WISe Program Director
Seattle; King County, WA
Full-time, Regular Status, FLSA Exempt 
$72,000 to $95,000 (Dependent upon applicable experience and licensure)

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 very 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 an experienced, passionate, and dedicated leader in infant/early childhood mental health 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…” You are well-versed in and firmly committed to the principles of infant/early childhood mental health, relational health, healing centered care, and anti-racist practices…and you have a great sense of humor. 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 WISe Program Director provides values-aligned leadership of the service delivery system for the WISe (Wraparound with Intensive Services) program. In partnership with the WISe Program Manager and Chief Program Officer the Program Director will guide the program’s expansion, operations, quality assurance, contract compliance, and budget in a way that is consistent with our vision, mission, values, and goals. The Program Director must also ensure that all services are directed by family voice and choice, individualized, inclusive of building and utilizing natural supports, collaborative, strengths-based, culturally appropriate, and delivered with unconditional support. This individual must possess or be able to quickly acquire substantial knowledge of state guidelines, WISe programmatic structures and policies, and community resources. 

Childhaven’s WISe Program Director will also help provide leadership to help advance our mission, vision, and values, as well as the goals and strategies outlined in our Strategic Impact Plan, including:

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

In partnership with the Chief Program Officer and WISe Program Manager, the WISe Program Director is ultimately responsible and accountable for all program recruitment, hiring, onboarding, professional development, goal setting, quality assurance, finances, data, and ongoing performance management.

Primary Duties with Examples of Areas of Focus and Activity:

  • 60% - Program Leadership
    • Ensure that high fidelity WISe services, which utilize Wraparound and IECMH principles and best practices are incorporated into all services for children, caregivers, and their family teams.
    • Develop and implement policies, procedures, goals, workplans, and staff professional development.
    • Oversees utilization and implementation of WISe QIRT (Quality Improvement Review Tool) to ensure quality assurance across the Childhaven WISe program.
    • Continually adapt program implementation strategies using program evaluation data, including feedback from participants, staff, and partners.
    • Assure program and staff compliance with all policies, procedures, licensing, accreditation, evaluation, service documentation, and contract standards and requirements.
    • Provide at least two hours of individual reflective supervision monthly to each direct report and clinical team.
    • Create and ensure completion of any corrective action plans resulting from program audits.
    • Oversees utilization and implementation of WISe QIRT (Quality Improvement Review Tool) to ensure quality assurance across the Childhaven WISe program.
    • Partner with Program Manager and Chief Program Officer to ensure continuous improvement in program growth, efficiency, outcomes, financial/dashboard metrics, etc.
  • 30% - External Leadership and Partnership Development
    • Help represent WISe with internal and external stakeholders.
    • Lead WISe partnership development with early care and education partners
    • Work with program manager to outreach to current and potential referral sources in the interest of building community partnerships and maintaining full program enrollment and meeting budgeted growth projections
    • Personally attend and/or ensure leadership attendance at the WISe Collaborative meeting with the HCA
    • Represent with program manager WISe on the Program Leadership Team / Clinical Leadership Team
  • 10% - Other duties as assigned
    • Enhance Childhaven’s anti-racism practices
    • Maintain current knowledge of evidence-based and evidence-informed practices and research
    • Participate in ongoing job-related professional development, in-service trainings and continuing education
    • Participate in regular administrative, clinical, and reflective supervision with designated supervisor
    • Participate and often lead scheduled team and related meetings
    • Contribute to federal, state, and local reporting requirements and reporting of child abuse.


  • Master’s degree in social work, psychology, counseling, or a related field.
  • Specialized clinical training in infant/early childhood mental health principles and strategies.
  • Be able to balance reflective and administrative supervision for direct reports.
  • Training and experience providing Reflective Supervision and Consultation.
  • Training and experience in crisis work
  • Training and experience with Trauma informed Care
  • 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.
  • 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.


  • Experience as a leader / manager in a WISe/Wraparound program with specialized training in wraparound principles and best practices.
  • Ability to secure Washington Licensed Mental Health Professional (e.g., LMHC, LICSW, LMFT, Licensed Psychologist).
  • Training in Promoting First Relationships, Circle of Security, Child Parent Psychotherapy, or other evidence-based early childhood models.
  • Specialized certification as an Infant/Early Childhood Mental Health Specialist and/or endorsement as an Infant Mental Health Specialist or Infant Mental Health Mentor through a state Association of Infant Mental Health’s Endorsement for Culturally Sensitive, Relationship-focused Practice Promoting Infant Mental Health (IMH-E®) system (or a comparable IECMH credential).
  • 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 by September 5, 2022. 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.