Leadership Development Specialist

The Washington State School Directors’ Association (WSSDA) is seeking a highly qualified Leadership Development Specialist that possesses the following key attributes:

Preferred Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree and a minimum of two years related professional experience OR three to five years of job-related experience
  • Experience in instructional design and curricular development
  • Experience designing/developing and delivering instruction and other training for adults
  • Demonstrated strong writing and presentation skills
  • Excellent speaking, listening, and coaching skills
  • Experience having served on and/or worked with school boards, education associations, and/or in K-12 education or college-level education system(s)
  • Excellent organizational, time management and multi-tasking skills and abilities
  • Proficient in the use of Microsoft Office Professional with special emphasis on using Word, Excel, Outlook, Access, PowerPoint, and project management software
  • Demonstrated ability to calmly and competently manage multiple projects simultaneously
  • Demonstrated positive experience in working productively with a diverse team


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

Salary Range

$63,000 – $72,000 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 J.Collette@wssda.org.

For questions about this recruitment, please contact Josh Collette at (360) 252-3012, or email at J.Collette@wssda.org

The 2024 timeline for application and selection is:

  • March 9                     Applications due (or until filled)
  • March 11-15              Application screening
  • March 25-27              Virtual interviews for selected candidates
  • April 10-12                 In-person interviews with finalists in Olympia 
  • April 15                      Anticipated selection of candidate
  • April 29–May 6         Approximate start date

Why Work at WSSDA

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 Commitment to Equity and Equal Opportunity Statement

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

Equity is foundational to the work of WSSDA.

Our members believe 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.

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.