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Washington State School Directors’ Association Executive Director
KEES has been exclusively retained by the Washington State School Directors’ Association (WSSDA) in its search for an Executive Director.
WSSDA seeks an Executive Director who is a consensus builder and an effective communicator with a passion for equipping the leaders who make a substantive impact on the education of over 1M children across the state of Washington. The Board desires a diplomatic and innovative Executive Director to steer the organization to the next level of impact and efficacy. As an advocate of all school board members across Washington state from districts with varying sizes, needs, and resources, the WSSDA Executive Director will need to seek balanced perspectives, engage all members as effectively as possible, and find common ground among stakeholders with competing or opposing priorities.
Accountable to the Board for carrying out the organization’s mission and achieving its goals, the Executive Director is responsible for overall planning, deployment, coordination, monitoring, improvement, and management of staff and operations. The Executive Director will lead a staff of approximately 15 full-time employees with 6 direct reports, which provide school board members research-based professional development opportunities, policy and legal services, and legislative advocacy supports based on the democratically determined member priorities of school board members statewide.

This position offers a market-rate salary based on recent benchmarking and board review. The hiring range is expected to be in the low $200,000s. Strong benefits are offered through the Public Employee Benefit Board (PEBB), and WSSDA employees participate in the Public Employee Retirement System (PERS). The team currently operates in a Hybrid format, with M/F as remote days and Tuesday-Thursday as in office days.

The Washington State School Directors’ Association (WSSDA) is a nonpartisan state agency formed in 1922 that builds leaders by empowering its members with tools, knowledge, and skills to govern with excellence and advocate for public education. Funded by public education money, and with a goal of serving as a unifying voice of the public education agenda, WSSDA is the premier resource hub and advocate for public education governance. WSSDA resources, materials, and opportunities are available to all WSSDA members. To learn more, please visit WSSDA.org.

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This search is being managed by Heather Eddy, President and CEO, and Megan Taylor, Project Manager of KEES. Questions may be addressed to mtaylor@kees2success.com.
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Position: Washington State School Directors’ Association Executive Director
Organization: State Agency
Location: Olympia,  WA 
United States
Salary: $200,000
Posting Start Date: 6/3/2024
Date Posted: 6/3/2024
Requirements Some specific requirements include:
  • Passion for WSSDA’s mission and the children of Washington, augmented by demonstrated experience in similar programmatic and nonprofit service areas.
  • Exceptional ability to work across lines of difference and divergent perspectives with diplomacy and discretion, bringing people together around shared vision, goals, and civil discourse.
  • An open-minded approach that facilitates discussion and seeks to find common ground among all people and positions. Bring an unbiased perspective allowing all views to be considered.
  • Ability to cultivate and leverage strong external relationships with a variety of business, civic, and elected leaders on the state and local levels, as well as with state agencies, partner organizations, and other stakeholders.
  • Track record in fiscal management, stewardship, and strategy. A record of integrity and inclusiveness in nonpartisan organizations is essential.
  • Proven success in building strong and productive work teams with a focus on mentoring and nurturing staff development.
  • Strong analytic and strategic-thinking skills, with a demonstrated ability to create, implement, and monitor complex plans and then translate those plans into goals and concrete strategies.
  • A minimum of 7 years of progressive experience in leadership and management in nonprofit organizations or public education. Direct work in legislative relations is a must, as well as demonstrated and effective leadership in public education.
Status: This listing expires on: 9/1/2024
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Organization Information
State Agency
225 College St NE

Olympia,  WA 98516
United States
(360) 252-3012
Josh Collette