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2022-23 School Leader Pools


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 and 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.
 
At 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 creating equitable outcomes for each and every student in every classroom and thereby eliminating the opportunity gap.
 
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.
 

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.

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 before the date of hire or July 2022.
  • 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)
  • *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).
  • To learn more about a specific school, please visit our School Directory where you will find links that direct you to the school’s profile.

The School Leader Pool(s) is the first step in determining if an applicant is eligible to apply for Site-Based Leader openings at Seattle Public Schools (SPS).  If you are interested in becoming a School Leader here at SPS, you must first apply via our Principal School Leader Pools. SPS is now accepting applications for the 2022-23 School Leader Pools. To apply click the link below.

22 – 23 School Leader Principal Pool

2022-23 School Leader Pool – Assistant Principal

PLEASE NOTE:  The 22-23 School Leader Pools will close at 5 p.m. on May 1, 2022.

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