Pike Market Child Care and Preschool - Executive Director

Seattle, Washington, United States | Full-time


Comprehensive Position Profile


Founded in 1982, Pike Market Child Care and Preschool is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, a nationally accredited program, providing care for children from infancy to 5 years, serving approximately 100 families every year. We are licensed for 72 children.  Our goal is to make high-quality preschool available to all children and to provide families with support and encouragement. Research indicates that high-quality, affordable childcare is essential for children and families to succeed; children have better cognitive, emotional, and social skills when enrolled in early learning programs. Because bias and prejudice harm all children, an anti-bias philosophy is integrated throughout daily classroom life.

Families pay on a sliding fee scale based on family size and income. Over 60% of families receive financial assistance, with over half of PMCCP families earning incomes at or below the poverty level. PMCCP raises over $250,000 each year to support families of low- and moderate-income levels in need of tuition assistance.  PMCCP has a staff of 18 and budget of $1.3M.  To learn more about our program, please visit our web site at www.pikemarketkids.org.


The Executive Director is a full-time, salaried position that reports to the Board of Directors. In collaboration with the Board, the Executive Director is responsible for ensuring the financial health and operational well-being of the School and the successful implementation of a child centered and family centered reflective practice. This role has a heavy focus on fundraising and grant writing as means to maintain the financial health and ensure we meet our mission. The Executive Director supervises the administrative staff, including the Program, Education, Administrative and Nutrition Coordinators and provides oversight and support to the program.

The desired candidate has strong nonprofit business, finance, and fundraising acumen; board development experience; an appreciation of childhood as a unique and valuable stage of the human life cycle and values the quality of children’s lives in the present, not just as preparation for the future; recognizes that children are best understood in the context of family, culture, and society; understands issues of social justice and equity; and is committed to fair wages and good quality of life for staff.

Candidates will be evaluated on the full range of their lived and learned experience, professional background, and direct and transferable skills. PMCCP seeks candidates with a compelling combination of demonstrated experience and skills:

  • Experience serving as an Executive Director or 5 or more years of relevant professional experience with a focus on childcare/early learning and development. Should include a supervisory experience, managing a medium-to-large organizational structure and budget with financial accountability of $1.5M, preferably in a nonprofit setting.
  • Bachelors or master’s degree in education, early childhood education, or applicable field with training or experience in the areas of education and ECE along with business administration.

A comprehensive profile of the position can be found here.

This is a full-time, year-round exempt position with a salary range of $70,000 to $80,000, depending on experience.  PMCCP offers generous benefits that include: Medical, Dental, Simple IRA, Sick and Vacation time, Orca Passport, 11 paid Holidays and 2-week winter break.

The position is open until filled with a priority deadline of March 5.  Candidate materials are reviewed on an on-going basis and initial interviews with Valtas Consultant will begin by mid to late -February. 

Please submit a resume and a two-page (or less) cover letter addressed to the ED Search Committee.  You may also direct questions to Liz Swanson at liz@valtasgroup.com or 425.761.6721.


Pike Market Child Care and Preschool is an equal opportunity employer.  All people who add to our diverse community are encouraged to apply.