Seattle Public Schools

Human Resources


Career Opportunities at Seattle Public Schools (SPS)

Every role in SPS is centered around our commitment to make sure every student graduates prepared for college, a career, and community participation.

If you are applying for an hourly position (except Athletic coach positions), please contact the school or program for the “hourly hire” application packet.

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Job Descriptions

Read all SPS job descriptions with education, knowledge, and experience requirements.

Job Interest Card

Complete a job interest card to be notified when a position opens.

Compensation & Benefits

Seattle Public Schools is proud to provide a total rewards package of compensation and benefits that are competitive with industry standards.

Learn more about SPS employee Compensation and Benefits

Collective Bargaining Agreements (CBAs), Salary Schedules, and Work Year Calendars

Hard-to-Fill Bonus

The following certificated positions have been designated as hard-to-fill for the 2023-24 school year and are eligible for a $500 signing bonus, payable October 1, 2023.

New or transferring employees into hard-to-fill positions for the first time are eligible to receive the bonus; no more than one bonus per year.

  • Special Education Teachers
    • Resource/Extended Resource
    • Self-Contained Classrooms
  • Deaf and Hard of Hearing Teachers
  • Teachers of the Visually Impaired
  • Certificated Nurses

National Board Certification Bonus

Educators who hold a national board certificate for the entire duration of the year are eligible for an annual bonus of up to $5,705.

Educators may receive an additional bonus up to $5,000 based on the teacher’s percentage of time spent at a qualifying school as determined by OSPI (full-time equivalent (or FTE) as reported by the employer).

More information about the National Board Certification bonus

Teacher Certification Programs

Academy for Rising Educators (ARE)

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The Academy for Rising Educators (ARE) is one way we are hiring and recruiting more educators of color.

The program helps SPS high school seniors and recent graduates, current SPS staff, and community members earn their teaching certificate.

Learn more about the Academy for Rising Educators

Seattle Teacher Residency

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The Seattle Teacher Residency is a Masters in Teaching 1-year teacher preparation program completed through the University of Washington. The 5-quarter program begins in June and runs through August of the following year.

Graduates of the program commit to teaching in a Title I school in Seattle Public Schools for 5 years following their residency year.

Learn more about the Seattle Teacher Residency

SPS Diversity Hiring Initiative

Seattle Public Schools is a high-performing district for many. Yet, unacceptable gaps persist. We have amazing, dedicated educators, school leaders and support staff who are closing those gaps daily, serving as a national model for ensuring educational and racial equity for students. Won’t you join us in this groundbreaking, life changing work?

SPS strongly supports the use of preferred pronouns during all stages of the application and hiring process.