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Director of Early Childhood Education and Assistance Programs (ECEAP) Services

Community Colleges of Spokane
Washington, United States
$77,409.00 - $77,409.00
Posted Date
May 26, 2022

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Job Title: Director of Early Childhood Education and Assistance Programs (ECEAP) Services

Location: 3939 N Freya St, Spokane, WA 99217

Job Type: Administrative

Department: CCS Head Start/ECEAP/Early HS

Closing: 6/13/2022 4:00 PM Pacific

Community Colleges of Spokane (CCS) District Equity Statement  

CCS believes that access to high-quality education in a safe and inclusive environment is the right of all individuals and imperative for the continued advancement of a strong democracy and workforce. We also believe higher education institutions have an obligation to work toward and demonstrate progress in ensuring equity amongst their students, faculty, and staff. Equity is grounded in the principle of fairness. In higher education, equity refers to ensuring that each student receives what they need to be successful through the intentional design of the college experience.

Please be aware that this recruitment closes at 4:00 p.m. PST. The application process will not be available after this time. To ensure consideration make sure your application is completed and submitted as soon as possible. Applications will only be accepted prior to 4:00 p.m. on the closing date.

The Community Colleges of Spokane is seeking a highly motivated and qualified individual for the position of Director of ECEAP Services in the Head Start/Early Head Start Division. 


The Director of ECEAP Services reports to the District Director of Spokane Head Start/ECEAP/EHS and is responsible for the compliance and the administrative contract functions of all state funded Early Childhood Education and Assistance Programs (ECEAP) operated or subcontracted through the Community Colleges of Spokane (CCS). This position is responsible for the development, implementation, and reporting of state initiative programming. The Director of ECEAP Services works in collaboration with the Director of Quality Assurance & Training for coordinated Head Start (HS) and ECEAP training needs. Responsible for the leadership, guidance, and administrative oversight of the ECEAP unit through supervision of ECEAP professional exempt Component Specialist staff, project leads, and ECEAP parent Policy Council. Responsible for oversight of local interpretation of program compliance and reporting to the state Department of Youth Children and Families (DCYF) related to ECEAP Performance Standards and other requirements, including Early Achievers and the MERIT system.   CHARACTERISTIC DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Responsible for compliance as it relates to the ECEAP contract and systems; state (ECEAP Performance Standards and Washington Administrative Code), and local regulations including policies/procedures and guidelines established by CCS. *
  • Responsible for the development, monitoring and reporting functions of the ECEAP contract/subcontract and state initiatives. *
  • Provide leadership and oversight of ongoing monitoring systems to ensure compliance, to meet contract obligations, and to determine areas for training and technical assistance in ECEAP; coordinate work to establish collaboration efforts with HS, Early Head Start (EHS), and community partners. *
  • Responsible for the management, implementation, and timely submission of the annual self- assessment, including the analysis and reporting of data collected, to DCYF. *
  • Supervise and coordinate the work of professional exempt Component Specialists who are responsible for day-to-day training, technical assistance, coaching, monitoring and reporting of program trends and services. May supervise classified, part-time hourly and project employees as needed. Provide leadership and guidance to ECEAP Component Specialists on working with subcontractors. *
  • Responsible for ensuring assigned staff adhere to acceptable behavior and performance standards. Demonstrate that assigned staff have been informed how behavior and performance will be assessed, receive timely and accurate feedback regarding performance, and ensure that any observed performance and behavioral problems are corrected promptly. *
  • Responsible for developing methods for conducting internal program monitoring and reporting. Work in coordination with DCYF in the usage of the electronic information systems to report program status, trends, and findings. Ensure current monitoring and evaluation of programs and services are maintained. *
  • Work in collaboration with the subcontracted agencies’ Directors to ensure performance standards and fiscal requirements are met, and operations are maintained. *
  • Collaborate with community agencies and organizations when planning for ECEAP expansion. *
  • Responsible for the oversite of Washington State Association of Head Start and ECEAP (WSA) functions and activities. *
  • Responsible for the development of the ECEAP programs’ annual training plan in collaboration with the Component Specialists; collaborate with the HS/EHS Director of Quality Assurance & Training to provide coordinated training needs. Oversee staff qualifications to meet mandated skills and knowledge. *
  • Provide administrative oversight for expenditures of program funds to subcontractors and component budgets ensuring compliance with fiscal requirements, contract requirements, and program goals; authorize budget expenditures, when appropriate. Coordinate work with CCS Business Office. *
  • Serve as a member of the program’s senior management team contributing administrative oversight, authority and responsibility for administrative support for ECEAP services, state initiatives, and component strategies. Advise and report to the District Director and senior management team regarding long range planning and program trends for ECEAP services; consult with DCYF on a regular basis regarding program status. *
  • Serve on state and local advisory boards, committees, and task force groups representing the agency as appropriate. Attend parent Policy Council meetings and report to them; may provide guidance to the parent Policy Council Executive Committee. *
  • Model professional decorum and mutual respect in all personal interactions. *
  • Complies with district policy, procedures and directives, state and federal regulations, orders and statute and collective bargaining agreements. *
  • Support and advance the CCS strategic plan, and perform other duties as assigned. *

Indicates this is an essential duty.  



  • Master’s degree in Business/Public Administration, Education or Early Childhood Education, or another closely related field from an accredited institution. Or an equivalent mix of education and experience that demonstrates the candidate meets all competency requirements for this position.
  • Five (5) years’ experience in program monitoring, evaluation, training and/or supervision of professional level staff.
  • Expertise in monitoring to improve outcomes for at-risk families and communities, with direct experience developing and implementing program strategies.
  • Strong analytical skills in order to quickly assess situations, identify trends, develop solutions and apply critical assessments to the larger context.
  • Ability to use independent judgment to monitor; establish guidelines; plan for interrelated activities; and coordinate such activities within a work unit.
  • Knowledge of ECEAP, Head Start and/or Early Head Start performance standards, policies and procedures.
  • Knowledge of the Washington Administrative Code’s childcare licensing regulations.
  • Knowledge of early childhood education, family engagement, health and support services.
  • Ability to supervise employees.
  • Ability to collect and interpret data, report data to DCYF and to project industry and program trends.
  • Ability to manage & interpret contracts, subcontracts, budgets, and plan expenditures for targeted purposes.
  • Excellent oral and written communication in English and interpersonal skills with diverse populations.
  • Ability to be tactful and provide professional leadership.
  • Ability to work effectively under conditions of limited supervision, high stress and rapidly changing situations and circumstances.
  • Ability to use computer software related to an office environment and data management systems.
  • Ability to stay informed by attending all necessary training, meetings, and reading all written program updates.
  • Acceptance of the responsibility to promote the welfare and best interests of students at all times.
  • A demonstrable understanding and acceptance of the mission, values, goals and objectives of CCS.
  • The ability to perform assigned duties in a manner consistent with applicable laws, regulations and goals of the institution, and community and technical college system.
  • Demonstrated commitment to fostering and supporting a teaching, learning and working environment that honors diversity, equity and inclusion.


  • Previous administrative experience with ECEAP, Head Start and/or Early Head Start.
  • Knowledge of Washington State Early Achievers and MERIT system.
  • Knowledge of the Electronic Management System (ELMS) or other data management systems for early learning.



 Total compensation is an estimate based upon adding the following amounts together:

  • Base compensation of $77,409, plus
  • Current employer-paid health and related benefit contribution rates, plus
  • Median retirement fund contributions. 

The actual total will vary depending upon each employee's enrollment choices.

Person hired must be able to provide acceptable documentation of U.S. Citizenship or lawful authorization to work in the United States. This is an absolute condition of employment. An offer of employment will not carry with it any responsibility or obligation on the part of the District to sponsor an H1-B visa. In addition, the Community Colleges of Spokane maintains a drug-free work environment and prohibits all smoking in the college buildings and state-owned vehicles. Must be able to successfully work in and promote a multicultural work and education environment. 

Prior to a new hire, a background check including criminal record history will be conducted.  Information from the background check will not necessarily preclude employment but will be considered in determining the applicant’s suitability and competence to perform in the position. Once an applicant is chosen for an interview, they are required to complete and submit a declaration regarding sexual misconduct and investigation per state law.

Per Governor Inslee’s Proclamation 21-14 (Download PDF reader), state employees must be fully vaccinated and your vaccine status will be verified at New Hire Intake. Please reach out to if you need information on a medical accommodation or if you need information on a religious exemption.


  • Work is performed in a normal, temperature-controlled office environment.
  • Work is sedentary in nature.
  • Frequent use of computer and exposure to terminal screens.
  • Visual focus and strain.
  • Work involves constant interruptions and requirement to answer on demand questions by phone, in person, or electronically.
  • Frequent repetitive hand/wrist motions and finger manipulation.
  • Frequent oral and auditory communication with others.


  • Contract 12-month position.
  • Position is exempt from Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).
  • Proof of COVID-19 vaccination.
  • Post-Offer medical exam which includes tuberculin screening and submission of documentation indicating Measles, Mumps & Rubella (MMR) vaccination or immunity.
  • Criminal history/child abuse information check at employment.  
  • Blood borne Pathogens training (as available through CCS).
  • First Aid/CPR (as available through CCS).
  • Requires local or regional travel. If using personal vehicle for travel proof of driver’s license and car insurance required.


To qualify for consideration, applicants must meet required competencies and submit a complete application packet, which includes the following:

  • CCS online application.
  • Cover letter addressing your qualifications as applied to the responsibilities of this position. *
  • Comprehensive resume. *
  • Names, addresses, and telephone numbers of three professional references.*
  • College transcript(s) if applicable - unofficial/copies of transcripts are acceptable for initial application, official copies must be submitted upon acceptance of job offer.

NOTE:  All of the above are required to ensure your consideration for this position.  The item(s) marked with an asterisk are required attachments to your application prior to submission. If you require an accommodation during the application or interview process, please contact HR at

Community Colleges of Spokane does not discriminate in its programs, activities and employment on the basis of race, creed, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, age, sex, marital status, pregnancy, parental status or families with children, status as a mother breastfeeding her child, AIDS/HIV or hepatitis C, honorably discharged veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, use of trained guide dog or service animal by a person with disability, genetic information or any other legally protected category.  Please direct all inquiries regarding compliance with access, equal opportunity and/or grievances to the Chief Administration Officer, Community Colleges of Spokane, 501 N. Riverpoint Blvd., PO Box 6000, MS 1004, Spokane WA 99217-6000 or call 509-434-5037; WA Telecommunication Relay Services (TRS) 1-800-833-6384 or 7-1-1.

Native Land Acknowledgement

We are honored to acknowledge that the Community Colleges of Spokane, and our main campuses for Spokane Falls and Spokane Community College, are located on the traditional and sacred homelands of the Spokane Tribe. We also provide services in a region that includes the traditional and sacred homelands of the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation and the Kalispel Tribe. The CCS Pullman Center operates on the WSU campus and is located on the ancestral homelands of the Palus people and on the ceded lands of the Nimíipuu (Nez Perce) Tribe.

We pay our respect to tribal elders both past and present as well as to all indigenous people today. This land holds their cultural DNA and we are honored and grateful to be here on their traditional lands. We give thanks to the legacy of the original people and their descendants and pledge to honor their stewardship and values.

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