Director, Child Protection and Safety

Y-USA is a work from anywhere in the US workplace.
Job Description


The Network Experience team delivers and/or activates a system of services which are designed to support the Y network. The Network Experience portfolio includes the mobilization of the service delivery system including alliances, service delivery partners and regional hubs, as well as the execution of CEO search and Thriving Y work, leadership and facilitation of our innovative priorities, oversight of safety & risk protocols, emergency response support, the implementation of certification and membership standards, strategic intervention, knowledge management and the continued advancement of equity related to health access, social determinants of health, academic achievement, food insecurities, boys and young men of color, community and civic engagement, mental health, housing, workforce development and core membership and program delivery.

General Function

This position will engage partners and collaborators, thought leaders, innovation teams, learning cohorts, and others to promote mutual understanding, to cultivate shared responsibility, and to implement best practices in child protection and overall safety. The Director will collaborate with other teams at Y- USA, local YMCA teams, and external partners to lead the implementation of approaches that align with organizational priorities to advance access to and engagement of best practices in child protection and safety across the Y Network.


•Bachelor’s degree is required. Master’s Degree is preferred.

•Minimum 5 years in the safety and risk industry

•Minimum 5 years of experience working collaboratively and building partnerships with staff of local YMCAs or other community-based organizations to implement organizational priorities is strongly preferred.

•Minimum 5 years of experience building strong relationships among a wide variety of stakeholders (government officials, community-based organizations, school officials, members of faith- based institutions, other non-profits, and community members) to advance a common cause is strongly preferred.

•Minimum 10 years of experience working with or within Ys or non-profits to implement child protection practices preferred.

•At least two of the preferred work experiences and/or preferred education are required.

•Experience supervising and leading staff is preferred.

•Project management experience is preferred. 

•Ability to travel approximately 40% of the time

•Demonstrated ability to multi-task and manage complex systems with superior technical and project management skills is required.

•Must possess excellent analytical, problem-solving skills, and be able to comply with

all administrative processes.

•Excellent verbal, written and interpersonal communication and presentation skills are required.

•Demonstrated experience in engaging multiple stakeholders, facilitating, coaching, mentoring is required.

•Excellent time management skills, initiative, and the ability to take direction.

•Demonstrated ability to influence others to achieve objectives is required.

•Possess or be able to achieve status as a Certified Praesidium Guardian within the first 6 months.

•Requires a commitment to the YMCA character development values of caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility.


Essential Functions


Manage and Lead the Execution of Child Protection Practices:

•Support incident reporting and crisis response efforts

•Gather incident data and trends to utilize for continuous quality improvement of child protection practices in the movement.

•Scale the continuum of support for the Child Protection Membership Qualification collaboration with the Service Delivery Network

•Lead to the Praesidium Accreditation process in support of Y-USA’s strategy

•Develop and manage Certified Praesidium Guardian engagement strategy

•Support content creation and engagement for 5 Days of Action

•Ensure implementation of abuse prevention practices at Y-USA National Events

•Advance implementation and support activation of child protection practices, tools and resources dissemination efforts of child protection practices to key stakeholders to drive impact

•Deliver specialized consulting support to Y-USA staff, and other stakeholders and provide thought leadership around organizational priorities.

•Equip the network through capacity-building, planning, and activation.

•Serve as the lead moderator for LINK


Manage and Lead the Delivery of Safety & Risk Efforts


•Harvest and curate internal and external safety & risk resources and tools

•Serve as a safety & risk resource across the Y-Network

•Develop seasonal, annual and/or crisis related safety priorities

•Design mitigation and engagement efforts which mitigate brand risk

•Provide support to the annual risk management conference

•Participate in YUSA ERM efforts

•Co-create resources and systems to assist local Ys with identifying key risks and assess mitigating controls