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Director of School Improvement Services

Willamette Education Service District

About Willamette ESD:
Willamette Education Service District is one of 19 regional education agencies in Oregon. Working collaboratively with education and community partners primarily in the Marion, Polk and Yamhill counties, many of Willamette ESD’s programs and initiatives have a statewide reach. Willamette ESD’s 400+ highly skilled professionals serve 21 school districts; ensuring students have equal access to needed services regardless of the size and location of their school district. The agency provides services related to Special Education, Technology, School Improvement, Administrative Services, and administers numerous grants and contracts to support education across the state.

Description of Opportunity:
Willamette Education Service District is seeking applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE) Director of School Improvement Services. This position provides a rare opportunity to lead a large department of passionate and dedicated administrators and staff. The Director role combines strategic planning and innovation in pursuit of highly specialized services for our 21 component school districts. This position will interest school improvement leaders who want to be a part of a highly collaborative team and who want to play a key role in leading a growing department that has meaningful impact on services for students.

This position is based at the WESD Marion Center in Salem, OR. The selected candidate will follow a 240-day calendar (with nine paid holidays and three paid personal leave days), with an anticipated start date of July 1, 2020. Employer-paid PERS (retirement benefit), health, dental & vision insurance, and tuition reimbursement are also provided. A full job description and summary of benefits will be provided upon request.

Candidate will be placed on the WESD administrative salary schedule, range $102,094 - $123,315, based on candidate’s qualifications, education, and experience. Salary range shown is for the 2019-2020 school year; the range for the 2020-2021 school year to be determined.

WESD is committed to having a diverse workforce and strongly encourages all interested candidates to apply.

Applicants must be committed to equitable practices in education and demonstrate an unwavering commitment to reducing academic disparities among students that exist because of race, gender, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, or family income. The Director will ensure equity principles are integrated into all facets of communication work and will collaborate with the agency’s Leadership Team, the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Team, and staff from all departments to fully implement the agency's equity policy and Oregon’s equity lens.

Essential Functions:
Provide leadership for Willamette Education Service District and component districts in all areas of teaching and learning to develop and sustain strong programs for instruction, professional development, equity, assessment, workforce readiness, college and career success, migrant education, career and technical education, school safety, social and emotional learning, and other improvement services that have their origin in State and Federal legislation or regional interests and demands.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
Directs the operation of School Improvement Services (SIS) Department programs including teaching and learning, instruction, staff development. Supervision is inclusive of: Youth Corrections Education Program; Willamette Migrant Education Program, School Safety; Accelerated College Credit; Career Exploration, Internships, Externships; English Learners; Willamette Curriculum Coalition; Home School Registration; Juvenile Detention Education Program
Collects and analyzes data, assesses needs, evaluates programs and services, and plans strategically to improve department programs
Develops and manages department budgets and protects department assets
Coordinates and participates in the selection, assignment, supervision, and evaluation of department personnel
Provides leadership and technical assistance to local school districts in the areas of teaching and learning, evaluation, and school improvement
Serves as liaison between Oregon Department of Education (ODE) and other public and private organizations relative to teaching and learning, instruction, assessment, evaluation, school improvement, and program management
Maintains and communicates knowledge of exemplary teaching and assessment programs and practices of the Oregon teaching, learning and assessment system
Directs the development and implementation of grants and contracts with local school districts, ODE, and other agencies
Works with Human Resource Services to hear and resolve employee concerns and grievances, to determine the need for disciplinary action and either recommends or initiates such action
Ensures compliance with applicable policies, laws, rules, and regulations
Establishes communication strategies that provide for a flow of information and dialogue with local school districts, department staff, and community and state organizations
Attends meetings of the Willamette ESD Board of Directors
Determines the most effective utilization of resources in order to carry out goals and objectives for providing quality services to local districts and other organizations served by Willamette ESD
Performs other work as assigned by the Superintendent

Required Qualifications:
Master’s Degree with academic training in education, curriculum and instruction or related field
Oregon Teacher Standards & Practices Commission (TSPC) School Administrator License, or ability to obtain this license
Minimum of five (5) years experience as an administrator
Minimum of ten (10) years experience in public education, part of which must have been in teaching or supervising in the field of education
Strong background in instruction, staff development, assessment at the district and school level, administrative experience with a staff of 50+ employees and an understanding of managing grants and contracts
Excellent oral and written communication skills
Strong organizational skills
Proven skills in working collaboratively and productively in a team environment
Proven skill in building consensus among diverse groups, including department personnel and partner agencies
Demonstrated ability to analyze complex situations and implement proactive or corrective actions and strategies
Ability to develop and maintain supportive, cooperative relationships with families, a variety of staff, and district administrators
Demonstrated ability to facilitate groups in meetings and workshop settings
Demonstrated ability to solve problems and make decisions
Demonstrated ability to engage others in creating a vision and designing and implementing programs to realize the vision
Nationwide criminal history check

Application Process:
Applications are available at (select Recruit & Hire) or online at
In addition to the application, applicants must submit a resume, two letters of reference and a letter of introduction for the application to be complete.
Unofficial copies of transcripts and license(s) must be submitted. Successful applicants are required to provide official transcripts before completion of the hiring process.
If you require assistance with the application or interview process due to a disability, please call Director of Human Resources at (503) 385-4752. Alternate formats are available upon request.

Reasonable accommodations for the application and interview process will be provided upon request and as required in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Individuals with disabilities may contact the Human Resources Director at 503-385-4752 for additional information or assistance. Speech/Hearing impaired persons may contact the ESD for assistance through the Oregon Telecommunication Relay Service at 1-800-735-2900 or 711.

The Willamette Education Service District is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. Women, minorities and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Qualifying veterans and disabled veterans may obtain preference by submitting with their completed application a copy of the Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty (DD Form 214 or 215) or a letter from the US Dept. of Veteran’s Affairs indicating receipt of a non-service connected pension as verification of eligibility. Disabled Veterans must also submit a copy of their veteran's disability preference letter from the Dept. of Veteran Affairs, unless the information is included in the DD Form 214/215.