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2023-24 School Leadership Openings

There are no school leader positions open at this time. We will be accepting applications for the 2023-24 School Leader Pools in December 2023.

To learn more about a specific school, please visit our School Directory.

Why Lead in Seattle

At Seattle Public Schools (SPS), we are working to dramatically improve academic and life outcomes for Students of Color by disrupting the legacies of racism in our educational system. SPS is committed to developing a culturally responsive workforce so teachers, leaders, and staff can effectively support students and families. Learn more about the SPS Strategic Plan and workforce goals.

We value, support, and have the highest expectations of our school leaders. School leadership is second only to teaching and its impact on student learning. Because we believe students, teachers, and parents are worthy of highly skilled and effective school leaders, SPS recruits and invests in school leadership with the expectation that leaders improve and support the performance of adults in service of student learning.

Prospective school leadership applicants will demonstrate the following SPS Leadership Attributes:

  • 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.

Application Support

We will be accepting applications for the 2023-24 School Leader Pools in December 2023.

If you are interested in becoming a School Leader here at SPS, you must first apply via our School Leader Pools. The School Leader Pool is the first step in determining if an applicant is eligible to apply for Site-Based Leader openings at SPS.

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Document Requirements

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

Qualified candidates must have:

  • A valid Washington State Administrator Certificate or be in the process of obtaining a Washington State Administrator certificate before the date of hire.
  • 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).

All Administrators hired must have a Washington State Administrator Certification before the July 1, 2023 start date.

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)