Job Listing: Youth Development Program Quality Coach
The mission of School’s Out Washington (SOWA) is to provide 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. School’s Out Washington is currently seeking professionals to serve as part-time youth development program quality coaches. Coaches will be on-call part-time employees of SOWA.
Coaches will provide on-site coaching and technical assistance to assigned youth development and afterschool programs in one of three geographic regions: King County, Pierce County, or eastern Washington (including Spokane and Walla Walla) for the purpose of enhancing the quality of services to youth. Coaches will deliver focused on-site coaching and technical assistance for programs on how to complete an assessment process using the Youth Program Quality Assessment (YPQA) tool, how to use the results to develop an action plan for quality improvement, how to carry out the plan, and how to measure success. Coaches will support the designated agency lead in managing the year-long assessment and intervention cycle, maintaining the focus on strengthening staff performances with youth at the point of service and supporting strategies that promote sustainable change in youth worker performance. School’s Out seeks to match coaches to sites based on location and in response to the specific needs and characteristics of each program.
On-call coaching rate is $34.22 per hour. Coaching hours may vary based on the details of different initiatives throughout each region. Initial coaching assignments may be implemented early September, with the majority of assignments taking place during the 2016-2017 academic calendar year (September 2016 through June 2017).
On-Call Employee Responsibilities
- Attend quarterly YPQA project Learning Community meetings;
- Attend coaching meetings with SOWA staff and/or Hub Leads to report on progress;
- Maintain timely records of coaching activities with each site, and complete evaluation and required project paperwork;
- Support the designated site lead in navigating/leading the YPQA self-assessment process at their sites;
- Provide suggestions/feedback to sites in using the assessment results to identify program improvement and professional development priorities;
- Support development of a specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and timely (SMART) action plan for quality improvement aligned with improvement goals;
- Deliver and/or coordinate training and technical assistance services to support implementation of the quality action plan;
- Schedule and travel to on-site appointments with the site leads to review training plans and accomplishments;
- Model interactions with youth that are culturally relevant and cognitively, linguistically, socially and emotionally appropriate; and group management techniques for meeting the diverse needs of youth;
- Conduct YPQA Methods workshops for youth development staff to support their identified goals;
- Make referrals to community resources as needed.
- Bachelor’s Degree in education, human development, social work, counseling, recreation or other related course work desired (or a combination of education and/or experience and/or training which provides an equivalent background required to perform the duties of the position).
- At least three years of experience with middle / high school youth as a director of a youth development program, classroom teacher or other youth work experience;
- Experience delivering coaching or technical assistance to youth-serving agencies;
- Demonstrated understanding of or familiarity with program quality and assessment tools;
- Successful completion of/or availability to attend YPQA Basics training (either full day live or online)
- Successful completion and endorsement as a reliable Youth or School-Age PQA External Assessor within the past 12 months (or be available to attend a 2-day training in King County to achieve reliability);
- Successful completion of Youth Work Methods Training of Trainers course within the past three years (or be available to attend 4-week online course and 3-day live training March 22-24 in Seattle);
- Ability to attend meetings and trainings as needed
- Familiar with and comfortable using online cloud services, including Google Apps;
- Ability to travel to program sites throughout one of the three geographic regions (King County, Pierce County, or eastern Washington);
- Familiar with Outlook, Excel, Word and PowerPoint;
- Demonstrated experience and ability to work with diverse populations;
- Possess working knowledge of child, adolescent and adult learning theory and experience programming for diverse populations and learning styles;
- Commitment to working toward racial equity through undoing institutional and structural racism.
- Competencies: Adaptability, open communication, collaboration/partnership, achieving measurable results, racial equity and social justice advocacy.
Interested persons should submit a letter of intent, including preferred geographic region to Sherrie Belt, School’s Out Washington, 801 23rd Ave. S., Suite A, Seattle, WA 98144. Further information may be obtained by calling Sherrie Hart at (206) 336-6939. You may email your letter to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Closing Date: This listing is open until all positions are filled.
School’s Out Washington is an Equal Opportunity Employer.