BSK Partnership Manager

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BSK Partnership Manager

For three decades, School’s Out Washington (SOWA) has served a critical role to advance equitable expanded learning ecosystems in Washington State. We work to ensure high-quality afterschool and summer programs are available so all of Washington’s youth—but especially low-income youth and youth of color—can have the opportunities they deserve to thrive. SOWA is dedicated to building responsive community systems to support quality afterschool, youth development and summer programs for Washington’s children and youth ages 5 through young adulthood.

Position Summary 
The Best Start for Kids (BSK) Partnership Manager will work in conjunction with the ELO Systems Director and the Best Starts for Kids Expanded Learning team to support grantees in the King County Best Starts for Kids (BSK) Expanded Learning Initiative. Serving as a point person for grantees in the Place-Based Collaborative model, the BSK Partnership Manager will focus on assisting grantees in strengthening practices and growing capacity in partnership and collaboration, through support, technical assistance and professional learning and training. This is an integral role in the implementation of the BSK Expanded Learning Initiative, supporting community partners to meet BSK Expanded Learning outcomes.

Reports to: King County ELO Systems Director

Location: 801 23rd Avenue South, Seattle, Washington

(Note: Our King County staff may currently choose to work remotely from home or to work from the office. This position will require regular attendance at meetings and events in King County.)


Partnership Building and Support (60%)

  • Serve as a point person for Place-Based Collaboratives providing onboarding and technical assistance as needed
  • Provide training and resources focused on school and community-based partnership best practices
  • Attend Place-Based Collaborative partnership meetings
  • Develop partnership tools and resources
  • Assist in the development of MOUs for the Collaboratives
  • Support Collaborative members with joint goal setting and reflection
  • Work closely with the BSK team to ensure efforts are coordinated and aligned

Youth Program Quality Intervention (20%)

  • Promote the implementation of the Washington State Quality Standards for Afterschool & Youth Development Programs (Quality Standards)
  • Coordinate with the BSK Program Quality Manager to support Place-based collaborative members’ full participation in the Youth Program Quality Intervention process
  • Support coordination of Place-Based Collaborative program assessments as needed
  • Monitor grantee assessment data and requests for support to inform coaching strategy as well as design and facilitation of Learning Community Meetings (LCM)
  • Serve as a point person for coaches of Place-Based Collaborative members
  • Maintain annual reliability as an external assessor; be available to provide PQA external assessments as requested
  • Work with BSK Program Quality Manager to conduct program capacity assessments with grantees
  • Develop and implement additional supports as needed in response to grantee/organizational needs, such as training supports and resources or storytelling supports for advocacy, fundraising and marketing

Administration (15%)

  • Maintain regular communication with Place-Based Collaborative grantees around expectations, deadlines, and requirements
  • Support the coordination of logistics and management for trainings and events (zoom links, venue rental, food, and setup) and registration (registration links, Salesforce campaign management)
  • Ensure up-to-date tracking of Place-Based Collaborative grantee engagement in self and external assessments, trainings, and coaching including monitoring Scores Reporter and the maintenance of relevant Salesforce information 
  • Support the planning and implementation of BSK Expanded Learning events
  • Support the creation of communications content as needed
  • Assist in drafting quarterly narrative reports to King County and monthly deliverables reporting to SOWA’s financial department

Field Development Team (5%)

  • Participate as a secondary member of SOWA’s Field Development Team to develop aligned provider outreach and field-building practices
  • Participate in internal school-community partnerships community of practice to hone SOWA’s approach and supports around effective school partnerships
  • Serve as a member of boards, task forces and professional organizations related to the ELO and education fields in King County, as appropriate

Other Responsibilities

  • Address racism, sexism, heterosexism and other discriminatory practices
  • Work 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
  • Perform other duties as assigned


  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent education and experience
  • Demonstrated experience working in the area of 5 – 24 youth development, education, and/or juvenile justice sectors in King County and Washington State
  • Experience using or knowledge of Youth Program Quality Assessment (YPQA) or other ELO assessment tools
  • 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
  • Strong facilitation skills and comfort with public speaking
  • Working knowledge of school-age/youth development, center-based programs, and culturally relevant services
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Experience structuring one’s work to meet grant requirements and work independently and as part of a team
  • Strong organizational and networking skills and 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
  • Ability to travel independently to program sites and meetings throughout King County
  • Requires flexibility in time requirements/constraints; may require some early morning, evening, weekend meetings, extensive local and some statewide travel and limited overnight stays


40 hours per week, Monday-Friday

Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) Classification: exempt

Starting salary range: $57,000 to $66,000 DOE

Benefit package includes medical, dental, vision, long-term disability, 403b retirement savings plan, and generous paid time off.

In accordance with COVID-19 safety practices, School’s Out Washington has a COVID-19 Vaccination Policy, and all new hires need to be fully vaccinated prior to their first day of employment or have an approved reasonable accommodation (based on a documented disability or sincerely held religious belief) exempting them from the requirement. Individuals are considered fully vaccinated against COVID-19 two weeks after they have received the second dose in a two-dose series vaccine or two weeks after they have received a single-dose vaccine.

School’s Out Washington is an Equal Opportunity Employer and 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. People of Color, people with disabilities, and LGBTQ individuals are encouraged to apply.


Interested candidates should send their resumes and cover letters to with the subject line ” BSK Partnership 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 Friday, April 15, will receive full consideration. Applications will continue to be accepted after this date. However, preferential consideration is given to those resumes submitted by April 15, 2022. The announcement will remain posted until the position is filled.