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Senior Early Learning Policy Specialist

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City Of Seattle Seattle , WA 98101

Posted 5 months ago

Position Description

The Seattle Department of Education and Early Learning (DEEL) has an opportunity for a Senior Early Learning Policy Specialist to lead and facilitate interagency planning, design, and implementation of early learning programs funded by the City.

The mission of DEEL, under the direction of the mayor and Director Dwane Chappelle, is to transform the lives of Seattle's children, youth, and families through strategic investments in education. DEEL achieves these goals by investing in high-quality early learning services, supporting programs that help children succeed in school, and increasing the capacity of education support programs in underserved communities. In this position, you will play a vital role in ensuring that City funds are allocated and dispersed in an equitable, efficient, transparent, and effective way.

DEEL envisions a city where all children, youth, and families have equitable access to high-quality educational services, support, and outcomes.

Job Responsibilities

  • Here's more about what you'll be doing:

  • Facilitating processes that contribute to the development of accessible, affordable early learning programs and resources

  • Producing accurate, clear, well-researched, and reader-friendly documents

  • Presenting, recommending, and explaining projects and project impacts to elected officials, agencies, other municipalities, and the public

  • Reviewing relevant literature for best practice and critiquing its applicability to Seattle

  • Engaging with the community and colleagues in continuous quality improvement processes

  • Coordinating and attending meetings that include representatives from government, early learning agencies, community groups, and advocacy groups

  • Stewarding public funds by managing RFP processes and consultant contracts, in particular, those related to funding early learning facility development

  • Preparing research and policy briefing papers, reports, and analyses

  • Engaging in critical analyses of the opportunities to improve racial equity in government programs

  • Other responsibilities as assigned

  • You will be successful in this position if you have experience in:*

  • Collaborating to produce well-written, organized, and accessible documents

  • Being an active, positive, and contributing member of a team

  • Working independently and collaboratively

  • Working with Seattle's early learning community

  • Working in City or State government in education policy and/or program development

  • Infusing racial equity principles into your work

  • You will feel prepared to take on this role if you have:*

  • Strong communication and meeting facilitation abilities

  • Analytical skills that support the development and refinement of systems

  • The ability to write for a variety of audiences and purposes

  • Strong project planning, management, and multi-tasking skills

  • The ability to prioritize your work to meet your own and other people's deadlines

  • A passion for working to eliminate structural racism in City programs, processes, and policies

In addition to the qualities mentioned above, you will need to possess the below required qualifications (or a combination of education and/or training and/or experience which provides an equivalent background required to perform the work of the class):

  • Bachelor's Degree in Public Policy, Public Administration, Planning, Education, or a related field

  • Three years of experience in planning and research related to human services, education policy, education program development, or other work directly related to City planning and development activities


  • Associate Degree in Public Policy, Public Administration, Planning, Education, or a related field

  • Four years of experience in planning and research related to human services, education policy, education program development, or other work directly related to City planning and development activities


  • Five years of experience in planning and research related to human services, education policy, education program development, or other work directly related to City planning and development activities
    Additional Information

This position is classified as a Planning & Development Specialist, Senior. DEEL supports the City of Seattle's Race and Social Justice Initiative to end institutionalized racism by eliminating barriers to access, providing the staff and public with opportunities for growth, and developing equitable access to the programs and services we offer. If you share those values and meet the qualifications, we invite you to apply for this position. Please visit to learn more about the Department of Education & Early Learning.

*To be considered for this position, you must submit your application, attaching a cover letter, resume, and a work plan for a project you have managed to completion, along with a narrative explanation of successes and lessons learned from the project, at no later than 4:00pm Pacific Time on Tuesday, September 4, 2018. This position is open to all candidates that meet the minimum qualifications. The Department of Education & Early Learning 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: $41.26 - $48.09 Hourly

  • Location:* Seattle, WA

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

  • Department:* Department of Early Learning & Education

  • Job Number:* 2018-01062

Closing: 9/4/2018 4:00 PM Pacific

  • Agency:* City of Seattle

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


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Senior Early Learning Policy Specialist

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