Director of School Improvement

Job Type

Full Time




1776 Massachusetts Ave., NW
Suite 600
United States


About SEED

As the first public, college-preparatory boarding schools in the U.S., SEED’s mission and approach to education are unique. SEED schools are tuition-free and, by design, serve traditionally underserved students. Our schools and graduates are supported by The SEED Foundation. The SEED Foundation provides programmatic and operating support to SEED schools in Washington, D.C., Baltimore, and Miami. The SEED Foundation’s College Transition & Success (CTS) team provides intensive, individualized support to each SEED graduate from their junior year of high school through their college graduation. The success of the SEED model has been showcased in media outlets and publications such as 60 Minutes, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and in the documentary film Waiting for “Superman.” President Barack Obama hailed SEED as “a true success story.” For more information, please visit

Position Overview

The Director of School Improvement position is designed to primarily provide school support to the SEED Schools Network. Under the direction of Chief Schools Officer, this person will manage vital network instructional functions while serving as a member of the School Support Team.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities

·        Design, implement, and monitor a network-wide school improvement planning process.

·        Develop clear, specific, and ambitious performance targets and evaluate progress of school programs and initiatives; hold parties accountable; and help adjust strategy and approach to achieve goals laid out by the network school improvement plan.

·        Maintain constant contact with schools, spending approximately 75% of his or her time in the schools, working with the leadership teams of those schools to support network initiatives.

·        Develop, supervise, and coach school leadership across the SEED schools.

·        Build the instructional leadership capacity of principals and school leadership teams with particular focus on pedagogy, data analysis, intervention, observation and supervision, and professional development.

·        Build the social/emotional capacity of student life directors and student life teams with particular focus on child development, data analysis, intervention, observation and supervision, and professional development.

·        Lead network initiatives supporting campus talent recruitment, development, engagement, and retention.

·        Collaborate across the network to provide the appropriate system resources that address the needs of schools.

·        Direct the implementation of the SEED model and shared instructional and operational vision.

·        Foster a vibrant and collaborative professional learning community among administrators across the network by collaborating with other network leaders to establish and share best practices.

·        Respond and coordinate follow-up support as needed in emergency situations.

·        Maintain alignment to priorities determined by the Chief Schools Officer and School Support Team.

Key Competencies

·        Relationship Building

·        School Improvement and Restructuring Support

·        Leadership Development

·        School Transformation & Change Management


Education, Experience and Certifications

·        Bachelor’s degree is required, a master’s degree is preferred

·        A minimum of 3-5 years of school leadership experience

·        A high level of proficiency with MS Office to include Word, Excel and Outlook

·        Strong technology skills and internet savvy

·        Comfort and experience analyzing quantitative and qualitative data

·        Leadership and interest in K-12, boarding, and higher education standards and practices

·        Leadership and experience in urban education and the challenges facing underrepresented families

·        Experience working in a startup environment and/or education reform

Specific Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

·       A commitment to SEED’s mission and the belief that with the right resources, any child can attend college and achieve his/her dreams

·        Outstanding interpersonal and communication skills with the ability to effectively communicate

·        Excellent research, analysis and writing skills; the ability to understand, interpret and summarize complex information

·       Strong project management skills with the ability to work in a deadline-driven environment

·        The ability to manage multiple projects in a dynamic, fast-paced team environment

·        The willingness and desire to work in a challenging, entrepreneurial atmosphere

·       Outstanding interpersonal and communication skills with the ability to effectively communicate across diverse audiences and influence cross-functionally

·       Ability to multitask as well as be strategic, creative and innovative in a dynamic, fast paced matrix team environment

·       Proven ability to complete goals/projects on time, delivering high quality results

·       Excellent computer skills with common office applications


Work Environment

·        Work is generally performed in a school setting.

·        A significant amount of travel away from office will be required.


·        You are part of an organization which creates better futures that will profoundly affect the lives of students and their families for generations to come.

·        SEED recognizes that its most important asset is its growing team of smart, creative, collaborative, forward-thinking passionate professionals and that a comprehensive employee benefits package is an important factor for them in choosing where to work. SEED offers competitive compensation along with an extensive benefits package including medical, dental, and vision coverage; life and disability programs; tuition assistance; and matching 401(k) contributions.

·        SEED is metro accessible and is centrally located to allow our team to take advantage of professional networking opportunities, cultural offerings, and a thriving social scene in downtown Washington, D.C.


Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

To Apply

Please forward your resume and cover letter, including salary expectations, to with “SEED Foundation – Director of School Improvement” in the subject line. Applicants will not be considered without both a resume and cover letter.