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Child Development Center Supervisor/Teacher Mentor (Early Childhood Program Specialist 4)

Pierce College District

Job Description



Child Development Center Supervisor/Teacher Mentor (Early Childhood Program Specialist 4)

$63,216.00 - $75,120.00 Annually


Lakewood, WA


Job Type
Full Time


President's Office - PUY


Job Number


11/10/2022 5:00 PM Pacific


Position Summary


The mission of Pierce College is to create quality educational opportunities for a diverse community of learners to thrive in an evolving world.

Recognized by the Aspen Institute as one of the top 10 community colleges in the nation (2021), Pierce College is an innovative, mission-driven, data-informed, and equity minded community college dedicated to helping all students achieve their academic and professional goals, with a focus on racial and social equity and justice.

Overseeing the Milgard Child Development Center at Pierce College Fort Steilacoom, the Child Development Center Supervisor/Teacher Mentor (Early Childhood Program Specialist 4) oversees and coordinates staff, including early childhood teachers, in providing an equitable and inclusive learning ecosystem that serves a diverse community and serves the needs of children ages 1 month to 5 years enrolled in the Center. The supervisor has responsibility for ensuring compliance and implementation of all health and safety regulations of the college and state licensing requirements, as well as grant requirements, such as Head Start/Early Head Start. This supervisor maintains a collaborative and constructive partnership with the supervisor of the Garnero Child Development Center, the Lab School of the College’s ECE program, and reports to the Director of CDCs & Family Advocacy. This position actively supports and engages in Pierce College’s goals for equity and inclusion in order to provide access and support for our diverse community of learners and our goal of becoming an anti-racist institution.



About the District:

Pierce College enjoys a strong presence in the community and participates in innumerable partnerships with business, community, government, and educational organizations. Want a feel for our District. Take a peek with aerial campus views!


Pierce College Fort Steilacoom 

Located on a beautiful 140-acre site adjacent to a 340-acre community, recreational park, and Waughop Lake.


Pierce College Puyallup 

Located on a luscious site with 125-acres of wooded land with beautiful hideaways.


Pierce College at JBLM 

Located at the Joint Base Lewis-McChord military sites, serving many of our military and active-duty families that are serving our country.


Essential Functions


The Child Development Center Supervisor/Teacher Mentor (Early Childhood Program Specialist 4) will be responsible for the following, but not limited to:


Integrated Institutional & Program Core 

  • Actively advance Pierce College's goals for equity and inclusion in order to provide access and support for our diverse community of learners. 
  • Contribute to an engaged and supportive team with shared accountability for the equitable success of children, students, our Child Development Centers, and Education Programs. 
  • Participate in committees and task forces to ensure collaboration on reducing barriers and promoting retention. 


Site Management & Staff Supervision

  • Responsible for daily operation of center.
  • Supervise staff including interviewing and recommending selection of permanent applicants. 
  • Supervise early childhood staff. Train, model, and hold classroom staff accountable in appropriate conduct and both culturally affirming and developmentally appropriate practice. Staff includes teachers, assistants, aides, substitutes, students, and other support personnel.
  • Act as a support and resource person for classroom staff, which may require serving as teaching and filling in for vacancies to ensure successful operations. 
  • Work closely with the director in order to hire, train, supervise, and evaluate team according to standards and criteria of the college and the field. 
  • Prepare and maintain administrative and business reports and records of the center in order to ensure center meets operating and licensing guidelines, aligns practice to meet grant outcomes as necessary, and is best positioned to equitably serve the needs of our diverse community. 
  • Support the professional development of staff and collaborate to ensure guidance for staff and families is up to date and in alignment with college mission and commitments to equity and antiracism.
  • Oversee accreditation processes and work collaboratively to implement program improvement and alignment.


Educational Program Administration

  • Collaborate with the director and Garnero supervisor to coordinate overall educational component of the Child Development Center to maintain alignment of equitable, inclusive, child-centered, developmentally appropriate curriculum and pedagogy.
  • Actively participate in advocacy to enhance care and education of young children.
  • Review, approve, and facilitate the modification teacher lesson plans as needed to meet Center and institutional goals and mission.
  • Supervise and support teachers through regular observations, individual meetings, and staff meetings.
  • Provide annual written performance assessment for each head teacher and support the identification and achievement of their professional development goals.
  • Observe assigned part-time personnel to assess performance and capacity, as well as ensuring a constructive work environment that effectively advances the equitable needs of children in line with institutional mission. Make recommendations to respond to personnel needs and accountability.


Child Development & Family Support

  • Oversee recruitment and scheduling of children for the early childhood program
  • Maintain transparent, ongoing, and culturally affirming communication with families to discuss the development of enrolled children and to share updates to center operations.
  • Engage in equity-centered and culturally affirming practices to present parent orientation, counsel and assist families on psycho/social adjustment needs, and work to problem-solve family financial and other issues related to admission. Oversee and collaborate with others to advance this outcome. 


Budget and Resource Monitoring

  • Coordinate recommendations for equipment and supply purchases and prepare required reports for the college and funding agencies. 
  • Assist with the preparation and monitoring of the center budget.
  • Assist in monitoring department expenditures within budget guidelines; record and reconcile disbursement log.
  • Generate Accounts Receivable. Monitor payments of childcare tuition, maintaining records of funds received, distributed, and transferred. 
  • Generate, monitor, track, and verify purchase requisitions in line with college policies and procedures.
  • Order and maintain all supplies, including office products and cleaning products.


Other Duties As Assigned

  • Collaborate with the Education department to insure the integration of theory and practice and support Lab School operations.
  • Assist in interpreting the Early Childhood Studies Program to public through community contacts and participation in community activities,
  • Participate in local, regional, and state activities to advance Center operations and college mission. 
  • Maintain an understanding of current trends, research and practices in the field of early childhood education through continued study and participation in professional organizations.
  • Other duties as assigned to support the mission, goals, and objectives of the college. 





Education Required

  • Associates degree from an accredited college or university in Early Childhood Education or closely related field.


Experience Required

  • Demonstrated commitment to equitable student success and fostering inclusive teaching practices for a diverse community. 
  • At least two years working as an early childhood educator in a center or in-home facility. Experience working with children of 1-5 years old enrolled in a group setting.
  • Experience in curriculum development and implementation in ECE. 
  • Ability to make difficult decisions to protect the health and safety of children and staff.
  • Experience managing budgets. 
  • Evidence of effective communication, transparent decision-making, and effective delegating.  
  • Experience working with adults in the role of coach, mentor, and/or supervisor.


Special Requirements

  • Ability to travel to early learning programs, local school districts, and state level conferences/committees.
  • The successful candidate must consent to and pass a criminal background check after a conditional offer of employment. Information from the background check will not necessarily preclude employment but will be considered in determining the candidate's suitability to perform in this position.
  • Written proof by a healthcare provider of TB testing prior to starting work.

Training typically required within three months per Washington Administrative Code (WAC) Chapter 110-300 includes but is not limited to:

  • WA Department of Children, Youth, and Families Orientation & Training.
  • Valid Food Handlers Permit.
  • Valid First Aid and CPR Card.
  • Completion of HIV/AIDS training.
  • Completion of Blood Borne Pathogens training.
  • Completion of an Early Childhood State Certificate or equivalent (must be satisfied before August 2026).



Required Competencies

Leadership - Incorporate program and college mission, vision and goals into daily work. Create a culture where everyone can learn, grow and be motivated to do their best. Willingness to delegate work and coach others to develop their capabilities. Help others identify strengths and develop skills necessary to reach personal and program goals. Promote teamwork and cooperation in the centers, the college and the community.

Student Services - Search out and identify student service delivery requirements to improve efficiency, effectiveness, and satisfaction. Seek ways to improve service delivery; assesses the organization and its services from the student’s point of view; emphasize a team approach to providing great customer service. Demonstrate strong commitment to meeting the needs of co-workers, faculty, alumni, managers, students, or community members, striving to ensure their full satisfaction. Establish and nurture relationships with stakeholders, regularly inviting feedback and suggestions. Strive to anticipate, identify, understand and be responsive to student needs and expectations. Deliver products and services when and where the student needs them.

Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion - Seek learning to effectively identify systemic inequities affecting colleagues and students; work to remove barriers to workplace wellness and student success; engage in healing-centered practices to reduce further harm to historically marginalized groups; engage in cultural humility through listening, observing, valuing/validating, embracing/empowering (LOVE) others; seek inclusion through invitation and welcome; recognize impact of own identities and amplifies voices often not heard or acknowledged.

Critical thinking/Creative Problem Solving - Develop innovative ideas that provide solutions to all types of workplace challenges; articulate possibilities. Ability to learn, to reason, to think creatively, to make decisions, to solve problems, devise and implement action plans. Develop fresh ideas that provide solutions to all types of workplace challenges. Develop and create ideas, processes and approaches that shape the future; use analysis and critical thinking skills to solve problems; ensure decisions are aligned with strategic direction of the college/district.

Information - Apply original thinking in approach to job responsibilities to improve processes, methods, systems, or services. Identify novel approaches for completing work assignments more effectively or efficiently and work within the "established" system to push for "a better way." Demonstrate curiosity and enthusiasm for learning.


Application Process



Application Requirements

To be considered for this position, applicants must:

  • Meet the required qualifications as outlined in this announcement.
  • Complete the online application profile at apply for the specific job opening at:
  • Upload (attach) a cover letter addresses how you meet the required qualifications as outlined in this announcement. (Cover Letter)
  • Upload (attach) detailed résumé of all educational and professional experience. (Résumé)
  • Transcripts are not required in order to apply for this position; however, if you are selected for an interview, you will be asked to bring copies of unofficial transcripts showing completion of the required level of education. Please upload current copies of your transcripts, if available. Unofficial copies of all college and university transcripts must include degree received and conferral date. International transcripts must include a foreign transcript evaluation. For a list of approved credential evaluation services visit: (Unofficial transcripts acceptable for application process; official transcripts required upon hire). (Transcripts)
  • Upload (attach) a list of at least two professional references with names, addresses, telephone numbers, and email addresses. Letters of recommendation will not be accepted. (References)
  • Provide a response to the following question. (Supplemental Question)

How do you envision leveraging this role to support the College's mission and commitment to advance racial and social equity?

Special Note


To ensure consideration, application materials should be received no later than 5:00 p.m. on the closing date.


Terms of Employment

This is a full-time (40 hours per week) classified, overtime-eligible position with Pierce College District. This position is permanent after serving a 6-month probationary period. The primary work location will be at Pierce College Fort Steilacoom campus. Occasional travel to Pierce College campuses or sites may occur. Work hours are between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00p.m. Monday through Friday with occasional evenings and weekend work, and occasional travel as required. This position may be subject to reassignment between campuses or sites.


Salary & Benefits

The starting salary of this position is $5,268.00 per month, dependent upon qualifications, with periodic increments up to $6,419.00 per month. However, your paycheck is just part of the total compensation package. There is an outstanding benefits package which is worth an additional value equivalent to about 30% of your salary. A comprehensive health care benefits package for you and your dependents includes medical, dental and vision insurance. Life and long-term disability insurance plans; vacation, sick and personal leave; reduced tuition; and retirement benefits are also provided. For more information, please visit our Benefits and Leave website at: benefits.


Physical Work Environment

This position will work primarily indoors in an office environment within a child development center. 


Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants with disabilities who require assistance with the application and employment process will be accommodated to the extent reasonably possible. Requests should be made to the District Human Resources Office by calling 253-964-7342. Persons who are deaf or hard of hearing may dial 711 to place a call through Washington Relay, the state's free telecommunication access service.


Screening & Interview Process

Only those candidates who have complied with the application process and meet the required qualifications will be considered. Following the review of application materials, the most qualified candidates will be contacted for an interview. Check the email account you used for the application process for communication regarding the status of your application. Application materials submitted to Pierce College are the property of the College and will not be returned.

Please note: This is a competitive selection process. Your application materials will be reviewed and evaluated based on the minimum qualifications listed for the position. Applicants whose qualifications most closely correspond to the District's needs will be eligible for further consideration.



Conditions of Employment

Pierce College is a “fully vaccinated campus” under the state’s higher education guidance, which means that COVID-19 vaccination (or allowable exemption) will be required for all employees and students. More information can be found here: Vaccination Requirements.

Prior to the start of employment, finalist(s) for this position will be subject to a pre-employment background check as a condition of employment. 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.

Applicants considered for this position will be required to disclose if they are the subject of any substantiated findings or current investigations related to sexual misconduct at their current employment and past employment. Disclosure is required under Washington State Law RCW 28B.112.080.

An offer of employment will not carry with it any responsibility or obligation on the part of the District to sponsor an H-1B visa. In compliance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, proof of authorization to work in the United States will be required at the time of hire.

Pierce College has adopted a Drug Free Workplace policy. As a condition of employment, employees must agree to abide by the requirements established in that policy. 

Bargaining Unit

This position has been designated as a bargaining unit position represented by the Washington Public Employee Association (WPEA).

Equal Opportunity

The Pierce College District is an equal opportunity employer. The Board of Trustees and Pierce College District are committed to providing equal opportunity and will not discriminate in terms and conditions of employment and personnel practices. Decisions are made without regard to race, color, national origin, age, perceived or actual physical or mental disability, pregnancy, genetic information, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, creed, religion, honorably discharged veteran or military status, or use of a trained guide dog or service animal.

For more information about this position or assistance regarding your application, contact Human Resources at:

Questions regarding equal employment opportunities or discrimination may be directed to the following:


Sean Cooke
Title IX Coordinator
(253) 840-8472

Tami Jacobs
ADACO/Section 504 Coordinator
(253) 964-6581

Holly Gorski
Vice President for Human Resources
(253) 964-6519

Paula Henson-Williams
District Affirmative Action Officer
(253) 864-3229


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