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Program Manager, Early Learning

Child Care Aware of Washington
1001 Pacific Ave, Tacoma, WA 98402
$59,100 - $70,900 a year - Full-time


1001 Pacific Ave, Tacoma, WA 98402

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  • 401(k)
  • 401(k) matching
  • 403(b)
  • Dental insurance
  • Employee assistance program
  • Flexible schedule
  • Flexible spending account

Full job description

Are you interested in joining a vibrant and diverse team of relationship-based early learning professionals (RBPD) who are building a statewide network of quality initiative work & business supports for child care/early learning programs in Washington State? Come join the CCA of WA Program Team! Please submit a cover letter and resume and, if available, an online or PDF portfolio of your work.

Who you are: You think strategically - with a focus on impact over intention - while juggling multiple projects and offering responsive services. You are attentive to details, organized, and open to new and different ideas. You are committed to ensuring that all early learning professionals are equipped with tools to carry their work towards equity and inclusivity. You are bi-lingual/bi-cultural ready to make a difference working with and in support of a diverse relationship-based early learning professional community.

Who we are: Child Care Aware of Washington (CCA of WA) is Washington’s most trusted child care resource. We are the state’s most thorough and accessible source of information and support for families seeking quality child care and a trusted partner to child care professionals.

CCA of WA envisions a world where children and families, especially those who are marginalized, discriminated against, or otherwise ostracized because of systemic racism, have access to equitable, quality child care and early learning programs that lead families to thrive economically, and children to thrive developmentally. Learn more about our racial equity statement here.

What you will be doing: Working as part of a larger program team, offering opportunity to work independently and as a valued team member. You will be responsible for the development, coordination, implementation and ongoing supports delivered to early learning RBPD workforce (those in provider support roles) across Washington. This position is also responsible for building the capacity of the RBPD workforce in acquiring and maintaining the skills they need to deliver high-quality, anti-bias, and culturally competent services to a diverse early learning field in a relationship-based responsive manner. This position supports quality initiatives across Washington’s Early Learning system through strong partnerships that ensure successful contract implementation.

Essential Job Functions

1. Engage with regional staff to identify emerging themes as related to Relationship-Based Professional Development (RBPD) practices, challenges, and professional development needs.

2. Develop statewide resources for use by regional staff working in a RBPD setting with a diverse array of child care providers.

3. Support the organization and preparation of state-wide leadership meetings of Regional Coordinators, PDCs, and RBPD Lead staff.

4. Develop and offer professional development opportunities for Child Care Aware of Washington regional field staff, including orientation of new staff, periodic skill building trainings, and ongoing communities of practice.

5. Maintain a knowledge base of innovative best practices and related research that may inform RBPD service implementation. Work with regional Child Care Aware of Washington agencies to ensure they have effective local oversight of Contract terms and conditions, regional reflective practice, and ongoing quality assurance monitoring of contract.

6. Work in close partnership with CCA of WA Staff, systems stakeholders, and regional partners to ensure that high quality services are delivered statewide.

7. Represent CCA of Washington in meetings locally, statewide, and nationally as assigned.

8. Provide reports summarizing your goals, work accomplished, and on-going projects as requested

9. Provide documented status updates on projects through agency approved data base.

10. Prepare and summarize data and reports as requested.

11. Present to external stakeholders on program initiatives and deliverables as requested.

12. Participate as an active team member of the CCA of Washington staff to support continued integration of CCA of Washington core services.

13. Other duties, as assigned.


  • Learn and adapt to new information and changes quickly. You can synthesize new information and data as it becomes available, implement changes, and execute on a quick timeline, as needed, while remaining accurate.
  • Demonstrate a growth mindset. You give, seek, and take feedback in a professional manner. You look for opportunities to learn, stretch and engage in the parallel process of goal setting and continual improvement.
  • Effective at building relationships and modeling cross-cultural agility. You’ll regularly connect and collaborate with colleagues across the organization, providing a high level of support with a customer service mindset.
  • Authentic self-reflection, self- awareness, and high emotional intelligence are central to who you are, and you utilize these skills to build trusting relationships with colleagues and external stakeholders.


  • Bilingual Spanish or Somali preferred
  • Demonstrated commitment to advancing racial equity policies and practices
  • A combination of experience, education and/or professional development in the child care industry.
  • Strong knowledge regarding quality improvement program elements and/or child care business practices.
  • Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education, Education, Human Services, Social Services or related field with four years job related experience preferred, or an AA degree in a related field with 6 years job related experience. Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications.
  • Effective communications and interpersonal skills, including highly engaged listening.
  • Sound knowledge and ability to employ adult learning principles.
  • Demonstrated experience developing and implementing professional development strategies and curricula.
  • Strong content knowledge regarding Early Achievers (or other QRIS) program elements including: Early Achievers Quality Standards, Environment Rating Scales, Classroom Assessment Scoring System, Child Assessment and Early Learning curricula.
  • Experience with outcomes-based direct services, performance management and data-informed decisions.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills.
  • Strong proficiency with MS Office Suite including Outlook, PowerPoint, Word, and Excel.
  • Experience with online meeting platforms.
  • Experience with Learning Management Systems and/or the ability to learn new technology and skills quicky.


If you live in the core geographic area of King/Pierce/Thurston counties, you will be classified as a local hire. If you live outside that area, you will be classified as Geo Remote, and reside in other Washington counties.

Salary Range, Hours, Benefits

The annual salary range for this position is $59,100 to $70,900. Dual language skill will be considered when setting salary. Flexible work schedule, generous Paid Time Off (sick and vacation) and Extended Illness Bank, 403b, health/dental/eye care/ancillary insurance, Employee Assistance Program.

COVID Vaccination Requirement

Per Governor Inslee’s proclamation, state contractors in early education must be fully vaccinated no later than October 18, 2021 as a condition of employment. Being fully vaccinated means that an individual is at least two weeks past their final dose of an authorized COVID-19 vaccine regimen. If you are a selected candidate, you will be required to provide proof of vaccination. You may request an accommodation.

Opportunity for All

CCA of WA values diversity of ethnicity, race, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, gender, religion, language, ability, and experience. We are committed to our racial equity framework which includes hiring practices that seek to disrupt systemic racism and ongoing learning, self-reflection and transparency about equity and justice in our work. You are welcome to include the name and pronoun you would like to be referred to in your materials and we will honor this as you interact with our organization.

Job Type: Full-time

Pay: $59,100.00 - $70,900.00 per year


  • 401(k)
  • 401(k) matching
  • Dental insurance
  • Employee assistance program
  • Flexible schedule
  • Flexible spending account
  • Health insurance
  • Health savings account
  • Life insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Parental leave
  • Professional development assistance
  • Retirement plan
  • Vision insurance


  • Monday to Friday

COVID-19 considerations:
Please see COVID vaccine requirement. Masks must be used in when in office / group meetings.

Application Question(s):

  • Do you have strong content knowledge regarding Early Achievers (or other QRIS) program elements including: Early Achievers Quality Standards, Environment Rating Scales, Classroom Assessment Scoring System, Child Assessment and Early Learning curricula?


  • Bachelor's (Preferred)


  • Spanish (Preferred)
  • Somali (Preferred)

Work Location: One location