Thank you for interest in becoming a gap-closing school leader with Seattle Public Schools (SPS). We are committed to attracting and retaining a top-quality staff to best meet the needs of our students and community.
Seattle Public Schools is committed to eliminating the opportunity gap. We value, support, and have the highest expectations of our school leaders. School leadership is second only to teaching in its impact on student learning. Because we believe students, teachers, and parents are worthy of highly skilled and effective school leaders, Seattle Public Schools' recruits and invests in school leadership with the expectation that leaders improve and support the performance of adults in service of student learning. In SPS, our leadership theory of action is if we proactively select, develop, and support highly effective and skilled future and current principals and assistant principals, then the quality of principals and assistant principals will increase, positively impacting the quality of teaching, and create equitable outcomes for each and every student in every classroom and thereby eliminating the opportunity gap.
The competencies, skills, and beliefs of prospective leadership applicants will be measured against the following SPS Leadership Attributes we expect of gap eliminating leaders:
Champions and Acts on a Vision of Equity
Prioritizes Collaboration based data
Cultivates Instructional Expertise
Aligns Resources for Equity
Builds strong, strategic partnerships
We expect our leaders to be guided, demonstrate, and be committed to the following professional standards: Equity, Adult Learning, Respect, Relationships, Excellence, and Reflection and Action.
School Leader Pool Process: The School Leader Pool process consists of the following steps below. Please note, applications to the pools are accepted once per school year. If you do not pass these steps, you will have another opportunity to reapply the following school year (2019-20).
The steps included in the selection process are (IMPORTANT INFORMATION):
Online application submitted via Neogov
A structured resume that provides information about your work and leadership experiences, accomplishments and results
Please limit your response to no more than two pages typed using 12 point font with .75" margins on all sides.
Cover letters that do not address these questions, will be screened out.
Please explain why you are an excellent candidate to lead a Seattle Public School, including any experience or special skills that you will bring as a new leader to enable the school to meet and surpass its goals.
Please describe what has inspired you to want to become an Administrator. Please include relevant information on your experience, skills, and vision for student achievement and how this qualifies you to be an excellent school leader.
Please describe one instructional initiative that you undertook that was intended to improve student achievement and close the opportunity gap. Select an initiative where you were responsible for the results and had a significant leadership role. The endeavor could range in scope from a school-wide program to an initiative that you implemented in your classroom as a teacher leader.
Three (3) references from recent supervisors, principal mentors or university professors from your administrator licensing program.
Applicants who pass the initial screening will be invited to participate in a 15-minute interview (Skype is available).
Internal Number: 13261
About Seattle Public Schools
Seattle Public Schools is the largest K-12 school system in Washington state, serving more than 47,000 students in 91 schools. We have a staff of about 8,000 which includes about 3,100 teachers. About 227 of the teachers are Nationally Board Certified.We are focused on improving academic achievement for all students and committed to ensuring that all students graduate from high school prepared for college, careers, and life. We strive to provide excellent teachers in every classroom, set high expectations for every student, meet the needs of our diverse learners, and prepare our students to excel.