The Green Dot Washington Board is seeking a talented, entrepreneurial educational leader with a desire to foster high levels of academic achievement and wellbeing with middle and high school students as the principal of Rainier Valley Leadership Academy (RVLA) in Seattle, WA. In 2019-20, RVLA will serve students in grades 6-10 and will continue to grow until the school is fully built out to serve grades 6-12. The principal will serve as the school’s academic leader and visionary, possessing a passion for excellence and growing a world class team of educators who deeply believe in their capacity to prepare all students for college, leadership and life.

Rainier Valley Leadership Academy opened in Fall 2017 with a founding class of 6th graders. In the Fall of 2018, it launched its high school program with a founding class of 9th graders. RVLA’s mission is driven by an unwavering belief in the potential of ALL students, eliminating barriers to learning and continuously striving for student success. We strive to build strong partnerships with families and community partners to foster a learning environment of belonging and collaborative educational experiences. We believe every student in every community deserves to go to a great school.


Educational Program Oversight and Vision

  • Serve as administrator and instructional leader of the school, directing and supervising the curriculum and advisory program of the school
  • Lead an instructional administrative team to provide world class professional development, coaching and learning opportunities for staff
  • Engage in data-driven instructional strategies to close skill gaps and accelerate student learning
  • Oversee school’s approach to curriculum, include rigorous, standards-aligned curriculum and differentiation to give access to all student learners as well as responsive elective offerings
  • Plan the master schedule of classes for students and ensure college preparatory course sequences
  • Oversee an inclusive special education and English Language Learner program and training for all staff

Performance Management

  • Monitor student growth and absolute performance data and adjust academic strategies as needed
  • Coach and evaluate the performance of teachers and other school employees, ensuring individual development and growth
  • Ensuring Strong School Culture
    Champion building an equitable, inclusive environment welcoming of all students, families, staff and community partners
  • Ensure a student-centered socioemotional program and student discipline policies to meet unique student population needs
  • Maintain professional standards and a school environment that is productive, safe and focused
  • Manage attendance and truancy processes, tracking key metrics like ADA, chronic absenteeism, etc.
  • Hire and develop school staff (certificated and classified)

Community-Centered Leadership

  • Work closely with parents and our community, building relationships to support students’ academic growth and socioemotional wellbeing
  • Initiate and implement parent and/or community support and advisory groups
  • Available for contact with parents, students and staff to discuss student progress and problems after class, at night or on weekends (via cell phone or in person)

Organizational Leadership

  • Engage in school budget planning process, ensuring alignment of resources to strategic priorities and monitor spending
  • Maintain work hours extending beyond school hours for other professional duties or functions such as staff meetings, supervision of student events, etc.
  • Support student recruitment efforts and strategy, in partnership with the Head of School
  • Co-lead annual strategic planning process to receive Board approval
  • Manage relationships with Board to ensure effective governance of the school's academic program and outcomes, including presentations and participation in monthly Board meetings
  • In partnership with Head of School, maintain relationships with civic leaders

2019-20 Transition Leadership

  • Support the 2019-20 revisioning process and authentically engage with families, students, staff, and community to identify priorities for the long term success of the school



  • Possessing a growth mindset and love of learning
  • Experience with leadership roles (mentor teacher, department chair, assistant principal, etc.)
  • Demonstrated leadership capabilities
  • Proven management and team building skills
  • Experience creating and implementing policies and systems
  • Excellent interpersonal communication and writing skills
  • Experience working in an entrepreneurial environment
  • A passion for improving middle and high schools and driving education reform
  • Ability to establish/foster a positive and safe school culture
  • Experience in coaching teachers
  • Experience in planning and implementing quality professional development
  • Experience in leading/managing a team
  • Experience in strategically engaging stakeholders
  • Experience in conflict resolution
  • Experience in making data driven decisions
  • Experience and demonstrated ability managing multiple teams and resources
  • Experience in creating and monitoring strategic plans
  • Experience managing budgets
  • A valid Washington State Administrative Credential or comparable out of state credential which is transferable to WA
  • A minimum of 3 years teaching experience, preferably at the middle or high school level, with a history of success improving student achievement
  • Prior administrative experience as an Assistant Principal or Principal (strongly preferred)
  • Knowledge of bilingual education (strongly preferred)

Salary for this position is competitive and commensurate with experience. We also offer a comprehensive benefits plan as well as the opportunity to impact a mission-driven organization that is committed to the success of all its students.

Please submit your application via email here.

Only applicants chosen for an interview will be contacted and we hire on a rolling basis. The start date for this role is flexible for the right candidate.