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Puget Sound College & Career Network Lead Director (Postsecondary Director)

Puget Sound ESD seeks a Lead Director of Postsecondary for the Puget Sound College & Career Network to provide regional leadership and program implementation across King and Pierce Counties to advance the Agency’s End: Success for Each Child and Eliminating the Opportunity Gap by Leading with Racial Equity.

Puget Sound College & Career Network (PSCCN) is PSESD’s postsecondary team, driving equitable access and success in postsecondary education for students across the Puget Sound region. PSCCN does this by building regional capacity through leadership engagement at all levels, and facilitation of policy, practice, and programming improvement. We are seeking to fill a leadership position on our team as we co-implement  King County Promise, a comprehensive vision for more equitable, accessible & supported postsecondary access & success. PSCCN is in its pilot phase as System Supporting Organization for King County’s 18-year strategy connecting community and technical colleges, secondary schools, and community-based organizations. The lead director will guide the team’s efforts to build collaborative and inclusive work environments that break silos and push towards postsecondary system transformation.

PSESD is one of nine regional educational agencies serving school districts and state approved charter and private schools in Washington. Serving over 39% of Washington’s K-12 public school students, our agency provides critical services designed to ensure that our students are ready to enter school, achieve at high levels in the K-12 system, and succeed in postsecondary endeavors. We are committed to becoming an Antiracist Multicultural Organization driven by equity in education. To learn more about PSESD, visit

Minimum Qualifications

  • Demonstrates a commitment to leading with racial equity and understanding of antiracism leadership
  • Commitment to equitable partnerships between community and systems
  • BA/BS degree or higher in job-related field
  • Professional job-related experience in K-12, college access/readiness, and/or higher education
  • Supervisory and management experience.
  • Skilled at building and maintaining relationships to achieve challenging goals: Able to engage and build generative relationships with community, educators, leadership, and students. Clear, precise, compassionate communication. Able to inspire excitement and commitment toward common goals.
  • Able to manage, measure, and prioritize work: Skilled at project and program management. Skilled work planner, able to delegate, track lots of different work, provide support and accountability. Collaborates and shares responsibility for decisions and monitors progress toward goals by establishing strong feedback channels.
  • Demonstrates ability to innovate, be entrepreneurial, and navigate ambiguity to generate creative approaches, breakthrough barriers, and solve problems that challenge the status quo and expand possibilities.
  • Expertise in systems change and change management
  • Policy analysis experience at district, college & state level
  • Able to track, distill, and present substantial and complex content in digestible formats
  • Strong student-centered, asset-based approach

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience in the development of fundraising goals and soliciting funds
  • Knows King County Promise model and PSCCN’s work deeply
  • Existing relationships in Pierce and King Counties with various levels of leadership within K12, CBO, and Postsecondary
  • Budget development and management experience


Please note, applicants should describe their experience meeting minimum qualifications (and preferred qualifications if applicable) in cover letter and resume as part of the application and salary placement process. Unofficial transcripts may be required as part of a complete application.


CONTINUOUS IMPROVEMENT OF PROGRAMS AND SYSTEMS: Collaborates with stakeholders to identify, recommend, and implement improvements to Agency programs, services and processes.

MANAGING AND MEASURING WORK: Prioritizes and organizes work plans based on objectives and desired outcomes. Collaborates and shares responsibility for decisions and monitors progress toward goals by establishing strong feedback channels.

NAVIGATING AMBIGUITY: Actively engages in areas of uncertainty and skillfully progresses and/or leads others in times of uncertainty.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT FACILITATION: Sharing knowledge and expertise with the goal of improving professional skills and knowledge through adult learning programs.

SYSTEMS THINKING: Sees the integral, complex relationships of interconnected systems that need to work together for the whole to function successfully. Events and actions are seen in detail and in the larger context of a pattern that unfolds over time.


CULTURAL PROFICIENCY: Articulates and applies historical context of racism and understands the current reality of students and communities of color in order to support racial equity. Actively demonstrates a commitment to supporting equity and inclusion, and serves as an advocate with colleagues, partners, and communities to meet the Agency's End and goal of becoming an Antiracist Multicultural Organization in support of eliminating the opportunity gap. 

RACIAL EQUITY ADVOCATE: Recognizes, supports, and engages in dismantling institutional racism. Partners with and is accountable to those with whom we are in a transformational relationship, including children, families, and communities of color. 

RACIAL EQUITY MINDSET: Demonstrates awareness of biases, internalized racial superiority and oppression. Leads with a racial equity lens and actively uses the racial equity tool in meaningful ways. 

TRANSFORMATIONAL VALUES: Contributes to valuable and positive, antiracist transformation in individuals, organizations, and social systems in an effort to actively progress across the antiracist multicultural institution continuum. Is able to foster a sense of community and shared purpose via collaboration and cooperation with others inside and outside PSESD. Embodies the principles and practices that form the Agency’s culture. Operates from an abundance mentality that recognizes opportunities, and is optimistic and realistic about the future. 

Location: Renton
Job type: Full Time
Hiring Salary Range: $105,140.00 - $137,953.00 (Salary Band Q)
Full Salary Range: $105,140.00 - $152,274.00 (Salary Band Q)
Department: Learning, Teaching, and Family Support 

We attract, retain, and motivate exceptional people with an equitable and competitive compensation package. Salary offers consider candidate qualifications, experience and internal equity. 


We offer comprehensive benefits:

  • Medical, dental, and vision
  • 24 annual leave days per year
  • 12 sick days
  • 12 paid holidays
  • Participation in Washington State Department of Retirement System
  • Tax Sheltered Annuity Plan
  • Subsidized ORCA card
  • Free parking
  • Electric Car Charging Stations (Renton office)

This Job Timeline has been Extended! Open until filled; for best consideration, submit complete application by Sunday, May 7th. Tentative interviews are scheduled for: Screening Interviews - Friday, May 19th via phone/online conference. Interviews Wednesday, May 24th via video conference. 

Jobs are listed here for information only. To apply for a specific open position, you must be a registered applicant in PSESD - School Jobs and apply specifically for each position for which you wish to be considered.

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PSESD is committed to having a diverse workforce and encourages all candidates meeting the minimum qualifications to apply.
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