Director of Youth Development and Academics
Under the direction of the Branch Executive Director and consistent with the Christian mission of the YMCA, the Director of Youth Development & Academics is responsible for leading and/or supporting all aspects of high-quality Afterschool and Summer Academic Achievement Programs, with a primary focus on quality service delivery, external partnerships, and staff management at the Claire Chapin Epps Family YMCA.
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.
1. Manages, directs and supervises Academic Achievement Programs for assigned location(s). Ensures that all program components and standards are met and safety procedures followed.
2. Develops, monitors and controls budgets related to the position to meet fiscal objectives; compiling program statistics to monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of and participation in the program. Ensures that all assigned programs operate within budget and that program fees are collected.
3. Maintains and ensures compliance with written activity schedule, menu, fire drills, incident/accident reports and other forms of parent and staff communication. Assures compliance with federal, state, and local regulations as they relate to program areas, including ADA accommodations where appropriate; ensures that YMCA program standards are met, and safety procedures followed.
4. Evaluates program quality and fidelity, implementing necessary steps to remedy weaknesses. Compiles program statistics. Monitors and evaluates the effectiveness of and participation in program. Tracks and reports key performance indicators including student test scores, attendance, and grades.
5. Recruits, hires, trains, develops, schedules and directs personnel and volunteers as needed to ensure adequate and quality supervision of children and effective implementation of quality activities. Reviews and evaluates staff performance. Develops strategies to motivate staff and achieve goals.
6. Models relationship-building skills in all interactions; develops and maintains collaborative relationships with staff, parents and caregivers, and community organizations (e.g., state childcare licensing agency, school administration, First Baptist Church administration) to maximize program impact and drive overall outcomes; maintains regular, clear, and concise communication within area of responsibility. Responds to all agency, parent and community inquiries and complaints in a timely manner.
7. Assures compliance with federal, state, and local regulations as they relate to program areas, including ADA accommodations where appropriate; ensures that YMCA program standards are met, and safety procedures followed.
8. Provides staff leadership for annual fundraising campaign and committees as assigned.
9. Assists with assigned Board Committee(s) and Association Quality Team(s).
10. Leads the marketing and distribution of program information in assigned areas.
11. Performs other duties as assigned.
YMCA COMPETENCIES (Team Leader):
- Values. Demonstrates in word and action the Ys core values of caring, honesty, respect, responsibility, and faith and a commitment to the Ys mission, in all matters at all times.
- Innovation. Participates in the generation, experimentation, and implementation of new approaches and activities that improve and expand the Ys mission and work.
- Quality Results. Demonstrates and fosters a strong commitment to achieving goals in a manner that provides evidenced-based quality experiences.
- Relationships. Builds authentic relationships in the service of enhancing individual and team performance to support the Y's work.
- Influence. Employs influence strategies (verbal, personal and written) that engage, inspire, and build commitment to the cause and overall Y goals.
- Communication. Listens and expresses self effectively and in a manner that reflects a true understanding of the needs of the audience. Understands and expertly utilizes current methods of communication.
- Developing Others. Recognizes and acts on the need to continually develop others capabilities to attain the highest level of performance possible.
- Decision Making. Integrates logic, intuition, and sound judgment to analyze information to identify greatest opportunities, make sound decisions, and solve problems.
- Change Capacity. Leads self and others through change by navigating ambiguity appropriately and adapting well to new situations, obstacles, and opportunities.
- Emotional Maturity. Demonstrates effective interpersonal skills.
1. Must have at least a bachelors degree related to youth development or education; masters degree preferred.
2. Strong knowledge of current educational trends a minimum of four years of relevant experience in an education setting, including at least two years of administrative supervisory capacity, preferably in a YMCA or other nonprofit agency, preferably in a YMCA or other nonprofit agency.
3. Ability to collect and analyze data, including academic test scores and reading/math proficiency.
4. Ability to apply expertise in curriculum and data-driven instruction to monitor and coach performance of instructional coaches and teaching staff.
5. Must possess oral, auditory and written communication skills appropriate for interacting with both children and adults.
6. 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.
7. Strong analytical and critical-thinking skills with the ability to identify and leverage relevant data to use in planning and decision-making.
8. Ability to establish, collaborate and maintain relationships with staff, YMCA members, volunteers and community stakeholders.
9. Consistently self-driven and goal-oriented with the ability to set effective team and individual goals and take ownership for results.
10. Within 30 days of hire, completion of: Child Abuse Prevention, CPR, 1st Aid, AED, and BBP.
WORK ENVIRONMENT & PHYSICAL DEMANDS:
- The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
- The employee needs sufficient strength, agility and mobility to perform essential functions and to supervise program activities in a wide variety of indoor and outdoor locations.
- While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use a computer for extended periods of time and be able to communicate using a computer and phone/smart device.
- The employee frequently is required to sit and reach, and must be able to move around the work environment.
- The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.
- Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, and the ability to adjust.
- The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.