Employment

SCCS Finance Manager

At the SCCS Central Office, the Finance Manager holds a critical role within the Business Office, supporting 11 program locations and 120 staff. This position completes tasks s as directed by the Executive Director. The Finance Manager has one direct report—the SCCS Bookkeeper & HR Assistant.

POSITION DETAILS
Accounting & Finance

  • Manage all accounting, budgeting, financial analysis, and financial record keeping functions

  • Responsible for the development and implementation of the annual business plan

  • Ensure accounting records are prepared, maintained, and reported in compliance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), Audit and Fiscal requirements

  • Conduct financial analysis to interpret trends, variances from budgets related to revenue and spending.

  • Set-up schedules, procedures, policies, and systems to ensure timely, informative, and accurate reporting of all financial data to internal and external stakeholders

  • Provide appropriate training, advice and counsel to the staff and leadership team consistent with established financial policy

  • Oversee audit and tax functions, coordinate activities with outside audit firms; complete and file all local, state, and federal taxes

  • Oversee the cash management function, including banking relationships and credit cards

  • Coordinate, analyze and report the financial performance of SCCS to the SCCS Finance Committee Board of Directors

 

Staff Management
Manage bookkeeper/HR Admin staff position: Develop finance and human resources team goals that are fully aligned with SCCS goals. Provide coaching, guidance, and professional development opportunities with support and approval of the SCCS Executive Director.  

 

Tuition, Contract & Grant Management

  • Review all tuition billing and A/R collection through a third-party software (Procare) for family and agency monthly billing

  • Review, manage, and submit contracts for all monthly billing for Seattle City contracts related to tuition

  • Coordinate budget and contract documents for federal food program

  • Provide background financial documents for grant applications and reports, coordinate grant funds usage with the Executive Director and Deputy Director


Business Registrations, Insurance, & Compliance

  • Manage and file all local, state, and federal business registrations; includes, business licensing, state corporation and charity annual reporting, state property tax waivers, state unclaimed property, and federal requirements

  • Manage the business insurance policies application, renewal, and certificate distribution process

 

Systems & Technology

  • Oversee and manage the accounting and payroll software system and contacts

  • Coordinate the vendor contracts, tracking and payments

  • Manage access to third-party tuition software, update as necessary, and provide orientation to new staff and administrators

 

REQUIRED Education, Skills & Experience

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Finance or Accounting is required. CPA or MBA preferred

  • Finance experience in a professional, non-profit accounting environment

  • Sound knowledge of compliance regulations within the nonprofit sector

  • Financial reporting experience—Use of QuickBooks required

  • Strong computer skills required—must have expert-level experience with excel

  • Extensive experience overseeing budget development, nonprofit accounting, and philanthropic due diligence processes

  • Strong organizational and time management skills with the ability to prioritize tasks to achieve deliverables and meet deadlines

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills across SCCS Centers and with external stakeholders


Other Job Requirements

  • Clear background checks and Tuberculosis (TB) testing

  • Current Washington State Driver’s License

  • Must be 21 years or older


PHYSICAL DEMANDS
While performing the responsibilities of the job, the employee is required to communicate effectively. The employee is often required to sit, and use a computer and smartphone. The employee is occasionally required to reach, climb or balance, stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl. Reasonable accommodations will be supported by SCCS.

 

WORK ENVIRONMENT
While performing the duties of this job, the employee will be positioned at the Central Office. The work environment at SCCS is smoke-free.

 

SALARY

$82,000-$88,000 

STATUS
Full-time, 40 hours per week. Monday – Friday (some evenings required for monthly staff and Parent Advisory meetings, and weekends occasionally required for MLM Community Events i.e., fundraising auctions or celebrations)


BENEFITS PACKAGE

  • Health insurance

  • Dental insurance

  • Vision insurance

  • Short-Term Disability Insurance

  • Sick leave

  • Vacation

  • Paid holidays

  • 401K plan

  • Transit pass

 

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS
Please send a cover letter, highlighting your previous related experience, with an accompanying resume to Emily Adams at eadams@soundchild.org. Only resumes with a cover letter will be considered. We will continue recruitment until a candidate has been hired.

 

SCCS Central Office Coordinator 

At the SCCS Central Office, the Consortium Coordinator holds a critical role within the business and development team, supporting 11 program locations. This positions completes responsibilities as directed by the Interim Executive Director and the Interim Deputy Director. The Consortium Coordinator reports to the Interim Deputy Director.

 

CONSORTIUM COORDINATOR CORE RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Manage the USDA Food Program

  • Responsible for developing and implementing office policies by organizing procedures and standards to guide the operation of the office

  • Provide assistance to the Business Office Manager and Bookkeeper

  • Coordinate IT needs among Center Directors and the Central Office

  • Partner with Fund Development and monitor donation platforms

  • Coordinate annual all-staff, and Board of Director events

  • Point person for maintenance, mailing, supplies, and equipment

  • Maintain and organizational calendar and serve as a meeting note-taker upon request

  • Develop and perform review and analysis of the Consortium Substitute Pool (defined below)
     

Consortium Coordinator AKA “Relief Squad”

  • Receive requests and schedule relief squad support for centers. This activity includes requires time outside of normal center business hours (8:00am – 6:00pm)

  • Maintain Relief Squad calendar

  • Hire substitute pool staff—advertise, interview, complete reference checks and schedule classroom observations, and complete and maintain substitute employee files

 

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Strong interpersonal skills and proven ability to work with staff from diverse backgrounds

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills

  • Proven office management, administrative, or assistant experience

  • Knowledge of office management responsibilities, systems, and procedures

  • Strong Excel skills for data collection and input

  • Washington State or equivalent Driver’s License and personal car use with mileage reimbursement

  • A Food Handler’s Permit within 30 days of hire

  • Completed Washington State Department of Early Learning Background Check Requirement within 30 days of hire
     

DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Fluency in a second language—preferably Spanish, Vietnamese or Somali

  • Knowledge of culturally relevant, anti-bias education

  • Knowledge of child development theory

  • Broad knowledge of adult learning, Reflective Practice, continuing education design, and teaching accreditation requirements


REQUIRED EDUCATION
Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education, Communications, or a similar field

 

SALARY
Up to $25/hr DOE. Benefits include employee medical/dental/vision, short-term disability, sick/vacation/holiday leave, and a 401K plan. This is a 40 hour/week position, with evening and weekend work sometimes required within the 40 hours.

 

HOW TO APPLY
A resume and brief cover letter are requirements for a complete application. Please send materials to Interim Deputy Director, Emily Adams at eadams@soundchild.org, with the heading, “Consortium Coordinator Application”. In the Cover Letter, please describe your experience working successfully within a face-paced team, your unique skills that align with the position’s Core Responsibilities and Required Qualifications, and why racial equity is essential to successful child care programs.

 

SCCS strongly encourages BIPOC individuals to apply. If you require special assistance with your application, please contact Emily Adams at eadams@soundchild.org.

Magic Lantern Center Director

Magic Lantern Montessori Preschool (MLM) is a year-round, two-classroom Preschool program for children ages 30 months-6 years of age. MLM was founded as a Cooperative Preschool to meet the needs of working families in the Columbia City community. Our program embraces a curriculum that incorporates Montessori philosophy and materials. We strive to guide the individual child to develop fully through their work in alignment with the Montessori Method. The following categories are key areas of development that we see in children: a joy of learning, learning through discovery, independence, self-confidence, self-discipline, concentration, peace and calmness, and love and order. Parent involvement and a sense of community are vital to MLM’s programs and operations. Magic Lantern is a proud Chapter of Sound Child Care Solutions (SCCS), a nonprofit consortium of 11 program locations throughout Seattle, and the first early learning, shared services organization in the City.
 

THE CENTER DIRECTOR

  • Supports and nurtures a learning-oriented culture that emphasizes quality experiences for children, collaborative relationships, continuous improvement, and high performance;

  • Holds a passion for high-quality Early Learning and Social Justice practices;

  • Is responsible for visionary leadership, ensuring all children and teachers are supported in developing to their fullest potential;

  • Is responsible for center program planning, communications, staff development, strong family relationships, marketing and enrollment, health and safety, and fiscal oversight;

  • Stays abreast of and communicates the goals and actions of parent committees.


POSITION DETAILS
Educational Leadership, Center Planning & Administration (60%)

  • Manages and strategizes the overall administration, planning, and curriculum development of MLM.

  • Provides support, leadership, professional development, and constructive direction to staff that is consistent with MLM values and objectives.

  • Oversees and manages expenses and the annual budget.

  • Maintains critical health, safety, and licensing standards.


Family Involvement & Participation (25%)

  • Ensures active engagement of families through culturally and linguistically appropriate communication which may include a newsletter distributed on a weekly basis.

  • Fosters a sense of community between teachers and families.

  • Collaborates with the Parent Advisory Committee (PAC) and other Parent Committees.


Enrollment, Marketing & Community Relations (15%)

  • Represents and promotes Magic Lantern with the Columbia City community, partner organizations, funders, and on occasion the media.
     

REQUIRED Skills & Abilities

  • Embodies a commitment to Magic Lantern and SCCS’s mission and core values.

  • Leadership in planning, coordination, and supervisory skills to implement a high quality, developmentally appropriate, and culturally responsive Preschool program.

  • Demonstrates the understanding and ability to meet the cultural, emotional, developmental, physical, and social needs of children enrolled at MLM.

  • Experience developing a positive organizational culture with above average skills in social emotional intelligence, conflict resolution, flexibility, and adaptability.

  • A deep understanding of cultural relevancy in ECE and anti-bias practices.


REQUIRED Education & Experience

  • BA in early childhood/child development, elementary education, business or a related equivalent degree and an Early Childhood Education (ECE) state certificate, or an AA and no less than 45 ECE credits.

  • At least two years’ experience in program leadership working with children and program administration.

  • Teaching or Administration experience in Montessori programming or operations.


Desired Skills & Experience

  • Two or more years’ experience in a professional leadership role with direct reports.

  • Knowledge and experience in Undoing Institutional Racism, and culturally relevant anti-bias practices.

  • 3+ years of experience working with young children and a deep knowledge of child development.


Other Job Requirements

  • Genuine love of children, and a responsibility of preparing children for Kindergarten and life

  • Clear background checks and Tuberculosis (TB) testing

  • Current Washington State Driver’s License

  • Obtain (or currently hold) certification for CPR, First Aid, and HIV/AIDS education instruction

  • Must be 21 years or older


PHYSICAL DEMANDS
While performing the responsibilities of the job, the employee is required to communicate effectively. The employee is often required to sit, and use a computer and smartphone. The employee is occasionally required to reach, climb or balance, stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl. Reasonable accommodations will be supported by SCCS.

 

WORK ENVIRONMENT
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly in the presence of young children. The work environment at SCCS is smoke-free.

 

STATUS
40 hours per week. Monday – Friday (some evenings required for monthly staff and Parent Advisory meetings, and weekends occasionally required for MLM Community Events i.e., fundraising auctions or celebrations)

 

COMPENSATION
$58,000 – $64,000 FTE depending on experience and education

 

BENEFITS PACKAGE

  • Health insurance

  • Dental insurance

  • Vision insurance

  • Short-Term Disability Insurance

  • Sick leave

  • Vacation

  • Paid holidays

  • 401K plan

  • Transit pass
     

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS
Please send a cover letter, highlighting your previous leadership experience in early childhood education and related experience, with an accompanying resume. Only resumes with a cover letter will be considered. Send your resume and cover letter to Emily Adams at eadams@soundchild.org with the email heading, “MLM Director Application”. There is not deadline on this job announcement. We will continue recruitment until a candidate has been hired.

Join our Board of Directors!
Sound Child Care Solutions (SCCS) is in search of dynamic, engaged, and knowledgeable professionals in the fields of communications, fundraising, finance, law, advocacy, and organizational development to serve on the SCCS Board of Directors. SCCS, a nonprofit organization and the first early learning, shared services consortium in Seattle, creates high quality, culturally relevant education for all children through the collaboration of child care centers. With an emphasis on undoing institutional racism, we hold equity and social justice at the core of our work. If you’re passionate about children and bettering access to high quality education, we would love to hear from you.

 

SCCS is committed to creating and maintaining a Board that represents our communities served. We encourage BIPOC members of our communities to apply. For more information about Board roles and responsibilities, and to understand how the Board impacts the work of SCCS, please contact Emily Adams, Interim Deputy Director, at eadams@soundchild.org.