Associated Recreation Council, Seattle

Senior Director of School-Age Care

The Associated Recreation Council is hiring a Senior Director of School-Age Care.  The individual in this role will supervise the day-to-day operations of three or more School-Age Care program located within Community Centers throughout Seattle.  These School-Age Care programs have high student populations, diversity in program offerings and activities within a diverse community.

Salary: $45,000-$50,000 annually based upon experience/exempt

Key Responsibilities:


  • Supervise the day-to-day operations of three or more program sites.
  • Provide leadership to program staff using effective problem solving, conflict resolution, policy development and/or improvements.
  • Ensure proper staffing levels for all sites and backfill as needed.  Plan staffing needs, identify talent gaps, hire, train and develop staff with a goal on employee retention.
  • Identify improvement opportunities, clarify expectations, guide development and provide timely feedback to help strengthen specific knowledge or skill areas and optimize effectiveness.
  • Champion diversity, demonstrate inclusive behavior, develop strong relationship with diverse community resources to understand and meet unique program needs.
  • Initiate actions to reduce barriers and leverage the advantages of diverse cultures, interpersonal styles, ideas, and backgrounds of program participants.
  • Clearly and succinctly convey information and ideas to staff, team, program participants, parents, or groups in a variety of situations. 
  • Deliver clear messages, focus communication to have a positive effect on others, check the audience understanding, present messages in different ways to enhance their understanding.
  • Partner with and communicate often with Seattle Parks and Recreation staff, Seattle Public School staff and other ARC team members to assure delivery of consistently high-quality programs.


  • Connect daily with assigned sites to monitor and facilitate any changes needed to ensure the continued delivery of high quality, age appropriate, and culturally relevant programs.
  • Advise the ARC Field Supervisor and/or Director of Field Operations on highly visible or sensitive issues essential to ARC program operations or personnel.
  • Use critical thinking to problem-solve, trouble shoot and plan to minimize risk
  • Ensure compliance with applicable federal and/or state laws, regulations, and Department of Early Learning standards and guidelines.
  • Set up consistent processes and communication to establish goals, clarify responsibilities, engage team members, leverage strengths, share feedback
  • Use financial data to diagnose business strengths and weaknesses and identify the implications for potential strategies.  Keep financial perspective in the forefront when making strategic decisions.  Use data to guide strategic and operational decision-making.
  • Plan the work for their assigned geographical area according to priority standards, so that it is completed within the established budget and given time.
  • Handle and analyze statistical data and records, and prepares relevant reports.


  • Work effectively and cooperatively with teams, use methods to develop, motivate, and guide the team to attain effective outcomes and business objectives
  • Create shared purpose, engage teams by focusing the team on its missions and its importance to ARC organization
  • Monitor team performance and keep the team on track


  • Schedule regular safety drills and disseminates corresponding responsibilities to reporting staff
  • Lead and monitor day-to-day program implementation including DEL (Department of Early Learning) requirements and PQI (program quality initiative)
  • Utilize proper and timely reporting procedures, including CPS reporting, licensor notification, field supervisor notification, and completion of prerequisite documentation
  • Maintain daily contact and/or visit sites on a regular basis to monitor and facilitate changes to ensure the delivery of high quality programs.


  • A minimum of 45 or more college credits or combination of one-third clock hours and two-thirds college credits in Early Childhood Education, Child Development, Elementary Education, Social Work, other child-related field including, but not limited to: art, music, and dance relevant to school-age children; recreation or leisure time activities, physical education, education, psychology, social services, home economics, or nutrition. 
  • BS/BA degree in a related field or equivalent combination of related experience and education may be substituted.
  • Minimum of two years of experience working with school-age children.
  • Documentation of current Red Cross First-Aid/CPR certification, HIV/AIDS blood-borne pathogens education and training, a valid King County food handlers permit, Washington State driver’s license, have cleared a TB test; 20 hours STARS training or documentation of exemption.
  • Successful completion of a WA state and DEL background check.
  • Must be 21 years of age or older. 
  • Valid Washington State Driver’s license.

This is a full-time, year-round, benefited position. Monday - Friday; hours may vary and will be determined by the business needs.

Benefits include medical, dental and vision, 401(k), paid time off (PTO), Holidays, Life Insurance, AD&D, Employee Assistance Program.

Please provide a resume, cover letter and unofficial (or official) college transcripts and any STARS credits to determine if you qualify for the position.  Please see the above requirements.

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.