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Postsecondary Associate

May 12, 2021
City of Seattle
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Salary:  $45.74 - $53.31 Hourly
Location: Seattle, WA
Closing: 5/25/2021 4:00 PM Pacific

Position Description

The Department of Education and Early Learning’s (DEEL) mission is to transform the lives of Seattle’s children, youth, and families through strategic investments in education. We believe equitable opportunities and access to high quality education services and support from kindergarten through postsecondary should be the reality for all children, youth, and families. Our staff is committed to eliminating opportunity gaps, advancing academic achievement, and ensuring students graduate prepared for a college and career path of their choice. 

DEEL is a data-driven organization that practices continuous quality improvement. We develop and administer performance-based contracts and agreements for services, oversee contract implementation, monitor progress towards outcome achievement, and provide support, guidance, and direction to partners in alignment with their needs. Our department strives to embed the City’s Race and Social Justice Initiative into its education objectives and seeks staff that value the importance of working together as a government and community to eliminate racial disparities and achieve racial equity. Our core values of equity, results, stewardship, transparency, and collaboration guide our work, support our operations, and hold us accountable.


To support DEEL’s mission and vision for Seattle, we are looking for a Postsecondary Associate who will advise on and foster strategic partnerships that advance the Postsecondary Unit goals. In this role, you will assist the Postsecondary Policy and Programs Manager in establishing key community and governmental relationships that support the Division’s programmatic work. In addition, you will play a key role in supporting Postsecondary Unit investments by serving as a liaison between other Divisions within DEEL, across City of Seattle departments, with external partner institutions, and with community-based organizations in order to advance initiatives and execute shared agreements and workplans.


Job Responsibilities


Here’s more of what you’ll be doing:

Assisting in the execution of Postsecondary Unit priorities and goals, including those articulated in the Families, Education, Preschool, and Promise (FEPP) Levy:

  • Helping strengthen alignment and cross-sector partnerships of DEEL's postsecondary investment portfolio with other internal and external PreK-Postsecondary educational equity efforts
  • Ensuring the Postsecondary Unit efforts are in full alignment with Seattle's Race and Social Justice Initiative (RSJI)
  • Further developing DEEL's career-connected learning and workforce development portfolio in partnership with Seattle-focused youth development organizations, and public and private sector employers
  • Working closely with Postsecondary Policy and Programs Manager to identify, maintain, and deepen vital partnerships with Seattle Colleges, Seattle Public Schools, and equity-focused community-based organizations committed to supporting college and career readiness for Seattle's most underserved youth
  • Raising awareness and helping to accelerate the existing positive momentum of Seattle Promise Scholars outcomes, while seeking high leverage opportunities to expand the benefits of Seattle Promise to more youth in Seattle's BIPOC communities
  • Supporting leadership in effectively executing current Seattle Promise efforts and working collaboratively to develop and implement a broader, long-term, Postsecondary vision of success for Seattle Promise, fully aligned and integrated with other Early Learning and K-12 & Postsecondary Division teams at DEEL

Stewarding public initiatives and investments with an outcomes-based and results-driven continuous improvement:

  • Providing counsel and support to Division leadership on critical lines of business
  • Coordinating engagement activities and events with institutional partners that lead to the achievement of Division goals and outcomes
  • Managing special projects and other contracts within the Division that fall outside Postsecondary Unit responsibilities and/or overlap with other DEEL Divisions
  • Developing summary documents and curating information on Postsecondary initiatives and investments to report progress and results to various DEEL stakeholder groups

Providing technical assistance:

  • Conducting research and literature reviews to support Division investment strategies and partner program implementation 
  • Developing strategic guidance and monitoring for Division initiatives including producing reports, analyses, and visualizations that provide information on progress toward meeting Division and Department goals

Interpreting and informing local, regional, and state policy:

  • Developing policy-related briefs, memos, reports, and communications 
  • Cultivating and maintaining key Postsecondary partnerships that advance shared policy goals and outcomes
  • Carrying out engagements and processes related to Postsecondary regional and state affairs


You will be prepared for this role if you have a combination of the below:


  • A commitment to listening, creating space for diverse perspectives, and the pursuit of inclusive and just outcomes
  • Organizational leadership and administration
  • Using qualitative and quantitative data to inform program and policy decisions
  • Applying strong project management skills to accomplishing tasks and intended goals and outcomes
  • Managing issues and challenges while maintaining excellent customer service
  • Communicating to internal and external audiences as a representative of department executives on significant issues for the purpose of garnering support, shaping opinions, advocating controversial positions, and achieving equity in educational outcomes
  • Working with organizational leaders and education advocates to improve systems, practices, and student outcomes
  • Convening and facilitating effective meetings and professional learning opportunities

Knowledge of:

  • Methods for cultivating and managing ongoing effective partnerships, preferably with higher education institutions 
  • K-12, Postsecondary, and government systems and how to navigate them to advance Departmental and common goals 
  • Community engagement and collective action strategies that fosters the voice of those being served, inclusivity, and the ability to contribute meaningfully
  • Outreach practices and approaches that build knowledge and awareness for community and other stakeholders and authentic interactions and opportunities for communication

The ability to:

  • Demonstrate excellent analytical skills
  • Interpret and translate data analysis for multiple audiences
  • Effectively use data and evidence to develop program recommendations and policy options for senior management
  • Utilize culturally responsive practices when working with communities from historically underserved populations, including low socio-economic, immigrant, and/or emergent bilingual backgrounds         
  • Work in diverse communities and conduct effective outreach strategies
  • Communicate at all levels tactfully and effectively
  • Collaborate with a team
  • Comfortably navigate ambiguity and work independently




In addition to the qualities mentioned above, you will need to possess the below required qualifications (or a combination of education, training or experience which provides an equivalent background required to perform the work of the class):

  • Bachelor’s Degree in planning, public administration, or a related field
  • Three years of experience in planning and research related to human services, youth services, K-12 or postsecondary education, school-based or district administrative roles, government, or other work directly related to City planning and development activities



  • Associate Degree in planning, public administration, or a related field
  • Four years of experience in planning and research related to human services, youth services, K-12 or postsecondary education, school-based or district administrative roles, government, or other work directly related to City planning and development activities 



  • Five years of experience in planning and research related to human services, youth services, K-12 or postsecondary education, school-based or district administrative roles, government, or other work directly related to City planning and development activities 


Additional Information


This position is classified as a Planning & Development Specialist, Senior.


DEEL supports the City of Seattle’s Race and Social Justice Initiative to end institutionalized racism by eliminating barriers to access, providing the staff and public with opportunities for growth, and developing equitable access to the programs and services we offer.  If you share those values and meet the qualifications, we invite you to apply for this position. Please visit to learn more about the Department of Education & Early Learning.



To be considered for this position, you must submit your application, attaching a cover letter and resume, at no later than 4:00pm Pacific Time on Tuesday, May 25, 2021. This position is open to all applicants that meet the minimum qualifications. The City of Seattle values diverse perspectives and life experiences. Applicants will be considered regardless of race, color, creed, national origin, ancestry, sex, marital status, disability, religious or political affiliation, age, sexual orientation, medical condition, or pregnancy. The Department of Education & Early Learning encourages people of all backgrounds to apply, including people of color, immigrants, refugees, women, LGBTQ, people with disabilities, veterans, and those with diverse life experiences. If you have questions please contact Lindsey King at

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