Assistant Director

    University of Washington
    Seattle, WA
    Full-time, Part-time

    Job Description

    The University of Washington (UW) is proud to be one of the nation's premier educational and research institutions. Our people are the most important asset in our pursuit of achieving excellence in education, research, and community service. Our staff not only enjoys outstanding benefits and professional growth opportunities, but also an environment noted for diversity, community involvement, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits, and natural beauty.

    The Robinson Center has an outstanding opportunity open for a Temporary Assistant Director.

    The mission of the Halbert and Nancy Robinson Center for Young Scholars (RC) at the University of Washington is threefold: teaching, research, and service. The RC is a leader in the nation for developing programs that serve highly capable young pre-college and college students, and is committed to increasing access and fostering student potential among students historically marginalized and excluded from advanced learning opportunities

    Through early entrance programs we prepare younger students for college and provide them with challenging, accelerated learning opportunities in a vibrant, intellectual community. We provide outreach through enrichment, professional development, online, summer and Saturday programs. The Robinson Center is a site for research and discovery of best practice, and maintains the UW's position as an internationally renowned center of gifted education.

    Position Description:

    The Robinson Center (RC) currently has an outstanding opportunity for an individual with a successful involvement record in K-12 schools to join our team as an Assistant Director of Program Operations. The Assistant Director will assist the Director to oversee all programming at the RC including: Transition School, UW Academy, Saturday, Summer, TS Online, Outreach and Professional Development. This candidate, working closely in supporting the Director, will contribute to the national and international recognition of the academic programs, and work to achieve the overall mission of the Robinson Center for Young Scholars.

    Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

    Confidential executive support to the Director

    • Serve as the primary support for the Director's responsibilities, including attending meetings, managing required records, providing reports, and responding to personnel actions;
    • Work independently with substantial discretion, and protect the confidentiality of written and verbal communications;
    • Independently compose and edit correspondence and documents for the Director's signature;
    • Assist with editing, proofing, and formatting documents related to the Director's grants, service, grant/manuscript reviews, and publications;
    • Collect, analyze and summarize pertinent data and background research as needed;
    • Plan events to align with the RC's goals and Director's vision, including but not limited to staff meetings, annual retreat, and task force meetings;
    • Provide other meeting or committee support for groups in which the Director participates, including assuring that meeting priorities are established and communicated;
    • Receive visitors and guests; resolve problems and respond to inquiries regarding Center/University procedures and services;
    • Support onboarding and training of new personnel;
    • Undertake special projects as assigned by the Director.

    Center Operations and Administration

    • Participate as an integral member of RC Leadership team;
    • Assist in representing the Director in programming related to the Center's outreach, its public constituents, and enrichment students (~1,500+ and their families);
    • Represent the Director and Center when interacting at the State level (OSPI), within academic units' executive committees across the UW campus, school districts state-wide, and local and national communities of K-12 families and students;
    • Lead a vibrant public image and connection with the community (via website, info sessions, school visits, social media, etc);
    • Build and maintain positive relationships with RC stakeholders and constituents including families, University community, educators in the field of gifted education, and consumers of RC programs;
    • Identify and pursue funding opportunities for sustainability;
    • Assure successful and effective program operations in compliance with funding agencies, University, and Center policies;
    • Actively recruit students and teachers for all Center programs;
    • Other duties as needed.


    Master's degree in Education and at least 3 years of experience;
    Teaching and administrative experience in K-12;
    Experience working with highly capable students.


    Ph.D. in Education or related field;
    College level teaching;
    Expertise in gifted education;
    Background in adolescent development;
    Interest in providing professional development related to gifted education to serve the community.

    Conditions of Employment:

    This is a temporary, part-time 50% FTE, 11-month appointment;
    A satisfactory outcome from a criminal background verification will be required prior to employment.

    The Robinson Center is committed to providing a safe and welcoming space to people of all genders, religions, national origins, races, disabilities, sexual orientations, ethnicities, and documentation statuses. We will not tolerate discrimination or harassment of any kind.

    Application Process:

    The application process for UW positions may include completion of a variety of online assessments to obtain additional information that will be used in the evaluation process. These assessments may include Work Authorization, Cover Letter, and/or others. Any assessments that you need to complete will appear on your screen as soon as you select "Apply to this position". Once you begin an assessment, it must be completed at that time; if you do not complete the assessment you will be prompted to do so the next time you access your "My Jobs" page. If you select to take it later, it will appear on your "My Jobs" page to take when you are ready. Please note that your application will not be reviewed, and you will not be considered for this position until all required assessments have been completed.

    Committed to attracting and retaining a diverse staff, the University of Washington will honor your experiences, perspectives and unique identity. Together, our community strives to create and maintain working and learning environments that are inclusive, equitable and welcoming.

    The University of Washington is a leader in environmental stewardship & sustainability, and committed to becoming climate neutral.

    The University of Washington is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact the Disability Services Office at 206-543-6450 / 206-543-6452 (tty) or

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    Posting ID: 556638426Posted: 2020-05-21