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Early Learning Program Specialist

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City Of Seattle, WA Seattle , WA 98113

Posted 2 months ago

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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 overall service delivery and program quality for Early Learning programs that contract with the City of Seattle. You will make sure Early Learning programs are meeting performance standards and contract requirements by reviewing program and assessment data in various databases, conducting site visits, reviewing program files, and providing technical assistance to program directors. You will partner with coaches, nurses, behavioral health specialists and other related service providers to support quality programming. In addition, you will utilize your analytic abilities to interpret program quality standards, contract requirements, and/or State licensing requirements for program providers in the community.

Job Responsibilities:
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You will monitor and assess Early Learning programs by:

  • Reviewing and analyzing program contractors' finance and budget management, organizational systems, program management and administration, staff development and overall program performance

  • Reviewing program and assessment databases to monitor for complete and accurate data entry

  • Monitoring program providers to ensure program standards and contract 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:

  • Changes in performance standards and contract requirements

  • 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 coaches, nurses, behavioral health specialists, and other related service providers to support quality programming and create a range of professional development opportunities for child care and preschool 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

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


  • 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


  • 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


The most successful candidates will also possess the following:


  • Extensive Early Learning Program development and/or administration, especially within publicly-funded preschool and/or child care

  • Experience with Early Achievers, Teaching Strategies Gold, Environmental Rating Scales (any version), or other assessments that measure early learning program quality

  • 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

  • Functional experience as a database superuser

  • 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, is classified as an Early Education Specialist, and is governed by a collective bargaining agreement between the City and the union, PTE Local 17 Professional.


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, October 9, 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

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