Nashville After Zone Alliance (NAZA)
Fellowship in Youth Program Quality Assessment
Nashville After Zone Alliance (NAZA)
Nashville After Zone Alliance (NAZA) Fellowship in Youth Program Quality Assessment
The Fellowship: The Nashville After Zone Alliance (NAZA) seeks NAZA Fellows in Youth Program Quality Assessment (YPQA) to conduct external assessments for Nashville’s nationally recognized, citywide afterschool system. Fellows are trained on and utilize industry-standard assessment tools to assess the quality of programs across defined domains in different locations across the city. The Fellows are integral partners in NAZA’s efforts to support programs in offering youth transformative learning experiences.
This opportunity could be utilized as a master’s degree practicum experience.
- Acquire certification as a Youth Program Quality Assessment External Assessor through the Weikart Center by attending the following pre-service trainings:
- Visit 5 assigned sites once per semester (between October 25th and November 12th in the fall semester and between April 4th and April 22nd in the spring semester) for up to 2 hours on the day assessed and complete an external assessment (both pre- and post);
- Score, record, and post pre-assessments in data system by November 22, 2021and post-assessments by April 30, 2022;
- Provide further clarification for scores or incorporate any recommended changes in scores within three business days;
- Lead a YPQA Score Review Meeting with staff from each paired site by December 10th to review scores and share observations;
- Attend a 2nd semester kick-off (date to be determined) peer learning session;
- Communicate post-scores to paired sites, highlighting areas of growth;
- meeting with partners regarding post-scores (optional); and
- Attend a year-end debriefing session on the Fellow experience.
Expected Time Commitment for Fellows:
Up to 25 Hours in Pre-Service Training
- Youth Program Quality Assessment Basics (September 16, 2021, from 9-4)
- 2-Day External Assessor Training date TBD, but one hour of homework before Day 1 and Day 2 of training will also be expected.
Up to 67 Hours for Fellowship Work
- Visit 5 afterschool program sites between October 25th and November 12th to conduct the pre-external assessment (up to 2 hours per site= up to 10 hours)
- Record the scores and enter evidence for the pre-external assessment scores of the 5 sites into the Scores Reporter by November 22, 2021(up to 3 hours per site= up to 15 hours)
- Lead YPQA Score Review Meetings with the 5 sites by December 10, 2021. These meetings will review scores and share observations with each site (approx. 1.25 hours per site=6.25 hours)
- Attend a 2nd semester kick-off (date TBD) peer learning session (1 hour)
- Visit 5 afterschool program sites between April 4th and April 22nd to conduct the post-external assessment (up to 2 hours per site= up to 10 hours)
- Record the scores and enter evidence for the post-external assessment scores of the 5 sites into the Scores Reporter by April 30, 2022 (up to 3 hours per site= up to 15 hours)
- Communicate post-scores to paired sites, highlight areas of growth (3.75 hours)
- Optional time to meet with partners regarding post-scores (up to 1 hour per site=5 hours)
- Attend a year-end debriefing session on the Fellow experience (1 hour)
Hours: The Fellowship lasts for the duration of one school year. Fellows work approximately 67 hours over the course of the year, plus a maximum of 25 hours of pre-service training as described above in “Responsibilities.” Hours are flexible but must include the 3:30-6:00 p.m. time slots for assessments and observations.
- A bachelor’s degree is required.
- A master’s degree (or master’s degree student) is highly preferred in child and youth studies, education, sociology, human and organizational development, or other related fields.
- Access to reliable transportation is required (mileage to and from assigned locations will be covered under the fellowship as per Metro rate).
- A successful candidate will be a self-motivated individual with strong communication skills who works independently and meets deadlines with minimal supervision.
- A successful candidate will demonstrate interest in issues related to program quality assessment and/or evaluation.
- Experience in working with data sets and comfort with online data systems is highly desirable.
- Prior positive experience with NAZA external assessments in an advantage.
Stipend and Benefits: Fellows earn $15/hour, up to approximately 67 hours plus paid training hours, as part-time consultants with the Nashville Public Library Foundation. Additional benefits associated with this fellowship include:
- Certification as a Youth Program Quality Assessment External Assessor by the David P. Weikart Center of the Forum for Youth Investment ( www.cypq.org).
- Networking with youth workers, managers of youth-serving agencies, and other Fellows.
- Knowledge of best-practice youth program quality indicators.
How to Apply
To apply, please send a resume along with a cover letter outlining your interest and experience to NAZAquality@gmail.com. The application deadline is Friday, September 3, 2021. Interviews will begin immediately and Fellows will be notified as to whether they are approved for the Fellowship by September 13, 2021.
- Date Posted: August 26, 2021
- Type: Contract / Temp
- Job Function: Programs and Service Delivery
- Service Area: Children / Youth
- Salary Range: 15.00 per hour
- Working Hours: 67 total hours, must be available from 3:30 - 6:00