Seattle, WA

Chief Executive Officer, Thrive Washington

The Organization
Thrive Washington is the leading nonpartisan, nonprofit, public-private partnership working to advance early learning in Washington state for all children ages 0-8. As an independent 501(c)3, Thrive is in a unique position to identify and respond to all learning challenges and opportunities in our state by connecting partners, advocating for support and resources, and making strategic investments. We rally providers, funders, and communities to improve the way we all support children and families, especially those most in need. Because of Thrive, more public and private dollars are invested together on the high-quality early learning programs and experiences that will make the biggest difference in unifying and strengthening the state’s developing early learning system.

Position Overview
The new Chief Executive Officer will have overall strategic and operational responsibility for Thrive’s staff, programs, partners, future strategic development, and fulfillment of its mission. It will also be important for the new CEO to forge a strong working relationship with the Board of Directors which is deeply committed and actively engaged in the organization’s governance. Reporting to the Board of Directors, the CEO will oversee a staff of 32 and an operating budget of $5 million plus $10-11 million in grants. S/he will serve as an ambassador for early learning, provide leadership to the field, and ensure continuing strong relationships with government, community, and education leaders as well as donors, partner organizations, parents, and care providers across the state.

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Candidates should have at least 10 years of senior executive leadership experience in a dynamic and growing organization. Leadership in public, nonprofit, or business settings at a state or national level including service as a key spokesperson of an organization and reporting to/serving on a high profile board of directors are required. Cross-sector experience and familiarity with the field of early learning is advantageous. Candidates will be experienced fundraisers with demonstrated success in managing high performing leadership teams. A Bachelor’s degree is required an an advanced degree is an asset.

How To Apply
All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply. To be considered, please go to and submit your resume and cover letter expressing your passion for the mission and fit for the role. Cover letters can be addressed to Melissa Merritt.

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