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Job Title: Center Director at Magic Lantern Montessori 

Reports To: SCCS Executive Director 

FLSA Status: Exempt, Full time 


Summary: This position is for Magic Lantern Montessori, located at 4620 S Findlay St, Seattle, WA 98118. The Center Director is responsible for their Center’s daily operations while partnering with the consortium at large. Center Director furthers the mission and impact of the organization through successful program oversight.  


Duties and Responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned. 


  • Provide visionary leadership in implementing and maintaining a high-quality Montessori program. 

  • Train and support the professional development of Teachers seeking Montessori education. 

  • Manages the daily operations of a high quality, culturally relevant Preschool Center to ensure children and Teachers are provided with the tools they need to succeed. 

  • Manages the administration, planning, and curriculum development of their program, which are anchored in SCCS core values. 

  • Hires and supervises all Center staff and serves as a mentor to Teachers. 

  • Works closely with SCCS's Executive Director, Deputy Director, and Business Office in support of their Center's operations.  

  • Provides regular information and responses to the Business Office for timely services and reports on the center’s successes.  

  • Liases on behalf of their Center with the SCCS Business Office, communicating budget allocations.  

  • Monitors Accounts Payable/Accounts Receivable for accuracy and timeliness. 

  • Develops strong working relationships with families and serves as the main contact for family inquiries. 

  • Supports Teachers in delivering reflective curriculum using the Creative Curriculum and establishing environments reflective of this practice. 

  • Organizes professional development, team building, family engagement, and family education opportunities. 

  • Tracks, maintains, and updates all program files including child paperwork, sign-in/sign-out records, staff files, as required by licensing standards. * 

  • Engages in fundraising with support of the Deputy Director to help offset costs incurred by their Center. 

  • Leads the recruitment process of new families to meet the enrollment needs of their Center. 

  • Ensures the safety of children, staff, and facility by adhering to the Emergency Preparedness Policy and updating emergency procedures as communicated by SPP, DCYF and SCCS. 

  • Communicates and addresses any violations of Human Resource policies and procedures. 

  • Ensures the compliance of policies and procedures, abiding by all rules and regulations set forth by licensors, funders, and SCCS. 

  • Assesses and communicates facility repairs and updates as needed to the New Light Christian Church, where the program operates. 

  • Leads external communication with the New Light Christian Church team as needed. 


Supervisory Responsibilities: 

Is responsible for the overall direction, coordination, and evaluation of staff. Also directly supervises 9 employees. Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization's policies and applicable laws. Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring, and training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems. 



To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.  The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 


Computer Skills: 

To perform this job successfully, an individual should have knowledge of Paychex Payroll systems, Microsoft 365 and supporting applications, Procare. 



Applicants must have a BA (preferred in ECE). Priority is given to those with Montessori knowledge and at least 2-3 years' experience as an administrator or director. 


Certificates and Licenses: 

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

  • MERIT Portable Background Check 

  • STARS 30 hours initial Director orientation 


Salary Range: 
75,000- 80,000 DOE 


Knowledge, Skills, and Other Abilities: 

  • Commitment to SCCS's mission and shared values 

  • Experience as a Center Director, Center Supervisor, or a manager of a nonprofit agency or Center within an agency 

  • Experience leading teams of 5 FTE or more 

  • Experience supporting various cultural, physical, social, and emotional needs of children and teachers 

  • Leadership, planning, coordination, and supervisory skills required 

  • Experience with Montessori and Early Achievers 


Physical Demands: 

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand, walk, sit, use hands, and talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 20 pounds.  

We are in the final stages of reviewing applications. If you would like to be considered, please email your resume and cover letter to with the subject line, "MLM Application".

Board Member, Board of Directors
Sound Child Care Solutions (SCCS) is in search of dynamic, engaged, and knowledgeable professionals 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.


To apply, email your resume and cover letter to with the subject line, "Board Member Application".

SCCS is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to addressing racism, sexism, heterosexism and other discriminatory practices. SCCS is also committed to working toward racial equity through undoing institutional and structural racism. People of Color, people with disabilities, and LGBTQIA individuals are encouraged to apply.

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