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Position Announcement: Director, WSLA


Position: Director, Washington State Leadership Academy

The Washington Association of School Administrators (WASA) and the Association of Washington School Principals (AWSP) are seeking an outstanding leader for the position of Director of the Washington State Leadership Academy (WSLA). WSLA is primarily funded by the state of Washington with WASA and AWSP managing the program. Created on a strong foundation of research that demonstrates the skills and knowledge public school leaders must possess to significantly increase student learning, the Academy is designed to help school district leaders effectively address the need for system-wide learning improvement.

Responsibilities: The Director will be responsible for leading the work of the Washington State Leadership Academy in the following areas:

  1. Program Development and Delivery

    • Provide leadership in the planning and implementation of the Washington State Leadership Academy’s professional development opportunities for public school districts in the state of Washington.

    • Hire, train, and supervise the work of skilled instructors and coaches.

    • Facilitate the creation/revision of curriculum and coaching practices based on research and best practices.

  2. Project Management

    • Write funding proposals for the state of Washington and for potential private grants.

    • Manage contracts with the state of Washington providing required documentation.

    • Develop and monitor annual program budgets.

    • Coordinate the management of employee contracts as well as contracts with agencies, venues, catering, and individual contractors.

    • Schedule and secure sites for WASL professional development activities.

    • Maintain appropriate records of Academy work.

  3. Communication and Marketing

    • Work collaboratively with district superintendents and leadership of the nine educational service districts, WASA, and AWSP to recruit participants and implement a statewide delivery system.

    • Work with the WSLA communications staff to develop marketing materials, maintain the WSLA website, and create information for the Washington State Legislature.

    • Create agendas and facilitate the monthly WSLA Sponsors Team meetings and annual meeting of the WSLA Partners Board.

    • Present information about WSLA to various audiences.

    • Provide timely marketing of professional development activities to intended audiences.

  4. Program Monitoring and Evaluation

    • Monitor the effectiveness of WSLA professional development activities.

    • Negotiate contracts with and develop approved process with outside evaluators as directed by the WSLA Sponsors Team.

Desired Qualifications: Successful candidates for the Director position should have the following experience and skills.

  1. Leadership Experience

    • District and building-level leadership experience in public education.

    • A deep understanding of Washington State’s public education system and requirements including current and emerging issues such as TPEP, Common Core, SBAC, etc.

  2. Communication Skills

    • A record of working collaboratively in an effective and efficient manner.

    • Successful experience in working with advisory teams to synthesize a wide range of ideas and strategies toward an effective learning system for adult learners.

    • Effective skills in writing and presenting information in a careful and compelling fashion.

    • The ability to use technology effectively to communicate, develop curriculum materials and presentations, organize data, and maintain records.

  3. Leadership and Instruction Skills

    • A record of success in designing leadership learning systems based on core content and job-embedded learning with collaborative learning groups.

    • Successful experience with presentation, coaching, and mentoring strategies to enhance and sustain adult learning and behavioral change for improving student learning.

    • The ability to gather, distill, and utilize information and data from a wide range of sources to guide improvement planning.

Conditions of Work: This is a full-time position that involves extensive travel around the state. The office location is negotiable and the successful candidate will need to work independently with some support provided by WASA and/or AWSP staff.

Application process: Submit a résumé and letter of interest addressing the qualifications listed above. Further information may be requested based on the letter of interest.

Submit application to: Helene Paroff Assistant Executive Director Washington Association of School Administrators 825 Fifth Avenue SE Olympia, WA 98501

For questions, contact: Helene Paroff at 360.489.3650 or hparoff@wasa-oly.org.