Director of Bridges Academy Seattle

Job Type: Administrative
Job Category: Division Head Senior Leadership
Job Location: Greater Los Angeles Area Greater Seattle Area

This opening calls for specific administration qualifications set by the school.

CalWest’s client school, Bridges Academy Seattle, is opening in the Fall of 2022. It will become part of the Bridges Education Group comprised of Bridges Academy Los Angeles, The Graduate School for Cognitive Diversity in Education, 2e, and the 2e Center for Research and Professional Development. We are currently seeking a skilled, creative entrepreneurial administrator/educator as Director.

This search is being conducted exclusively by CalWest Search Consultant, Andrew Gilla. To be considered for this opening all candidates must apply via CalWest database portal at

The Director of Bridges Academy Seattle reports to the Head of Schools who splits his time between the Los Angeles and Seattle campuses. The Director is charged with carrying out the school’s stated mission. The Director acts as the administrative and educational leader of the school, responsible for all aspects of its day-to-day operation and serves as Chair of the parent advisory committee. Bridges Seattle will be a small independent school specializing in the twice exceptional population (2e). These students are above average in demonstrated ability or have high potential in one area or another and also have learning challenges classified as learning differences or disabilities.

He/She/They will be responsible for two small divisions: grades 4-8 of approximately 30 students and 9-12 high school division of approximately 10 students. The program is an innovative hybrid of online and onsite programming.

Required Qualifications

  • A Bachelor’s Degree and/or other educational requirements listed on the job description
  • Requisite skills commensurate with the position
  • A reasonable commuting distance to the CalWest client school, or a willingness to relocate
  • Relevant, recent experience
  • Authorization to live and work in the United States

Preferred Qualifications

  • Prior administrative leadership position with broad departmental responsibilities and line authority.
  • Excellent organizational skills and ability to coordinate multiple tasks and activities .
  • Prior classroom experience preferred.
  • Outstanding verbal and written communication skills and an ability to keep multiple stakeholder groups, including parents, teachers, staff, and volunteers informed of critical issues, activities and schedules.
  • Background in 2e, traditional gifted, and/or learning disabilities is desirable.
  • Experience in project, problem-based models for gifted and LD. 
  • Knowledge of curriculum design and differentiated instructional strategies.

More about this role…


  • works in partnership with the Head of Schools to establish and refine the school’s mission; articulates the mission to all constituencies — students, faculty and staff, parents, alumni/ae, and the community; and supports the mission in working with all constituencies.
  • oversees the shaping of the school’s program and the quality of life in the school community.
  • manages the school in compliance with all applicable laws and regulations.
  • establishes an effective manner of leadership and appropriately involves faculty in decision making.
  • is responsible for attracting, retaining, developing, and evaluating qualified faculty and staff.
  • is accessible, within reason, and communicates effectively with all constituencies.
  • is responsible for financial management, maintenance of the site, strategic planning, and fundraising.
  • ensures that elements of school life reflect the principles of equity, justice, and dignity of the individual.
  • is alert to his/her/their role within the broader networks of schools, school leaders, and the community.
  • commits to continued personal professional development.
  • works to ensure that the principles of good practice of all school operations, especially those of admission, marketing, faculty recruitment, and fundraising, and demonstrates integrity.