The City of Seattle wants every child to have the opportunity to succeed in their education. This journey starts with providing access to high-quality early education to our youngest learners. To achieve this goal, Seattle offers a variety of Early Learning programs that serve a diverse range of families with children ages birth-12. These programs include the Comprehensive Child Care Program, Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program, Step Ahead Preschool, and Seattle Preschool Program.
To ensure the success of these programs, we are looking for a Senior Early Learning Program Specialist who will lead and oversee other Early Education Specialists in continuous program quality assurance, contract development, implementation, and monitoring for early learning programs.
Our department strives to embed the City’s Race and Social Justice Initiative into its education objectives and seeks staff that value the importance of working together as a government and community to eliminate racial disparities and achieve racial equity. Our core values of equity, results, stewardship, transparency, and collaboration guide our work, support our operations, and hold us accountable.
Do you want to learn more about being part of this program? Here’s more of what you’ll be doing:
You will act as a leader and trainer within the team by:
- Cross-training Early Learning Program Specialists in program standards and monitoring requirements
- Leading the implementation of best practices in culturally and linguistically appropriate services and the use of anti-bias practices to ensure high-quality administration, implementation, and results
- Serving as a database superuser and providing technical assistance to Early Learning Program Specialists
- Overseeing annual contract development for the unit
- Communicating with WA Department of Children, Youth, and Family (DCYF) and other regulatory agencies as needed to support program implementation
You will hold contractors to a high-quality standard by:
- Ensuring performance standards, contractual requirements, and all other regulatory requirements are adhered to and met by contracted providers
- Coordinating and collaborating with Public Health – Seattle & King County, DEEL’s Quality Practice & Professional Development Unit (QPPD), Child Care Resources, and other external partners to implement health screenings, health and behavioral health consultation and assessment, professional development training, and coaching
- Conducting direct program monitoring and quality assurance of assigned caseload of providers
You will work in collaboration with the Early Learning Operations Program Manager to:
- Develop, implement, and manage the infrastructure of agreements and communication across participating agencies, including co-facilitating Early Learning Directors meetings, co-leading communication with Directors regarding critical information and/or documentation needed to maintain compliance and working relationships, and working across partner organizations and institutions
- Work to streamline and align program procedures and work processes in order to identify gaps and reduce duplication and create consistency in programs wherever possible
- Identify existing or potential problems and policy issues for the Child Care Program Manager
- Lead and coordinate any special projects as assigned by Child Care Program Manager
You will be prepared for this role if you have experience with:
- Program implementation and change management
- Working with underserved populations or marginalized communities
- Using an equity lens in your work
- Cloud-based database structures
- Childcare systems and operations
- Project management
In addition to the qualities mentioned above, you will need to possess the below required qualifications (or a combination of education, training or experience which provides an equivalent background required to perform the work of the class):
- Master of Arts Degree in Early Childhood Education or Education, Childhood Development, Human Development, or Teaching Credential with emphasis on Preschool through 3rd grade education
- Four years professional experience working in Early Learning (or child care/school age) program development
- Bachelor of Arts Degree in Early Childhood Education or Education, Childhood Development, Human Development, or Teaching Credential with emphasis on Preschool through 3rd grade education
- Five years professional experience working in Early Learning (or child care/school age) program development
- Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education or Education, Childhood Development, Human Development, or Teaching Credential with emphasis on Preschool through 3rd grade education
- Six years professional experience working in Early Learning (or child care/school age) program development
- Seven years professional experience working in Early Learning (or child care/school age) program development
In addition to:
- Ability to pass a criminal background and education check
This position is classified as an Early Education Specialist, Senior.
DEEL supports the City of Seattle’s Race and Social Justice Initiative to end institutionalized racism by eliminating barriers to access, providing the staff and public with opportunities for growth, and developing equitable access to the programs and services we offer. If you share those values and meet the qualifications, we invite you to apply for this position. Please visit http://www.seattle.gov/education to learn more about the Department of Education & Early Learning.
The first round of interviews for this position are tentatively scheduled for January 13 and 14, with the second round taking place on January 20.
To be considered for this position, you must submit your complete application, including all supplemental questions, and attach your resume and cover letter at https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/seattle no later than 4:00pm Pacific Time on Tuesday, December 29, 2020. This position is open to all applicants that meet the minimum qualifications. The City of Seattle values diverse perspectives and life experiences. Applicants will be considered regardless of race, color, creed, national origin, ancestry, sex, marital status, disability, religious or political affiliation, age, sexual orientation, medical condition, or pregnancy. The Department of Education & Early Learning encourages people of all backgrounds to apply, including people of color, immigrants, refugees, women, LGBTQ, people with disabilities, veterans, and those with diverse life experiences. If you have questions please contact Lindsey King at Lindsey.King@seattle.gov.