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EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR (Exempt) (Fremont/Queen Anne)


Hilltop Children’s Center
4 Nickerson St. Suite 100
Seattle, WA 98109

Start Date: August 29, 2019

Description, Responsibilities, & Duties

Hilltop is an equal opportunity employer, pursuing diversity, equity, and inclusion, and valuing what diversity brings to the workplace. Applicants of color, men, LGBTQ+ and diverse backgrounds and experiences are encouraged to apply.

The Position: Executive Director

General Description:
This salaried, exempt position serves as the organization’s Chief Executive, reports directly to the Board of Directors, and is ultimately responsible for leading the organization’s success as a non-profit while maintaining an equitable lens regarding access to high quality early education for all communities. The individual in this position will be responsible for the leadership and strategic direction of the organization, as well as the successful management of all fiscal resources, including fund development, operational considerations, and the board of directors. In addition, the Executive Director is responsible for the operational and administrative infrastructure and systems necessary for the successful growth of Hilltop Children’s Center and Educator Institute. This role upholds the mission, vision, and values, develops new partnerships, engages stakeholders across communities, tracks and aligns metrics of success, and maintains best practices alignment throughout the organization.

The Responsibilities
• In collaboration with the Board of Directors and in conversation with the Hilltop community, refine and implement Hilltop’s vision, mission, budget, annual goals and objectives, and strategic direction
• See educators as experts and leaders in their work and build systems to support continued outstanding education in the classrooms
• Maintain and develop an effective governance and operational structure that promotes diversity and inclusion, operates transparently, and provides formal communication channels with its stakeholders
• Oversee all fundraising activities including grants, annual giving, corporate sponsorships, special events, donor cultivation, major gifts campaigns, and other organization-related solicitations
• Ensure a strong, collaborative and responsive administrative infrastructure (human resources, finance, enrollment, pedagogy, service to children and families, etc.) that supports Hilltop’s current operations and growth and intentionally promotes an equity lens in all decisions
• Plan and administer Hilltop’s annual budget of 1M. This includes preparing and monitoring annual budget, program budgets, capital expenditures, investments, managing cash flow and financial management systems
• Collaborate with the Board of Directors to develop an engaged, effective, and energized board and ensure smooth, efficient, and values-aligned functioning
• Oversee and collaborate with human resources on values-aligned recruitment, employment, and termination of all personnel and maintain a climate that attracts, motivates and retains a roster of first-class, diverse faculty, staff, and volunteers
• Build strong relationships with partner organizations, policymakers, and other collaborators and oversee the growth of Institute programming, business strategy, fund development, and partnerships
• Implement values-aligned, culturally responsive leadership approach that builds on the existing collaborative nature of the organization

Minimum Qualifications/Requirements

Highly Desired Qualifications: The most competitive candidates will have 5+ years of executive-level leadership experience and demonstrate a commitment to the field of early childhood education. We are looking for leaders who have:
• Bachelors in Non-Profit Management, Education, Child Development, Psychology, Business or related field. Master’s preferred.
• Demonstrated experience with and passion for child development, child care advocacy, and educational paradigms
• Minimum of five years of non-profit executive leadership work experience with evidence of increasing responsibility and success, in particular: fund development, governance, business development, and diversity, equity, and inclusion work
• Experience managing, supervising, and/or directing faculty, staff, and volunteers
• Proven experience and ability in fundraising, nonprofit fiscal management, and budget preparation for an organizational budget of $1M+
• Experience with strategic planning and translating that to operational planning, milestone setting and project planning
• Experience managing a Board of Directors
• High level of emotional intelligence, reflective thinker, self-aware, ability to hear and integrate feedback and approach challenging conversations and situations with a lens of inquiry, empathy, and curiosity
• Well-developed interpersonal and group skills, collaborative nature, excellent communication skills, ability to work with a diverse group of faculty, families, and professionals throughout the field

Salary & Benefits

Salary starting range is commensurate with experience and education. 100% medical/dental health coverage, generous leave accrual, flexible leave policy, matching retirement, child care discount, employee assistance program, and outstanding on-site professional development opportunities.

Application Procedures

Please email a position-specific cover letter and resume outlining your experience and education along with professional references to the HR Manager at Additional information about Hilltop Children’s Center and its mission, values and vision can be found at This position requires a successful background check and reference checks. Position will remain open until filled.

Program Description

Hilltop Children’s Center and Hilltop Educator Institute are internationally recognized as a school for early childhood education (ECE) and a professional development and training organization for educators and administrators. Hilltop has been providing and promoting child-centered early education for young children for almost 50 years. Drawing inspiration from the schools of Reggio Emilia, Italy and from Anti-Bias Curriculum, Hilltop’s faculty engages daily in rigorous reflective practice – collaboratively designing our environment and curriculum around the emerging interests and curiosities of children. Through the Institute, we strengthen our teaching practice alongside our colleagues and partners in the field.

Hilltop is, first and foremost, a center of inquiry – for children, families, faculty, and colleagues in the early childhood field. Our educators are early learning professionals dedicated to celebrating the wonders of childhood alongside children, while also deepening their practice with children through regular reflection and study.

We are closely guided by our vision: Hilltop honors and trusts children, engages families, and inspires educators to create a more just and joyful world; by our mission: Hilltop is transforming early childhood education through play, collaboration, and reflection: in our classrooms with children, partnerships with families, and professional development with educators; and by our values of Learning in Relationship, Emergent Curriculum, Leadership in Community, and Organizational Integrity.

Our Core Values
• Learning in Relationship – We believe in reciprocal influence.
• Emergent Curriculum – We believe learning should be self-led and is constructed through experiences, inquiry, and reflection.
• Leadership in Community – We believe that collective contributions lead to bold action.
• Organizational Integrity – We believe that root tending creates stability and intentional growth.

Contact Info

Nick Schmidt, HR Manager

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