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Methow Campus Program Manager

Position Type Staff
Start 07/01/2021
School Name Bush School, The
City, State Seattle, WA 
Posted 04/07/2021

The Bush School is dedicated to valuing different perspectives and backgrounds, inspiring curiosity, motivating employees to take risks, and encouraging compassion and kindness. Our employees enjoy an environment that inspires creativity and being part of a collaborative community.

Methow Campus Program Manage; Mazama, WA

Part-time - salary based on experience

* This position is eligible for health and retirement benefits (details during hiring process)

* This position requires applicants to be, at the time of application, legally authorized to work in the United States. The Bush School does not offer visa sponsorship for this position and will not consider applicants who require visa sponsorship.

The Bush School is seeking a dynamic and innovative educator to join our school community as a part-time Methow Campus Program Manager starting May 1, 2021. The position supports a well-integrated, experiential educational program aligned with the school’s progressive history and its mission. We are looking for a candidate who can support the school’s mission of diversity and inclusion and who has a background that displays and proves an understanding of building community.

The program manager’s primary responsibilities include: developing experiential programs for the school’s Methow campus; coordinating with individuals and organizations in the Methow Valley to build long-term, sustainable educational opportunities for Bush students; working closely with Bush faculty to align curriculum for E-weeks, three-week Cascade immersions, and senior projects; planning for future residential programs; serving as liaison between The Bush School and the local community on current projects and management of future opportunities; and communicating the school’s mission, values, and culture to local residents, students, and businesses.

The program manager is an important part of The Bush School’s team, and reports to the assistant head of school for academics. The program manager will collaborate closely with the Division Directors, Athletic Director, Experiential Program Manager, Assistant Head of School for Finance and Operations, Methow Campus Facilities Director, and the Head of School.

A qualified candidate will be able to manage the key responsibilities and tasks as listed below:

  • Create a K-12 experiential curriculum that provides students exposure to and insights into the Methow region
  • Head the Methow Committee and travel to Seattle one time per month to lead meetings
  • Work closely with local agencies and educators to build rich hands-on projects for students
  • Create and facilitate projects with The Bush School faculty to ensure that the school mission and values are represented in curriculum
  • Develop unique, engaging, and mission-appropriate student programs that foster understanding of place and personal growth
  • Identify key partnerships in the Methow region that align with the school’s philosophy of inquiry, participatory learning, social-emotional learning, and environmental stewardship
  • Plan for the addition of a 12-week place-based residential program
  • Coordinate with Bush’s Facilities Manager to ensure that school facilities support program development
  • Develop summer programming including hiring and training lead camp teachers and assistants, overseeing policies, coordinating with other local summer youth program providers and Methow Valley School District, managing registration, communicating with parents, and other such tasks;
  • Plan, advertise, and host community events such as monthly winter soup nights
  • Write one newsletter per quarter highlighting Methow programming
  • Meet and plan with the director of development and director of admission and financial aid on how best to communicate the value and uniqueness of the school’s programs with prospective parents, current donors, and alumni, as well as members of the Seattle and Methow Valley communities
  • Build relationships with key partners and volunteers;
  • Ensure open and fluid communication between communications team, parents, and school leadership
  • Manage and expand The Bush School’s presence in the community to ensure that healthy and positive relationships flourish
  • Actively participate in relevant professional organizations such as NWAIS, ISEEN, etc
  • Support the school’s efforts to build relationships with key external constituents, such as community partners, grant makers, individual donors, education experts, alumni, etc.

Successful candidates will have the essential skills listed below:

  • Bachelor’s degree in education or a related field
  • 5-plus years of experience working with students and teachers developing and implementing progressive school curriculum
  • Willingness to spend time on-site when students and faculty are present
  • Established relationships in and strong knowledge of the Methow Valley community
  • Exemplary communications and collaboration skills
  • Experience managing multiple projects simultaneously with the ability to initiate, plan, control, and execute a project
  • Ability to work independently, as a leader, and collaboratively, as part of a team
  • Knowledge and experience in experiential education; diversity, equity, and inclusion; community-based organizations; and inquiry-based education
  • Willingness to assume additional responsibilities as required
  • WFA or higher certification

About The Bush School

The School’s Mission

To spark in students of diverse backgrounds and talents a passion for learning, accomplishment, and contribution to their communities

Foundations of a Bush Education

  • Critical, independent, and creative thinking
  • Ethical judgment and action
  • Intercultural fluency
  • Local and global citizenship

The Bush School is an independent, coeducational, K -12 school with a current enrollment of 640 students. The school is located in the Washington Park/Madison Valley neighborhood of Seattle, Washington. Established in 1924 by progressive educator Helen Taylor Bush, the school takes great pride in the unique quality of its learning environment. The school’s intentional commitment to its educational foundations prepares students and graduates to make a meaningful difference in the world. Experiential education is a distinguishing and vital element of the school’s philosophy and curriculum. The school’s culture is shaped by a challenging academic program carried out in an environment that emphasizes kindness and collaboration over competition. In addition to being an educational leader, the program coordinator must embrace Bush’s mission, philosophy, values, and culture in order to enthusiastically advocate for the school. The school combines academic rigor with an authentic, healthy, and positive peer culture and is proud of its strong sense of community. It will also be important that the program coordinator develop an understanding of the “culture of Seattle” and its relationship to his/her work for the school.


Applicants should send a resume and cover letter outlining how they meet the specific requirements at www.bush.edu.

If you are interested in working at The Bush School, but this position doesn’t fit your talents, please visit our website, www.bush.edu, for additional openings or email your resume to employment@bush.edu.

All applications are appreciated and reviewed, however only those selected for interview will be contacted.

The Bush School is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

The Bush School does not discriminate in matters of employment, recruitment, admission or administration of any of its programs on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, or genetic information. In addition, The Bush School does not discriminate in matters of employment based on the basis of age or marital status.

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