Early Learning Program Director 

Full-time, Regular Status, FLSA Exempt  

$65,200 to $84,800 (Dependent upon applicable experience) 

Childhaven is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity, inclusion, and equity. We are upholding this by recruiting candidates of every race, creed, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, gender or gender identity, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, and all other historically marginalized and excluded communities other protected status as provided by law.  Qualified individuals who bring diverse perspectives to the workplace are highly encouraged to apply! 


We are proud to be a values-driven organization that serves families from diverse communities.  The following values guide our work:  

  • TEAMWORK: Relationships come first.  
  • EQUITY: There’s infinite value in every human. 
  • EXCELLENCE: Constructively dissatisfied with the status quo. 
  • DEDICATION: Do more. Do better. 
  • RESPECT: Meet people where they are. 
  • REFLECTION: Feelings Matter. Stepping back and exploring possibilities.  

Childhaven is a leader in serving children, families, and communities that have experienced trauma and adversity. We are building a continuum of care that is growing to respond to the changing needs of families by combining our legacy of healing-centered care with the expertise of community partners. Going forward, we are embarking on a new and ambitious strategic plan to strengthen programs, expand impact, and embrace innovation through strategies at multiple levels of the child and family ecosystem: direct service, workforce and community, and child and family-serving systems. 


 You are a passionate and dedicated individual 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. 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…” 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. 


Childhaven’s Early Learning Program includes a classroom-based program that supports children and families in South King County. Childhaven currently operates Early ECEAP, ECEAP and Head Start classrooms located in Auburn, Federal Way and Burien. The Early Learning Program Director will drive the expansion of our classroom-based early learning program to additional communities such as Skyway, as well as the transition from subcontracting into directly contracting with Washington State. This Director will support and mentor an Assistant Program Manager, family support staff, and teaching staff. The Early Learning Program Director provides leadership, oversight and vision for this vital service area and reports to Childhaven’s Chief Program Officer. The expansion and refinement of this program is key to Childhaven’s Strategic Impact Plan and the individual in this role will have the opportunity to partner with incredible community leaders to better serve children and families.  

Major initiatives within our Strategic Impact Plan include: 

STRENGTHEN Direct Services & Infrastructure  

Goal: Grow from serving 300 to 3,000  

  • Grow and improve our Continuum of Care   
  • Enhanced focus on IECMH / Early Relational Health  
  • Improve Program and Operational Infrastructure  

EXPAND Workforce & Indirect Services  

Goal: Influence 30,000  

  • More deeply embed services within community  
  • Help establish a new IECMH Workforce Development Hub  
  • Expand reach to a new location(s)   

LEAD System & Policy Change  

Goal: Inform 300,000  

  • Launch a Public Will Campaign around the efficacy of IECMH  
  • Expand Government Relations & Advocacy  
  • Help form Multi-Sector Partnerships   


Early Learning Program Director


Provide strategic, operations, and team leadership for Childhaven’s Early Learning program.  

% of time 

Description of Primary Duties with Examples of Areas of Focus and Activity 


Program Leadership 

  • Supervise Early Learning teaching and family support staff including recruitment, hiring, onboarding, ongoing performance management and facilitating regular team meetings 
  • Ensure staff maintain accurate, up-to-date participant records, service documentation, and data collection 
  • Develop and maintain internal reporting plan with the support of the CPO to support model compliance, leadership reporting, and staff supervision 
  • Maintain up to date external reporting requirements with Washington State Child Care licensing, DCYF Early ECEAP team, and PSESD contracting requirements. 
  • Work with Chief Program Officer to ensure continuous improvement in data driven performance 
  • Ensure contract oversight and compliance 
  • Ensure safety and security of all data and assets 


External Leadership and Partnership Development 

  • Represent Childhaven’s Early Learning Program with external stakeholders 
  • Lead partnership development with early care and education partners 
  • Implement community engagement strategies for current and future early learning classrooms 
  • Conduct outreach to potential referral sources in the interest of building community partnerships and maintaining full program enrollment 


Program Development 

  • Develop policies, procedures, and staff training methods for new program components 
  • Adapt program implementation using program evaluation data, including feedback from participants and partners


Other duties as assigned 

  • Enhance Childhaven’s anti-racism practices  
  • Develop program budgets, strategies, workplans, presentations, etc.  
  • Maintain current knowledge of evidence-based and evidence-informed practices and research  
  • Build relationships with federal, state, county, city and school district staff and elected officials and advocate for high quality early learning programming 
  • Participate in ongoing job-related professional development, in-service trainings and continuing education  
  • Participate in regular administrative and reflective supervision with designated supervisor  
  • Participate in scheduled team and related meetings  
  • Contribute to federal, state, and local reporting requirements and reporting of child abuse.  



  • Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education, social work, psychology, counseling, or a related field with the equivalent of 30 college quarter credits in early childhood education. These 30 credits may be included in the degree or in addition to the degree. 
  • A minimum of 3 years working with children and families in an ECEAP or Head Start classroom 
  • A minimum of 2 years supervising teaching staff or other early learning staff. 
  • Experience and demonstrated ability to successfully work within a diverse cultural setting and provide culturally dynamic, equitable and supportive services.  
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills 
  • Experience convening and leading teams as well as being a contributing team member 
  • The ability to adapt to change and use flexible thinking. 
  • A sense of humor. 
  • Computer literacy; knowledge of Microsoft Office, Excel, Outlook, Teams; knowledge of Zoom and other virtual meeting platforms. 
  • 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 Children, Youth, and Families and Childhaven.  

Highly Desired 

  • Understanding of and familiarity with Washington state early learning programs, including Early ECEAP, ECEAP and Working Connections Childcare.  
  • Training in Promoting First Relationships, Circle of Security, or other evidence-based early childhood models.  
  • IECMH Endorsement 
  • Experience providing reflective supervision.  
  • Training in trauma-informed and anti-racism practices. 
  • Experience in early childhood workforce development strategies such as mental health consultation, didactic training for multi-disciplinary early childhood professionals, reflective supervision/consultation, and other coaching/technical assistance models. 


Childhaven believes in a fully transparent hiring process. We are committed to equitable compensation practices, including pre-determining what roles require and the qualities needed from the individual that will fill the role. To achieve this, Childhaven uses a market-driven grade and step approach to determine the compensation of each team member. Grades are based on job requirements and responsibilities and steps are based on years of applicable experience.   


Childhaven values a strong organizational culture, internal and external professional development opportunities, and a commitment to advancing anti-racist policies and practices. Team members at Childhaven can develop skills and knowledge through the following:    

  • Project work groups   
  • Clinical and/or reflective supervision   
  • Trainings and professional development workshops 
  • Community advocacy and engagement  
  • Diversity, Inclusion, and Racial Equity Council (DIREC)  
  • 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.  
  • 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 Arcoro or our website.   

Open until filled; qualified applicants are encouraged to apply. In addition to completing the application online, attach a resume and cover letter when prompted.   

Those who do not attach a resume and cover letter may not be considered.   

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

Equal Opportunity Employer, including disabled and veterans.