Elementary Counseling Program Supervisor

State Of Washington Olympia , WA 98504

Posted 7 days ago



Elementary Counseling Program Supervisor


Open to until filled

The Washington State Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) seeks a Program Supervisor of Elementary Counseling within the Elementary Education, Early Learning, Special Programs and Federal AccountabilityDivision. This position will provide statewide leadership and support to the elementary education system in support of the implementation of the comprehensive school counseling model. This full-time position is based in Olympia, Washington. This position may be eligible for partial telework schedule. Telework is a combination of in-building and off-site days.We encourage interested candidates to visit theOSPI websiteto 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, 15 charter schools and 7 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 way of cross-divisional, collaborative committee. The focus of the committee 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 resides within the Elementary Education, Early Learning, Special Programs and Federal AccountabilityOffice of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) and reports to the Director of Elementary Education. This position will provide strategic leadership for priorities including but not limited to; supporting best practices for comprehensive school counseling programs,providing division wide leadership on social-emotional learning (SEL) content integration through hope science and other evidence-based practices, integrating Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS), and collaborating to support the whole child. The position works collaboratively within the division, as well as other OSPI partners, to vertically align professional development and technical assistance in the P-12 school counseling team, as well as, with many relevant state initiatives, such as behavioral health, SEL, MTSS, school climate, special education, hope science, and school improvement.

This position, as a member of the

Elementary Education team, works with all the elementary education content leads to provide a system that supports the whole child. This position will build and implement a work plan that makes progress on strategic goals for the agency including:

  • Equitable Access to Strong Foundations.Increase student access to and participation in high-quality early learning and elementary by amplifying and building on inclusive, asset-based policies and practices.

  • Rigorous Learner-Centered Options in Every Community.Provide all students with access to challenging coursework, culturally responsive and anti-racist curriculum, and pathways to graduation and beyond that meet their unique interests.

The position works collaboratively across OSPI, with partners and entities across the P-12 system, and with other statewide agency and organization partners to align professional development, resource development and technical assistance with policy changes and best practices for comprehensive school counseling programs. This position works in close partnership with the parallel position in the Secondary Education and Pathways Preparedness Division for the implementation and evaluation of specific school counseling activities required by the state legislature.

Key Responsibilities

This position will provide oversight, leadership, and guidance at the state level to support comprehensive school counseling programs. This position specifically aids in bringing educators and student support staff together to deliver programmatic expertise relative to the academic, career and social-emotional domains of school counseling, and supporting policy implementation efforts relative to enhancing comprehensive school counseling programs across Washington. Key responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Support the transformation of P-12 education to a system that is focused on closing opportunity gaps, maintaining high expectations for all students and educators, promoting racial, social, and economic equity.

  • Collaborate with Secondary School Counseling staff to also support implementation of P-12 comprehensive school counseling programs.

  • Develop and implement an annual plan for professional development of best practices and policy updates via webinars, face-to-face visits, and regional and statewide workshops, networks, and presentations.

  • Provide technical assistance to statewide organizations, districts, schools, parents and concerned citizens on issues related to the whole child and SEL.

  • Participate in school counseling and student support program development, data analysis, program expansion, and evaluation of effectiveness.

  • Develop strategies for implementing newly enacted legislation with department staff of grades P-12.

  • Develop and manage contracts, interagency agreements, and grants.

  • Manage a complex set of initiatives from policy creation to implementation in a timely manner. Develops policy, budget proposals and analysis of proposed and enacted legislation.

  • Demonstrate and promote individual and group interpersonal skills including but not limited to, listening for understanding, influencing, mediation, consensus building and collaboration.

  • Contribute to a workplace that is fair, safe, professional, and free from discrimination or harassment.

  • Foster and support the organization's diversity goals by:

  • Maintaining the highest standard of personal, professional, and ethical conduct.

  • Researching, developing, recommending, and executing creative strategies to evaluate and improve systems and processes through an equity lens, aligned with the organization's diversity goals and antiracistobjectives

  • Collaborate on data analysis, management, and reporting for state and federal reports, accountability, and legal compliance.

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree with major work emphasis in education

  • A minimum of three years of experience working in education

  • A minimum of three years of experience related to project management

  • Experience building, participating in, and leading collaborative teams and partnerships with diverse groups of internal and external stakeholders.

  • Knowledge of and experience applying equity and anti-racist approaches to education and system and school improvement.

  • Knowledge of the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) National Model for comprehensive school counseling programs, Washington's Social-Emotional Learning Standards and the Washington Multi-Tiered System of Support model.

  • Strong commitment to Washington state public education and the principles of trust, teamwork, collaboration, and customer service.

  • Experience of successful oversight and accountability for accurate and high-quality of project completion within expected timelines.

  • Experience with operating within a budget, which may include budget planning, managing contracts, or grant management.

  • Technical writing skills to support drafting of legislative reports, statewide guidance, and policy changes.

  • Ability to communicate effectively in both written and verbal forms to a broad and diverse audience, including public speaking to large groups.

  • Ability to facilitate meetings with diverse stakeholders representing different perspectives and interests.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated experience with implementing comprehensive school counseling programming aligned with the ASCA National Model.

  • Experience developing, implementing, and managing large scale grants.

  • Knowledge of the multi-tiered system of supports framework and processes.

  • Experience working and collaborating with state, regional, and local education agencies.

  • Experience using data to analyze and inform practice and policy.

  • Sound management practices, professional staff development, program planning, as well as, individual and group decision-making strategies.

  • Knowledge of state, regional, and national initiatives to develop supportive learning environments.

  • Knowledge of principles of evaluation relative to school-based programs and services for youth, and successful experience in implementing such evaluations.

Condition of employment:

  • Per Governor Inslee's proclamation (Download PDF reader) all state employees must be fully vaccinated no later than October 18, 2021. Your vaccine status will be verified at New Employee Orientation. Please reach out to the HR Office at HROffice@k12.wa.us for information on medical or religious accommodations.


Theannual compensation for the position 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 Authorityfor 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 rsum, and;
  • A list of three or more professional references.

Please address any questions to:

Sal Salazar, Human Resources

Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

600 Washington Street Southeast

Olympia, Washington 98504-7200

(360) 725-6278; sal.salazar@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.

New Jobs Alert Service

OSPI offers a subscription service, which regularly notifies subscribers of new OSPI employment opportunities on careers.wa.gov. Subscribers are notified via text or email alert. If you are interested in this service, then please subscribe at this location.

OSPI is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from job seekers who will contribute to our diversity. OSPI provides equal access to all programs and services without discrimination based on sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, honorably discharged veteran or military status, sexual orientation including gender expression or identity, the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability. If you would like, please include your name and gender pronouns in your application, to ensure we address you appropriately throughout the application process. Persons needing accommodation in the application process or this announcement in an alternative format may contact the human resource consultant listed in "Application Process

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