Association Director of Child Development

The YMCA of Greater Boston is in search of a cause-driven leader with a focus in Child Development!
Job Description

Under the direction of the Senior Association Director of Child Development, the Association Director of Child Development will lead, coach and hold others accountable to creating a transformative Y Experience for children and their caregivers.  The Association Director of Child Development must possess strong leadership acumen to inspire staff, partners and community members to support the Y mission. The Association Director of Child Development must be a subject matter expert and innovator in the youth development business and programs of the Y. The Association Director of Child Development will provide expertise and guidance to Multi-Site Directors on the MA Quality Rating & Improvement System, ensure compliance with MA program licensing and regulations and improvement of net-promoter scores. 

The Association Director of Child Development will be the lead in camp and after school for their assigned branches to ensure the successful execution of the YMCA of Greater Boston’s strategic imperatives to be a charity, partner, and employer of choice for years to come. Innovation will be a key area of growth for the Association Director of Child Development, and the Multi-Site Director they supervise, through mastering, demonstrating and coaching others in Design Thinking. 

The Association Director of Child Development will lead an association agenda that may include, but not limited Day Camp Operations, MA Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS), and New Site Development. 



Bachelor’s degree in Early Education/Education, Human Services, Business, Social Services, or relevant field of study. Master’s Degree preferred.  

Must have a demonstrated record of accomplishment in the areas of youth development, program growth, grant implementation and reporting, licensing compliance, fiscal management, community engagement and staff development.  

Expertise in camp, before and after school, early education, Trauma Informed Care & enrollment or Trauma Informed Care & curriculum. Experience with ACA & NAEYC accreditation required.  

Has multiple years of a proven track record in driving solid fiscal management  

Programs must be achieving key metrics and producing meaningful qualitative results including by QRIS progression, net-promoter scores, licensure compliance and other experience metrics. 

Superior Communication skills - both written and verbal. 

Must have a thorough understanding of the nature of the YMCA movement, volunteers and staff in the accomplishment of the YMCA goals, objectives and mission in the community. 

Possess a concern for detail and accuracy and have the ability to delegate responsibility. 

Must be highly motivated and possess a positive attitude towards the YMCA, character development and our mission. 

Experience in and/or willingness to learn Design Thinking. 

Day Camp leadership experience preferred. 

Multi-Lingual Preferred 

Essential Functions


In accordance with the policies, by-laws and constitution of the YMCA of Greater Boston, the Association Director of Child Development is the lead in driving the Y experience in their assigned programs and schools.  The Association Director of Child Development will create a transformative Y Experience that builds loyal participants and families, energizes employees, engages school partners and licensures, inspires donors and stimulates program growth and innovation. 

The Association Director of Child Development will ensure success in the following areas of responsibility to support a strong Y Experience: 

Performance Achievement – Ultimately accountable for the performance of their team. Directly responsible for hiring, coaching and managing all direct reports and ensuring compliance with association hiring practices for all positions within their organizational structure. Conducts quarterly connections with direct reports to ensure progress with OKRs, ability to work well with others and discuss career development.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Program Enrollment, Growth and Experience - Drives program enrollment and growth while ensuring a high-quality and transformative Y Experience as demonstrated by QRIS progression, net-promoter scores, licensure compliance and other experience metrics. 

Marketing – Leads youth development team in executing on all aspects of association marketing strategies and campaigns. Regularly promotes Y programs through local media outlets, social media and events. 

Youth Development – Leads Multi-Site Directors to ensure high quality programming through developmentally appropriate practice, curriculum implementation, and family engagement.  

Compliance – Ensures accountability and compliance with all regulatory requirements in after school, camp, summer learning, and food programs.  

School engagement - Enhances the Y’s reputation in the assigned school districts by engaging with school partners and other community based organizations that are invested in strengthening the development of youth.  

Facility Management - Ensures that the program environment is well maintained, safe and clean, following licensure guidelines and practices. Ensure program staff are conducting daily walk-throughs of indoor and outdoor spaces. Reports and follows up with branch and/or school staff to address any deficiencies and safety hazards.  

Fiscal management – Assists with the development of an annual budget according to association instructions and ensures successful execution to the plan. Works with all direct reports to identify growth opportunities, forecasting on a monthly basis, and address financial deficiencies on timely basis. 

Branch collaboration – Collaboratively works with the Executive Director of assigned branches and the Senior Executive Directors to ensure a positive experience for children and parents participating in the programs and a strong working relationship between branch operations and child development. 

Board development – Supports the assigned Branch Executive Directors through sharing and presenting child development updates, successes and outcomes, as requested.  

Financial development – Works collaboratively with the association Development team on grant applications, implementation and reporting. Supports Multi-Site Directors in successful participation in fundraising for the assigned branch’s annual fund and special events.  

Trends - Stays current on trend identification and implications for youth development in the following areas: 

                                 -Service area demographics 

                                 -Competitive analysis and external environment changes 

                                 -Changes to school principals, assigned licensures, and regulatory changes  

                                 -Developmentally appropriate practices 

                                 -Trauma-informed programming  

                                 -Family engagement and 

                                -Other programs and initiatives operated by the association  

In addition, the Association Director of Child Development shall participate in all meetings as requested and will asked to lead association-wide initiatives and other assigned duties.