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Early Learning Program Specialist

Mar 9, 2021
City of Seattle
Position Description

Salary: $36.38-42.44 Hourly

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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 Child Care Assistance Program, Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program and Seattle Preschool Program. 

To ensure the success of these programs, we are looking for an Early Learning Program Specialist who will monitor and assess the program quality of child care and early learning programs that contract with the City of Seattle’s Department of Education & Early Learning (DEEL). In addition, you will provide technical assistance and training as needed to support programs in meeting DEEL’s program quality standards.  

The Department of Education & Early Learning strives to embed the City’s Race and Social Justice Initiative into its education objectives and seeks staff that value the importance of working together as a government and community to eliminate racial disparities and achieve racial equity. Our core values of equity, results, stewardship, transparency, and collaboration guide our work, support our operations, and hold us accountable.

Job Responsibilities

Do you want to be part of this program? Here’s more of what you’ll be doing:

You will monitor and assess service delivery for Early Learning programs by:

  • Reviewing and analyzing program contractors’ finance and budget management, program management, staff development, and organizational systems to determine overall program performance
  • Conducting program visits, including observing classroom sessions and staff/child interactions, and reviewing child files and administrative documents and materials as needed
  • Interpreting program quality standards, funding standards, and State licensing requirements to support program providers
  • Assessing administration and implementation of early learning services to ensure consistency with performance standards and contractual requirements
  • Creating detailed corrective action plans to address changes necessary to meet performance 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

You will assist Early Learning and childcare agencies by:

  • Providing consultation and technical assistance to ensure culturally relevant and linguistically appropriate services
  • Collaborating with institutional partners such as Seattle-King County Public Health, CCR, QPPD, and other related service providers to support quality programming and create a range of professional development opportunities for child care 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


You will be prepared for this role if you possess one or more of the following:


  • Early Learning Program development and/or administration, especially within publicly-funded preschool and/or child care
  • 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 email 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
  • Strong interpersonal and writing skills
  • Ability to complete written reports that may be politically sensitive 



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 Teaching Credential with emphasis on Preschool through 3rd grade education
  • 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:

  • Ability to pass a criminal background and education check
Additional Information

This position 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 unit.

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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 4:00pm Pacific Time on Tuesday, March 16, 2021. 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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