Senior Director of Youth Development

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 Associate Executive Director, the Senior Director of Youth Development is responsible for directing activities associated with our School Age Child Care and Summer Camp Programs to include the administration of these programs, as well as the supervision of the Director of Child Care and Associate Program Director to ensure that all programs create opportunities for youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.



  • Five plus years’ experience directing youth programming with a focus on School Age Child Care, Summer Camp, and/or Early Childhood Education.
  • Superior leadership, supervisory and interpersonal skills and the ability to work well with staff and interact with membership.
  • Must have flexibility to work evenings and some weekends based upon program needs.
  • Excellent organizational, member engagement, staff development, administrative and communication skills
  • Has solid working knowledge of Microsoft Word/Excel as well as superior administrative skills.


Essential Functions


  • Supervise all SACC counselors and assists counselors in day to day SACC operations.
  • Lead program staff hiring, training and provide continuous support and feedback. 
  • Lead SACC program with a structured agenda to support program goals and outcomes.
  • Complete registrations for participants and enroll in monthly draft schedule. Manage outstanding payments in a timely fashion.
  • Ensures all SACC programs are continuously maintaining the guidelines for a safe, educational, social and nurturing environment as set by the YMCA and other regulatory organizations focusing specifically on YMCA's Core Values.
  • Creates new programs and brings new ideas for program growth and development.
  • Plans and executes Kids Day Out (KDO) full day programming in accordance with the local school district schedule for care when school is on break.
  • Establishes and sustains positive relationships with program participants, their families, prospective members, school personnel, board of education, and office of licensing.


  • Acts as the Camp Director and leads day camp programming at the branch and at any applicable offsite locations.
  • Maintains camp software system interfacing with parent portal and provides support and reports.
  • Supervises all camp counselors and directs the counselors in the day to day camp operations.
  • Plan, organize and implement specific programs for summer camp.
  • Plan weekly special events, field trips, and camp-wide activities. Ensure trips are booked according to budget plans.
  • Leads camp staff hiring beginning in December and January for those staff returning to camp and training sessions/meetings prior to and during camp
  • Assist staff with preparing lesson plans for their groups.
  • Coaches staff in increasing their leadership capabilities.
  • Acquaint campers with rules, activities, daily schedule and traditions of camp.
  • Ensure that all equipment and supplies are being properly used, maintained and returned to their place when done be used.
  • Keep daily attendance and ensure staff is performing head counts at each new activity.
  • Report all accidents and fill out incident report correctly and submit to supervisor, call parents when needed, etc.

Enrichment: Arts & Humanities, Sports, and Special Needs Programming

  • Provide supervision, coaching, and developing to the Associate Program Director.
  • Develop, plan, and implement a variety of enrichment programming including STEM, Visual Arts, Performing Arts, and Youth & Government.
  • Champion, advocate, and implement programming that enriches the experience of our Special Needs members and their families.
  • Promote progressive programming that leads participants through a planned development culminating in a desired end result.
  • Communicate all changes and happenings of youth programs and events through email, newsletters, and social media promotion.
  • Maintain a schedule of classes keeping the Welcome Center and Marketing up to date.

Early Childhood Education Center

  • Provide supervision, coaching, and developing to the Director of Child Care.
  • Fulfill all mandated requirements to act as a NJ DCF OOL Licensed Child Care Director.
  • Provides support in recruiting, hiring, training, developing, scheduling, and directing early education teachers as needed. Develops strategies to establish trust, motivate and development staff and achieve program goals.
  • Ensures program operates within budget and that program fees are collected to minimize aged receivables.
  • Develops and maintains relationships with state childcare licensing agency, school administration, parent groups and other organizations and agencies related to assigned programs. Responds to all agency, parent and community inquiries and complaints in a timely manner.
  • Working knowledge of the applicable CCR&R (Child Care Resource & Referral Agency – i.e.: Community Child Care Solutions) processes, reporting, policies, etc. within 30 days of hire
  • Maintains proper records/department files according to federal, state, and local regulations.  Thorough working knowledge of NJCCIS, CCCS, EPICC, and ACA expected within 30 days of hire.
  • Compiles and shares program statistics as required. Monitors and evaluates the effectiveness of and participation in program.
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


  • Master's Degree in Education, Social Work, Recreational Programming, or a combination of a bachelor's degree in years of relevant experience.
  • Current CPR/AED and First Aid certification, or obtain within 30 days of hire.
  • Blood borne Pathogens, Child Abuse Prevention, Sexual Harassment and other program specific courses within 30 days of hire.
  • Ability to complete successfully fingerprinting (CHRI) and child abuse prevention check (CARI) as mandated by the state of New Jersey.