Magic Lantern Montessori  | Center Director

Magic Lantern Montessori Preschool (MLM) is a year-round, two classroom, all-day preschool program for children ages 30 months to six years. MLM was founded to meet the needs of working families in the community. The school embraces a curriculum that incorporates Montessori philosophy and materials. MLM strives to guide the individual child to develop fully through his/her work, in alignment with the “Montessori Method.” The following are areas of development we see in our children: A joy of learning, Learning through discovery, Independence, Self-confidence, Self-discipline, Concentration, Peace and calmness, Love of order, Ability to choose, and Enjoyment of quiet. Magic Lantern has served the community since 2001, is located in Columbia City and began as a Cooperative Preschool with parents originally governing the center. Parent involvement and a sense of community remain vital to MLM. Magic Lantern is now a chapter of Sound Child Care Solutions (SCCS), a nonprofit consortium of eight unique Seattle child care centers.

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;

  • Is responsible for visionary leadership of this high quality early education center, ensuring all children are supported in developing to their fullest potential;

  • Has an understanding of the Montessori Method or is willing to learn the philosophy and key practices of Montessori programming;

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

  • Stays abreast of and communicates the goals and actions of six parent committees supporting school administration, program, and community.

Position Details

Educational Leadership, Center Planning & Administration (60%)

  • Manage the overall administration, planning, and support curriculum development of the center. Provide support, leadership and direction to staff that is consistent with center goals and objectives. Oversee expenses and annual budget. Maintain health, safety and licensing standards.

Family Involvement and Participation (25%)

  • Ensure active engagement of families through culturally respectful communication including a newsletter distributed on a weekly basis. Foster a sense of community between teachers and families. Collaborates with Parent Advisory Committee and other Parent Committees.

Enrollment, Marketing and Community Relations (15%)

  • Represent and promote the center with center parents, other organizations, individuals, and the media.

REQUIRED Skills and Abilities

  • A commitment to: Magic Lantern and SCCS’s vision, mission, and values, shared services in early learning, and social justice

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

  • Must demonstrate the understanding and ability to meet the cultural, emotional, mental, physical, and social needs of children enrolled at MLM

  • Experience developing a positive organizational culture with above average skills in: Emotional Intelligence, Conflict Resolution, Flexibility and Adaptability

  • Must have an understanding of cultural relevancy and anti-bias practices

REQUIRED Education and Experience

  • BA in early childhood/child development, elementary education, business or related equivalent degree or an Early Childhood Education (ECE) state certificate

  • Two years’ experience in program leadership working with children and program administration

Desired Skills and Experience

  • Two or more years’ experience in a leadership role

  • Experience in program administration

  • Knowledge and experience in: Undoing Institutional Racism, Culturally Relevant Anti-Bias practices

  • 3+ years of experience in working with young children and knowledge of child development

Other Job Requirements

  • Genuine love of children and the joy they bring

  • Clear criminal background, Homeland Security, and TB tests

  • Valid and 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 talk and hear. The employee is often required to sit and use their hands and fingers and to use a computer and Smartphone. The employee is occasionally required to stand, walk, reach with arms and hands, climb or balance, and to stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl. Vision abilities required by this job include close vision. Reasonable accommodations can be made.

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. We strongly encourage people of color to apply.

Status: 35-40 hours per week. Monday – Friday (some evenings required for monthly staff and Parent Advisory Board meetings, and weekends occasionally required for MLM Community Events i.e., fundraising auction or celebrations).

Compensation: $58,000 – $64,000 FTE depending on experience and education; benefit package includes medical, dental, vision, short term disability, sick leave, vacation, paid holidays, 401K plan and transit pass.

Application Requirements: Please send a cover letter, highlighting your previous leadership experience in early childhood education, and related experience with an accompanying, updated resume. Only resumes with a cover letter will be considered.

Send your resume and cover letter to Gloria Hodge at ghodge@soundchild.org


  • Health insurance

  • Dental insurance

  • Vision insurance

  • Retirement plan