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Director of Early Learning

Job Details

Yakima - West - Yakima, WA
Full Time
4 Year Degree
$110,000.00 - $125,000.00 Salary/year
Up to 50%


You can do the work you love, be your authentic self, and make an impact in the lives of thousands. We believe in a culture rooted in community, collaboration, and growth. As an agency we are inspired by our Mission of bringing hope to life, especially those most in need.

Scheduled Work Hours: Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Wage: $110,000.00 to $125,000.00 Annually

Sign On Bonus: $15,000; paid out in 2 years

Relocation Reimbursement: Up to $5,000.


• Medical/Dental


• 403(b) Retirement

• Additional Voluntary Benefits

• Paid Holidays

• Vacation/Sick Leave

• Education Assistance Program

• Employee Assistance Program

• Longevity awards


Position Summary:

The Director of Early Learning is responsible for the Early Learning programs of Catholic Charities. This position oversees the Regional Director of Early Learning Provider Services and the Regional Director of Early Learning Family Services. The Director of Early Learning is responsible for the fiscal accountability of all Early Learning contracts.


Provide oversight and leadership in the continued development of key early learning partnerships in the 8 County area of Central Washington at the local, regional, and state levels. 

  • Develop and continue partnerships with Community Colleges, Educational Service Districts, Local School Districts, Community Service Offices, Head Start and ECEAP Facilities, and key local and regional coordinating councils and coalitions.
  • Develop and continue partnerships with the Department of Child, Youth and Family Services at the Regional and State level.
  • Assist in the development of proposals for Early Learning initiatives with private foundations, Child Care Aware state network, DCYF or other funding entities.
  • Work with Data and Quality Assurance Coordinators to implement timely completion of contract deliverables and applications.
  • Work with the Regional Director of Provider Services to achieve all goals and contract deliverables in moving childcare providers to higher quality through Early Achievers.
  • Work with the Professional Development Coordinator to support all aspects of the professional development and training for childcare providers.
  • Work with the Regional Director of Provider Services to implement Infant/Toddler Services and support through consultation and regional systems coordinated with Early Achievers.
  • Work with the Regional Director of Provider Services to continue ECLIPSE and ECEAP integration and policy development to ensure program deliverables are met and ECLIPSE expansion within the community.
  • Work with the Regional Director of Family Services to continue development and partnerships with Family, Friend, and Neighbor services and Play and Learn expansion and integration.
  • Work with the Regional Director of Family Services at Carroll Children’s Center and Growing Hope Child & Family Development Center Associate Director to implement high quality early learning programs.
  • Work with the Regional Director of Family Services to oversee the work with Parents as Teachers and expansion opportunities.

Advocate and provide leadership in planning for Child Care Aware and Early Learning services at the local, regional, and state level, supporting development of new initiatives and sustainability of current services.

  • Participate in regional and state forums that focus on best practice in early learning.
  • Coordinate and develop partnership agreements with Child Care Aware agencies with bordering service delivery areas in Eastern WA to ensure comprehensive service delivery.
  • Process all contracts and routing forms following the agency policy.
  • Participate in WA State Child Care Aware Member Council meetings and initiatives. 

Provide Coaching and Supervision to Regional Directors to implement a cohesive team in the delivery of early learning services.

  • Conduct annual performance evaluations according to agency policies.
  • Develop individual staff professional development plans.
  • Participate in the development and monitor the implementation of program goals.

Work with Regional Directors throughout the interview process to make recommendations to hire new employee positions.

Develop and implement successful marketing and communication efforts.

  • Ensure the website and brochures are available in English and Spanish with all required information for Early Learning programs.
  • Communicate effectively with other agency personnel in each location regarding Early Learning initiatives that may have impact at the agency level or with other programs.

Oversee the preparation and monitoring of the Early Learning program budgets and other budget requirements for contracts and collaborative partnership agreements.

  • Work with Regional Directors in the budget development to address program requirements and new initiatives.
  • Work with Regional Directors and Controller to ensure all contracts are accurately billed in a timely manner with copies to accounting.
  • Ensure all finance policies are followed and credit card and other purchases are approved, and receipts submitted according to the agency policy.

Maintain confidentiality according to professional standards and as mandatory reporters of Child      Abuse and Neglect, report any incident to the appropriate legal entity according to Washington State Law.

Participate as a member of the Senior Leadership Team

  • Ensure Early Learning services are aligned with other programs and services of the agency which provide services to children and families.
  • Support the mission of the agency and follow the principles of Catholic Social Teaching for all programs and services.

Perform other duties as assigned


Job Requirements:

The following requirements are those that are normally required for performance of this position.  Any disabled applicant or incumbent who does not meet one or more of the requirements, but who can perform the essential function of the job (with or without reasonable accommodations) shall be deemed to meet these requirements.

Physical Requirements:

This position normally requires the physical demands of standing, walking, bending, lifting or performing other work requiring low physical exertion, as well as keyboard fingering, talking, hearing and adequate vision on a regular basis to perform the job requirements.  These physical demands are required up to 90% of the time.

Non-Physical Requirements:


  • Master’s degree in early childhood education, Education, or a related field preferred.
  • Bachelor’s degree in early childhood education, Psychology, Social Work, or related field required.


  • Minimum of 10 years’ experience in Early Learning Management including:
    • Grant writing
    • Budgeting
    • Compliance to policies, procedures, and licensing requirements
    • Program and partnerships development
    • Active role in advocacy at state and federal levels

Special Skills

  • Knowledge of Washington State Early Childhood systems of care, Child Care Aware State Network, and Department of Child, Youth & Family Services
  • Demonstrated written and verbal communication skills
  • Demonstrated ability to develop effective community partnerships
  • Ability to work independently, as a team member, and a collaborative partner
  • Ability to represent the agency in a professional manner at the community, regional and state level
  • Excellent leadership and follow-through with initiatives
  • Ability to successfully manage services in multiple locations
  • Bilingual Preferred

Licensure, Registration, Certification

  • Valid Washington State driver’s license and minimum required liability insurance for WA State
  • Must be deemed insurable as determined by Catholic Charities liability insurance provider

Employment is conditional upon:

  • Being cleared by criminal background check and fingerprinting when required