SAF seeks School Programs Design Instructor

SAF School Programs Design Instructor

Part-time paid position

Seattle Architecture Foundation Mission

The Seattle Architecture Foundation (SAF) 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.

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. Current middle school and community partners are: Coyote Central (Central District), Washington Middle School (Central District), The Northwest School (Capitol Hill), Denny International Middle School (West Seattle) and Open Window School (Bellevue).

  • 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
  • Preferred: Candidates with availability to continue working through the Winter/Spring.
  • Preferred: Candidates with 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
  • Fall: We are currently hiring for candidates to begin September 2022.
  • We plan to offer after school courses at 2-3 sites throughout Greater Seattle. Courses run 90 minutes, 1 day a week with additional paid hours for training and prep time. Programs run concurrently throughout the school year, so there are opportunities to work at multiple 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.