City of Seattle Early Learning Program Specialist in Seattle, Washington

Position Description

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.

Working within the Department of Education and Early Learning, you will monitor and assess the service delivery and program quality for Early Learning programs that contract with the City of Seattle, as well as partner with programs and contractors to support quality programming and provide technical assistance and training they need to meet program standards. You will make sure Early Learning programs are meeting consistent performance standards by reviewing ongoing programs from every angle, including conducting program visits, observing classroom sessions and staff/child interactions, reviewing child progress files, and observing teaching methodology and implementation of curriculum in classrooms. You will be responsible for assessing the administration and implementation of pre-kindergarten education to ensure they are utilizing culturally and linguistically appropriate services. In addition, you will utilize your analytic abilities by interpreting program quality standards, funding standards, and State licensing requirements for program providers in the community.

Job Responsibilities

Do you want to be part of this program? Here's more of what you'll be doing: You will monitor and assess Early Learning programs by:

  • Reviewing and analyzing program contractors' finance and budget management, organizational systems, program management, staff development and program performance
  • Monitoring contracts for program providers to ensure program standards and requirements are met
  • Creating detailed corrective action plans to address changes necessary to meet standards and contractual outcomes
  • Documenting consequences for failure to comply with action plan requirements

You will provide recommendations and technical assistance to contractors on:

  • Educational and methodology systems
  • Changes or corrective actions to reach outcomes and program improvement goals
  • Current trends and best practices in Early Learning and Education

You will assist Early Learning and childcare providers by:

  • Developing content and delivering training as applicable to various early learning and child care providers
  • Collaborating with early learning programs to support quality programming and create a range of professional development opportunities for child care program contractors
  • Preparing annual contracts and negotiating performance outcomes with provider agencies

You will support the work of your division by:

  • Participating on division task forces, interview panels, and Early Learning program development teams
  • Performing other related duties of a comparable level/type as assigned Qualifications

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):

  • 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
  • Three years professional experience working in Early Learning (or child care/school age) program development OR

  • Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education or Education, Childhood Development, Human Development, or a related field

  • Four years professional experience working in Early Learning (or child care/school age) program development OR

  • Five years professional experience working in Early Learning (or child care/school age) program development

In addition to:

  • A valid driver's license
  • Ability to pass a criminal background and education check

DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS: The most successful candidates will also possess the following: Experience

  • Extensive Early Learning Program development
  • Administering and/or monitoring a variety of service contracts, sub-contracts, or interagency agreements
  • Researching and analyzing complex data within business systems
  • Working in a fast-moving, collaborative, team-oriented environment
  • Working with multicultural and multilingual providers who may serve underrepresented communities


  • Demonstrated proficiency and use of electronic mail and industry standard computer software, including Microsoft Office (i.e. Excel, Word, Outlook, etc.)
  • Demonstrated proficiency with program databases, including the ability to provide technical assistance and/or training to others in utilizing program databases
  • Strong interpersonal and writing skills
  • Ability to complete written reports that may be politically sensitive Additional Information

This position requires frequent city-wide travel each week and is classified as an Early Education Specialist.

APPLICATION PROCESS: To be considered for this position, you must submit your complete application, including all supplemental questions, and attach your resume and cover letter at no later than 4:00 PM Pacific Time on Tuesday, March 27, 2018. The Seattle Department of Education & Early Learning is a proud participant in the Race and Social Justice Initiative, a citywide effort to realize the vision of racial and social equity. This position is open to all candidates 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

Salary: $32.81 - $38.28 Hourly

Location: Seattle, WA

Job Type: Classified Civil Service, Regular, Full-Time

Department: Department of Education and Early Learning

Job Number: 2018-00358

Closing: 3/27/2018 4:00 PM Pacific

Agency: City of Seattle

Address: Seattle Municipal Tower 700 5th Avenue, Suite 5500 Seattle, Washington, 98104