Program Director
Washington Alliance for Better Schools - Shoreline, WA

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Organizational Background: Washington Alliance for Better Schools (WABS) is a collaborative of eleven school districts that leverages resources, talent and intellectual capital to help over a quarter million students graduate career and college ready. WABS is a nimble and dynamic organization led by the WABS member district Superintendents, who serve as the Board of Directors, along with the University of Washington. Our Goals are to:

1) Increase indicators of academic achievement and career readiness, particularly in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).
2) Build teachers’ skill and capacity to provide powerful learning opportunities for all students.
3) Close the achievement and opportunity gaps associated with historically underrepresented populations.
4) Strengthen student and family engagement in education.

Job Summary: WABS is seeking a Program Director to manage, direct and lead all aspects of our existing 21st Century Community Learning Centers program in partnership with the Kent School District. This position will work closely with staff, students, and parents to ensure the well-being and achievement of students from diverse ethnic, racial, and socio-economic backgrounds within the context of the organization’s mission and goals. The project director will provide grant management in compliance with the Federal Government’s program requirements.

To be successful in this role you will need strong project management skills, outstanding written and verbal communication skills and the ability to take initiative and work as a team. You will also need to be flexible and have the ability to take effective action in ambiguous situations. This position has frequent contact with all levels from superintendents, teachers, community partners, students, and public and private funders.

Key Responsibilities and Essential Functions

Program Management

  • Develop, improve and execute program implementation plans that align with WABS’ overall education goals.
  • Collaborate with WABS, Kent School District Administration, and after-school coordinators to implement grant activities and goals.
  • Serve as a liaison between the school day staff and the after-school/summer school staff to coordinate curricula and connect student learning experiences.
  • Coordinate and develop a system for assessing, planning, measuring, reporting and managing the activities of the 21st CCLC grant.
  • Provide support to all school sites and the Community Resource Team as specified in the grant.
  • Provide staff development and training for all 21st CCLC staff members.
  • Build community partnerships with industry, higher education, nonprofits, and other community stakeholders.
  • Publicly represent WABS to a broad range of stakeholders in both public and private sectors.


  • Construct and implement a fund development and sustainability plan.
  • Develop and manage program budgets; track and reconcile program expenses against budget.
  • Compose continuation reports, program updates, and public information materials related to 21st CCLC activities.

The successful candidate will be able to:

  • Experience supervising teams of people.
  • Background in K12 and informal learning environments (after school/summer programs).
  • Know how to successfully build and maintain internal and external partnerships.
  • Exhibit multicultural and ethnic understanding and sensitivity with the capability to communicate effectively with all cultural groups.
  • Show strong organizational, planning, time management and anticipatory skills.
  • Demonstrate exceptional interpersonal and customer service skills, as well as excellent written and verbal communication abilities.
  • Show a positive attitude and self-motivation, with a strong sense of responsibility and accountability.
  • Be team- and service-oriented, supporting organizational leadership while being part of and contributing to a broader team.
  • Maintain confidentiality regarding all matters and have a high level of integrity.

Qualifications include a background in K-12 education and or informal learning (after school/summer programs) with a minimum of 5 years demonstrated successful program management experience required. Bachelor’s degree in a related field required. Experience managing a large grant and/or supervising teams of people within an elementary school setting preferred. Candidate must be proficient working with Gmail/mail/calendar and MAC’s.

This is a part-time; 20-25 hours a week, exempt position. We also offer a flexible work environment.

Job Title: Program Director
Company: Washington Alliance for Better Schools (
Location: Shoreline, WA (with travel to Kent regularly)
Salary: $40-45per hour, DOE
Reports to: Executive Director

Last Date to Apply: 09/30/13.

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Washington Alliance for Better Schools (WABS) is a collaborative of eleven school districts that leverages resources, talent and...