Director of Policy and Legal Services

The Washington State School Directors’ Association (WSSDA) is seeking a highly qualified Director of Policy and Legal Services that possesses the following key attributes:

Preferred Qualifications

  • Juris Doctor Degree, required.
  • Admission to the Washington State Bar and in good standing- required.
  • Understanding of state education law- required.
  • School district policy development experience- preferred. 
  • Rule and regulatory activities experience- preferred.
  • Legislative strategy and analysis of education related issues- preferred.
  • Leadership experience, including staff management and supervision- preferred.


See specific duties and other essential functions in the full job description.

Salary Range

$125,000 – $140,000 annually.


WSSDA employee benefits packages are offered through the Public Employee Benefit Board (PEBB), and WSSDA employees participate in the Public Employee Retirement System (PERS).

Application Information:

Please submit a complete application which will consist of the following: 

  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume
  3. Complete WSSDA Employment Application PDF | Word

Materials may be emailed to

For questions about this recruitment, please contact Josh Collette at (360) 252-3012, or email at

The 2024 timeline for application and selection is:
  • May 1
    Screening of applications starts
  • May 6
    Notification to applicants selected for an interview
  • May 9-10
    First round of interviews held virtually
  • May 13
    Notification to applicants selected to advance to the finalists interview round
  • May 15
    Finalist interviews held in-person

Why Work at WSSDA

Equity is foundational to the work of WSSDA.
WSSDA’s member-adopted position is that educational equity can only exist when a student’s level of opportunity and achievement cannot be predicted based on race, characteristics, or circumstances. Therefore, we must identify and eliminate any discriminatory practices and prejudices within our state’s public education system.

We have a big impact on K-12 public education.
WSSDA supports and elevates the work of 1,477 school board members statewide, which is the largest group of elected officials in Washington state. They oversee the education of 1.1 million students in all 295 public school districts statewide. At WSSDA, you’ll have the opportunity to make a positive impact on education, supporting the development and expertise of individual school directors and board-superintendent teams.

We are dedicated to the value of public education.
Our members are the 1,477 school directors across the state, and we support them in having a positive impact on the students in their communities.

We value treating people with dignity, respect, and kindness.
WSSDA’s staff is small but mighty, and we work collaboratively with each other to do great things.  We consistently strive for relationships that support and uplift each other and the work we do on behalf of our members. We value diversity and equity.

We have fun together.
We value humor, joy, and positive relationships. We take our work seriously, and are serious about having fun while doing it.

There are some great benefits and perks.
Our work schedules allow for flexibility to ensure a healthy work-life balance, including regular telecommuting days and some remote work. As a Washington state employee, your compensation package includes paid vacation and sick leave, health insurance options, and access to retirement programs.

Sandy Hayes

WSSDA President

"This is an opportunity to work in a highly collaborative, fast-paced environment, serving those who serve Washington's 1.2 million students. I encourage you to apply and come work with us."

Ron Mabry

WSSDA Past President

"This is an opportunity for you to be involved with a team that operates at the highest levels of engagement between elected officials, the public, and our state’s K-12 public education system."

WSSDA’s Equal Opportunity Statement

The Washington State School Directors’ Association (WSSDA) is an equal opportunity employer.

As an employer, we strive to create an inclusive working environment that respects diverse backgrounds. Individuals from diverse gender, racial and ethnic backgrounds, religions and creeds, and national origins, individuals with any disabilities or the use of a trained service dog or service animal, individuals over 40 years of age, individuals in honorably discharged veteran or military status and individuals of all sexual orientations and gender identities are encouraged to apply. Please include your name and preferred pronouns in your application, to ensure we address you appropriately throughout the application process