MTSS TOSA (Teacher on Special Assignment) – 1.0 FTE – Multi-Tiered Systems of Support job vacancy in Portland Public Schools Oregon (Portland, OR)

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Company name : Portland Public Schools Oregon
Location : Portland, OR
Position : MTSS TOSA (Teacher on Special Assignment) – 1.0 FTE – Multi-Tiered Systems of Support

Description :
Posting Timeline

Proof of full COVID-19 vaccination is considered a minimum qualification requirement for PPS job applicants and this proof will be requested during the hiring process.
This job is open until filled. Applications will be reviewed as received. Portland Public Schools reserves the right to make a hiring decision at any point during the posting period.

Position Details

Portland Public Schools (PPS) is seeking talented people from diverse backgrounds and experiences to lead change and inspire PPS students. At PPS, every employee, despite having different roles, is an educator. We hope to attract a talented educators who model the core PPS Educator Essentials. With the District’s focus on eliminating systemic racism and its adverse impact on student learning, we seek to hire individuals who bring to our district a deep commitment to racial equity and social justice.
The Teacher on Special Assignment (TOSA) provides support for implementation of the district’s educational mission through articulation and application of foundational structures, content and curriculum development, and instructional strategies in partnership with the educational community; provides leadership in the planning, coordination and implementation of a subject area, special project, coaching, mentoring or grade level instructional program. The Teacher on Special Assignment (TOSA) serves outside the classroom-setting for assignments as determined by the needs of the district. Specific areas of assignment typically include, but are not limited to, teacher support, student support and curriculum and program development. As professional educators, TOSA’s are culturally responsive and demonstrate qualities and personal characteristics that include caring, respect, high expectations, motivation, perseverance, enthusiasm and dedication. They exhibit expertise in the subjects they are teaching and spend time continuing to gain new knowledge in their field. They present material in an enthusiastic manner and instill a hunger in their students to learn more on their own. Assignments are temporary and are staffed based on program needs.
This position is for an MTSS TOSA specializing in the Fidelity of Implementation Tool (FIT) assessment. The FIT is an evidence-based tool that measures the extent to which a school implements MTSS for equity-based inclusive education. The assessment is a full-day experience comprised of interviews with various school stakeholders followed by drafting written feedback based on the experience. The FIT TOSA is part of a team within the MTSS department that supports the district wide implementation of the assessment as well as the district wide use of the resulting information to make data-informed decisions for programming and school support. FIT TOSAs also partner with colleagues to provide MTSS-related professional development. DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

FIT Assessment Implementation:

Facilitate the FIT at schools across the district

Write school-specific strengths-based reports

Engage in district wide data review

Create data-focused presentations

Collaborate with central office staff to support districtwide data-based decision-making

Develop and provide professional learning including:

How to implement MTSS for academic and behavioral instruction

Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS)

Professional Learning Communities (PLCs)

Student Intervention Teams (SIT)

Climate Teams

Perform related duties as assigned.

Incumbents must be properly licensed by the Teacher Standards and Practices Commission for assignment as a Professional Educator – Teacher. For positions identified within core academic areas, incumbents must be endorsed in the subject matter area by the Teacher Standards and Practices Commission (TSPC) to teach the designated subjects.

Training and/or experience in a similar classroom setting.

Bilingual/Bi-Cultural Chinese, Russian, Somali, Spanish, and Vietnamese applicants are highly desirable.


Some positions in this classification may require the use of a personal automobile and possession of a valid Class C Oregon driver’s license.

Some positions in this classification may require bilingual/bi-literate skills in a language other than English.

Work hours may include evening and weekend activities, meetings, trainings, workshops and in-services.


Knowledge of:

MTSS framework

Schoolwide Integrated Framework for Transformation (SWIFT) tools, domains and features

Universal Design for Learning (UDL)

Fidelity tools

SCIP plans

Ability to:

Engage in and facilitate data-based decision-making

Conduct professional development in all aspects related to MTSS including philosophy, system change, universal screening, progress monitoring, decision making and intervention methods at all tiers for both academic and behavioral needs

Work in a high-demand environment as a collaborative team member

Engage in MTSS implementation


Strong oral and written communication skills

Strong interpersonal skills including active listening, perspective sharing and the ability to engage in healthy conflict

Applying standardized rubrics to real-world situations

Manage timelines, prioritize when needed, take initiative

This would be ideal and can be learned once in the position.

ENDORSEMENT REQUIREMENT: Full, unrestricted teaching licensed issued by TSPC
COMPENSATION : $50,020 TO $97,333 (Annual salary based on 1.0 FTE)
WORK YEAR: 192 days
FTE: 1.0

Benefits Information

Portland Public Schools (PPS) offers several competitive and comprehensive benefit packages to employees. Fringe benefits include medical, dental, vision, prescription, life and disability insurance, employee assistance program, 403(b) retirement savings plan and various leave and professional development programs. Depending on the insurance option selected by the employee, there may be an employee contribution toward insurance.
Portland Public Schools is a public employer and participates in the Public Employees Retirement System (PERS/OPSRP). Eligible employees are required by statute to contribute 6% of salary on a pre-tax basis to OPSRP/IAP, after serving six months under a PERS employer.
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