Manager of Partnerships and Quality Improvement, Allegheny Partners for Out-of-School Time (APOST)

The United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania

Website The United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania

Job Summary:

Allegheny Partners for Out-of-school Time (APOST), an initiative of the United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania, is a county-wide network dedicated to increasing quality and access of out-of-school (OST) programming for children and youth in the region.

The APOST Manager of Partnerships and Quality Improvement will continue to build a quality out-of-school time network through promoting the need for quality and building neighborhood based collaborations. Specifically, this individual will oversee the day-to-day project management of the Quality Improvement Initiative (which includes the APOST Quality Campaign and Professional Development Plan) and the neighborhood coalition-building efforts (One Northside and Hill Youth Partnership for Enrichment).

Essential Functions:

Management Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for managing the day to day work of staff dedicated to APOST’s two system building initiatives, HYPE and One Northside, so that they successfully fulfill their goals.
  • Manage a team of part-time trainers and consultants that are deployed to provide APOST trainings to our quality campaign members and others.
  • Help to oversee the work of the APOST Quality Advisor who is dedicated to our quality campaign membership organizations.

Quality Improvement Responsibilities:

  • Work in partnership with the APOST Operations Associate to ensure that the training schedule is set up, communicated and implemented smoothly.
  • Managing the professional development calendar for APOST. This includes monthly open trainings and all Wiekart and Simple Interaction’s trainings requested by afterschool partners.
  • Plan an implement our annual professional development events: APOST Summer and Fall conferences and Everything Afterschool.
  • Assist in the development and implementation of the Simple Interactions Leadership Institute.
  • Bring creative vision and thought into new trainings that APOST can offer to meet the training needs of our after school partners.
  • Utilize training evaluations to inform how we improve the quality of our training offerings.
  • Assist the Director with the implementation of the quality campaign membership meetings and strategizing on ways  to assist our Quality Campaign members.
  • Assist the APOST Data and Evaluation Associate with the implementation of the APOST data    initiative.

Partnership Responsibilities:

  • Play an active role in our system building efforts on the Northside and Hill District by participating in committee level work with our system partners and overseeing the work of the two staff     members managing these projects.
  • Build and maintain relationships with program providers, Pittsburgh Public Schools, individual schools, community-based organizations, professional associations and other stakeholders
  • Maintain relationships and a presence in the afterschool community by attending events and  meetings and participating in committee level work relevant to education and the afterschool community.
  • Work closely with the University of Pittsburgh as a thought partner in our training and professional development work.
  • Maintain strong partnership with our key partners including PPS, Remake Learning, PSAYDN,  Trying Together, Office of Child Development and others.

Additional Responsibilities:

  • Prepare and manage budgets, submit and track revenue and expenses for projects associated with our quality improvement and system building efforts.
  • Assist in the preparation written reports and grants.
  • Assist the Director in the strategic planning of APOST’s overall agenda
  • Keep abreast of current research activity in the field.
  • Use data and analysis to provide guidance and support to partners.
  • Serve as a thought partner to the APOST Director in the strategic direction of APOST’s work.
  • Assist in the implementation of all APOST events, as needed.
  • Additional responsibilities as assigned.

Desired Attributes:


  • Ability to establish effective working relationships with diverse populations and  function well in a team environment.
  • Ability to be self-directed and decisive.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with diverse groups and individuals.
  • Ability to facilitate group meetings and to lead partners in collaborative  problem solving and decision making.
  • Strong planning and organizational skills.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills.
  • Ability to juggle multiple tasks and assignments under often strict deadlines
  • Detail oriented and able to keep track of  training schedules, deadlines and
  • Ability to comprehend critical information and issues, to weigh alternatives, and to consider consequences.
  • Proficiency in word processing, spreadsheets and database helpful


  • At least three years experience in afterschool, youth development or related field.
  • At least two years experience managing others.
  • Track record of success in leading  collaborations and partnerships.
  • Experience facilitating training and technical assistance to youth practitioners is preferred but not required.


  • Bachelor’s Degree required.
  • Masters level degree preferred but not required.

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