Work at Rainier Valley Leadership Academy

Life as a Dotter: Rainier Valley Leadership Academy

Rainier Valley Leadership Academy is located in the Rainier Valley of southeast Seattle between Interstate 5 and Lake Washington. RVLA will open its doors to a founding class of 6th grade students in the fall of 2017 and is looking for mission-driven teachers to join our founding team. Our ideal candidate is hard-working, entrepreneurial, and possesses a strong desire to foster high levels of academic achievement with academically underserved students. We are looking for teachers who are passionate about middle school and excited to become a founding member of a new school community.


Open Positions in Seattle

Rainier Valley Leadership Academy is hiring a founding team of 6th grade administrators and teachers in Math, Science, Social Studies, English Language Arts, Technology, Arts and Special Education. Visit to learn more about available roles and apply to become a founding member of the Rainier Valley Leadership Academy team.


Message from the Principal

Hello Future Green Dot Teacher,

I’m thrilled to invite you to join our founding team at Rainier Valley Leadership Academy. We believe a high quality staff makes the most powerful impact on student learning and are seeking amazing teachers, mentors, and leaders to play an integral part in building an excellent school. We are recruiting individuals committed to achieving extraordinary results for all students through hard work, collaboration and partnership with our diverse families. Together, we will create a joyful, memorable and rigorous middle school experience for all students. Join us in our mission to help transform public education so ALL students to graduate ready for high school, college, leadership and life.

Walter Chen, Founding Principal

Living and Working in Seattle, Washington

The Rainier Valley is known as one of the most culturally and ethnically diverse communities in the nation. Home to one of the highest Walk Scores of any neighborhood in South Seattle, the Sound Transit Link Light Rail Station is just blocks from Columbia City’s main core, getting you into downtown in 12 minutes and the SeaTac airport in 15 minutes. The famed Farmers Market runs from May-October and draws visitors from around the city. Explore the latest in arts and music through the monthly ArtWalk and BeatWalk events. Other popular spots include the Ark Lodge Cinemas, Columbia City Theater, Genesee Park and Rainier Playfield. The historic downtown district is also home to a growing number of specialty and coffee shops, a jazz club, and iconic diner Geraldine’s Counter.


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Rainier Valley Leadership Academy

3900 S Holly Park Drive

Seattle, WA 98118

Phone: (206) 659-0956