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For more than 15 years, A Step Ahead has been one of the region’s most progressive early intervention programs for children who have one or more developmental delays.

Our team of talented and tenacious professionals work with you and your family as partners, advocates and a support system of care. Our pledge is to unlock the full potential in every child we see.

If you’re inspired by children and motivated by tenacious and talented peers, apply today. We promise you’ll find joy and laughter working with amazing families and children – and a team that supports you and each other.


"What I love about A Step Ahead is that we are innovative and have a collaborative approach to supporting family needs and concerns both with our staff and the community. There is a climate of good humor and genuine regard among work mates, making A Step Ahead a Happy place to work!"

- Marti Cates

"Of all the places I have been employed at, this is the most collaborative environment I have ever experienced. I'm able to brainstorm and talk with colleagues daily who are wholly invested in the same families and children I care so much about. ... I could not imagine doing this job without my coworkers to rely on, lean on and team up with."

- Jaime Jones


Current Open Positions

Executive Director

After founding A Step Ahead 17 years ago, our Executive Director is retiring. We are seeking a compassionate and visionary leader to continue bringing high quality early intervention services to infants and toddlers with developmental delays in South Pierce County. A Step Ahead provides therapeutic and educational services via a home visiting program. Our dedicated and fun-loving staff of 40 offers comprehensive services to children with a wide variety of conditions such as Autism, Down Syndrome, Prematurity, and many others. We are searching for a candidate who will continue to ensure our high-quality services and engage with our local partners to build an inclusive community. This person must have a passion for helping young children with disabilities and those in foster care.

The Ideal Candidate

  • Have a thorough knowledge of Part C of IDEA
  • Employ an inclusive and transparent management style
  • Be committed to promoting a cohesive, friendly, supportive staff culture
  • Be passionate about our mission and vision and committed to making ASAPC a gold standard in the provision of early intervention services
  • Be future-minded and technologically progressive
  • Be a strategic, but flexible thinker
  • Lead with integrity and recognize employees’ needs for a balanced work/home life

Professional Qualifications

  • BA or higher in non-profit or business management, human services, health care or related field.
  • Experience in Early Intervention for infants and toddlers highly preferred
  • 5 years’ experience working in a management level position in Early Learning or in a Non-Profit Organization
  • Demonstrates excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • History of innovative problem-solving and community collaborations
  • Experience developing and managing a budget of $1 Million+
  • Must pass WA state criminal background check
  • Commitment to diversity, inclusion, and equity
  • Familiarity with running a capital campaign is beneficial

Application Process

Persons interested in this position must submit the following information via email to susieb@asapc.org:

  • A cover letter which includes responses to the following questions: Why are you interested in this position? Describe how you view your management style. Give an example from your work history where this style was displayed.
  • A current resume, chronological preferred, that reflects position, responsibilities, the size of staff managed (if any), and the size budget managed (if any) for recent positions highlighting community-based, charitable non-profit experience and health care/human services experience;
  • List of three professional references including name, title and current contact information (additional references will be accepted)

In order to be considered for the first round of interviews please submit your application materials through the email address mentioned above. Screening will begin 3/11/19 and continue until the position is filled. The hiring decision may be made at any time. This position will remain open until filled.

Job Responsibilities

Oversees and complies with rules and regulations of Part C of IDEA

  • Demonstrates a solid understanding of Early Intervention requirements in the State of Washington
  • Keeps current on trends and best practices and assures that contractual requirements are met
  • Develops and implements appropriate evaluation tools to measure program quality

Oversees all staffing and personnel in order to ensures high quality and effective programming

  • Supports the recruitment, orientation and retention of qualified employees and interns
  • Effectively manages and implements the organization’s personnel policies and procedures and assures that they conform to current laws and regulations.
  • Provides salary management and payroll administration oversight
  • Creates a work environment which is inclusive, transparent, and positive

Manages finances and reduces risk through sound fiscal and administrative practices

  • Works with the Board Treasurer and staff accountant to develop the annual budget
  • Oversees and assists in development and implementation of the fund development plan with Fund Developer/Communications Manager
  • Develops and assures adequate funding of other programs and projects
  • Researches and writes grants to support agency program and activities

Works with the Board of Directors to ensure legal and ethical Non-Profit Governance

  • Supports operations and administration of the Board by advising and informing Board members of organizational activities and needs
  • In collaboration with Board officers, helps to prepare the agenda and necessary documents for each board meeting
  • Assists in the recruitment of potential Board members
  • Regularly reviews agency policies and procedures and presents any updates to the Board for approval
  • Develops Strategic Plan in conjunction with the Board and staff members

Represents organization in a positive and inspiring way to the community and stakeholders

  • Assures the organization and its mission, programs, and services are consistently presented in a positive image during both public awareness and community engagement activities
  • Builds relationships and collaborations with other early learning and early intervention programs
  • Communicates confidently in a positive respectful and courteous manner to potential donors, community service organizations, and public appearances

Compensation: This is a full-time, exempt position. The salary range is between $80,000-$90,000 depending on experience and skills. Benefits include medical, dental, and life insurance; Simple IRA match of up to 3% after one year; 4 weeks paid vacation annually after a 6-month probationary period.

Speech / Language Pathologist

A Step Ahead is recruiting a fun-loving Speech and Language Pathologist to join our growing team of early intervention providers. Work with infants and toddlers and their caregivers in the home environment to improve speech, language, and feeding skills. Service the Bethel, Franklin Pierce, Puyallup, Orting Eatonville & Tacoma School Districts, we offer a flexible and positive working environment, where you'll be part of a dynamic, committed multidisciplinary staff. Duties include: Assessment and evaluation, development of treatment plans and home programs, assisting in the development of Individual Family Service Plans, participation in multidisciplinary planning and teams.

Minimum Requirements

  • Prefer ASHA certification, but will consider a Clinical Fellow for the right candidate
  • Experience with children under the age of 5 and a wide range of diagnoses including: Autism, genetic disorders, medically fragile, and motor-speech disorders, strongly preferred

Personal Attributes Needed Include:

  • Flexibility
  • Good Time Management & Organizational Skills
  • Fun-Loving
  • Enjoys working with parents and children

Details & Benefits: This is a full-time, salaried position that includes: Paid holiday, vacation & personal leave. Medical, Dental & Life Insurance. Cell Phone Allowance. Mileage Reimbursement. Part-Time position would be considered for the right candidate.

To learn more about A Step Ahead browse our website asapc.org or call 253.471.2727. To apply, please send your resume & cover letter to candyw@asapc.org