Interlake Child Care & Learning Center - Executive Director

Seattle, Washington, United States | Full-time


A comprehensive profile of the position can be found here.

Interlake Child Care and Learning Center is looking for an exceptional  Executive Director with a deep commitment to early learning, experience leading a medium-sized level organization, managing and mentoring a team of 18, and working with an independent board in a child-centered environment.

The Organization

Interlake Child Care and Learning Center (ICC) is an independent 501(c)(3) with a governance board comprised of parents and community members who are committed to quality early learning experiences for our children and their families.  ICC has been caring for children between 6 weeks and 5 years since 1982. 

Its philosophy of early childhood education embraces the notion that children develop best by exploring the world around them at their own pace. ICC’s curriculum emphasizes individual creativity and positive social interactions, with the goal of broadening children’s worldview and increasing their sense of accomplishment. Children guide the direction of their own learning while teachers carefully observe, guide when needed and support each child’s development.

ICC is based in the Green Lake neighborhood of Seattle. The Center has a 37+ year history of successfully serving the community with high quality, committed, and educated staff; year-round outdoor play and learning spaces; and healthy vegetarian program (cooked on site daily.)  Teachers and Administrators create a unique environment that allows teachers to engage deeply with children through its emergent, anti-bias, child-centered curriculum.  It is committed to maintaining low child-teacher ratios, which are those required by the State of Washington and NAEYC guidelines. ICC is also part of Washington State’s Early Achievers program, the state’s quality rating and improvement system. ICC has a current team of 18 staff, an annual budget of $1.2M, and board of 5 members.  Current enrollment is 43 children with license capacity of 48 children on any given day.  To learn more about ICC, visit

The Position

The Executive Director (ED) is head of the school, serving as the public face of Interlake and directing all operations.  The ED is holder of its mission and pedagogy, providing strategic direction with the board and leading with vision, passion, and integrity, all through an equity lens. 

  • The ED fosters a safe and nurturing environment that encourages children’s social and emotional development and instills a sense of wonder and excitement about learning and creativity; ensures a culture that provides ongoing professional development and learning for Interlake’s staff; nurtures, maintains and grows positive relationships and a culture of belonging and equity among staff, families, and visitors.
  • Working in collaboration with the Board of Directors, the Executive Director will help to set a vision and direction, developing the Center’s strategic plan and setting the stage for our future growth and development.
  • The Executive Director will also work in partnership with Board leadership to ensure that Interlake operates as a financially sound business with strong administration, teaching, compliance, and operations practices and positions the organization for long term growth and stability.

A comprehensive profile of the position can be found here.

This is a full-time, year-round exempt position. Salary range is $58,000 to $65,000.  Interlake offers generous benefits that include: Medical, Dental, Short-term Disability, AD&D Insurance, voluntary vision insurance, voluntary Long-term Life Insurance and additional AD&D Insurance, Simple IRA, PTO (paid time off), and paid 14 Holidays.


Candidate materials are reviewed on an on-going basis and candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as is practical. The Search Consultant will begin initial interviews by late June.

Please submit a resume and a 1-2-page cover letter addressed to the Search Committee and email to Liz Swanson at

Interlake Child Care and Learning Center is committed to building a workforce that reflects the diversity of the communities it serves. We recognize that diversity is crucial for achieving our mission. Qualified individuals from all backgrounds are encouraged to apply.