FT Student Support Specialist

Federal Way, WA


Every student is capable of achieving academic success, yet the public education system was not designed to meet students of color where they dream — instead they marginalize them and underestimate their abilities. TAF partners with school districts, educators, and organizations to challenge the current public education system. We address the entire public education system, from top-to-bottom, providing STEM skills and equitable, anti-racist education environments where all students can succeed and by working with emerging and established education leaders of color to improve representation at every level. We: 

  • Co-manage two public STEM schools where we provide industry-relevant and equitable curriculum and experiences 

  • Partner with existing public schools and coach students and staff using our successful STEMbyTAF learning model 

  • Empower early-career educators and established school leaders of color through educational equity and liberation pedagogy


Student Support Specialist plays an integral role within the school by providing in-class, small group and individual instruction in Math and other academic skills for students. In collaboration and with the support of classroom teachers, Student Support Specialists co-teach lessons and support learning experiences to supplement core classroom content by aiding students in the comprehension and mastery of material presented and skills introduced in class. 

This position will primarily work oat our Seattle School. 

Timeline of employment: Full time 10 months (District fiscal year) 


The ideal candidate is someone who is energetic, collaborative, has a passion for education and racial equity, and an affinity for mathematics and science. We are looking for someone who loves to work with kids, be in the classroom and is able to collaborate with not only teachers but students as well. 


Instructional Support 

  • Conduct individual and small group support to students to increase math and other academic skills  

  • Manage and foster relationships with scholars, teachers and relevant stakeholders 

  • Assist with developing lesson/unit plans and collaborate with classroom teachers 

  • Generate learning materials and resources to assist students in their learning 

  • Facilitate and monitor instructional accommodations under teacher supervision including students with IEP’s and/or special needs 


  • Administer the collection of and analyze data to share with TAF Director and school administrators 

  • Conduct quarterly reports to share with administration and TAF executive team regarding status of program 

  • Collaborate with specialists to ensure professional development, student support, and presentations of learning are seamless in nature 

  • Collect, compile and analyze student progress data under leadership and teacher supervision 

  • Participate in professional development and TAF related training and staff meetings 

External responsibilities 

  • Assist in annual event coordination such as college and career fair and summer programs 

  • Coordinate and lead field trips, college campus visits, and other STEM related, out of classroom learning experiences 

  • Assist in occasional evening and weekend field trips, school events, industry experiences and STEM fairs 

  • Generate and contribute reports as directed by school and TAF leadership 

Racial Equity  

  • Openness to participate in Racial Equity to recognize personal bias and improve performance through a racial equity lens 

  • Must embrace the mission of TAF and our goal of running an equitable organization  

  • Willingness to lead or be part of the team in an equitable, anti-racist manor  

  • Ability to represent the needs of students of color  

  • Exhibiting cultural and racial sensitivity and self-awareness 

  • Develop and cultivate a sense of belonging among team members at TAF 

  • The capacity to create an environment that embraces a diversity of views and takes advantage of such collective knowledge to benefit the organization 

Lifelong learner  

  • Consistently seeking new experiences and opportunities for learning   

  • Regularly practice deep reflection, both verbally and in written form 



  • Paid holidays 
  • Paid sick leave 
  • Medical
  • Dental 


Upload resume and cover letter. Your cover letter should express why you’re interested in this role and address the following questions: 

  1. What does it mean for you to have a commitment to anti-racism? 

  2. have you demonstrated that commitment and how would you see yourself demonstrating it at TAF?

  3. TAF is a proud equal opportunity employer that complies with the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VII) and Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) and follows guidelines to select the best qualified person for each position within the organization. No employee or applicant will be discriminated against because of race, creed, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, or other physical or mental disability.