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Director of Learning

Position Type Administrator
Start 07/01/2020
School Name KapKa Cooperative School
City, State Seattle, WA 
Posted 01/23/2020

510 N 49th Street
Seattle, WA 98103
(206) 522-0350

Cooperative Elementary School Seeks Director of Learning

The Director of Learning is one of the two leadership roles at KapKa. In partnership and close collaboration with the Director of Operations, the Director of Learning is responsible for executing KapKa’s academic mission and operations. All teaching staff reports to the Director of Learning, who in turn reports to the KapKa board of directors.

Main Duties

  • Work closely with teachers and staff to provide vision and leadership to ensure that KapKa’s programs are cohesive across all grades and reflect the school’s mission and values
  • Supervise and coach all teaching staff (both full-time classroom teachers and part-time specialists)
  • Lead the teaching staff in matters of teaching methods, assessment, and curriculum implementation
  • Set the yearly and daily school schedules in collaboration with the Director of Operations and staff
  • Lead staff meetings (prepare agenda, facilitate discussions, etc.)
  • Conduct teachers’ performance evaluations
  • Determine staffing needs and mentor new hires
  • Address parent concerns, student behavioral issues, and staff disagreements
  • Stay abreast of current educational developments and research
  • Work with the Director of Operations to coordinate the accreditation application with NWAIS
  • Keep the community informed about academic activities across all grades
  • Report to the board at regular intervals, including attendance at monthly board meetings
  • Represent and promote the school in the greater Seattle community
  • Take a leadership role in community-wide special events and admissions activities (open houses, tours)
  • Engage in classroom observation or teaching, occasionally as a substitute

Desired Personal Characteristics

  • Passion for child-centered, integrated education
  • Collaborative mindset as leader
  • Excellent public speaking skills
  • Great sense of collaboration and shared responsibility
  • Desire to build strong relationships with children and adults in the KapKa community
  • Ability to handle difficult conversations with compassion and courage
  • Strong and energetic classroom presence
  • Problem-solving and self-starting attitude

Minimum Requirements

  • 5+ years of teaching experience across K-5
  • Strong time management, organizational, and communication skills
  • Ability to succinctly and effectively summarize information for reporting to community and board
  • Knowledge of child development and progressive educational practices
  • Familiarity with Positive Discipline, Love and Logic, Responsive Classroom
  • Ability to help teachers reflect on teaching practices and students' social-emotional growth

Preferred Characteristics and Experience

  • Cooperative school experience (as a parent or teacher)
  • Supervisory experience
  • Advanced degree


Please send a cover letter, resume, at least two letters of recommendation, and a statement of your educational philosophy to resumes@kapkaschool.org. All applications will be reviewed by a hiring committee upon submission. If your skills and experience match our needs, we will contact you for a 30-minute phone interview. Finalists will be invited to an extended in-person interview at the school.

Who We Are

Founded in 1989, KapKa Cooperative School is a small, cooperative elementary school in Seattle. We are a dynamic community of children, parents and teachers working together to create an inclusive, experiential learning environment that fosters capable and compassionate lifelong learners.

We believe children are curious and capable learners. At KapKa, teachers nurture a child’s abilities and passions using experiential and democratic learning approaches. We believe education happens best in relationship with self and others. We aspire for children to become integral members of the school community and the larger community beyond the school.

Our program balances intellectual learning, social skills and emotional well-being using a progressive and emergent curriculum. We emphasize music, art, and imaginative play. We foster creativity, compassion, collaborative skills and encourage curiosity.

Parents are partners at KapKa. They support learning inside and outside the classroom for all children. Together with the teachers they create space for young learners to take compassionate, self-actualizing and courageous actions that grow the individual and the community.

For more information, visit our website at www.kapkaschool.org.

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