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Director, Early Learning Program Services

Puget Sound Educational Service District (PSESD) seeks a Director, Early Learning, Program Services to provide vision, leadership and direction to the program planning and service system design of PSESD’s early learning programs and services including Head Start (HS), Early Head Start (EHS), and Early Childhood Education Assistance Program (ECEAP) state-funded preschool. This position will also work in collaboration with pre-K to 3rd grade efforts in our PSESD region. A successful candidate will be able to ensure quality implementation of state and federal performance standards for comprehensive early learning services prenatal to kindergarten entry, and demonstrate strong collaborative leadership for program development leading to equitable outcomes where all children and their families leave their preschool experience ready for success in kindergarten and beyond.

PSESD is one of nine regional educational agencies serving school districts and state approved charter and private schools in Washington. Serving over 39% of Washington’s K-12 public school students, our agency provides critical services designed to ensure that our students are ready to enter school, achieve at high levels in the K-12 system, and succeed in postsecondary endeavors. We are committed to becoming an Antiracist Multicultural Organization driven by equity in education. To learn more about PSESD, visit

Early Learning Program Hiring Requirements

  • Portable Background Check: All Early Learning Program hires must have a cleared PSESD fingerprint background check (Washington State Patrol and FBI clearance) and a cleared Portable Background Check (PBC) before their hire date, and every three (3) years thereafter as a condition of continued employment.  Applicants without a current PBC should consider completing a PBC during the application phase. Please click here for instructions, and please click here to start the process.
  • Required Health Documentation to be completed within 30 days of official start date for all Early Learning staff, including:
    • Completed Medical Release Form
    • Tuberculosis clearance (if not included on Medical Release Form) 
    • MMR vaccine documentation (if not included on Medical Release Form)

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Education, Early Childhood Education, Child Development, Social Services, Health/Nutrition, or a related field
  • Recent professional experience working in positions of leadership within the Early Learning community
  • Experience in data use for practice improvement
  • Experience in design and delivery of services/programs serving young children and their families.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience in development and management of large, complex budgets
  • Experience supervising/leading diverse groups around common goals
  • Experience with or knowledge of performance standards for Head Start and ECEAP
  • Experience with systems and outcomes development
  • Experience leading with a racial equity lens

Applicants are required to include the following attachments within the online application in order to be considered:

  • Cover Letter: Clearly reflect how you meet the minimum qualifications (and preferred qualifications if applicable).
  • Resume: Provide complete chronological resume including all work history along with dates of employment (month and year) and job responsibilities,  education, and certifications.
    • Please note that salary placements for selected candidates will be based on related experience detailed in the resume provided via the application process
    • Additional Documents: In some cases, additional documents may be required and will be specified in the job opening announcement/advertisement.

Location: Renton, King County
Job Type: Full-time, Year Round
Hiring Salary Range: $119,510 - $156,808 Band S
Full Salary Range: $119,510 - $173,086 Annually Band S
Department: Learning, Teaching, and Family Support - Early Learning

We attract, retain, and motivate exceptional people with an equitable and competitive compensation package. Salary offers consider candidate qualifications and relevant experience. New hires at Puget Sound ESD start employment on or around the 1st and 15th of each month. For awareness and planning purposes, linked here are the dates through August, 2025.


We offer comprehensive benefits:

  • Medical, dental, and vision through the School Employees Benefits Board (SEBB) Program
  • 24 annual leave days per year
  • 12 sick days
  • 12 paid holidays
  • Participation in Washington State Department of Retirement System
  • Tax Sheltered Annuity Plan
  • Subsidized ORCA card, free parking, and electric car charging stations (Renton office)

Open until filled; for best consideration, submit complete application by 5/2/2024

Jobs are listed here for information only. To apply for a specific open position, you must be a registered applicant in the PSESD - School Jobs and apply specifically for each position for which you wish to be considered.

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PSESD is committed to having a diverse workforce and encourages all candidates meeting the minimum qualifications to apply.
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