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Position Opening: Affiliate Director


Washington State Future Problem Solving

Affiliate Director


Position open until filled.

Annual Stipend: $23,878

Start: July 1, 2024

Time commitment: Part Time, Variable

On an average week, you may spend 5-20 hours organizing registrations, training coaches, and networking and communication activities. Managing the program during the fiscal year (July 1 through June 30), including attending the State Bowl (March) and the International Competition (June), will require additional time commitments for organization and travel. 

Who We Are

We are -- as the name implies -- problem solvers, but we are also a vibrant collective of thinkers, of achievers, of empathetic movers-and-shakers who want to make the world a better place for all of us. From passionate parents to brilliant evaluators to the powerhouse programs that act as a foundation for the program, WA FPS is not just a competition -- it’s a community of changemakers.


Founded in 1979, The Washington State Future Problem Solving Program is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization and an affiliate of Future Problem Solving Program International. 


The Future Problem Solving (FPS) program is designed to help encourage critical and creative thinking while also teaching a problem solving process that can be used in virtually any career. From day one, students will learn how to think about the future, define challenges, and create solutions to become decision makers who solve today’s problems and those of the future. 


For more information about the International program, 

Who You Are

Reporting to the WAFPS Board of Directors, the Affiliate Director (AD) has overall strategic and operational responsibility for Washington FPS’s staff, programs, expansion, and execution of its mission.


This means that you need to be the type of multifaceted, dynamic leader who can manage the day-to-day operations of a competitive academic program, but also provide the engagement and passion needed to support current and incoming coaches, network to expand the program, and act as a vocal champion for the program at both the State and International level. 


What You’ll Do

Leadership & Management

  • Ensure ongoing programmatic excellence, rigorous program evaluation, and consistent quality of finance and administration, fundraising, training, and communications

  • Recruit, train, develop, and retain coaches in all components across the entire state

  • Actively engage and energize Washington FPS coaches, evaluators, students, Board members, event committees, alumni, and partnering organizations

  • Organize and lead the annual State Bowl competition

  • Maintain annual employment contracts for evaluators and stipend recipients

  • Process and manage registrations for entries across all components

  • Regularly attend board meetings and report to the Board of Directors to provide updates on program metrics and activities as requested

  • Actively represent the Washington affiliate at the International Conference in the Affiliate Council


  • Manage all affiliate financial accounts 

  • Manage all registration monies and team fees

  • Manage stipends for evaluators and other 1099 recipients

  • Maintain compliance for non-profit status and file necessary returns with all state and federal agencies

Fundraising & Communications

  • Deepen and refine all aspects of communications -- from web presence to external relations -- with the goal of creating a stronger awareness of Future Problem Solving in Washington state schools

  • Build relationships with new coaches in order to grow affiliate numbers

  • Manage the website content, either independently or with the assistance of a subcontractor, to ensure current information for all interested parties


What You’ve Done

The AD must be thoroughly committed to Washington FPS’s mission. All candidates should have proven leadership and relationship management experience. 


A prior knowledge of the Future Problem Solving process and program is preferred, but not required.


Concrete demonstrable experience and other qualifications include:


  • Excellence in organizational management with the ability to support all program stakeholders, set and achieve strategic objectives, and manage a budget

  • Past success in cultivating new relationships and maintaining existing relationships with stakeholder cohorts (such as coaches, evaluators, alumni, and competitors)

  • Persuasive and clear in both written and spoken communication with excellent interpersonal and multidisciplinary project skills

  • Action-oriented, entrepreneurial, and adaptable to changes in the education and technology landscapes

  • Ability to work effectively in collaboration with diverse groups

  • Must be passionate, self-driven and have a strong sense of integrity and a positive attitude


To apply, or if you have any further questions, please send a resume and statement of interest to


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