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Program Quality Director - After School Program

Launch (Formerly CDSA) Seattle, WA
  • Expired: 28 days ago. Applications are no longer accepted.

Are you an experienced youth development professional looking for a leadership position supporting after school programs in Seattle? Are you interested in joining a highly successful non-profit organization? Do you have a passion for ensuring high quality, out-of-school programs that have a positive impact on the children in our community? If the answer to each of those questions is “Yes!”, then keep reading!

Launch is looking for an Expanded Learning Opportunities (ELO) Director to support our school-age programs. Reporting to the Director of Operations, the ELO Director works with our site leadership teams and community partners to deliver program quality coaching services and ensure our programs meet all required performance standards and locations.

Launch is dedicated to leading the charge to brilliant outcomes for the children of our community by ensuring equitable access to the highest quality learning and care. Through our preschool, before & afterschool, and summer programs, we provide equitable access to the highest-quality learning and care in a safe, enriching environment that prepares children for success in school and life. Our programs serve a diverse group of over 1300 children ages 3-12 and are located on-site in 9 Seattle public schools and 3 community centers. Drawing on more than 40 years of experience, we serve as a proven model of effective programming and a passionate advocate for children, families, and communities.

What are the responsibilities of this position?

Where do we start!? As the ELO Director, this role is vital to ensuring our out-of-school programs are of the highest quality and align with Launch’s mission. The responsibilities for this position include, but are not limited to:

  • Support implementation and execution of YPQ (Youth Program Quality) best practices within our programs.
  • Partner with our site leadership teams in developing children's individual learning goals, planning curriculum, coordinating disability services, collecting evidence and recording children's on-going learning, and measuring child outcomes.
  • Conduct and/or coordinate the Environmental Rating scale (SAERS), Devereux Students Strengths Assessment (DESSA), Social-Emotional Program Quality Assessment (SE-PQA), and other required assessments and/or screenings.
  • Provide coaching and side-by-side reflective relationships, technical assistance and support to each out-of-school program on a monthly basis.
  • Provide support and coordinate special needs and early intervention services, including the collaboration with community early intervention service providers including children with serious health care conditions.

What benefits do you offer with this role?

This position is eligible for medical, dental and vision benefits (1st of the month following 60 days of employment), 401k – including a 3% company match, generous paid time off, and 14 paid holidays each year, one of which is a floating birthday holiday. Our benefits package also includes a monthly Orca card benefit, short-term and long-term disability, life insurance, and more!

What type of person are you looking for in this role?

Above all else, we’re looking for someone to perform the duties of this job in accordance with Launch’s values: Inclusiveness, Balance, Excellence, Engagement, Honor and Safety. These are the core values that define Launch as an organization and guide us to fulfill our mission. You can learn more about what each of these values mean to us as an organization here:

In addition, we’re looking for someone that can be:

  • Dynamically engaging. You’re someone that leans into collaboration and teamwork, and equally capable of celebrating others’ successes as well as working through interpersonal challenges.
  • An exceptional communicator, capable of having professional conversations with multiple audiences (families, community partners, etc.) that often require tact, diplomacy and discretion.
  • Trustworthy. You’re able to understand, respect and maintain the confidentiality that comes with the responsibilities of the role, and you’re committed to ensuring our programs are compliant with all appropriate laws and regulations.
  • Extremely detail-oriented. You’re able to maintain awareness of both the big picture and the smallest of details, and you’re more than comfortable with nuances of licensing requirements, alignment agreements, etc.
  • An organizational superstar. Supporting multiple out-of-school programs is a complex job, and we need someone who can help keep everything in order.
  • Excellent at multitasking. Our ELO Director often has competing priorities with similar deadlines, so you’ll need to be a virtuoso at keeping multiple balls in the air at once - metaphorically speaking, of course!

That sounds like me! What should I do if I’m interested?

You’ll need to apply online for the job, but you should also know a few things first:

  • If you’re under the age of 18 - we appreciate your interest; however, we are unable to hire minors for this particular role.
  • You’ll need to meet our education requirements. You should at least have an Associate’s degree in Early Childhood Education, Youth Development, Child Development or a related field; A Bachelor’s degree in one of these fields is preferred.
  • You’ll also need appropriate experience – for candidates meeting the AA degree requirement, that’s at least five years of experience working with school-age youth, preferably as an after-school educator (candidates with a Bachelor’s degree can meet the requirements with three years of experience). Your experience should demonstrate a strong understanding of out-of-school program practices and curriculum, including YPQ, SAERS, DESSA and Practiced based coaching, and Right Response.
  • Like us, you’re passionate about making a positive impact in our community. You should have a strong understanding about what it is we do at Launch and you personally connect with our mission.
  • You’re able to meet the Washington Dept. of Children, Youth and Families requirement to be on-site at our schools, which includes but is not limited to proof of an MMR vaccine, completion a portable background check and proof of a negative TB test.
  • You’re OK with an annual salary between $50,000 and $67,000. We’ll fit you in somewhere between those two numbers based on your experience and abilities.

If all that sounds good, you can submit your online application here! To learn more about Launch, including our mission, who we are, and what we do, visit

You should also know:

Launch has an ongoing commitment to the principles and practices of diversity and inclusiveness throughout the community and strongly encourages applications from candidates who would enhance the diversity of the organization. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability. Launch is committed to working with and providing reasonable accommodation to individuals with physical and mental disabilities. If you need special assistance or an accommodation while seeking employment, please contact hr @ or by phone at (206) 726-7972. We will make a determination regarding your request for reasonable accommodation on a case-by-case basis. Launch is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit and an equal opportunity employer.

Launch (Formerly CDSA)

Why Work Here?

You have an opportunity to make a life-changing impact within your community!

About Launch (formerly Community Day School Association - CDSA) Launch is dedicated to ensuring a brilliant start for all children. Through our preschool, before & after school, and summer programs, we provide equitable access to the highest-quality learning and care in a safe, enriching environment that prepares children for success in school and life. Our programs serve a diverse group of over 1,300 children ages 3-12 and are located on-site in nine Seattle public schools and three local community centers. Drawing on over 40 years of experience, we serve as a proven model of effective programming and a passionate advocate for children, families and communities. Please see our website for additional information


5950 6th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98109
Seattle, WA