Washington Education Association

Washington Education Association

Educator Career Pathways Design & Implementation Specialist
(Temporary 1-Year)

Based in Federal Way, WA


The Educator Career Pathways Design & Implementation Specialist will work with WEA’s Teacher Residency program, the first union-run teacher preparation program in the nation. WEA envisions increased visible representation of teachers who mirror Washington state’s diverse learners and communities - who are highly qualified and reflective of classroom ready educators that can prepare and deliver effective education programs and inclusionary educational opportunities for all students in the State of Washington.

In this role, the Educator Career Pathways Design & Implementation Specialist will lead implementation of WEA teacher residency partnerships with a growing number of school district and local association partners. The Educator Career Pathways Design & Implementation Specialist will also lead the development and support of new teacher residency curricula. The Educator Career Pathways Design & Implementation Specialist will support a multi-year, grant-funded initiative focused on educator quality and new career pathways. This is a full-time, temporary 1-year position.

Benefits and Compensation:

  • Salary range (Lvl. 5) - $128,075 to $175,860
  • Employer-paid medical, dental, vision, and life insurance (full family covg.)
  • Generous sick and paid time off
  • Long-term disability plan
  • Defined Contribution plan - 401(k) (with employer contribution)
  • Relocation assistance
  • Position covered by the WEA/WEASO Collective Bargaining Agreement


  • Develop and implement annual engagement, recruitment and selection strategies for new school district and local association teacher residency partners.
  • Support selected partner sites with all aspects of residency implementation agreements and related program details, including identification of residency worksites and partner classrooms, and identification of coach, field supervisor and mentor roles.
  • Provide support to school district/local association partners to develop community-based partnerships supporting the WEA Teacher Residency.
  • Provide support and technical assistance to school district/local association partners to support expansion with K-12 school Grow Your Own (GYO) programs.
  • Assist with overall sustainability strategy and guidance to the WEA Teacher Residency staff team, including assistance with state and federal grant opportunities.
  • Partner with WEA staff on approval processes through the Professional Educator Standards Board (PESB) for adding new teacher endorsements.
  • Lead design teams of practicing educators to develop new WEA Teacher Residency endorsement curricula aligned with INTASC standards, Washington state endorsement competencies and National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) standards.
  • Serve as staff lead guiding WEA Professional Educator Advisory Board (PEAB) and WEA Teacher Residency Advisory Board work.
  • Lead partnership conversations with potential higher education collaborators.
  • Collaborate on several multi-layered projects with abstract parameters, including work with and support for highly diverse members, trainers/training teams, and staff colleagues.
  • Support and maintain positive relationships with external state and national partners and organizations focused on educator career pathways.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Experience and Requirements:

  • Strong understanding of and experience with educator quality policy, educator certification and educator career pathways.
  • Practical, lived experience as a teacher preparation student and P-12 certificated teaching experience. Experience with the residency model of teacher preparation strongly preferred.
  • Current or recently expired (within 3 years) Washington state teaching certificate (or another state’s or country’s equivalent) and related teaching experience (at least 5 years) with at least one of the following endorsement areas: Elementary education, bilingual education, English Language Learner (ELL), Career & Technical Education, math, science; National Board certification preferred but not required.
  • Extensive understanding and application of classroom teaching and learning skills, including evidence-based and inclusionary practices.
  • Extensive background and experience with adult learning, coaching and mentoring.
  • Established work experience with school districts, local associations, and higher education around educator quality initiatives.
  • Experience with all aspects of grants: identification, application, submission, program delivery, and evaluation.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead diverse teams of educators to develop and deliver high-quality curricula, instructional materials, and assessments.
  • Proficiency with current education tools, including Canvas.
  • Ability to successfully work with, learn from, communicate with, and support diverse individuals and groups which includes establishing an equity and inclusionary lens; history of success working with communities of color or with other historically under-represented groups.
  • Proficiency using Microsoft Office Suite and Office 365 (Microsoft Access, Excel, PowerPoint and Word, Teams, SharePoint, and OneDrive).
  • Asset-based mindset and ability to develop and maintain cooperative, productive workplace relationships.
  • Demonstrate initiative and ability to effectively handle multiple, complex assignments and lead with a solution-oriented approach amidst changing priorities.
  • Lead with strong attention to detail and effective project management skills.
  • Must support and advance the WEA mission, goals, core values and priorities.
  • Must reside in WA state.

COVID-19 vaccination: WEA has implemented COVID safety protocols including requiring vaccination of employees, remote work possibilities, wearing masks, and social distancing when work is performed in offices. These requirements are updated regularly.

Supervision: The successful incumbent will function as a member of the Governance Team and will report to the Dean of Educator Career Pathways Program.


  • We need to see a cover letter and a résumé reflecting relevant experience.
  • Click on the Apply for This Job button to complete our quick and easy application form!
  • If you are selected for an interview, prepare to have five (5) professional references available. You will be instructed how to do that.
  • Closing date is September 29, 2023, at 4:00pm PT.
  • If you are interested in applying for this position, please apply HERE.

The Washington Education Association is committed to a diverse, equitable, and inclusive workplace where the contributions of each employee are respected as part of the work performed on behalf of 90,000+ members in public education. WEA embraces employees with varied backgrounds and life experiences, including race, ethnicity, gender, age, religion, socio-economic status, sexual orientation, gender identity, physical ability, and veteran status. Only those candidates who can commit to promoting diversity, equity, and inclusiveness need apply.

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