Learning & Design Manager
School’s Out Washington (SOWA) is an independent 501c3 organization serving the field of Expanded Learning Opportunity (ELO) programs 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 Learning & Design Manager works as part of the Program Quality Division to design and deliver high quality professional development services for Expanded Learning Opportunity providers. This is a pivotal position in establishing School’s Out Washington as the premier training organization in Washington State for Expanded Learning Opportunity providers and youth development professionals.
Reports to: Statewide Quality Education Director
Location: 801 23rd Avenue South, Seattle, Washington (Note: SOWA staff are currently working remotely with option to work from the office on a limited basis under current COVID-19 restrictions. As restrictions lift, position will be based at the listed address.)
Learning & Design Team
- Serve as project manager for the Learning & Design Team to support the development and tracking of team and individual project plans;
- Complete documentation and reporting as required by funding sources;
- Participate in related project meetings and weekly staff meetings;
Training Design and Development
- Apply adult learning principles to help design and assist in developing training content and professional learning materials that best fit the needs of providers;
- Support the Learning & Design Team in the development of conceptual and pedagogical frameworks and theories of practice;
- Develop feedback loops and work with ELO providers to develop relevant and useful content;
- Develop trainings and content for multiple delivery methods including live, in-person and virtual workshops, e-learning courses via learning management software (LMS), self-paced courses, training of trainer courses (TOTs), and other delivery methods as applicable;
- Develop and implement tools, trainings, and strategies for ELOs, aligned to Washington State Quality Standards for Afterschool & Youth Development Programs and the Washington State Core Competencies for Child and Youth Development Professionals and with intentional focus on racial equity and culturally responsive practice;
- Stay abreast of current trends, research and issues relevant to school/afterschool partnerships and K-12 education and ensure SOWA professional development opportunities reflect current trends.
- Work closely with the Quality Leadership, Field Development, and Field Services Team to support the development of continuous quality improvement supports;
- Serve on the Bridge Advisory Committee or relevant subcommittees to support the planning and implementation of SOWA’s annual Bridge Conference;
Training Delivery and Evaluation
- Facilitate trainings, meetings, and events, both online and in person;
- Lead and support the review and evaluation of training content and materials (e.g., focus groups, feedback sessions, training observation, etc.)
- Serve as SOWA’s embedded Weikart Field Consultant to facilitate Center for Youth Program Quality trainings;
- Become a State Approved Trainer with Department of Children, Youth, & Families and fulfill ongoing requirements to maintain approved status;
- Support the administrative management of SOWA’s learning management system, including supporting participants’ registration, participation, and completion of online courses as applicable;
- Serve as a member of SOWA’s Program Quality Team to deliver quality training content;
- Provide content development and support for SOWA’s annual Bridge Conference;
- Maintain annual reliability as a program quality external assessor;
- Work with partners, stakeholders, and ELO providers to advance quality and professional learning supports for ELOs in Washington State;
- Serve as a member of task forces, committees, or professional organizations related to the ELO/education fields;
- Represent SOWA at meetings, conferences and other community events and provide support as needed;
- Address racism, sexism, heterosexism and other discriminatory practices;
- Work toward racial equity through undoing institutional and structural racism and support ongoing organizational cultural competency;
- Develop content and materials for website and other communications as applicable;
- Serve as an ambassador for the organization at all times both formally and informally;
- Perform other duties as assigned.
Qualifications and Competencies:
- Minimum three years of experience in developing/facilitating trainings on social emotional learning or positive youth development theory;
- Minimum two years delivering SEL, afterschool, summer, or youth development programming;
- Knowledge of equity and social justice principles and practices, and understanding of the effects of place-, race- and policy & systems-based inequities on marginalized communities;
- Knowledge of LMS capabilities to recommend LMS platforms and delivery strategies that yield a rich, meaningful, and dynamic learning experience;
- Experience with learning management systems as an administrator and content developer;
- Experience using project management software such as Microsoft Project, Smartsheets or similar programs;
- Experience facilitating trainings or meetings via Zoom and/or other virtual meeting platforms;
- Proficient in Microsoft PowerPoint;
- Ability to grasp new knowledge and approaches and integrate relevant content into new training products;
- Ability to independently travel between work-related appointments and trainings within the Puget Sound region, and occasional travel within Washington state and nationally;
- Ability to work a flexible schedule, including some evening and weekend work;
- Excellent communication skills and positive customer service abilities;
- Bachelor’s degree preferred, in adult education, social service, k-12 education, child and youth development, or related field; 5 to 7 years of work experience in a related field may be substituted for higher education;
- Experience with audio and video editing software to support content development;
- Demonstrated understanding of or familiarity with program quality and assessment tools;
- Bilingual and able to read, write and facilitate trainings in Spanish or Somali is preferred;
- Strong preference for candidates who have completed the following suite of trainings and endorsements, though we could consider candidates who would pursue these trainings within the first 6 months of employment:
- Completion of Weikart Center’s PQA Basics training within past three years
- Completion and endorsement as a reliable Weikart Center Youth, School-Age, or SEL PQA External Assessor within the past 12 months;
- Successful completion of Youth Work Methods Training of Trainers within the past three years
Hours and benefits:
This is a full time exempt position.
Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) Classification: Exempt
Annual Salary: $53,000 – $63,000, to be determined by experience and qualifications
Benefits package includes medical, dental, vision, long-term disability, 403-B plan, and generous paid time off
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.
HOW TO APPLY
Interested candidates should send their resumes and cover letters to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line "Learning and Design Manager."
Please send your resume and cover letter as one document. Cover letters should be no more than 2 pages and should outline how your professional background, experience, interests, and passions specifically correlate to the position and School’s Out Washington’s mission and work.
Applications received by 10 AM (PT) on November 16, 2020 will receive full consideration. Applications will continue to be accepted after this date. However, preferential consideration is given to those resumes submitted by Nov. 16, 2020. The announcement will remain posted until the position is filled.