Associate Youth Development and Outreach Director

 At GSCY, we focus on empowering young people, improving health and well-being, and inspiring action in and across communities.
Job Description

Under the direction of the Director of Youth Outreach, the Associate Director supports the successful delivery and expansion of the Princeton YMCA’s Princeton Young Achievers afterschool and Crimmins PPS preschool programs. With a goal of building equity in Princeton’s public schools, s/he strengthens relationships among families, educators, and family support agencies in the community to improve PYA and Preschool students’ academic performance and social/emotional growth.   Working closely with the Director, s/he will lead the delivery of the Princeton Young Achievers program, maintain relationships with families served by the Y programs, lead efforts to access and increase resources, support the Director of Youth Outreach with other key administrative and program functions, and assist with data collection and outcomes management to satisfy YMCA of the USA, school district and other grant funder requirements. Other responsibilities include but are not limited to ensuring that participant safety requirements are fulfilled according to YMCA expectations; supporting all management systems in place according to YMCA standards; and ensuring that all daily procedures and tasks are carried out in order to deliver planned programs and services.

  • Must be at least 21 years of age.
  • Associate’s Degree or equivalent experience.
  • Bilingual preferred; at a minimum, the ability to understand and to make one’s self understood to all Spanish speaking individuals.
  • Excellent personal and written communication skills; command of English and Spanish grammar, spelling and punctuation.
  • Must be able to manipulate data, create reports, and import/extract information from companion software.
  • Sound judgment, ability to prioritize and be self-directed, and work independently.
  • Ability to work flexibly with a collaborative team of staff members and volunteers.
  • Ability to work within procedures efficiently and handle several tasks concurrently to meet deadlines.
  • Ability to maintain systems for accurate record keeping; ability to enter data and/or word process.
  • Must have current CPR & First Aid Certification.
  • Must be willing to work with all persons without regard to race, religion, ethnic origin, socioeconomic status or disability.
  • Ability to operate various types of office equipment such as copier, postage meter, and fax machine.
  • Ability to work occasional evenings and weekends for special events as needed.
  • Positive, “can do” attitude which is demonstrated by a willingness to pitch in and help wherever needed, as well as an ability to anticipate what is needed.
  • Must be committed to the goals and objectives of the YMCA.
  • Must be willing to fulfill responsibilities in accordance with YMCA standards and best practices.
Essential Functions
  • As a team member, support the successful implementation and creative delivery of the PYA program and Crimmins preschool program and their planned activities in accordance with YMCA standards, best practices and mission, and in areas of focus of Youth Development, Healthy Living and Social Responsibility.  
  • Recruit, train and supervise part-time staff teams at the PYA Learning Centers.
  • In conjunction with SACC staff and Director of Youth Outreach, develop curriculum and lesson planning for activities and enrichments to meet YMCA of the USA ASP criteria.
  • Serve as liaison to Princeton Public Schools elementary schools to align PYA students’ academic needs with available supports and resources.
  • Promote and successfully register qualifying children/families in the State of New Jersey’s Child Care Connection (CCC) program to access public resources for the Princeton Young Achievers afterschool program as well as other Y programs.  Serve as primary contact and administrator for the Princeton YMCA.
  • Maintain and implement all PYA Learning Center attendance procedures and other metrics to ensure accurate record keeping; collect data as needed to fulfill funders’ requirements.
  • Ensure adherence to budgeting; assist with preparation, analysis and management of program budget with Director.
  • With Director, continue planning to expand PYA and preschool to the Redding Circle community, and the addition of the preschool program to the Pannell Learning Center.
  • Provide needed support and assistance with maintenance of all licensing requirements and assist with follow up when necessary (NJ Department of Children & Families – Office of Licensing & Community Partners.)
  • Assist in the recruitment and management of work-study students from local universities.
  • Ensure implementation of the health and safety policies that pertain to program participants and staff at all times, including follow through on all incident reports and document filing.
  • Ensure that all Emergency Procedures are carried out in accordance with Princeton YMCA/GSCY procedures. 
  • Keep YMCA senior staff and Community Partners appropriately updated regarding any Learning Center issues and maintenance needs.
  • Ensure that department provides a positive image of the YMCA within the community, in accordance with the mission and philosophy of the Princeton Family YMCA.
  • Demonstrate leadership and be a positive influence and role model to colleagues and staff. 
  • Support efforts of promotion and publicity for all programs to be delivered.  
  • Other duties as assigned.
Cause-Driven Leadership Competencies

Mission Advancement: Models and teaches the Ys values. Ensures a high level of service with a commitment to changing lives. Provides volunteers with orientation, training, development, and recognition. Cultivates relationships to support fund-raising.

Collaboration: Champions inclusion activities, strategies, and initiatives. Builds relationships to create small communities. Empathetically listens and communicates for understanding when negotiating and dealing with conflict. Effectively tailors communications to the appropriate audience. Provides staff with feedback, coaching, guidance and support.

Operational Effectiveness: Provides others with frameworks for making decisions. Conducts prototypes to support the launching of programs and activities. Develops plans and manages best practices through engagement of team. Effectively creates and manages budgets. Holds staff accountable for high-quality results using a formal process to measure progress.

Personal Growth: Shares new insights. Facilitates change; models adaptability and an awareness of the impact of change. Utilizes non-threatening methods to address sensitive issues and inappropriate behavior or performance. Has the functional and technical knowledge and skills required to perform well; uses best practices and demonstrates up-to-date knowledge and skills in technology.

Required Certifications
  • Associate’s Degree or equivalent experience.
  • Must have current CPR & First Aid Certification.