Job Listing: ELO Quality Director
School’s Out Washington (SOWA) is an independent 501c3 organization serving the field of afterschool and youth development throughout Washington State. School’s Out Washington is dedicated to building community systems to support quality afterschool, youth development and summer programs for Washington’s children and youth ages 5 to young adulthood.
The School’s Out Washington ELO Quality Director (ELOQD) will lead local and statewide efforts in coordination with the Chief Program Quality Officer (CPQO) to build a system that promotes a common vision for quality Expanded Learning Opportunities. Working with public and private partners, the ELOQD will advance a movement to ensure that all young people have equitable access to high-quality Expanded Learning Opportunities beyond the school day and year. The ELOQD will work to increase the use of quality assessment and improvement processes in ELO programs; provide support for the Registry and Sparkwind Movement; develop and oversee the implementation of local and state infrastructure that facilitates sustained quality improvement for youth agencies; and, create continuing demand for high quality ELO programs. The ELOQD will serve on the Leadership Team.
Reports to: School’s Out Washington Chief Program Quality Officer
Location: 801 23rd Ave. S., Seattle
Local & Statewide ELO Leadership
- Work with the CPQO to build and implement a strategic plan to promote access to quality programs as a critical component in existing and new initiatives/funding streams across multiple sectors (e.g.Best Starts for Kids, Social Emotional Learning) that support afterschool, youth development and summer programs;
- Promote the implementation of the Washington State Quality Standards for Afterschool & Youth Development Programs (Quality Standards) and the Washington State Core Competencies for Child and Youth Development Professionals (Core Competencies);
- Oversee project management and coordination for Program Quality Interventions (PQI) cohorts locally and across the state, using the Youth Program Quality Intervention, to include self- and external assessments, training, coaching, and learning community meetings;
- Lead efforts to continue building an integrated system of quality improvement across multiple systems and sectors in King County and other hub communities;
- Oversee the development of systems level program and project scopes and budgets for new and continuing clients;
- Oversee the project management of the statewide Youth Program Registry;
- Monitor and coordinate with the Quality Field Services Manager the performance of agencies, external assessors, and coaches and revise activities to best meet quality improvement goals;
- Provide Bridge Conference Coordinator with content development and support for the annual Bridge Conference;
- Develop programs and services for afterschool, youth development and summer providers in a rapidly changing ELO environment.
- Participate in the development of the SOWA annual budget;
- Develop and oversee project budgets and grant reporting;
- Lead contract negotiations and manage contracts with public and private partners;
- Participate on the SOWA Leadership Team to provide organizational leadership on strategic planning, evaluation and organizational development.
- Provide direct supervision and support to the following positions: Quality Field Services Manager, King County Quality Initiatives Director and Program Quality Administrative Assistant;
- Perform recruiting, hiring and on-going staffing as necessary to meet contract requirements and deliverables;
- Coach and mentor direct reports to provide culturally responsive conflict resolution and problem solving strategies;
- Assure that volunteers/interns are treated with respect and dignity regardless of race, ethnic background, gender or socioeconomic background. Incorporate volunteers, where applicable, into program operations.
Advancement of the Field
- Develop and facilitate presentations at local and national conferences or learning community gatherings to disseminate lessons learned;
- Keep abreast of emerging trends and newest research in expanded learning quality improvement efforts across the country. Strategize ways to implement new trends within the context of current and future work.
- Promote School’s Out Washington activities and resources through community presentations as necessary. In addition, promote the larger message of the benefits of quality afterschool and youth development programs to the general public;
- Work with Database and Web Communications Administrator to develop communication tools to inform and educate ELO providers, state agency leaders, policy makers and community partners on quality improvement efforts. Tools may include e-newsletter articles, fact sheets, website postings and project brochures;
- Write and/or solicit articles for SOWA e-newsletter and other newsletters or publications;
- Use technology—webinars, social networking, online groups—for sharing best practices among networks and building momentum for quality improvement advocacy and expansion efforts.
- Promote the Sparkwind Movement through participation and support of the Statewide ELO Coalitions and promoting the statewide program quality initiatives;
- Serve as a member of related boards, task forces and professional organizations related to the ELO and education fields;
- Represent SOWA at local, statewide and national meetings, conferences and other community events and provide support as needed;
- Build and maintain relationships with funders/ system partners and seek to establish relationships with potential new partners.
- Commitment to addressing racism, sexism, heterosexism and other discriminatory practices;
- Commitment to working toward racial equity through undoing institutional and structural racism;
- Participate in related project meetings and weekly staff meetings;
- Serve as an ambassador for the organization at all times both formally and informally;
- Support ongoing organizational cultural competency;
- Complete documentation as required by funding sources;
- Answer telephone, respond to requests for information and resources, makes referrals to outside resources, provide customer service to visiting providers and other office guests;
- Other duties as assigned.
Qualifications and Competencies
- Bachelor’s degree required, Master’s preferred, in social service, public administration, education, child and youth development, recreation, or related field;
- At least 4 years’ leadership or management experience with responsibility for strategic planning, program evaluation, and staff supervision in the education or youth development sector;
- Demonstrated relationships with local, state, and national stakeholders and partners;
- Knowledge of the Washington State Quality Standards for Afterschool & Youth Development Programs and the Washington State Core Competencies for Child and Youth Development Professionals;
- Experience and or knowledge of School- age / Youth Program Quality Assessment tool;
- Experience in marketing, public speaking, collaborative program planning, event planning, project and contract management;
- Understand the use of technology to support communication in different geographic locations;
- Ability to synthesize, interpret, and communicate complex technical issues to general audiences (or non-technical audiences);
- Ability to translate information across sectors and diverse backgrounds;
- Excellent oral and written communication skills;
- Experience structuring one’s work to meet grant requirements;
- Strong organizational and networking skills;
- Commitment to working with diverse individuals, groups, communities and organizations;
- Comfort with using new media to connect stakeholders;
- Ability to work independently and as part of a collaborative team;
- Ability to work collaboratively with a variety of agencies and organizations;
- Proficient in MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and database systems;
- Experience working in and/or living in diverse communities preferred;
- Must be able to independently travel between work-related appointments;
- Requires flexibility in time requirements/constraints; may require some early morning, evening, weekend meetings, extensive local and some statewide travel and limited overnight stays;
- Competencies: analytical thinking, decision making, collaboration/partnership, influence, achieving measureable results, and racial equity and social justice advocacy.
Hours and Employment Status
This is a full time, exempt position.
Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) Classification: Exempt
Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience.
Eligible for full employment benefits: including medical, dental, vision, long-term disability, 403-B plan, and Paid Time Off policy.
How to Apply
Initial Resume Review January 16, 2017. Applications accepted until role is filled.
Interested candidates should submit a resume and cover letter to: firstname.lastname@example.org with "Expanded Learning Opportunities Quality Director" in the subject line or send to:
Expanded Learning Opportunities Quality Director Search
School's Out Washington
801 - 23rd Avenue S., Suite A
Seattle, WA 98144
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.