suggest revisions based on the WSSDA Model Policy Manual, assist client-districts with establishing and managing a timeline for their contracted project;
  • Answer questions from client-districts through final adoption of revised policies regarding the WSSDA Model Policy Manual and the policy making process;
  • Market WSSDA policy services through presentations and other materials; and
  • Occasional travel to regional meetings and/or conferences for marketing presentations.

Committee Support:
  • May provide administrative support for routine and ad hoc committee meetings.

Essential Functions:

  • Demonstrate organizational and time-management skills;
  • Demonstrate accuracy and attention to detail in all tasks;
  • Operate computers for retrieving data base information, complex word processing and sophisticated document management using Excel;
  • Demonstrate discretion and respect confidentiality of Policy and Legal Department information;
  • Careful use of judgment in handling sensitive or complicated requests, respecting confidentiality of client-district information;
  • Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing;
  • Available to work some evenings and/or weekends, and willingness to travel;
  • Operate telephone, transfer and direct calls and take accurate messages;
  • Maintain regular and timely attendance;
  • Participate in staff and professional development opportunities to improve knowledge, skills and abilities; 
  • Work well under pressure meeting multiple and sometimes competing deadline and at all times demonstrate cooperative behavior with colleagues and supervisors; and
  • Other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:
  • High school graduation or equivalent AND four years of progressively responsible experience in general administrative work;
  • Ability to work independently and perform multiple tasks with conflicting timelines; and
  • Proficient in the use of Microsoft Suite Software.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Five years of progressively responsible experience in secretarial or general administrative work; and/or
  • Two years of experience in policy development and/or research or equivalent education/experience; and
  • Ability to work independently and perform multiple tasks with conflicting timelines; and
  • Research skills applicable to education law and policy.


Recruitment will be ongoing until the position is filled. 
WSSDA is an equal opportunity employer.