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Job Listing: Chief Executive Officer

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School’s Out Washington (SOWA) seeks our next Chief Executive Officer to shape, inspire, and lead the organization's future in collaboration with a talented team, a committed and engaged Board of Directors, and a set of community partners across the State of Washington.

The SOWA CEO is responsible for providing direction and strategic guidance to SOWA ena-bling the organization to fulfill its mission, vision and goals. The CEO works in collaboration with the board of directors and leadership team to ensure high quality programming and support for our network across Washington State and national leadership in the arena of Expanded Learning Opportunities. The CEO provides administrative oversight to SOAR and Youth Development Executives of King County (YDEKC), two community coalitions hosted and fiscally sponsored by SOWA.


About School's Out Washington

Over our 30 year history, SOWA has spearheaded and led efforts to ensure systems and best practices are in place to promote equitable access for our state’s young people to quality afterschool and summer learning opportunities. We strive to ensure youth reach their full potential in quality program settings through our four pronged approach: 1) Quality and Training; 2) Policy and Advocacy; 3) Grants to Programs; and 4) Racial Equity.

The SOWA team is committed to supporting our statewide partners in building capacity and supporting professional development in our field to ultimately benefit youth with a focus on low-income youth and youth of color.

School’s Out Washington by the Numbers

Founded in 1987 by the City of Seattle, SOWA was hosted and fiscally sponsored by the YWCA of King and Snohomish County. SOWA became our own 501c(3) in 2012.

Most recent fiscal and staff facts

Our Impact in 2015


About the Position

The following are key areas of responsibility for the SOWA CEO.

Strategic Leadership

Racial Equity and Organizational Culture

Fundraising and Community Relations

Board Engagement

Operations and Fiscal Oversight

Ideal Experience

Leading the School’s Out Washington team means inspiring and engaging our staff and our community. We seek a leader who is deeply committed to our mission:

School’s Out Washington provides services and guidance for organizations to ensure all young people have safe places to learn and grow when not in school. SOWA is dedicated to building community systems to support quality afterschool, youth development and summer programs for Washington’s children and youth ages 5 through young adulthood.

Ideal Qualities and Competencies


How to Apply

Applications will be acknowledged via an email receipt and will be held confidentially with-in the Search Committee. Interviews for the position will be conducted in early February 2017; we anticipate a hiring decision in late Q1 2017.

Resume and Cover Letter

Please submit a resume and cover letter as soon as possible. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, and full consideration will be given to all letters and resumes received by 5 PM on Friday, January 27, 2017.

Cover letters should be no more than 2 pages in length. In your cover letter, please share how your professional background, experience, interests and passions specifically correlate to the mission and purpose of the School’s Out Washington.

We request all applications via email, in PDF format (cover letter and resume com-bined into one document) emailed to:


Got Questions?

If you have questions prior to applying or during the search process, please contact our search consultant Christine Martin: Christine@hrstrategiesintl.com or 206.349.4774


Compensation and Benefits

This is a exempt position that requires a willingness to work some evenings and weekends and travel within the state as well as regionally and nationally. Salary will be based on experience and qualifications. SOWA offers a competitive benefits package.


School’s Out Washington is an Equal Opportunity Employer. School’s Out Washington has a commitment to addressing racism, sexism, heterosexism and other discriminatory practices and a commitment to working toward racial equity through undoing institutional and structural racism. Women, People of Color, people living with disabilities, and LGBTQ individuals are encouraged to apply. .

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