The state’s most trusted child care resource is seeking an experienced, accomplished, highly-skilled leader to join our team in support of our vision that “Every family in Washington has access to high- quality early learning choices for their children, and every child care program has the resources and support needed to help prepare children for success in life.” The director position is a key position in the organization, providing overall leadership in the development and implementation of Quality Improvement services across the early learning system. The Director will have demonstrated success leading a team of skilled Program Managers whose collective goal is to increase the capacity of the early learning (specifically Early Achievers) workforce through on-going Relationship-Based Professional Development. These high-quality technical assistance, coaching and continuing education services are culturally and linguistically appropriate and responsive to a diverse early learning workforce. In addition to working internally, the Director takes a pivotal role developing, with her/his staff, strong, effective, productive working relationships with regional staff, the Department of Early Learning (DEL) and the University of Washington’s Cultivate Learning.
The successful candidate will offer an innovative, collaborative style; understand professional boundaries in representing the organization; and demonstrate success implementing quality control and program and professional development.
Oversee Quality Improvement (QI), and program services provided by the Child Care Aware of Washington (CCA of WA) system to early learning professionals across Washington State.
Lead the overall quality implementation and expansion of program services provided by the CCA of WA system under the Early Start Act (ESA) and Early Achievers Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS).
Communicate with individuals at different levels of authority throughout the sector and effectively synthesize information, actions and expectations to your team and
Lead efforts to provide skill-building and professional development opportunities for the Relationship-Based Professional Development workforce (i.e. coaches, trainers, consultants, TA Specialists).
Collaborate with the Washington State Department of Early Learning (DEL), University of Washington and other statewide partners on the development and implementation of policies, procedures and program services related to Early Achievers and early
Provide leadership to the CCA of WA regions on the implementation of Early Achievers policies and procedures so statewide program targets are
Lead the CCA of WA program team, including developing program managers and support staff in all aspects of the early learning sector.
Cultivate new opportunities that may result in additional QI and PD services provided by the CCA of WA
Contribute to state-level systems discussions on workforce development, including career pathways for early learning professionals.
Skillfully manage strong productive relationships with regional leadership, state-level partners and between program staff and respective
Provide a written a monthly report for the CEO that clearly synthesizes the work of the QI department articulating goals, achievements and outstanding projects in a concise and complete manner.
Develop and track program budget(s), program outcomes and statistical data in partnership with the Directors of Finance and Accountability, and Data and
Represent CCA of WA at local, state and national gatherings and conferences.
SKILLS & COMPETENCIES REQUIRED:
Well-grounded knowledge and experience in the Early Learning environment
Clearly convey strategic vison
Set parameters, limitations and guidelines
Adept relationship manager providing strong team leadership
Set, adapt and achieve goals
Ability to hold the vision for the collective team and move the team to the end result
Flexible and versatile dealing with change, while maintaining forward momentum
Possess a collaborative style with respect for diversity
Ability to build collaborative relationships in this framework
Think big, while paying attention to the details
Organizational, analysis and problem-solving skills
Effectively bridge policy and practice
Manage performance within a climate of change
Synthesize multiple perspectives
Excellent interpersonal and listening skills
Mature judgment and decision-making ability
Ability to research and provide succinct written reports
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About Child Care Aware of Washington, Tacoma Washington
Child Care Aware of Washington is making a difference for high-quality child care and early learning programs for every child in Washington State. We connect families to high-quality child care and early learning programs, and we support child care providers who deliver high-quality care. We provide scholarships for early learning professionals to enrich their expertise. We advocate for safe, high-quality child care for every child in Washington.