State Director, Youth & Government

We're hiring a State Director of Youth & Government to join the YMCA of Austin team! 
Job Description

About Us:

The YMCA of Austin is a dynamic, equitable force in the community that helps people of all backgrounds improve their total well-being and quality of life. Founded in 1953 and anchored in three Central Texas counties, the Y is a $40 million community enterprise that serves nearly 100,000 people annually through eight community centers, 10 early learning centers and afterschool education and care at more than 70 licensed campuses in four school districts, along with an array of additional programs and services. Unlike any other organization in the region, the Austin Y has the unique ability to welcome, educate and elevate all, and is committed to creating innovative programs, places…and people. 

We believe that bringing together people with different perspectives and experiences is fundamental to developing and implementing innovative programs and ideas. We invite and encourage anyone who wants to impact the community to apply.

How you will contribute to our Purpose: 

The Youth & Government Program helps teens become responsible citizens and future leaders of our nation. Our goal is to create an environment in which students can increase their political awareness and understanding while learning the meaning of social action through an actual hands-on experience in government.

As the State Director, your responsibilities are broad and strategic, as well as tactical, navigating through a variety of logistics. You provide state-wide leadership to the Youth & Government program, guide the State in enhancing the model, incorporating best practices as well as new practices in partnership with YMCA leaders, volunteers, school districts, and community partners. You are responsible for the organization, delivery, and quality of the YMCA Youth and Government program and other identified programs to Y members, program participants, and communities across the state of Texas. You are the key spokesperson and storyteller for the program and will assist the Advancement Department in philanthropic efforts dedicated to the program, which include fundraising and grant management, and donor relations - manage an annual budget of $900k and a current grant portfolio of $200k. 

You will also support the enterprise’s commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging (DEIB) and the core character values of the YMCA. Reporting directly to the Senior Vice President of Youth Development, you will partner closely with other senior leaders throughout the enterprise to achieve outcomes. 

This position includes regular, annual travel to support conferences and program development, including at least – approximately 10 nights in Austin for State Conferences, a week in North Carolina for CONA, five nights for NJC, several nights in DC, and some travel around Texas.  

Salary: $85,000 to $101,000 per year, depending on experience  

Rewards we offer you: 

  • Full benefits package, including Dental, Vision, and Health Insurance coverage, begins on Day One of employment. 
  • Up to 48 days of PTO over vacation, holidays, personal, and sick leave  
  • Free Household Membership to facilities operated by the YMCA of Austin (worth $1,000 annually)   
  • 12% Employer-Funded Retirement Plan upon meeting eligibility 
  • Learning and development workshops and trainings   
  • Career advancement opportunities   

You have demonstrated success in significantly growing programs. More specifically, you have a track record of success with large and geographically expansive initiatives. You possess a can-do attitude with the ability to think creatively, overcome obstacles, and perform exceptionally in a variety of environments.  

  • Education & Experience: You have a bachelor’s degree from a four-year college or university with a minimum of 8 years of professional experience including experience hiring and coaching employees, creating and implementing programs, and budget oversight. An additional 4 years of experience may substitute for the educational requirement. You possess a proven ability to manage projects and coordinate events in conjunction with other staff members, departments, and volunteers in order to achieve the long and short-range goals of the Association. 

  • You’re a Cause-Driven Leader – You are effective at: 

    • Advancing our mission and cause – providing visionary leadership to ensure resources are mobilized to adapt to new challenges and needs in the community  
    • Building relationships – connecting people to the Y’s cause by developing inclusive relationships, partnerships, and collaborations to co-create solutions to pressing social needs 
    • Leading operations – ensuring relevance, effectiveness, and sustainability of the organization so we can continue to fulfill our promise to the community  
    • Developing and inspiring people – supporting the holistic development of self and others so everyone can embrace the Y’s cause, sustain our culture, and inspire others to action  
  • You’re a self-starter – You lead through ambiguity, work independently and be a self‐starter as well as a strong team player with a commitment to collaboration within and outside your home department and/or center. 
  • You lead by influence – You have an impact on the behavior, attitudes, and choices of others. You are a force for change who is open to new insights, accepts challenges, and leads with positive energy.  
  • You possess a high EQ - You have a high degree of emotional intelligence and the ability to quickly access and compose oneself in stressful or tense situations.  
  • You Drive an Engaged Team to Results – You help team members prioritize work to meet ambitious goals. You can foresee and mitigate challenges. You create a climate where your team is motivated to do their best work and help the YMCA achieve its objectives. You can consistently lead and/or guide a team to results, even under tough circumstances. 
  • You Ensure Accountability – You hold yourself and others accountable to meet commitments 
  • You Cultivate Innovation – You are adept at creating new and better ways and experiences for the organization to be successful. 
  • You’re an Exceptional Communicator – You’re an expert at developing and delivering multi-mode communications that convey a clear understanding of the unique needs of different audiences 
  • You 're Organized & Productive – You are a master at planning your day and not letting distractions come in between meeting your goals 
  • You Posses Organizational Savvy – You know how to maneuver comfortably through complex policy, process, and people-related organizational dynamics  

The organization has reviewed this job description to ensure that essential functions and basic duties have been included. It is not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all functions, responsibilities, skills, and abilities. Additional functions and requirements may be assigned by supervisors as deemed appropriate.  

The YMCA of Austin provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, marital status, amnesty, or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws. YMCA of Austin complies with applicable state and local laws governing non-discrimination in employment in every location in which we have employees. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including, but not limited to, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.

Essential Functions

Strategic Leadership & Management (70%) 

  • Program leadership & communication 
    • Along with the SVP of youth development, COO and CEO and state alliance committee, set a vision for youth & government to being a best-in-class program, committed to the highest outcomes for youth. 
    • Through thoughtful leadership, advances the youth & government strategy with a focus on driving programmatic, quality, consistency, growth and innovation. 
    • Lead youth & government program development opportunities and explore strategic partnerships and collaborations to innovate the model. 
    • Promote and incorporate the YMCA five core values and TEKS standards into curriculum and program implementation 
    • Implement strategies statewide that increase inclusive programming. 
    • Provide leadership and guidance for all program initiatives including regular business operations, volunteer development, strategic planning, staff training and development, program development, curriculum development, program evaluation, community outreach, data collection, special events, financial planning and maintenance of budget, and all other duties as assigned. 
    • Provide active, on-site leadership and management of all programs, events, and meetings. 
    • Ensure completion of all necessary administrative duties and logistical arrangements for all programs, events, and meetings.  
  • State-wide coordination & relationships 
    • Work with the state alliance committee, made up of YMCA leaders across the state, to develop vision, direction, and local support for the youth & government program. 
    • Provide vision, leadership, direction, motivation, and support to Y staff and volunteers throughout the state of Texas.
    • Develop, manage, supervise and coordinate youth and government program operations: including, but not limited to, state conferences, conference on national affairs (CONA), national judicial conference (NJC), and youth governor’s conference. Additionally, the state director works to support the planning and execution of district conferences, which are led by the district directors.  
    • Develop meaningful peer relationships with other YMCA youth and government professionals 
    • Work with the state alliance committee, Y leadership team, and district directors to develop retention and growth strategies for YG programs  
    • Participate and represent the Texas state youth and government program in local, state, national and international meetings, trainings, and events  
    • Maintain and enhance relationships with government officials and leadership staff 
    • Work collaboratively with the Texas state alliance to support statewide advocacy work, including advocacy days; prepare talking points or other advocacy materials during Texas legislative sessions; support the building of relationships with lawmakers and key decision-makers at the state level, and other supportive duties as assigned.  
  • Risk management: 
    • Partner with the risk management department to develop a preventative safety maintenance plans for all program areas and monitor daily operations to adhere to all state, local, and YMCA health and safety regulations and minimize risk.  
    • Ensure proper supervision of all program participants. 
    • Ensure safety procedures are followed and incident/accident reports are filed in a timely manner. 
    • Ensure waivers and appropriate risk management paperwork is complete for all participants. 
    • Develop and implement safety procedures for all programs and events. 
    • Recruit and train mentors, volunteers, and program staff for specific programs.   
  • Fiscal management & budgeting 
    • Implement strategic fiscal management in partnership with the vice president of finance and the senior vice president of youth development.  
    • Develop and manage the annual operating budget for youth and government and all other programs as assigned 
    • Meet and/or exceed revenue & expense targets in all program activities to maintain a balanced budget 
    • Negotiate and develop contracts to meet YMCA youth and government program needs  
  • Marketing & communications 
    • Partner with the marketing team to develop, produce, and distribute materials to market the programs to schools, volunteers, and funders. 
    • Measure and communicate the effectiveness of programs using quantitative and qualitative data and create plans of action based on evaluations/suggestions. 
    • Maintain regular contact with advisors, teachers, local YMCAs, and community leaders for effective program administration. 
    • Share regular communication with Y leadership on the status of the conference and program, including areas of concern.  
  • Volunteer development 
    • Build a dynamic, engaged, and active volunteer base through successful recruitment, involvement, and recognition. 
    • Coordinate the recruitment, training, motivation, and supervision of all program volunteers. 
    • Assist with the development, execution of, and reporting on the YG strategic plan.

Philanthropy (20%) 

  • Partner with the Advancement & Marketing teams to develop strong cases for support. 
  • Supports Advancement (Major Gifts) Officers with expertise and cultivation to gain financial support for centers in areas that need sponsorship and other philanthropic support. 
  • Works with grant managers to provide expertise in the writing of grants, implementing evaluation metrics, and committing to continuous program improvement based on ongoing research outcomes. 
  • Works with Advancement team to ensure regular communications with grant funders, foundations, and donors.  

Performance Achievement & Results (10%) 

  • Accountable for leading a communicative, inclusive, and transparent internal staff culture where best practices, high outcomes, and shared accountability are the norm. 
  • Build trusting, strong and collaborative relationships with team members within the department, across the enterprise, and in the State alliance. 
  • Provide team members feedback, coaching, mentoring, and employee development opportunities 
  • Holds team accountable for achieving at high levels to meet strategic goals and objectives 
  • Model inclusive leadership behaviors and embraces all dimensions of diversity – building strong teams that apply their diverse skills and perspectives to our mission  
  • Responsible for hiring, coaching, and managing all direct reports and ensuring alignment with association people practices for all positions within their organizational structure 
  • Conducts Cycle Check-ins and the Annual Check-In with direct reports to ensure progress with OKRs, provide ongoing coaching and feedback, and discuss development opportunities 
  • Responsible for successful Strategic Plan metrics, and Objectives and Key Results (OKRs)  
  • Implement a goal-based leadership approach (OKR methodology) and ensure the development department is actively working towards supporting organizational level objectives and key results   

Other duties as assigned 

  • Represent the YMCA locally, regionally, and nationally, both inside and outside the organization. 
  • Expand learning and personal skill development through participation in local and national events and career development training 
  • Participate fully in State Alliance events conducted for staff and volunteers. Perform other duties and special projects as needed by the Alliance Director.
  • Partner with IT Director on information technology issues, such as website design, surveys, database software, etc. 
  • Act as a full-time, exempt staff person of the YMCA of Austin and complete all other duties as assigned.