Youth Program Quality Coach

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Job Description

Youth Program Quality Coach

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
Guided by the School’s Out Washington Coaching Philosophy, the Youth Program Quality Coach provides relationship based, culturally responsive, in person and virtual coaching to assigned youth development and afterschool programs for the purpose of enhancing the quality of services and positive youth outcomes in the state of Washington. Using the Youth Program Quality Intervention Model (which is based on the assess-plan-improve sequence), coaches work with programs to incorporate self-and external assessments, actionable improvement plans, and professional learning supports to drive improvement. 

Reports to: Professional Learning Associate Director

Location: This is a remote position that does require regular, independent travel to and between youth programs located throughout King County, Washington


  • Delivering coaching in person- when it is safe to do so and agreed upon by the program and coach—as well as through virtual, remote or distance coaching using various tools including but not limited to email, phone calls, zoom conferencing, or other technology
  • Providing culturally responsive coaching to guide and support youth programs through the Youth Program Quality self-assessment process and other program goals
  • Facilitating individualized or group sessions to support sustainable change in staff performance and youth outcomes
  • Modeling best practices that are culturally relevant and cognitively, linguistically, socially, and emotionally appropriate and responsive
  • Working with programs to incorporate self-and external assessments, actionable improvement plans, and professional learning supports
  • Leading reflective practice discussions to support the program lead and staff in identifying areas of existing strength and opportunities for new learning and growth using a variety of tools including the Program Quality Assessment tools
  • Co-creating goals that are specific, measurable, attainable, and realistic and based on Program Quality Assessments or other program goals
  • Co-developing an improvement plan and professional development priorities
  • Designing and delivering culturally responsive custom training and coaching services to support implementation of action plans
  • Facilitating Youth Program Quality Methods trainings for youth development staff to support their identified goals
  • Promoting 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)
  • Working closely with the various internal teams and initiative leads to ensure coaching efforts are coordinated and aligned
  • Stay abreast of current trends, research and issues relevant to licensed school age childcare and expanded learning opportunities and ensure SOWA professional development opportunities reflect current trends
  • Promote SOWA activities and resources through community presentations as necessary. In addition, promote the larger message of the benefits of quality afterschool and youth development programs to the general public and with key community partners

Collaboration and Administrative

  • Participate in coaching and project specific meetings with SOWA staff to report on progress and to provide feedback for improvement based on the performance and experiences of individual programs and organizations; facilitate when needed
  • Record coaching activities, including hours with each site, and complete required project paperwork in a timely manner
  • Complete additional documentation and reporting as required by funding sources such as Best Starts for Kids, Department of Children Youth and Families, and City of Seattle

External Assessments & Training Support

Other Responsibilities

  • Address racism, sexism, heterosexism and other discriminatory practices – Reflecting and addressing how racism and bias may appear in the context of your work with others
  • Work toward racial equity through undoing institutional and structural racism, including active participation in organizational learning
  • Participate in related project meetings and bi-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


Coaching Mindset

  • Comfortable and skilled at building community and trusting relationships
  • Demonstrating compassion, understanding and empathy
  • Active listening and reflective practices
  • Attuning to the needs of the individuals they are coaching and individualizing their approach as needed
  • Recognizing your role as a coach contributes to power dynamics, and actively taking steps to shift power to participants

Other Qualifications & Experience

  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent experience in education, child and youth development, human development, social work, social service, public administration, counseling, recreation, or related field
  • Demonstrated experience supporting adult learners in youth-serving agencies or other professional settings; through coaching, training, or supervision
  • Working knowledge of school-age/youth development, center-based program services
  • Deep 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
  • Direct knowledge and/or lived experience and connections to BIPOC communities
  • Working knowledge of child, adolescent and adult learning theory and experience programming for diverse populations and learning styles
  • Demonstrated understanding of or familiarity with program quality and or other assessment tools
  • Completion of Youth Program Quality Basics full-day training within past three years preferred
  • Completion and endorsement as a reliable Youth or School-Age Program Quality Assessment External Assessor within the past 12 months preferred
  • Successful completion of Youth Work Methods Training of Trainers course within the past three years preferred
  • Ability to work independently and as a part of a collaborative team
  • Familiar with MS Suite and virtual meeting platforms (I.e., Zoom, MS Teams, etc.)
  • Familiar and comfortable using online cloud services, including Google Apps
  • Must be able to independently travel between work-related appointments and program sites primarily in King County
  • Must possess valid driver’s license and insurance
  • 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: $56,000 to $64,000 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 ” Program Quality Coach”. 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 June 30th, 2022, will receive full consideration. Applications will continue to be accepted after this date. However, preferential consideration is given to those resumes submitted by June 30th, 2022. The announcement will remain posted until the position is filled.