Associated Recreation Council, Seattle

Preschool Director (Interim) - Magnuson Park Preschool

The Associated Recreation Council is recruiting for an Interim Preschool Director at the Magnuson Park Preschool Program (Brig building). The Interim Preschool Director is responsible for creating and ensuring a safe, caring, and stimulating environment that incorporates a developmentally appropriate practice that meets the physical, social, and learning needs of preschool children (ages 3-5).  Along with program planning, other responsibilities include administrative duties, doing outreach, and marketing efforts.  Magnuson Park is a dynamic community connecting the public with nature and the focus of the preschool programs will be on nature walks, gardening and outdoor play. 


  • February 12, 2018 to June 22, 2018; there is no summer program but this position will extend into the fall.
  • Monday – Friday, up to 30 hours per week starting at 8:00am.

Pay Rate: $20 per hour


  • Developing, implementing and managing high quality preschool programming with a focus on nature, nature walks, gardening, outdoor activities
  • Fostering a nurturing and safe environment for children 3 – 5 years old by organizing and caring for the classroom
  • Ensuring a ratio of staff/children of 1:8 is maintained at all times to ensure that children are safe and accounted for
  • Creating an engaging social and emotional learning environment
  • Providing a developmentally appropriate educational experience
  • Participating in a professional cooperative learning community
  • Creating and delivering a daily program plan in conjunction with Seattle Parks and Recreation with awareness toward the unique flavor of the community that we serve
  • Continually market the program to attract new participants through community outreach (presentations, written word (flyers), word of mouth and by example
  • Routinely auditing employee files to ensure regulatory compliance
  • Preparing program reports as needed for leadership
  • Hiring and Supervision of preschool staff
  • Coaching and Evaluating preschool program staff based upon performance goals
  • Other administrative tasks as needed including yearly budget etc


Leadership of the Program

  • The ability to strive to create a healthy team culture in which it is safe to be vulnerable, to be open and to contribute, and to build on ideas and suggestions from others
  • Skill in providing feedback, instruction, and development guidance to help others excel in their current or future job responsibilities; plan and support the development of individual skills and abilities.
  • The ability to model and implement best program practices to ensure high quality program is offered to participants

Implementing/Adhering to High Quality Programming

  • Knowledge of community services and resources
  • The ability to work collaboratively with families, communities to meet the participant’s specific needs
  • The skill and ability to establish and maintain an environment that meets the specific needs of the participants and ensuring their safety and nourishment
  • The ability to understand the diversity within and across cultures and provide an inclusive, welcoming, and respectful environment
  • The skill to develop and maintain positive relationships with community partners

Marketing/Customer Service and Administrative Tasks

  • The ability to actively market the preschool program
  • The ability to be patient, caring, nurturing and enthusiastic temperament to ensure a safe, productive, fun, and educational environment
  • The knowledge of computer skills, on-line programs, CLASS reporting, and budgeting
  • The ability to utilize physical trainings, committee work, on-line resources, webinars and seminars to stay current in best practices related to the preschool programs


  • Preferred experience to have completed a minimum of 45 or more college credits or a combination of one-third clock hours and two-thirds college credits in Early Childhood Education, Child Development, Elementary Education, Social Work, or other child-related field
  • BS/BA degree in Early Childhood Education, related field or equivalent combination of related experience and education may be substituted
  • At least 2+ years of experience working in preschool-related programs required
  • Must have 3-5 years supervisory and/or mentorship experience
  • Demonstrated working experience working with families, community members and partners to foster positive relationships
  • Documentation of current Red Cross First-Aid/CPR certification, HIV/AIDS blood-borne pathogens education and training, a valid Washington State Food Handlers permit; 20 hours STARS training preferred
  • Valid WA state driver license and clear a driving history record from DOL upon hire
  • Successful completion of WA state background check certificate
  • Must be 21 years of age or older

This is a full-time, interim, benefited position.  Please apply with your cover letter and resume.

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 weekly.