Director of Youth Development

Work with a great team focused on academics & SEL that meets national child safety standards. Located at the base of Sun Valley Ski Resort.
Job Description

Under the direction of the Associate Executive Director of Youth Development & Education, the Director of Youth Development works closely with the Director of Youth Programs to support and give leadership to all of the Youth Programs. Directly supervises and manages YMCA Summer Bridge (summer education/camp program for elementary age students), Child Watch and other programs as assigned as well as supporting the overall success of the department. The Director of Youth Development ensures quality programs while maintaining safety standards that meet the association guidelines, mission and goals. Must also exhibit a teamwork attitude.

  • Must be a Cause-Driven Leader (focused on the mission and service to others)
  • Must have at least 2 years’ experience working with youth.
  • Must have at least 1 year experience supervising, leading and coaching others.
  • Bachelor’s degree in related field preferred or equivalent.
  • Must be able to work autonomously within the YMCA core values of Caring, Honesty, Respect and Responsibility.
  • Ability to respond to safety and emergency situations.
  • Must have excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Ability to develop and monitor revenue and expense budgets.
  • Demonstrated skills in planning, time management, flexibility, organization and independent
  • work proficiency.
  • Ability to analyze problems and solve them using good judgment and resourcefulness.
  • Excellent personal computer skills and experience with standard business software.
  • Ability to attend trainings and meetings as required even if scheduled outside normal working or
  • regular scheduled hours.
  • Current CPR/AED certification or ability to become certified within first 60 days.
Essential Functions
  • Ensures that all programs and activities meet the highest safety standards.
  • Directly implements and provides programs and facility activities to meet the needs of the
  • community and contribute to member retention.
  • Supervises, develops and trains all afterschool and day camp staff.
  • Ensures that staff and volunteers have the tools, training, and resources needed to accomplish
  • their objectives.
  • Develops and maintains collaborative relationships with community agencies in service delivery.
  • Develops, manages and monitors the department operating budget to meet or exceed budget
  • targets.
  • Coordinates the marketing and distribution of program information.
  • Uses Listen First skills effectively with staff, volunteers and participants
  • Conveys basic knowledge of all program areas to members and participants and refers members
  • as appropriate to Y program staff or staff member.
  • Works productively and demonstrates responsible actions by consistently performing duties in a
  • safe and conscientious manner within the agreed upon timeframe; follows standards, policies and procedures; is reliable and consistently punctual; actively and appropriately participates in staff meetings.
  • Under the direction of the Senior Director of Youth Development, the Director of Youth Development
  • works closely with the Director of Youth Programs to support and give leadership to all of the Youth
  • Programs. Directly supervises and manages YMCA SummerBridge, Child Watch and other programs as
  • assigned as well as supporting the overall success of the department.
  • Actively participates in the Annual Campaign, Classic and any other campaigns, by helping to raise dollars towards the branch goal.
  • Assists in providing team leadership to the youth department and the overall association.
  • Completes regularly scheduled MOD (Manager on Duty) shifts and attends leadership meetings.
Cause-Driven Leadership Competencies


Connect people to the Y’s cause by developing inclusive relationships, partnerships and collaborations so that Ys can co-create solutions to pressing social needs 


Develops and maintains positive relationships with volunteers, members or program participants, and colleagues at all levels of the organization 


Organizes program or project resources, space, or deliverables to best meet intended goals and outcomes. 


Explores new ideas, remaining open to new ways of thinking and approaching problems.

Improvises quickly and appropriately when faced with unexpected circumstances. 

Required Certifications
  • Childcare licensing or classroom education experience preferred.
  • YMCA Team Leader certification preferred.
  • Experience with Power Scholars or another elementary education program preferred.
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education, Elementary Ed or BA in Child Development or equivalent experience preferred.