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Chief Executive Officer

Washington STEM
Washington, United States
$220,000.00 - $255,000.00
Closing date
Oct 14, 2021

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Position Type
Education, Technology, Youth
Employment Type
Full Time
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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 rural areas.

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.


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 experiences:

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 educational outcomes.
  • 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 to commitment.
  • 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 pathways.
  • 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 steps.

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 cross-team collaboration.
  • 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.

The Basics

  • 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.

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More information about Washington STEM may be found at:

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 website.

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 law.

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