Director of School Incubation

Washington State Charter Schools Association - Seattle, WA - Full time


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  • Place of Performance: Seattle, Washington
  • Supervisor: Chief Program Officer
  • Direct Reports: None
  • Status: Full Time, Exempt
  • Travel Requirements: Limited
  • Salary Range: $90,000-105,000 (Depending on Experience)


Washington is the 42nd state to open its public education system to charter schools and the law puts a strong emphasis on ensuring that its charters are high-quality options for students that don’t have access to them currently. The Washington State Charter Schools Association (WA Charters) is a non-profit organization that advocates for and develops high-quality charter public schools that meet the needs of systemically underserved students.

WA Charters knows that communities of color, immigrant and refugee communities, low-income communities, and individuals living with disabilities disproportionately shoulder the burden of the impacts of inequitable access to high-quality public schools. Working for and in partnership with impacted communities is a critical priority of our incubation, school services, legal, advocacy, communications, and engagement work to support charter public schools at every stage of their development. By doing so, we believe charter public schools will be a lever to improve educational outcomes across charter and traditional schools for all students.


National experience has taught us that great schools require equity-focused, innovative educators who are supported through the design, planning, and opening of their new school. To serve this need, WA Charters has established the School Leadership program, a school incubator that finds promising leaders, supports them with the development of a high-quality school, and provides them with the training and tools to be continuously responsive to their school communities. The Director of School Incubation leads the School Leadership Program and its corresponding pipeline programs at WA Charters.


The Director of School Incubation reports to the Chief Program Officer and works in close collaboration with the Director of School Services. This position has the following responsibilities:

Build Talent Pipelines (25%)

  • Build the school leadership human capital pipeline necessary to achieve the goal of establishing at least 21 high-quality schools through school development programs (e.g. External Partnerships, Charter 101s, Aspiring Leaders Program, Boot Camps).
  • Work in collaboration with Community Engagement team to set strategy and build relationships with community-based organizations in future charter regions.
  • Support relationship-building with funders and out-of-state charter management organizations to recruit them to support and open schools in Washington.
  • Recruit a diverse pipeline of school and teacher leaders for the sector by planning and executing WA Charters outreach events (e.g. Educator Nights) and leverage partner organizations to ensure a talented and diverse candidate pool.
  • Plan and lead case study trips for prospective school leaders, community members, and other charter stakeholders.

Lead the School Leadership Program (70%)

  • Lead the selection of high-quality leaders (Fellows) through a rigorous, research-based selection model/process that incorporates expertise from charter, education, and community leaders.
  • Maintain a high bar for school quality and high expectations for school performance. All WA Charters incubated schools will be designed to serve students that have been systemically underserved and have a college preparatory focus.
  • Lead kick-off training, monthly programming, and weekly coaching for individual school leaders, guiding charter applicants through school design and application submission.
  • Incorporate research, expertise, and program goals into curriculum design and institutionalize program design for future cohorts.
  • Design horizontally and vertically aligned School Leadership Program programing through collaboration with the Director of School Services and Community Engagement team.
  • Coordinate with WA Charters staff to provide Fellows with governance, communications, financial, and community engagement support.
  • Manage relationships with partner organizations, vendors, other charter schools, and consultants to supplement programming and support the coordination of case studies and residences for Fellows.
  • Leads case study trips to charters schools in and out of Washington for Fellows.

Contribute to WA Charters Strategy (5%)

  • Collaborate with the WA Charters team to chart our five-year course to a sector of at least 21 high-quality charter schools to inform organizational priorities and fundraising strategies.
  • Provide additional support across the organization by leading and participating in additional projects as needed, such as program planning for the annual WA Charters Conference.


WA Charters is seeking a team member that has the following essential skills and experiences:

  • Motivated, energetic leader with a passion for educational equity and program creation
  • At least five years of experience working in education, school start-up or charter school experience preferred
  • At least two years of demonstrated success in leadership roles focused on recruitment, curriculum development, leadership capacity-building, and/or program facilitation
  • A track record of working towards a set of goals and metrics—and meeting them
  • Excellent customer service orientation and high-degree of professionalism with a range of stakeholders
  • Ability to communicate effectively with and build consensus among people of varied backgrounds and experiences
  • Mastery of managing competing demands and quickly determining top priorities within a large-scale project
  • Ability to create, adjust, and implement strategic work plans
  • Strong writing, presentation, and facilitation skills, with an eye for detail
  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Willingness to share own ideas amongst staff, stakeholders, and board members
  • Excited by prospect of creating and continuously improving a program, at times working independently and with a team


  • A chance to transform Washington education
  • A passionate, fun, and fast-moving collaborative team
  • Salary range of $90,000-105,000, depending on experience
  • Medical, dental, vision, and Rx benefits; long- and short-term disability; and life insurance (details provided upon request)
  • 401(k) Simple Plan with an employer match
  • PTO days and paid federal holidays


  • To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to Constance Awenasa (
  • The position will remain open until filled; however, anyone interested in the position is encouraged to apply early in the process, as the preferred start date is by August 14, 2017.
  • If your skills are a match, we will contact you to schedule a phone interview, followed by an in-person interview with members of our team.


WA Charters is an equal opportunity employer. We will not discriminate and will take affirmative action measures to ensure against discrimination in employment, recruitment, advertisements for employment, compensation, termination, upgrading, promotions, and other conditions of employment against any employee or job applicant on the bases of race, color, gender, national origin, age, religion, creed, disability, veteran's status, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.

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