Graduation Specialist – Replacement 1.0FTE

November 7, 2019
Tacoma, WA
Job Type


Tacoma Public Schools

Expected Start Date: October 2019

FTE: 1.0

Hours per day: 7.5

Salary Level:Based on preparation level and experience per TEA Collective Bargaining Agreement

Union/Days per year: Teacher, 180 work days, 10 month

Benefits: This job has the full range of benefits offered by Tacoma Public Schools.

Additional Information: This is a REPLACEMENT contract for the 2019-2020 school year only (anticipated 10/18/2019 to 12/6/2019) or until the employee returns from his or her leave whichever occurs first.

This position will focus on the academic and support needs of students who are at risk of not graduating with their class. The specialist will work under the direction of the high school principal to identify students who do not meet state standards in one or more areas and/or are not accumulating credits at a rate that would assure on-time graduation.

1. Assures that students are enrolled in appropriate courses to meet high school graduation requirements.
2. Assists staff in the development and management of Student Learning Plans.
3. Assists in the development and coordination of interventions for students not meeting State standards in reading, writing, math, and science.
4. Manages the administration of the HSPE/COE.
5. Manages the processes related to alternative CAA options to meet standards, including Collection of Evidence, Scholastic Aptitude Tests, AP exams, Comparative performance, or other alternative assessments.
6. Serves as a resource to instructional staff regarding interventions to foster academic achievement.
7. Works with teachers, students, and parents to address individual student needs regarding dropout prevention/retrieval and credit retrieval; provides referrals to district and community resources.
8. Assists in the identification of students for summer school or other interventions and HSPE/COE retakes.
9. Works with incoming at-risk students to assure a smooth transition
10. Assists in the planning and organization of field trips for student enrichment.


1. Maintains certification; maintains and updates knowledge and skills necessary for success in the position by participating in professional development activities as needed or as assigned.
2. Performs related duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications
Other information:

Education and Experience
Bachelor's degree in education and three years successful classroom or counseling experience in a K-12 school system, master's degree desired; or any combination of experience and training which provides the applicant with the knowledge, skills, and ability required to perform the work.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
Knowledge of culturally responsive practices for student success.
Knowledge of high school graduation requirements, alternative options for graduation, and post-high
school opportunities.
Knowledge of effective mentoring strategies.
Skill in obtaining, clarifying, and exchanging information.
Skill in leadership and facilitating change.
Skill in effective use of technology to support learning for understanding.
Ability to communicate and establish trusting relationships with students, teachers, and families.
Ability to develop, facilitate and assess tailored professional development in assessment and working with
at-risk students.
Ability to effectively demonstrate culturally competent and culturally responsive interventions and practices
to promote student success.
Ability to plan and manage programs effectively, with attention to detail.
Ability to recognize and provide interventions according to individual students' needs and abilities.
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with a variety of people in a multi-cultural,
diverse socio-economic setting.
Ability to maintain confidentiality and professional relationships.

Licenses/Special Requirements
Valid/current Washington State teaching or ESA/Counselor certificate.

Job Locator Number: D40-63

This job description is not an employment agreement or contract. Tacoma School District administration has the exclusive right to alter this job description at any time without notice. The statements contained herein reflect general details as necessary to describe the primary functions of this job, the level of knowledge and skill typically required and the scope of responsibility, but should not be considered an all-inclusive listing of work requirements. Individuals may perform other duties as assigned including work in other functional areas to cover absences or relief, to equalize peak work periods or otherwise balance the workload.

Tacoma Public Schools does not discriminate in any programs or activities on the basis of sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, veteran or military status, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The following employees have been designated to handle questions and complaints of alleged discrimination: Civil Rights Coordinator: Lisa Nolan, 253-571-1252,; Title IX Coordinator: Eric Hogan, 253-571-1191,; and 504 Coordinator: Elementary, Tracye Ferguson,, 253-571-1096; Secondary, Jon Bell,, 253-571-1225. Address: P.O. Box 1357, Tacoma, WA 98401-1357., (253) 571-1250

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