Quality Pathways Associate Director

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Quality Pathways Associate Director

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—and 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 School’s Out Washington Quality Pathways Associate Director will lead local and statewide efforts to engage more programs in cycles of continuous quality improvement, with a particular focus on King, Pierce, and Spokane Counties. Working with regional Program Quality Managers and the Program Quality Division Director, the Quality Pathways Associate Director will develop strategies to mobilize more funders and youth serving systems and agencies to sponsor youth program engagement in a responsive suite of continuous quality improvement (CQI) services most aligned to their needs.

Reports to: Program Quality Division Director

Location: Remote from anywhere in Washington state, or from our home office in Seattle, Washington


Local & Statewide Expanded Learning Opportunities (ELO) Quality Leadership (50%)

  • In partnership with the Program Quality Division Director and the field development team, continue to develop and strengthen School’s Out Washington’s strategy; focus on increasing engagement of expanded learning programs in continuous quality improvement (CQI) supports, including training, coaching, and assessment, with a particular focus on King, Pierce, and Spokane Counties.
  • Support the ongoing development of a pricing structure and business model for the delivery of CQI supports.
  • Develop proposals and lead contract negotiations for CQI contracts and services, partnering with regional leads for region-specific services and strategies.
  • Oversee and support the project management and coordination of Program Quality Interventions (PQI) cohorts locally and statewide, using the Youth Program Quality Intervention, to include self- and external assessments, training, coaching, and learning community meetings.
  • Manage the Quality services provided through the Forum for Youth Investment’s David P. Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality (CYPQ) Licensor Agreement.
  • Oversee outreach and cultivation of new partners.
  • 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).

King County Contract Management (25%)

  • Serve as the contract lead for the SOWA/YPQI contracts in King County (i.e., City of Seattle/DEEL, Boys & Girls Clubs of King County).
  • Ensure continuous learning and accountability through well-managed project and cohort program evaluation and reporting.
  • Serve as the primary point of contact for site leadership to support cohort program sites to be successful.
  • Work with Program Quality team to develop and maintain strong partnerships with sites and assess professional development needs.
  • Work with Program Quality team to support site capacity-building, as needed.
  • Work with Program Quality team to coordinate contract deliverables, including professional development supports, training calendar, and lead convenings, as needed.
  • Serve as the primary point of contact for new inquiries into CQI contracts and services located in King County.

Personnel Management (10%)

  • Lead the field development team, which is responsible for the strategy and supports to engage programs, organizations, and partners through Quality and Professional Learning pathways.
  • Provide supervision, collaboration, and support to the regional Program Quality Managers, helping to strengthen engagement of programs, funders, and local agencies in SOWA’s training and Quality Improvement supports in these regions.

External Partnerships & Communication (15%)

  • Establish and maintain strong partnerships with agencies and organizations such as: Department of Children, Youth and Families, Child Care Aware (and affiliates) and Cultivate Learning, and other community-based organizations serving children, youth, and families; focus on shared goals around supporting quality in school age child care and expanded learning programs in Washington state.
  • Represent SOWA at meetings, conferences, and other community events providing support as needed and promote the benefits of Youth Program Quality.
  • Coordinate community meetings in each of the regional areas to include information regarding the development of program quality improvement practices and provide feedback regarding implementation of expanded learning quality efforts.
  • Work with Communications Team to develop tools to inform and educate expanded learning providers, state agency leaders, policy makers, and community partners on the value and impact of Youth Program Quality for youth and programs.

Budget Management & Program Operations

  • Work with Program Quality Director to develop and manage regional and program quality intervention budgets.
  • Oversee the implementation of program quality and regional budgets to meet contract mandates, budget goals, and revenue targets including monthly review and adjustments as needed.

Other Responsibilities

  • Address racism, sexism, heterosexism and other discriminatory practices
  • Work toward racial equity through undoing institutional and structural racism, including active participation in organizational learning
  • Support overall office functionality and organization
  • Participate in staff and team meetings
  • Serve as an ambassador for the organization, both formally and informally
  • Perform other duties as assigned


  • 5+ years of work experience in education, social work, humanities/social sciences or similar field; Expanded Learning (summer, after school, school age child care, youth development) program experience required. Additional years may be substituted for higher education
  • Education: Bachelor’s degree preferred, in social service, public administration, education, child and youth development, recreation, or related field
  • Demonstrated commitment to advancing racial equity and social justice
  • Direct knowledge and/or lived experience and connections to BIPOC communities
  • 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
  • Experience and/or knowledge of School-age / Youth / SEL Program Quality Assessment tool and approach
  • Experience using technology to support communication and collaboration across different geographic locations
  • Content knowledge of after school programming, youth development, culturally relevant services, school districts, educational organizations, youth leadership, and family support
  • Experience supervising staff and working in collaborative teams
  • Excellent communication skills, both oral and written
  • Strategic thinker, with experience proposing and designing new programs or strategies
  • Experience with marketing, proposal development, and/or contract negotiations strongly preferred
  • A passion for achieving systems-level change
  • Ability to work collaboratively, proactively address conflict, and build trust with staff and community partners
  • Ability and willingness to travel regularly within King and Pierce Counties, and at least quarterly to Spokane County


40 hours per week, Monday-Friday; occasional evenings and weekends required Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) Classification: Exempt

Eligible for Full Benefits

Starting salary range: $76,000 to $85,000 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 letter as one document to jobs@schoolsoutwashington.org with the subject line “Quality Pathways Associate Director.”

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 Thursday, September 8, will receive full consideration. Applications will continue to be accepted after this date. However, preferential consideration is given to those resumes submitted by September 8, 2022. The announcement will remain posted until the position is filled.