Associated Recreation Council, Seattle

Deputy Director

The Deputy Director oversees everything internal, freeing up the Executive Director to focus on external matters such as fundraising, public relations and partnerships.  The Deputy Director (DD) reports to the Executive Director and will have both internal and external facing responsibilities, ranging from customer and project management, business development, framing of key approaches, high quality customer delivery, written policies to administration, information technology, reporting, and, human capital.  The DD will partner closely with the ED to chart ARC’s future growth and strategic response to an ever-increasing demand for the organization’s services.

Salary: $90,000 - $102,000 annually DOE plus the benefits listed below


Program Development and Internal and External Relations Management

  • Structures and leads teams to deliver effective program work
  • Builds and maintains strong partner board/advisory relationships; exceptional relationship builder
  • Represents ARC in non-profit-group conferences, professional associations, and other public venues
  • Develops thought leadership around specific topics/emerging challenges/issues
  • Shares in knowledge dissemination, reporting and communications
  • Partners with the ED in essential internal leadership activities in HR, Administration and organizational development and planning
  • Manages increasing segments of information technology, Human Resources in recruiting, reviews, staff deployment, workload balancing, career progression with related internal communications and budgeting and finance duties
  • Identifies best practices and improves internal systems with an eye toward future needs and budget realities


  • Hires and retains competent, qualified staff. Supervises, coaches and evaluates program managers and regional supervisors, demonstrating desirable leadership qualities to reporting staff. Facilitates individualized professional development plans for direct reports with regular training and guidance.
  • Collaborates and maintains relationships with Seattle Parks and Recreation and ARC staff, stakeholders, advisory board to ensure program needs are met.
  • Communicates often any organizational updates as needed and leads staff to change management.
  • Uses critical thinking to problem-solve, trouble shoots, and plans to minimize risk
  • Provides leadership to program staff through conflict resolution, policy development, quality improvement, and their personal professional development, including one on one meeting with direct reports on monthly basis.
  • Actively identifies, engages, and nurtures community partnerships to increase collaboration and enhances program offerings


  • Champions high quality program delivery and continuous quality improvement efforts within preschool, school-age care, and recreation programs.
  • Oversees and implements appropriate resources to ensure that the operations of the organization are appropriate.
  • Works closely with the ED to effectively administer ARC operations, which includes its 36-member advisory councils. Stays up-to-date on latest thinking and innovations within preschool, school-age care, and recreation programs. Identifies and assesses how emerging trends may impact ARC’s work and how they can be integrated into program design and strategy.

Risk Management

  • Ensures organization is prepared to handle a range of routine disruptions, emergencies, and catastrophic disasters.
  • Engenders trust with our partners as we handle routine to less common emergencies.
  • Uses excellent judgment and include the proper stakeholders on highly visible or sensitive issues.
  • Works closely with the ED to communicate vision to develop innovative plans to ensure better productivity.
  • Adheres to all applicable federal, state and/or local laws and regulations, including Department of Early Learning rules, standards, and compliance requirements.

Diversity, Inclusion and Equity

  • Works closely with the HR Director to assess ARC’s current representation of under-represented groups and make plans to increase the amount of participation or employees from protected classes. 
  • Works with management to address parents’ concerns on equity, inclusion and finds solutions to meet their specific needs.  May work with or be present in small groups within the community with diversity issues.
  • Works closely with the HR Director to help mitigate diversity-based disputes and accusations of discrimination against the organization or other employees.
  • Creates and promotes ARC’s commitment to diversity, inclusion and equity through diversity-oriented events, minority and protected class inclusion programs and cross-cultural workshops.
  • Oversees best practices in diversity materials, promotes inclusiveness and ensures continued compliance with government regulations.


Strategic Thinking

  • Ability to convey a vision of ARC’s strategic future to staff, board, volunteers and donors
  • Displays a broad strategic view by generating winning strategies
  • Focused on long-term vision, not just next year
  • Demonstrates strong problem-solving skills on strategic issues
  • Finds innovative and creative means to address challenges


  • Possesses a results orientation and holds himself and others responsible
  • Committed to act and achieve results with urgency
  • Displays sound business judgment

Team Leadership

  • Skills in supervision, manages workload priorities, coaches and develops talents
  • Uses influence, problem-solving skills, and negotiation skills to inspire others
  • Manages team resource needs and trade-offs
  • Ensures respectful team dynamic, skills in conflict-resolution, facilitation and mediation
  • Ensures healthy work/life balance

Change Leadership

  • Initiates and leads others through change


  • Skills and abilities to communicate effectively verbally and in written form


  • Master degree in Recreation, Public Administration, Education, or a directly related field or an equivalent combination of education and experience.  CPRP/CPRE preferred.
  • 10+ years of progressively responsible senior non-profit management experience. Supervision of staff located at multiple locations preferred.
  • Experience managing, monitoring and staying within approved budget.
  • Working knowledge of federal, state and local laws, and regulations mandated by the Department of Early Learning.
  • Must have a valid WA State Driver’s License and reliable transportation.
  • Must successfully complete a series of financial and criminal background checks.

This is a full-time, exempt, benefited position. Benefits include medical, dental and vision insurance, 401(k), paid time off (PTO), holidays, life insurance, AD&D, Employee Assistance Program.

Please apply with a resume and cover letter.

This position is open to all candidates that meet the minimum qualifications.  ARC is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer and 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, or gender identity.  ARC 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.

Position opened until filled. Applications are reviewed as soon as it is received.