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State of Washington Classified Job Specification


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Class Code: 253U
Category: Education


In the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction, provides expert analysis and administration of budgetary, fiscal or administrative programs requiring the application of expert knowledge of the needs, activities, programs and principles of the administration of the State's public education program. Consults with and provides leadership in an assigned program area in dealing with local and educational service school districts and other administrative bodies.

Distinguishing Characteristics

Positions in this class are characterized by responsibility for budgetary, fiscal or administrative analysis and administration requiring the regular exercise of professional expertise in the field of education and the exercise of responsibility for decision making and approval characteristically above that found in the general accounting series. Those positions responsible for programs of instruction, curricula or specialized educational activities will be assigned to the Instructional Program series.

Typical Work

Plans, develops and implements fiscal or administrative programs designed to enhance effectiveness, control expenditures, and assure conformance with the laws and public policies relating to public instruction;

Reviews and approves or disapproves budget requests, building plans, etc.;

Advises on and monitors compliance with various administrative and fiscal programs by local and intermediate school districts;

Coordinates activity of program to which assigned with other related programs, determines priorities and needs;

Performs other work as required.

Knowledge and Abilities

Knowledge of: State and federal laws and regulations, public school organization and administration; trends in public administration and public education.

Ability to: plan and coordinate administrative and educational service program; delegate, supervise, and evaluate professional and technical work of others; interpret statutory and program administrative provisions to school administrators, maintain effective public relations.

Legal Requirement(s)

There may be instances where individual positions must have additional licenses or certification. It is the employer’s responsibility to ensure the appropriate licenses/certifications are obtained for each position.

Desirable Qualifications

A Master's degree involving major study in education, public or business administration or related field and four years of professional experience in the specialty required for the position.


One year of graduate training in education, public or business administration or related field and five years of professional experience in the specialty required for the position.


One year of experience as an Administrative Program Specialist 1 or an Instructional Program Specialist 1.

Note: Two additional years of professional experience will substitute for the Master’s degree provided a Bachelor’s degree has been obtained.

Class Specification History

New class: 1-24-75
Revised definition and minimum qualifications: 5-12-78
Revised minimum qualifications: 4-14-95
New class code: (formerly 22070) effective July 1, 2007.
Salary adjustment adopted June 30, 2015; effective July 1, 2015.