SAF Eastside School Design Instructor

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Position Description

SAF serves students at school and community sites throughout Greater Seattle, providing workshops designed to connect students to the built environment through hands-on design and modeling projects.


  • 1-2 years of experience working with elementary, middle or high school students
  • Study or practice related to architecture, design, art and/or urbanism
  • Commitment to working within a racial, gender, and class equity framework
  • Must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19
  • Willing to submit to background checks
  • Availability at minimum November through June 2022
  • Candidates must have a valid Driver License and reliable access to a vehicle

Basic Expectations

  • Participate in paid training and planning sessions by SAF.
  • Attend on-site paid orientation sessions or recruitment as needed with partners.
  • Lead lessons and activities at school and community sites.
  • Support and delegate to SAF guest architect volunteers in the classroom.
  • Work collaboratively with the SAF Program Director and school partners to meet the needs of students.


  • Begins November 2022.
  • Course is held in Bellevue, WA, vehicle is required to reach site. Course runs 90 minutes, 1 day a week with additional paid hours for weekly course prep time and training. SAF facilitates programs at multiple Greater Seattle sites throughout the school year, so there may be opportunities to work at more than 1 schools and community sites.
  • Additional opportunities and hours are available through facilitating workshops hosted at the Center for Architecture and Design (SAF office) in Downtown Seattle, on-site workshops at area schools, and summer partnerships.


The Design Instructor position is paid hourly at $20-$25/hour, DOE.

Additional reimbursement for mileage and travel time benefits.


  • 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 Greater Seattle to encourage their passions and demonstrate how they can promote 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.

The Seattle Architecture Foundation is proud to be an equal opportunity employer that is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion. We strive to have our instructors reflect the diverse identities and intersectionality of our students. BIPOC, LGBTQ, and multilingual applicants are highly encouraged to apply.

To apply:

Please send a brief cover letter, résumé and, if applicable, up to (3) examples of past relevant architecture, design, or artwork to Marina Szende, Program Director, at No calls or office visits, please.