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Director of Community Based Youth Development Programs

Posted: 03/27/2022

Position Summary:
Continue and enhance the development, organization and implementation of the Y’s year round high quality community based outreach enrichment programs. Critical areas of expertise include: managing program quality in a dynamic environment and serving through a trauma informed lens.
The director must be energetic, creative and demonstrate the YMCA character traits of caring, respect, honesty and responsibility while being able to develop relationships with community members, staff members and other organizations.    
Our Mission and Culture: 
We firmly believe in our mission of putting Christian principles into practice through programs that build a healthy spirit, mind and body for all.  Our mission and core values are brought to life by our culture. In the Y, we strive to live our cause of strengthening communities with purpose and intentionality every day.  We are welcoming: we are open to all. We are a place where you can belong and become. We are genuine: we value you and embrace your individuality. We are hopeful: we believe in you and your potential to become a catalyst in the world. We are nurturing: we support you in your journey to develop your full potential. We are determined: above all else, we are on a relentless quest to make our community stronger beginning with you.
Essential Functions:
Develop and maintain a warm and inviting enrichment center at Restoration Rome to foster relationships between youth, parents, community members & school personnel.
Participate in the quality assessment and improvement process.
Develops, implements, and manages operating plans to promote THRIVE programs. 
Directs and supervises program activities to meet the needs of the Learn, Grow and Thrive Program.  Includes After School Enrichment throughout the school year from August to May, Summer Feeding from end of May through July, and  Weekend/Holiday Feeding during school holidays and weekends throughout the year.
Deliver programs and/or activities which concentrate on emotion management skills that promote successful relationship building and a positive school and work experience for youth.
Direct programs through supervision of volunteers and staff, development and monitoring of budgets, marketing and public relations, program development and fundraising.
Work closely with the Y’s Anti-Hunger Initiatives Director.

Participates in YUSA cohorts as assigned including Boys and Young Men of Color.

Measures progress against strategic goals and ensures continuous improvement.
Assures compliance with federal, state and local regulations.
Ensures that program standards are met, and safety procedures are followed.  
Prepare and maintain site locations.
Participate in maintaining accurate and complete parent and community member participation and engagement data. Adhere to grant requirements, and reporting deadlines.
Hires, trains, and supervises staff and volunteers in assigned areas. Reviews and evaluates staff performance.
Responsible for scheduling staff and time sheets for payroll
Organizes people and activities for efficiencies and effectiveness.
Work with Y’s marketing department to design flyers/posters/t-shirts and distribute as needed.
Establishes and maintains collaborations with community organizations.
Develops strategies to motivate staff and achieve goals.
Assists in YMCA fundraising activities and special events.
Minimum requirement of a Bachelor’s degree, Master’s preferred or compensating experience in counseling, recreation, education, social work or related field. 
Must have Trust-Based Relational Intervention Practitioner training or the willingness to be certified within the first 6 months of employment.
Proven results in increasing program quality and growth. Three or more years of youth program management experience, preferably in a YMCA or other nonprofit agency.
Highly motivated with the consistent ability to meet or exceed goals to cultivate and retain program participants.
Ability to quickly build rapport and develop effective relationships with program prospects and others to achieve goals.
Consistently self-driven and goal-oriented with the ability to set effective team and individual goals and take ownership for results.
Demonstrated ability to multi-task and adapt to changing contexts and priorities.
Strong analytical and critical-thinking skills with the ability to identify and leverage relevant data to use in planning and decision-making.
Exceptional relationship management experience and capacity to develop effective working relationships with people from a variety of different ethnic, socioeconomic, educational, religious, sexual and generational backgrounds.
Proficient in using email, Internet, and other PC-based applications with the ability to learn and adapt to new technology.
Must be able to work flexible hours including evenings, weekends, and holidays as needed.
Grant writing and reporting experience preferred.
Diverse talent preferred
Ability to speak and understand Spanish preferred.
Within 30 days of hire, must have completed child abuse prevention training, staff code of conduct training as well as CPR/First Aid/AED Certification.  
Minimum age 25 years old with a valid driver’s license and willingness to drive a van and 15 passenger bus.
Annual Salary Range
$40,000 to $60,000

Physical Demands
Must have sufficient strength, agility and mobility to perform essential functions of the position and to supervise program activities including being able to lift 40 pounds. 

To Apply:
Please submit your resume to Stephanie McElhone, Director of Community Engagement at the YMCA by email to