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School / Campus / College: College of Education

Organization: College of Education


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Position Purpose

The Center for Educational Leadership (CEL) is a nationally recognized center committed to the belief that all children deserve a schooling experience that builds their agency and self-efficacy, and ultimately leads to limitless futures for them, their families and their communities.  We are looking for a dynamic leader ready to partner with school systems to help us achieve this vision for all children.                                            

Our organization is dedicated to partnering with courageous leaders in classrooms, schools and the systems that support them to create cultures of rigorous teaching, learning and leading.  To do this, we offer a variety of evidence-based and research-driven services, all aimed at building teacher and leader capacity, including:

  • Central office redesign focused on supporting principals and teachers
  • Instructional leadership development for principals and their leadership teams
  • Job-embedded, content-specific coaching

We are a center within University of Washington College of Education. Our office is located in Seattle, Washington where the work of our team of 20 faculty and staff members is guided by our shared values of curiosity, collaboration, and integrity. We value the people who make up our team and we are relentless in our pursuit of impact.

CEL is a self-sustaining organization through program service fees and grant funding.

Who We Are Looking For

The Center is currently evolving and expanding how we support schools in the development of rigorous cultures of learning, teaching and leadership. This is an exciting time to join a team at CEL where we are tackling issues of equity as they play out in classrooms across the country.  Specifically, we are looking for a Project Director ready to apply their deep content and leadership knowledge to our new and emerging work. You will help us develop the cutting-edge tools and approaches that support leaders’ abilities to nurture cultures where teachers work together to problem solve and improve on behalf of students. 

Successful candidates for this position bring a deep commitment to equity, a strong understanding of instruction in literacy or STEM and instructional leadership. Successful candidates also bring a passion for innovative problem solving approaches for developing systems and leaders from the classroom to the central office.  As this position requires a high level of collaboration and flexibility, candidates who are able to listen, learn from mistakes, and learn alongside others will have the greatest chance of success. Lastly, this position is ideal for someone who thrives in working in diverse school environments.

This position requires up to 75% travel during our busiest times of year. While we prefer residency near our Seattle office, candidates who can successfully work remotely are encouraged to apply. Travel to Seattle will be required at least four times a year. This is a 1.0 FTE, renewable twelve-month appointment at the non-tenure rank of Educator III.

Primary Responsibilities


  • Work individually and as part of a team to develop and coach K-12 school district teachers and leaders in assigned CEL partnerships across the country. Work includes:
    • Using or adapting new and foundational CEL tools and approaches as well as your own content knowledge and experience.
    • Collaborating with CEL staff and partners to conduct needs assessments to determine student learning problems, establish scopes of work, create impactful goals and define measures of success.
    • Designing and providing on the ground and virtual support to partners with flexibility and attention to quality and impact.
  • Manage and develop a portfolio of district partnership contracts focused on teacher and leader learning, guiding each contract from start to finish. Work includes:
    • Talking with potential partners about CEL’s vision, mission, and possible ways to work together.
    • Collaborating with CEL staff and partners to shape the structure of professional learning for teachers and leaders, devising and providing direction for day-to-day service.
    • Monitoring impact, troubleshooting and coordinating the work of CEL consultants and possibly other CEL project directors.
  • Collaborate in the development of curricula and tools designed to improve the quality of instructional leadership in K-12 schools with a focus on leading for improvements in teaching and teacher learning culture in service of creating transformative schools.
  • Represent CEL through thought leadership engagements and publications.


Minimum Qualifications


  • Master’s Degree in teaching and learning, educational leadership, or equivalent education and experience.
  • Extensive knowledge of, and experience in K-12 education, including increasing leadership. Ideal candidates will have held multiple types of teaching and leadership roles in multiple systems including urban and/or rural experience.
  • Depth of knowledge of student learning in math and/or literacy as well as knowledge and experience with English Learners and students with special needs.
  • A minimum of 10 years of K-12 classroom teaching, coaching and administrative experience (or equivalent) including a track record of successful teaching with adults.
  • Depth of knowledge of student learning in math and/or literacy as well as knowledge and experience with English Learners and students with special needs.
  • Extensive knowledge of high-quality instruction including how to identify it and how to support teachers’ instructional practice.
  • Demonstrated skills in collaborating and communicating well with others, both inside and outside an organization.
  • Curious, flexible, problem-solving mindset and multi-disciplinary thinker.  Approaches situations and issues with a learning stance.
  • Proven ability to lead and influence others without formal authority.  Demonstrated ability to work with efficiency, diplomacy and flexibility.
  • Project management skill and confidence.
  • Able and willing to travel frequently and extensively.


Desired qualifications


  • Skills in qualitative data analysis, design thinking, and/or improvement science.
  • Experience as principal, district level coach, or central office leader in multiple K-12 settings.
  • Experience with adult or student learning in non-traditional K-12 education settings (arts or environmental education, after school programs, youth development organizations, etc.).
  • Experience as a trainer or consultant providing professional development using multiple delivery methods in the K-12 environment.


The position begins no later than July 10, 2019. 


Application submissions must include:

(1) A detailed letter describing how your qualifications specifically meet each of the minimum qualifications listed in this job position

(2) A curriculum vitae/resume

(3) Three letters of recommendation

(4) A list of three additional references including their contact information


Only application submissions that include all of the items listed above will be considered complete and will be forwarded for review.  For timely consideration, please submit your application by April 19, 2019; however, the position will remain open until filled.


To learn more about the University of Washington ( the College of Education (, and the Center for Educational Leadership ( its mission and goals, research and outreach activities, faculty, and academic programs, please visit us on the web. 



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University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All
qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, creed,
religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, genetic information,
gender identity or expression, age, disability, or protected veteran status.

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