OSPI: Bilingual Education Special Projects Program Supervisor

The Washington State Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) is seeking a visionary and dynamic leader to join the OSPI team as the Bilingual Education Special Projects Program Supervisor. This critical and innovative full-time position is based in Olympia, Washington. Interested candidates are encouraged to visit the OSPI website (www.k12.wa.us) to gain insight into the agency’s mission and strategic plan.

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Position Overview

The primary responsibility of the Bilingual Education Special Projects Program Supervisor is to work within the Bilingual Education Program to collaborate with internal and external partners to serve the state in improving the skills and knowledge of teachers, para-educators, and administrators in the areas of Bilingual education, second language acquisition and bilingual instructional program models. The responsibility of this position is to support implementation and technical assistance to districts and ESDs for the Transitional Bilingual Instructional Program (TBIP), Title III of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) and the state’s Dual Language expansion grant program (as passed by the 2015 Legislature under House Bill 1783).  Management of these federal and state grant programs ensure school districts receive high-quality program support and assistance through the allocation and approval of State, Federal Title III and state proviso funds. This position provides high quality technical assistance to 296 school districts and private schools on effective program models, professional development and overall support related to requirements, procedures and processes for English language development programs and Dual Language instructional models.


The Bilingual Education Program supports high risk student populations and collaborates with internal OSPI units as well as with external partners to ensure that students receive the supports needed to acquire the knowledge and skills to pursue their career paths. The position supports the Bilingual team by providing expert guidance and technical assistance to school districts, ESDs and families on effective services to ELL students and families.

Key Responsibilities

  • Provide expert level guidance and technical assistance in the identification of, and services to, eligible ELL students.
  • Provide professional development and technical assistance to school districts and ESDs on the implementation of the State’s Bilingual instructional programs including Dual language programming, English language proficiency standards and strategies for English language development and acquisition.
  • At the discretion of the Director, participate in workgroups and committees that conduct research on effectiveness of English language learner and Dual language education programs.
  • Support the Bilingual Department with Data analysis and report writing.
  • Assist members of the Bilingual team with initiatives related to improving program efficiency and effectiveness. At the direction of the Director, responsible for special projects related to improving services for Bilingual students and programming to increase effectiveness of District and ESD program models.
  • Provide districts with support in analyzing data and evaluating their programs to make programmatic changes as necessary to support ELL students.
  • Under the direct supervision of the Director, conduct project management and planning to identify mentor and new districts to implement Dual Language programming as provided by HB 1783. The position will be responsible for full implementation of the dual language expansion grant program intended to create sustainable dual language programs in 2 new school sites.

Desirable Qualifications

  • Masters preferred.
  • Bilingual preferred.
  • Experience working with linguistically diverse parents and communities.
  • Knowledge of Title III and TBIP programs.
  • Expertise in cultural competence, academic language, funds of knowledge, Principles of Second Language Acquisition, the English Language Proficiency Standards and Dual Language instructional models.

Required Qualifications

  • Undergraduate major and/or graduate work in the area of Bilingual and/or English-as-a-Second Language.
  • Experience in working with or teaching in English language learner (ELL) programs.
  • Experience in providing professional development in the areas of English language learners, Second Language Acquisition and Dual Language Instruction.
  • Knowledge of state and federal legislation guiding the education of English language learners.
  • Knowledge of second language acquisition research, theory and application as it pertains to the education of English language learners; Knowledge of the English language proficiency standards.
  • Demonstrated experience with organizing and managing state or district level in-service training for diverse classroom teachers, para-educators, and administrators.
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal, with the ability to make clear, persuasive presentations to diverse groups.
  • Strong commitment to quality collaboration, customer service, teamwork, and trust.
  • Strong communication skills, work ethic and attention to punctuality and being present in the work place.
  • At the discretion of the Director, ability to travel nationally and statewide on a regular basis.

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