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.


  • 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.

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

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.


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.


35-40 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)


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



  • Health insurance

  • Dental insurance

  • Vision insurance

  • Short-Term Disability Insurance

  • Sick leave

  • Vacation

  • Paid holidays

  • 401K plan

  • Transit pass

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.


Magic Lantern Preschool is located in the Seattle Hillman City neighborhood. We are looking for educators who approach their daily work with joy and reflection, seek true partnership with families, and value the side-by-side work with children and co-teachers. Teachers work as part of an equal teaching team with the support of a mentor teacher to provide learning experiences for children in multi-age classrooms that range in age from 2 ½ to 5 years. Teachers plan curriculum, invitations to learn through play, and observe and document children’s learning. This position is a full-time or part-time position Monday-Friday. We are looking for teachers at least one year experience leading programs for children 2 ½ to 5 years. We value diversity and what it brings to our lives. All are welcome and encouraged to apply!

Magic Lantern values a strong work-life balance that values family, health, and life-long learning. The starting salary range is dependent on experience and education ($18-$21/hour). We offer an excellent benefits package including health/dental/optical insurance, three weeks of vacation in the first year, paid sick leave, short-term disability, on-site professional development opportunities, and a matching retirement plan.

Please submit a resume and a cover letter to Monica Martinez at mmartinez@soundchild.org describing your passion and experience educating preschool age children in a collaborative environment.

Job Types: Full-time, Part-time

Pay: $18.00 - $21.00 per hour