Senior Director of Early Learning and Home Visiting

$75,000 to $92,000 Annually (Based on years of applicable experience)

Full-time, Regular Status, FLSA Exempt

Apply by 5 p.m. Monday, October 19, 2020




Since 1909 Childhaven has been a leader in serving children and families who have experienced trauma and adversity. In the past few years, we have been adding services and locations, becoming more family and community-focused, and forming high impact partnerships to increase our impact. In June 2020, Childhaven consolidated with Renton Area Youth and Family Services and Art with Heart, which further expanded our capacity to better serve more children and families. By combining our 110+ year legacy of early childhood trauma care with the power and expertise of our new partners, Childhaven is building a continuum of care model that is unlike any other in the Puget Sound Region.


Going forward, we are embarking on a new and very ambitious strategic plan to strengthen programs, expand impact, and embrace innovation. In the next five years our goals are to double the number of locations and quadruple the number of children and families we are serving - all while developing and strengthening strategic partnerships with other community based organizations, referral sources, government agencies, and universities. In doing so, we’re opening doors to a host of new roles and opportunities within the organization. And that’s where you come in.



You are a passionate and dedicated Early Learning and/or Infant/Early Childhood Mental Health Professional who shares our vision: To help ensure that all children are safe and healthy; thriving physically, socially emotionally and educationally; and well nurtured by family and by their community.  You too are constructively dissatisfied with the status quo and heed the call to put service over self. You are equal parts learner, leader and mentor and see around the corners of a challenge, replaying the question of “What if…” with a reply of “Why not…” You are an optimistic, bright, thoughtful collaborator, well-versed in relational health, healing centered care, and anti-racist practices. If this sounds like you, then we want to meet, get to know you and talk more about the positive impact we could have together.



The Senior Director of Early Learning (EL) and Home Visiting (HV) will advance Childhaven’s mission, vision, values, and goals through the successful leadership of multiple services lines focused on supports to young children (birth to 6) and their families. Upon hire, the position will directly or indirectly lead a team of approximately 50 team members and manage a budget of over $4 million. The Senior Director will support team leads, and all team members, in ongoing efforts to improve quality, outcomes, growth, financial health, professional development, culture, and morale.  Orienting EL and HV service lines towards infant/early childhood mental health principles and competencies will be a core component of this work. A successful candidate will also have a commitment to advance Childhaven’s anti-racism work, which includes building and supporting a multicultural workforce.



Program Leadership

·       Work with Early Learning, Birth to Three Early Support for Infant and Toddlers (ESIT), and other Home visiting teams to integrate relational health, healing-centered, and infant/early childhood mental health principles throughout the program and organization.

·       Hire, train, inspire and lead a team of qualified staff to ensure the highest quality services are being provided at all times.

·       Maintain current knowledge of available community resources to make necessary referrals in order to best meet families’ needs.

·       Ensure compliance with all legal and contracting requirements.

·       Manage and consistently work to improve program growth, revenue and expenses, child counts, productivity, and Key Performance Indicators (KPIs).

·       Provide reflective and administrative supervision for Senior Program Managers.

·       Work with the Chief Operations and Program Officer on program efficiency, effectiveness, scalability, and outcome measurement.

·       Participate in the recruitment, hiring, supervision, training and support of all Early Learning, ESIT, and Home Visiting staff.

·       Participate in scheduled supervision, team meetings, and administrative meetings.

Government Relations and Partnership Development

·       Serve as ambassador to government contractors, donors and other potential supporters.

·       Network with referral sources and other Early Learning, ESIT and Home Visiting programs to share our Collective Impact vision and develop partnership opportunities.

·       Identify, research, cultivate and secure existing and new government grants and contracts.





  • Bachelor’s degree in early learning/child development, psychology, special education, social work/social welfare, case management, infant/early childhood mental health, or related field.
  • Specialized training in infant/early childhood mental health frameworks, principles and strategies.
  • Training and experience receiving and providing reflective supervision and consultation.
  • At least 5 years of experience working directly with children ages birth to 6.
  • At least 5 years of people management experience; preferably providing supervision to a staff diverse on multiple dimensions including age, ethnicity, English as a second language, etc.
  • Experience and familiarity with Early Learning, ESIT/Early Intervention and Home Visiting programs, funding, referral sources, and systems.
  • Experience and demonstrated ability to successfully work within a diverse cultural setting and provide culturally dynamic, equitable and supportive services.
  • The ability to adapt to change and use flexible thinking.
  • A sense of humor.
  • Computer literacy; strong working knowledge of Microsoft Office, Excel, Outlook, Teams; and experience with Electronic Medical Record systems (e.g., Credible)
  • Possess a valid driver’s license and safe driving record, have state required minimum automobile insurance, and be able to use own vehicle for the job.
  • A cleared portable background check through Washington Department of Early Learning and Childhaven.
  • Maintain current certifications including child/infant CPR, first aid and AED, HIV and blood borne pathogens.


  • Training in infant/early childhood mental health models, such as: Promoting First Relationships, Circle of Security, Brazelton’s Touchpoints, Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics, Neuro Relational Framework, Fussy Baby FAN Model, Child Parent Psychotherapy, and Newborn Behavioral Observation.
  • Specialized certification as an Infant/Early Childhood Mental Health Specialist and/or endorsed as an Infant Mental Health Specialist or Infant Mental Health Mentor through the Washington Association of Infant Mental Health.
  • Training in best practices related to Relational Health, Healing Centered Practices, and Anti-Racism.
  • Master’s Degree in a related field
  • Experience working in or closely with the following programs: Early Support for Infants and Toddlers / Early Intervention; ECEAP; Head Start: Early Head Start; Working Connections Child Care; Healthy Starts; WISe / Wraparound.
  • Bilingual

We strive to make Childhaven a great place to work by living our values: Teamwork, Equity,

Excellence, Dedication, Respect, and Reflection. Here’s a little bit about what we offer our staff:

  • We believe in a fully transparent hiring process.
  • We offer a comprehensive benefit package including medical, dental and vision insurance. Expanded benefits include a flexible spending account, healthcare reimbursement account, a 403(b) savings program with employer A full listing of benefits is available.
  • Opportunities to attend a wide variety of trainings on clinical and education topics, advocacy and more.
  • We’re dedicated to serving the full range of cultural diversity in our community, and to providing families with care that’s relevant to them and their As a member of Childhaven staff, you’ll be encouraged to contribute to community engagement strategies and our anti-racism council, which makes ongoing recommendations to ensure that our programs and protocols are doing their part to dismantle systemic racism.




Please apply through Birddog or our website


Applications will be accepted until 5 p.m. on October 19, 2020.  We reserve the right to re-post the position if we don’t secure enough interest from qualified applicants. 


Please complete the application and attach a resume and cover letter that details how you meet the requirements of the job.   


Applications without the resume and cover letter attached may not be considered.


If you require an accommodation to participate in the selection process, please let us know.

Equal Opportunity Employer, including disabled and veterans.