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Series established March 12, 1975
This series specification describes three levels of positions responsible for the development, conduct, coordination, and evaluation of bilingual, and migrant education programs in the State of California.
Persons in these classes develop, promote and assist in establishing education services in bilingual or migrant education programs at the local level while disseminating and promulgating desirable practices for the education of all school children on a statewide basis. They consult with and advise county offices of education and district school administrators, categorical program directors, teachers, parents and others regarding State and Federal policies, laws, rules, and regulations with respect to educational programs and services for bilingual and migrant students; provide guidance to applicants for funds and in the development of programs; review and comment on project applications; provide guidance regarding approved accounting systems and fiscal practices that relate to funding and operation of programs; assist in developing programs for parent involvement, participation and education; recommend and prepare appropriate manuals, bulletins, and teaching materials on curricular, instructional, supervisory, and administrative problems; coordinate and conduct conferences, workshops, meetings for statewide and regional committees, study groups, and teachers' inservice training programs to implement and encourage courses of study; collect data concerning existing and proposed education strategies and programs, direct visits to operational projects and prepare reports and evaluations; work with other program units within the Department of Education to determine resource availability on education programs; and do other related work.
The scope and level of responsibilities assigned; complexity of work; independence of action; level and scope of responsibility of program, policy development and implementation; impact of decision making on statewide programs; and degree of supervisory and administrative responsibility.
This class is the entry and first journey level in the series. An Assistant performs administrative assignments, consultation and technical assistance for local, State, and Federal bilingual or migrant education programs in less complex or sensitive phases of the programs; monitors program components, prepares reports and makes recommendations for improving program effectiveness. The Assistant may be used as a training level for the Bilingual/Migrant Education Consultant or comparable class; and may also work under the guidance of a Consultant.
This is the full journey level in this series. Under general supervision, a Consultant serves as a departmental spokesperson on bilingual or migrant education in a geographic area, or serves as a statewide specialist for particular education program components. Consultants provide coordination and liaison services to various private, State and local public educational agencies which provide services to school children; evaluate curricula for use in bilingual or migrant education programs; provide leadership for local programs; advocate the expansion of programs known to improve student performance; prepare and present complex documents on sensitive policy issues for a variety of State, Federal and local level audiences; may participate in developing the annual work plan as part of the program budget; and perform the more difficult, sensitive, and complex program formulation, analysis, implementation, administrative and assessment activities. Consultant may provide leadership and training to incumbents at the Assistant level.
This is the first supervisory level over professionals at the Consultant and Assistant levels, as well as support and technical staff. Incumbents either assist an Education Administrator II or higher level manager in directing the planning, development, administration and evaluation of educational programs of a major unit or directly supervise a unit of lesser scope. Nonsupervisory positions may be allocated to this class to perform high level administrative, coordinative and consultative reponsibilities that are multiunit or multi-divisional in scope. Incumbents functioning in this capacity typically report to an Assistant Superintendent or higher level position.
Credential Requirement: Applicants who do not meet the credential requirement will be admitted to the examination, but must meet the requirement before they will be considered eligible for appointment.
Possession of an earned master's or doctorate degree may be substituted for the credential requirement at any level.
Possession of a valid California teaching credential with specialization in elementary, secondary, or community college teaching or credential or life diploma of equivalent authorization.
Possession of a valid California administration credential or credential or life diploma of equivalent authorization.
(One year of experience in the Department of Education performing the duties of a professional education class at a level equivalent to the class Bilingual/Migrant Education Assistant, Range B, or higher may be substituted for the required credential. Experience used in this manner to meet the credential requirement must be in addition to that used to meet the general experience requirement.)
Experience Requirements: Experience applicable to one of the following patterns may be combined on a proportional basis with experience applicable to the other pattern to meet the total experience requirement. Experience in California state service applied toward the open experience pattern must include the same number of years of qualifying experience as required in the promotional pattern performing the duties of a class with a level of responsibility equivalent to that described in the promotional experience pattern.
"Performing professional education duties" is defined as duties which, if performed in the California state service, would be performed by persons in a professional education class. Duties performed in staff services classes in the California State Civil Service shall not be considered professional education duties.
Two years of teaching experience in elementary, secondary, or postsecondary education serving the educational needs of bilingual or migrant students.
One year of administrative, educational program or policy development, or equivalent staff level experience performing professional education duties in elementary, secondary, or postsecondary education serving the educational needs of bilingual or migrant students.
One year of experience in California state service performing professional education duties which shall have consisted of serving the educational needs of bilingual or migrant students at a level of responsibility equivalent to that obtained in the class of Bilingual/Migrant Education Assistant, Range B.
Two years of administrative, educational program or policy development, or equivalent staff level experience performing professional education duties in elementary, secondary, or postsecondary education serving the educational needs of bilingual or migrant students.
One year of experience in California state service performing professional education duties which shall have consisted of serving the educational needs of bilingual or migrant students at a level of responsibility equivalent to that obtained in the class of Bilingual/Migrant Education Consultant, or two years of experience in California state service performing professional education duties which shall have consisted of serving the educational needs of bilingual or migrant students at a level of responsibility equivalent to that obtained in the class of Bilingual/Migrant Education Assistant, Range B.
Three years of administrative, educational program or policy development, or equivalent staff level experience performing professional education duties in elementary, secondary, or postsecondary education serving the educational needs of bilingual or migrant students.
Knowledge of: Principles, trends, and practices in education programs for bilingual or migrant students; compensatory educational programs for children from varied social, economic, and ethnic backgrounds; growth and development patterns and problems of school children; academic subject-matter curriculum development and instructional methods; research and statistical methods; and program planning techniques.
Ability to: Establish and maintain effective working relations; exercise tact, resourcefulness, and judgment with all groups contacted in the course of the work; communicate effectively and relate to individuals from various ethnic and cultural groups; analyze situations accurately and take effective action; assume leadership and exercise creativity in the formulation and development of education programs for bilingual or migrant students; coordinate and direct analytical and research studies; apply educational policy; present ideas clearly and concisely in oral written form; conduct conferences, workshops and teachers' institutes.
Knowledge of: In addition to the above, the California public and private school system administrative practices and the functions of the Department of Education; and Federal and State education laws, rules, and regulations, including those relating to the provision of programs and services to bilingual or migrant students.
Ability to: In addition to the above, assume leadership and exercise creativity in the administration and evaluation of education programs; interpret educational policy.
Knowledge of: In addition to the above, the organization of the State Department of Education; principles of program development, implementation, and audit procedures; principles of employee development, training, and supervision; the Department of Education's mission, goals, programs, and policies; the Department's Affirmative Action Program objectives; and a supervisor's role in affirmative action and labor relations and the processes available to meet these program objectives.
Ability to: In addition to the above, effectively and efficiently supervise a staff and program within the resources provided; review and edit written documents; establish and maintain project and departmental priorities; work effectively with administrative personnel in the Department and in other governmental agencies; supervise subordinate staff; and effectively contribute to the Department's affirmative action objectives.
Willingness to travel throughout the State.
In appraising the relative qualifications of candidates, consideration will be given to the extent and type of pertinent knowledge and abilities over and above that required under "Minimum Qualifications". For all levels in the Bilingual/Migrant Education series, extensive knowledge of the customs and proficiency in the language of a cultural group served by the Bilingual or Migrant Education units are desirable qualifications.
Range A. This range shall apply to incumbents who do not meet the criteria for payment in Range B.
Range B. This range shall apply to persons who have successfully completed either:
l. One year performing educational duties of a class equivalent in level a Bilingual/Migrant Education Assistant, Range A; or
2. Possession of a valid California administration credential or life diploma of equivalent authorization. (Possession of a master's or doctorate degree may be substituted for the required credential.)