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    Below is a listing of the School Leader Openings for Seattle Public Schools for the 2018-19 school year.  Applications for site-specific openings will only be accepted from current sitting SPS Principals or applicants who have been notified of their acceptance into the 2018-19 Principal School Leader Pool.

    The School Leader Pool is the first step in determining if an applicant is eligible to apply for Site-Based School Leader openings at SPS.  If you are interested in becoming a School Leader here at SPS and have not submitted an application to the 2018-19 Principal or Assistant Principal School Leader Pools, please see the information below under School Leader Pool 2018-19.


    2018-19 Administrator Openings:





    • Lawton
    • Montlake
    • Lowell

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


    Thank you for considering employment with Seattle Public Schools (SPS).  We are committed to attracting and retaining a top-quality staff to best meet the needs of our students and community. 


    We are currently accepting applications for the 2018-19 School Leader Pool.  For the 2018-19 ALL past participants of School Leader Pools must re-apply.  If you were accepted in the 15-16, 16-17, 17-18 School Leader Pools and wish to be participate in the 18-19 pool you must re-apply.  


    School Leader Pool Process:


    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 2018-2019, SPS will be accepting applications for principals and assistant principals for the School Leader Pool through April 30, 2018. Applicants will benefit from applying as early as possible. The 2018-19 School Leader Pools will close at 5pm on April 30, 2018. 


    The School Leader Pool process consists of the following steps below.


    The steps included in the selection process are:

    • Online application submitted via Neogov

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

    • Cover Letter - (see application for specific details).

    • Screening, review and rating of Cover letter

    • School Leader Principal Only - Applicants passing screening of Cover letter will be invited to participate in a 15-minute interview (Skype is available)

    If an applicant is screened out, they cannot re-apply.  The next opportunity to apply to the pools will be for the 2019-20 school year.


    The following links will take you directly to the school leader postings.


    School Leader Pool Principal Application -


    School Leader Pool Assistant Principal -


    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 2018 and July 2018.

    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.

    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.

    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 2018.

    • 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

      *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).


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