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Director of Early Learning - Onsite

Job Details

Yakima - West - Yakima, WA
Full Time
4 Year Degree
$95,000.00 - $110,000.00 Salary/year
Up to 50%


Excited about this role, but don't meet 100% of the expected qualifications listed above? We'd still love for you to apply! Catholic Charities Serving Central Washington is committed to building a diverse and inclusive workforce where unique experiences are valued and everyone has the opportunity to contribute. Research has continuously shown that women and people of color are less likely to apply to jobs unless they meet all the listed qualifications. We want to help overcome this trend and seek to make space for unique and relevant skills and attributes. So, when applying to Catholic Charities Serving Central Washington, rest assured that your application is reviewed by a living, breathing human being, and evaluated based on key competencies needed for success in the position. Questions or concerns? Contact, we'd be happy to connect!

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.


$95,000 - $110,000 


Medical, dental, life, flexible spending, EAP, retirement & vol benefits including vision, ltd, life insurance, critical illness, injury accident & ID theft protection. 13 paid holidays, 12 days of vacation, 8 sick days. Bereavement leave, education assistance program. Discretionary longevity award of 1.5% of annual salary starting after 5 years of service.

Position Summary:

The Early Learning Director will have responsibility for the Early Learning programs of Catholic Charities. This includes Child Care Aware WA and Early Achievers contract deliverables, ongoing implementation, and quality assurance for Central Washington which provides services in Chelan, Douglas, Okanogan, Ferry, Yakima, Kittitas, Adams, and Grant Counties. In addition, the position will be responsible for Early Learning partnerships, Infant/Toddler services, Kaleidoscope and Early Connections Play & Learn, Carroll Childrens Center, Growing Hope Child and Family Development Centers, Christ the Teacher Early Learning, ECLIPSE, Parents as Teachers, Mental Health Consultation with Early Learning and development and implementation of other Early Learning initiatives which support school readiness. This position will supervise the team of Associate Directors and managers overseeing this work.


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 Coordinator to implement timely completion of contract deliverables and applications.
  • Work with Associate Directors for Early Achievers to achieve all goals and contract deliverables in moving child care providers to higher quality through the quality rating system.
  • Work with the Professional Development Coordinator to support all aspects of the professional development and training for child care providers.
  • Work with the Associate Director of Early Learning to implement Infant/Toddler Services and support through consultation and regional systems coordinated with Early Achievers.
  • Work with the Associate Director of Early Learning to continue development and partnerships with Family, Friend, and Neighbor services and Play and Learn expansion and integration.
  • Work with Carroll Childrens Center and Growing Hope Child & Family Development Center Associate Director to implement high quality early learning programs.
  • Oversee Associate Directors work with Parents as Teachers and expansion opportunities.
  • Work with Associate Director on ECLIPSE and ECEAP integration and policy development to ensure program deliverables are met.

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 Associate 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 Associate Directors throughout the interview process to make recommendations to hire for 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 Associate Directors in the budget development to address program requirements and new initiatives.
  • Work with Associate Director 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:


  • Masters degree in Early Childhood Education, Education, or a related field preferred. Equivalent experience of 15 years may substitute for education and must be in a related field.
  • Bachelors degree in Early Childhood Education, Psychology, Social Work, or related field preferred. Equivalent experience of 10 years may substitute for education and must be in a related field.


  • 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 drivers license and minimum required liability insurance for WA State

Employment is conditional upon:

  • Being cleared by criminal background check and fingerprinting when required