Washington leads the nation in careers that demand competency
and credentials in Science, Technology, Engineering, and
Mathematics (STEM). Known as a hub of innovation and technology,
Washington state is ripe to foster a robust ecosystem that develops
a diverse and career ready workforce to meet this demand. Closing
the gap in post-secondary attainment and STEM will create
opportunities for living-wage careers that lead to greater economic
security for Washingtonians.
Washington STEM is a statewide education
nonprofit leveraging STEM for social change by removing barriers to
credential attainment and creating pathways to long-term economic
security for systemically underserved students. Founded on
principles of equity, collaboration, and sustainability, Washington
STEM creates solutions and partnerships that bring STEM education
to Washington students, especially those historically
underrepresented in STEM fields like students of color, girls and
young women, students living in poverty, and students living in
With a bold and ambitious goal to ensure students are career and
future ready, Washington STEM seeks nominations and
applications for a new CEO to work closely with board and
staff as the organization implements its next strategic plan in
support of a shared 2030 vision for Washington state. The new CEO
will refine Washington STEM’s vision and direction for greater
impact, championing the next strategic plan with the relationship
building savvy and policy expertise to move toward systems change
that ensures STEM and career readiness pipelines for the jobs of
tomorrow. S/he/they will leverage a talented team, committed board,
and strong networks with a clear articulation of how to move change
for students farthest from STEM access and achievement to ensure
the systems and resources support them to achieve their dreams.
The new CEO will be a passionate advocate for STEM as one of the
most effective pathways to family-wage careers and long-term
economic security and value both community input and data to drive
equitable outcomes. S/he/they will be a skilled relationship
builder across sectors, geographies, and community, rallying key
partners and funders around a common mission to make STEM education
and pathways equitable and more accessible, creating opportunities
for generational shifts and empowerment. S/he/they will build
collaborative networks and diverse funding streams that support
statewide initiatives to advance STEM. S/he/they will be
fundamentally committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion, and to
the ongoing work required to understand and undo institutional
racism, structural oppression, and the limited economic mobility
that exists in rural and BIPOC communities.
QUALIFICATIONS OF THE IDEAL CANDIDATE
While no one candidate will embody all the qualifications
enumerated below, the ideal candidate will possess many of the
following professional and personal abilities, attributes, and
Connection to the Mission
- Deep commitment to Washington STEM’s vision of economic
mobility and opportunity through STEM education for students
furthest from educational justice.
- Personal and professional commitment to and proven experience
advancing racial equity, diversity, inclusion, and sustained
awareness of the impact of privilege and power dynamics on
- Familiarity with the issues faced by students of color, young
women and girls, low-income students, and students living in rural
communities through personal or professional experience.
Organizational & Operational Leadership
- Demonstrated organizational, financial, and operational
management expertise of a similar sized organization.
- Experience effectively building and growing relationships with
aligned funders, companies, and government. Proven fundraiser who
is creative, compelling, and understands how to move relationships
- Experience supporting an organization’s policy and advocacy
efforts, and establishing meaningful collaborations with relevant
partners, agencies, and coalitions. Understanding of the education
and workforce policy landscape, especially in Washington state, and
the intersection of business and government in shaping policy and
- Skilled management of a complex enterprise or network
partnerships through sustained growth and scale in the public,
social, or private sector.
- Facility in strategic planning and the ability to chart the
path toward bold and ambitious goals with clear measurable
Values & Management Style
- Powerful communicator one on one, in small group settings, and
with large audiences; clear internal communicator who values
transparency and clarity.
- Collaborative leadership style and commitment to building
internal leadership; internal management style that fosters
mentorship, accountability, respect, mutual learning, and
- Transparent decision-maker who invites feedback and solicits
information to make timely, data driven decisions.
- Demonstrated success developing and nurturing cross-sector
alliances and unifying, managing, and influencing diverse
stakeholders toward collective impact.
- Previous experience effectively engaging a high-profile board
of directors, coalition, or steering committee.
- Familiarity with Washington state and its diverse geographies,
communities, sovereign nations, and economies.
- Deep understanding of the structures and functions of P-16
education systems in Washington state; experience working in or
partnering with the education system as a teacher, administrator,
policymaker, or educational partner preferred.
- Personal and professional commitment to education as a vehicle
to economic mobility; deep understanding of the systemic challenges
faced particularly by BIPOC students, low-income families, and
rural communities in accessing and achieving STEM education and the
combined lived, educational, and professional credentials to
effectively lead Washington STEM.
For the full position description and to apply, please
More information about Washington STEM may be
found at: washingtonstem.org
This search is being led by Carolyn Ho, Catherine
Seneviratne, and Christine Domingo of
NPAG. Due to the pace of this
search, candidates are strongly encouraged to apply as soon as
possible. Candidates may submit their cover letter, outlining their
interest and qualifications, along with their resume via NPAG’s
The salary range for this position has been set at
$220,000-255,000 and includes a comprehensive benefits package.
Washington STEM is currently working remotely due to the pandemic
and plans to return to the office in 2022 with flexibility. The CEO
will be expected to work collaboratively with the team in their
Seattle office once the COVID situation improves.
Washington STEM is an Equal Opportunity Employer who
cares deeply about its staff and prohibits discrimination and
harassment of any kind. Employment decisions at Washington STEM are
based on organizational needs, job requirements, and individual
qualifications without regard to race, color, national origin,
gender identity, age, transgender status, religion or belief,
family or parental status, or any other status protected by the