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Posted: Monday, January 22, 2018 12:08 AM


Executive Director
Seattle Infant Development Center - Seattle, WA

Job Summary

About the Organization:

Seattle Infant Development Center (SIDC), a downtown Seattle daycare and preschool in existence since 1977, is seeking an Executive Director (ED) with a demonstrated commitment to early learning, child development, staff development, and team building. SIDC provides care and early education to children ages one month to five years and currently has approximately 60 children enrolled in five classrooms. SIDC maintains low child to teacher ratios with 25 staff members including an Operations Manager. SIDC participates in Early Achievers, Washington’s voluntary quality rating and improvement system (QRIS), as part of its commitment to providing quality care and education for young children.

Job Summary:

The Executive Director (ED) provides strategic leadership for SIDC and is charged with building a strong community among teachers, parents, and staff to support children’s success. S/he manages day-to-day operations, administration of funds, and supervision of teachers and staff. The ED works with the Board of Directors to develop an annual budget for the center to ensure that the center operates as a financially sound 501(c)(3) organization with strong policies and procedures related to administration, finances, operations, technology, emergency preparedness, and regulatory compliance. The ED maintains frequent communication with current and prospective families and manages enrollment and transitions to new classrooms. Central to the ED’s role as an educational leader, s/he is also responsible for recruiting, hiring, and developing SIDC’s culturally diverse, well-trained, and dedicated staff. The ED also manages the licensing process and ensures the center’s care and education standards meet or exceed all Washington State Department of Early Learning and Early Achievers’ guidelines. The ED reports to the Board of Directors.

Qualifications and Skills

Ideal candidates will have:

A Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education (ECE) or a related field. Advanced education, training, or experience in the areas of ECE, educational leadership, primary education, non-profit management, or business administration strongly preferred.
Met Washington State’s requirements to be a center director.
Five or more years of combined teaching and leadership experience with a focus on early childhood/child development.
Experience working in a medium or large child care center or early education organization.
Knowledge of Washington State licensing, professional development, and Early Achievers participation requirements.
Ability to listen and communicate effectively with a variety of audiences: parents, staff, Board of Directors, state licensing agencies, and community partners. Ability to develop strong and trusting relationships with each of these audiences.
Experience managing staff including past responsibility for hiring new staff and reviewing and improving the performance of current staff.
Demonstrated ability to partner effectively with an independent Board of Directors. Able to manage Board relationships in a professional manner and ability to distinguish and escalate high-priority issues to the Board as needed.
Ability to effectively review, analyze, maintain, and present operational and financial information.
Demonstrated ability to ensure the efficient operation of an organization within a set budget.
Experience implementing HighScope curriculum in preschool-age classrooms, with a willingness to continue implementation and support of HighScope curriculum in all classrooms.
Strong aptitude for delegation and prioritization.
Proven ability to identify areas for improvement and successfully implement course corrections to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of standard processes and protocols.
Willingness to take initiative and learn new skills.
Strong computer skills, including proficiency with MS Office products, and a willingness to learn new programs as needed.
Genuine commitment to children and the value of early learning in child development.


SIDC is an equal opportunity employer and offers a competitive salary, excellent benefits, and a strong, committed staff. The ED position is salaried/exempt. Interested candidates should send a resume and cover letter describing their interest in this position to . Application materials received by noon on January 10, 2018 will be considered in the first round of resume reviews.

Job Type: Full-time

Job Location:
Seattle, WA 98101

Required education:


Required experience:
Management: 5 years

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