Seattle Architecture Foundation Design Instructor

Seattle Architecture Foundation (SAF) Mission 

The Seattle Architecture Foundation connects people to the architecture, design, and history of Seattle. We believe the more you engage with design, the more you feel connected to your changing city. As a volunteer driven organization, we provide programs which will empower you to make a difference in your community.

Project Description 

Position is paid part time.  SAF serves students through after-school programs at middle schools throughout Seattle, providing workshops designed to connect students to the built environment through hands-on design and modeling projects. Our teachers work on-site at local schools with the assistance of local architects and in collaboration with Out-of-School Time (OST) offices. Current school partners are: Asa Mercer International MS, Denny International MS McClure MS, Washington MS, and The Northwest School.


• 1-2 years of experience working with middle or high school students

• Some study, practice, or demonstrable interest related to architecture, design, urbanism, and/or civic engagement

• Commitment to working within a racial, gender, and class equity framework

• Willing to submit to background check

Basic Expectations 

• Instructors will attend any orientation sessions at schools before the start of their session, and lunch time and evening recruitment (paid) as available

• Lead lessons and activities on-site at SAF partnered schools

• Participate in trainings and planning sessions by SAF

• Support and delegate to SAF volunteer support in the classroom

• Ability to work collaboratively with the SAF Program Director and school partners to meet the needs of students


• Summer Assignments: We are currently hiring for the start of our summer session – July through August , hours and days vary depending on the school. 

• Summer Assignments: We currently offer one two courses at the Northwest School, which are taught in three, two week sessions. Other courses may become available in Seattle schools and could range as little as once to five days a week. Classes can range between 1.5 to 4 hours in length.

• Afterschool Assignments: We currently offer OST courses at four middle schools throughout Seattle. Assignments are 1 day a week for approximately 2 hours (generally between 3:30pm- 5:30pm) with some hours for training and prep time. Each class lasts approximately 8-12 weeks. Programs run concurrently throughout the school year, so there are opportunities to work multiple school sites.

• Additional opportunities with occasional workshops during the school day, both at SAF offices in Downtown Seattle & and on-site at area schools, and other summer partnerships.

• Priority will be given to candidates with availability for both summer and school year assignments.


The Design Instructor is an hourly position at $18-$20/hour, DOE.


• Gain experience teaching Design, Architecture and Neighborhood focused curriculum to middle school youth, with opportunities to collaborate in the design of curriculum.

• Sharpen communication and presentation skills.

• The opportunity to work with amazing students throughout the region to encourage their passions and demonstrate how they can effect positive change in their community through architecture & design.

• Network with professionals in the Seattle architecture & design community.

• Attend most SAF tours and events for FREE.

To apply: E-mail a brief letter of interest outlining your skills and experience, résumé and 3 references to Kim Owens, Program Director, at by March 8.