Lead in Seattle

Seattle Public Schools is no longer accepting applications for the 2017-18 School Leader Principal and Assistant Principal Pool.  If you are not a current participant of the principal or assistant principal pool, you are not eligible to apply to current administrator openings.  Information on applying to the 2018-19 School Leader Pools will be posted at a later date.

The following School Leader positions are currently open to current sitting SPS Principals, current sitting SPS Assistant Principals, and participants of the 2016-17 Principal School Leader Pools.

School Leader openings:
  • Bailey Gatzert Elementary
  • Dearborn Park Elementary
  • Gatewood Elementary
  • Licton Springs K-8

The Assistant Principal positions are currently open to current sitting SPS Principals, current sitting SPS Assistant Principals, and participants of the 2016-17 Principal and Assistant School Leader Pools.

Assistant Principal Openings:

  • Denny International Middle School   
  • Emerson Elementary School
  • Highland Park Elementary School

To learn more about these schools please visit our School Directory  where you will find links that will direct you to the specific school profile.

Why Lead in Seattle

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.

In preparation for anticipated future vacancies, SPS will maintain a pool of potential candidates who have a track record of demonstrating these attributes and who are screened through a rigorous selection process. Successful candidates who are accepted into the pools are invited to apply to new school leadership vacancies.

Our commitment is to have a selection process that is transparent and respects the profession of SPS School Leaders. Candidates are permitted to apply once between January 2017 and July 2017.

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.

If you are committed to working in a learning organization that values and acts on a vision of eliminating the opportunity gap and working to support school staff in the ability to do so, then Seattle Public Schools is the place for you. If you are a leader who is committed to urban education and eliminating the opportunity gap on behalf of all children, then Seattle Public Schools is the district for you.

We invite you to complete your application packet to become a part of the Seattle Public Schools leadership team.

In addition to exhibiting the competencies, skills, and beliefs outlined above, qualified candidates also must have:

  • A valid Washington State Administrator Certificate or be in the process of obtaining a Washington State Administrator certificate prior to date of hire or July 2017.

  • In most cases, an out-of-state administrative certificate will apply in Washington State. For details on obtaining a Washington State Administrator certificate visit the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) at http://www.k12.wa.us/certification/AdminMain.aspxadd

    *Note: To be eligible for selection to a Principal or Assistant Principal position, verification of principal licensure must be completed.

  • Applicants should have experience in a leadership capacity within a public or private school system and a minimum of three (3) years of successful certificated school experience.

  • At least three years of teaching experience (preferred).

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.

  • For Principal candidates, at least three years of experience as a principal or assistant principal (preferred).

Application Timeline

The School Leader Pool (Principals and Assistant Principals) is one of the first steps before a candidate is eligible to apply for Site-Based Administrative openings at SPS. For the school year 2017-2018, SPS will be accepting applications for principals and assistant principals for the School Leader Pool starting February 2017. Applicants will benefit from applying as early as possible.

School Leader Pool Process:

The School Leader Pool process consists of the following steps. You must pass each step before being invited to move onto the next step. If you do not pass a step, you are permitted to reapply the following school year (you may apply only once each school year).

The steps included in the selection process are:

  1. Online application submitted via Neogov our online applicant tracking system

  2. A structured resume that provides information about your work and leadership experiences, accomplishments and results.

  3. Cover Letter - information to be included in cover letter:

    • Please briefly describe why you are an excellent leadership candidate for Seattle Public Schools
    • What are specific leadership attributes that you possess that you believe will make you a successful school leader?
    • How will you measure your success as a leader in Seattle Public Schools?
  4. Screening, review and rating of Supplemental Questions.

Additional screening processes may be utilized, i.e. brief face-to-face or telephone interviews.

Once Accepted into School Leader Pool, Candidates Can Expect:

  1. School (Site) -Based interviews
  2. Executive Director of Schools interview
  3. Superintendent interviews (Principal candidates only)

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