Program Quality Assessment – Spokane County External Assessor(s)

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Program Quality Assessment – Spokane County External Assessor(s)


School’s Out Washington (SOWA) is an independent 501c3 organization working to advance equity through a well-supported expanded learning ecosystem in 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 through young adulthood.

Position Summary 

School’s Out Washington is currently seeking 2 professionals to serve as contracted Program Quality Assessment (PQA) External Assessors utilizing the Social Emotional Learning PQA. Each External Assessor will be contracted as Independent Contractors for School’s Out Washington.

External Assessors will gain valuable professional development opportunities and will be trained to conduct on-site observations using the Social Emotional Learning Program Quality Assessment (SEL PQA) tool in a variety of afterschool expanded learning opportunity programs in Washington State. As part of the onboarding process, new assessors will receive multiple trainings that focus on youth programming and on building relationships between young people and program providers.

Most assessments will take place in Spokane County from October 2022 through January 2023 with future work in March through July 2023. During the fall season in October 2022 – January 2023, assessors are expected to complete at least 3 assessments but can sign up for more if they wish.

Reports to: Data and Evaluations Manager

Location: Remote AND in-person visits in Spokane County


External Assessors will need to complete a series of virtual training activities and pass a reliability test prior to being assigned to assessments.

Attend project specific External Assessor Trainings prior to being assigned to do assessments:

  1. SEL PQA Basics: August 30 and 31, 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM. This virtual workshop prepares participants to conduct a program self-assessment and is the first step to becoming a reliable external assessor. (This requirement may be waived if Assessor has attended Basics within the past 24 months.)
  2. SEL PQA External Assessor Reliability Training: September 13 and 15, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM. This training will be held virtually for two full days of instruction and prepares assessors for the observation of youth programs using the Program Quality Assessment Tool.
  3. Complete all required training and pass reliability test to become an endorsed, reliable assessor. The reliability test from the SEL PQA External Assessor Reliability Training is due by the end of day on Friday, September 23rd.
  4. Attend one External Assessor Onboarding Webinar. New assessors are required to attend one 1.5 hour onboarding webinar scheduled through SOWA by October 3.
  5. Submit a criminal background check and obtain a UBI # from the State of Washington
  6. Provide proof of full Covid-19 vaccination
  7. Complete one shadow assessment. New assessors are required to join an experienced assessor in the field for one full observation. This shadow assessment must be completed before any independent assessments take place. (Assessment opportunities vary from Monday-Friday, between 2 PM and 7 PM.)
  8. Travel to youth program locations to complete assessment observations. Most observations take place Monday-Thursday, between 2 PM and 7 PM. Occasional morning and weekend observations are also available.
    • Complete SEL PQA-Form A (1-3 hours of in-person observation, 1.5-2.5 hours of scoring and entering data in the online Scores Reporter).
    • Email SEL PQA-back to School’s Out Washington via PDF and/or submit anecdotal evidence online as required into the online Scores Reporter.



  • Spoken and written fluency in multiple languages desired
  • Demonstrated familiarity with educational, enrichment and/or afterschool programming for youth.
  • Familiarity and/or previous training with youth program quality assessments


  • Spoken and written English fluency.
  • Access to reliable transportation.


Please note that this is a contract/temporary position.

The standard External Assessment rate is $230.00 per assessment. There is a probationary payment rate until one “shadow assessment” training and 3 assessments are completed to help SOWA cover the costs of trainings, during which the rate is $165.00 per assessment. After assessors complete their third assessment, the standard External Assessment rate of $230.00 applies.


All interested persons should email a resume and cover letter detailing interest and qualifications to Data and Evaluation Manager, Jarrod Hamerly, at no later than August 12. Applications received after this date may still be considered based on capacity, or for the spring season. Further information may be obtained by calling Jarrod Hamerly at 206-457-3013.