Position Overview

Organization: College of Education

Title: Director (Educator III) – Center for Educational Leadership

Position Details

Position Description



The Center for Educational Leadership (CEL) is a nationally recognized center committed to the belief that all students can create limitless futures for themselves if schools foster conditions for them to experience happiness and pride. We help leaders create schools where students furthest from educational justice thrive. We do this by working side-by-side with school and district leaders across the country to improve leadership practice, ultimately creating transformed, equity-driven schools.

We work with the entire school system to build the expertise, practices, and conditions necessary to create cultures of rigorous teaching, leading, and learning. Our work is anchored in four research-based frameworks (www.k-12leadership.org/tools):

  • 4 Dimensions of School Leadership™
  • 5 Dimensions of Teaching and Learning™
  • Teacher Learning Guiding Principles
  • Principal Support Framework
  • Student Experience Story Guide

Ultimately, our passion is developing equity-driven, learner-focused leaders and the systems that support them. To do this, we offer a variety of evidence-based and research-driven services, all aimed at building teacher and leader capacity, including:

  • Central office redesign focused on supporting principals and teachers.
  • Equity-driven instructional leadership development for principals and their leadership teams.
  • Development of conditions and practices for impactful instructional coaching.

CEL is a self-sustaining center within the University of Washington College of Education. Our office is located in Seattle, Washington, where the work of our team of 20 educators and staff members is guided by our values of:

People. People are the core. We believe equity, empowerment, respect, balance and celebration vitalize our most precious resource.

Curiosity. We nurture inquisitive minds. Curiosity propels us forward in a never-ending pursuit of new ideas and improved ways of working.

Learning. Knowledge empowers. As an innovative, learning organization, we believe continuous reflection, learning and sharing create brighter experiences for all.

Collaboration. We are stronger together. Collaboration accelerates performance, and we know that the best work is a product of shared ownership and individual strengths.

Integrity. Our values are a promise. We live our values according to non-negotiable standards of honesty, truth, responsibility, mutual respect and “doing what is right.”

Impact. Student outcomes are our ultimate goal and measure of success.  A sense of urgency drives us to deliver the highest-quality work in service of ensuring equitable outcomes.

CEL is fully sustained through program service fees and grant funding.

Who We Are Looking For

CEL is looking for an experienced, equity-focused Director who believes that leadership, at both the school and district level, can make a difference in the learning and lives of all students.  We are seeking a dynamic leader who shares our belief that leaders who improve their practice with a commitment to equity will lead to schools where all students thrive. This position will be joining CEL at an exciting time of strategic renewal and will play a key role in mapping out how we can best serve students furthest from educational justice in school systems across the country. The Director will provide professional development and consulting services in the field, leading and managing work with equity-driven leaders across the country. They also will collaborate with others, internal and external to CEL, to improve our services, tools and processes, and will have opportunities to lead internal design and development projects.

Successful candidates for this position will bring a deep commitment to equity, knowledge of the science of both pedagogy and adult learning and development, and a strong understanding of learner-centered, equity-focused leadership development. This position also requires an entrepreneurial mindset to help develop new impactful, revenue-generating opportunities within existing partnerships and to bring new partnerships to CEL.  As this position requires a high level of collaboration, candidates who are able to listen, learn from mistakes, and learn alongside others will have the greatest chance of success. Lastly, this position is ideal for someone who thrives in a variety of contexts, from working in a variety of school environments to working with national thought leaders.

This position requires up to 60% travel. While we prefer residency near our Seattle office, candidates who can successfully work remotely are strongly encouraged to apply. This is a full-time,12-month appointment at the non-tenure rank of Educator III, with possible annual reappointments dependent upon available funding and satisfactory performance in the role.

Please note that CEL is hiring for two positions. The Project Director position is primarily a field role with the opportunity to collaborate on internal projects. The Director position differs from the Project Director in terms of degree of leadership responsibility for service leadership, partnership development, and leading internal work.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Plan and execute a wide range of equity-driven professional learning and consultation engagements focused on supporting school and district leaders using CEL’s tools and materials. This will include facilitating learning with large and small groups, providing one-on-one coaching, leading classroom walkthroughs, and guiding networks of school leaders. Facilitating adult learning in person and virtually is critical to the success of this position.
  • Design, lead and collaborate in the development of key designated services for district and school leadership that reflect CEL’s commitment to anti-racism. This will include activities like:
    • Develop and revise services, frameworks, and tools.
    • Partnership leadership, development and revenue generation.
    • Networking, public speaking, and writing on behalf of CEL.
  • Engage in continuous improvement focused on service delivery and impact.
  • Support field team organizational learning and coach team members as appropriate.
  • Play a key role in CEL’s revenue generation by identifying and securing opportunities to provide impactful services to new and existing partners. As needed, write grant proposals or seek out and respond to requests for proposals.
  • Communicate with new and existing school district partners, education organizations, foundations and funders. 
  • Lead and contribute to work groups and internal team learning processes utilizing strong facilitation and project management skills.


Minimum Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in teaching and learning, educational leadership, or equivalent education and experience.
  • A minimum of 10 years working in K-12 education, including traditional public, charter and/or private school systems.
  • Proven ability to lead and influence others without formal authority. Demonstrated ability to work with efficiency, diplomacy and flexibility in times of ambiguity.
  • Experience as a principal, principal supervisor or central office leader or as a leader in an educational organization.
  • Demonstrated experience leading equity-focused professional learning and conversations with diverse audiences and teams.
  • Demonstrated success and comfort in using a variety of delivery methods and strategies in engaging adults as learners.
  • Extensive knowledge of high-quality instruction and learning environments, including how leaders foster each.
  • Able and willing to travel frequently and extensively.

Desired Qualifications

  • Doctorate in teaching and learning or educational leadership.
  • Experience as a leader in multiple K-12 settings with some urban school district experience.
  • Experience as a coach, trainer or consultant providing professional development using multiple delivery methods in the K-12 environment.
  • Experience and comfort with the complexities of developing and maintaining fee-for-service clients.
  • Experience nurturing relationships with foundations and securing and working with grant funding.
  • An emerging record of scholarly work, including but not limited to research publications, practitioner-focused articles, and conference presentations.


The position begins no later than August 1, 2021.  Application submissions must include:

  1. A detailed letter describing how your qualifications specifically meet each of the minimum qualifications listed in this job position.
  2. A curriculum vitae/resume.
  3. Names and contact information for three references (please do not send recommendation letters at this time. Letters will be requested for all semi-finalists).
  4. A personal statement addressing the following: CEL’s approach to addressing issues of equity in schools is focused on supporting leaders and teachers in solving problems of student learning. Please share your experiences of addressing equity issues in schools specifically by addressing the improvement of leadership, teaching and learning. Please share how you made this improvement and what outcomes you achieved. How do you envision using this experience in working with leaders on behalf of CEL?

Please submit applications electronically to Interfolio at https://apply.interfolio.com/86869. The position will remain open until filled.

Queries about the position can be sent to celjobs@uw.edu.

To learn more about the University of Washington (www.washington.edu), the College of Education (http://education.washington.edu), and the Center for Educational Leadership’s mission and goals, research and outreach activities, faculty, and academic programs, please visit us on the web (www.k-12leadership.org). University of Washington faculty engage in teaching, research and service.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All
qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, creed,
religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, genetic information,
gender identity or expression, age, disability, or protected veteran status.

Commitment to Diversity

The University of Washington is committed to building diversity among its faculty, librarian,
staff, and student communities, and articulates that commitment in the UW Diversity Blueprint
(http://www.washington.edu/diversity/diversity-blueprint/). Additionally, the University’s Faculty Code
recognizes faculty efforts in research, teaching and/or service that address diversity and equal
opportunity as important contributions to a faculty member’s academic profile and
responsibilities (https://www.washington.edu/admin/rules/policies/FCG/FCCH24.html#2432).