Senior Program Director

Come join the Gaston County Family YMCA as the Senior Programs Director, Warlick YMCA, located in Gastonia, North Carolina. 
Job Description


This position supports the work of the Y, a leading nonprofit committed to strengthening community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.  The Senior Program Director will focus primarily on Afterschool and offsite Afterschool locations. This role will provide leadership and be responsible for managing the quality and execution of programs such as After School, summer camps, teen programming as well as recruiting, training, and leadership development to all assigned staff. 


Our mission and core values are brought to life by our culture. In the Y, we strive to live our cause of strengthening communities with purpose and intentionality every day.  We are welcoming: we are open to all. We are a place where you can belong and become. We are genuine: we value you and embrace your individuality. We are hopeful: we believe in you and your potential to become a catalyst in the world. We are nurturing: we support you in your journey to develop your full potential. We are determined: above all else, we are on a relentless quest to make our community stronger beginning with you.

  •  Bachelor's degree in human services, social services, recreation, business or equivalent.
  • Four or more years of program management experience, preferably in a YMCA or other nonprofit agency.

  • Ability to direct programs through supervision of volunteers and staff, development and monitoring of budgets, marketing and public relations, program development and fund-raising.

  • Prefer knowledge of, and previous experience with, diverse populations.

  • Proven track record of developing authentic and deepened relationships with others.

  • Ability to establish and maintain collaborations with community organizations.

  • YMCA Team Leader or Multi-team/Branch Leader certification preferred.

  • CPR/AED/First Aid certifications may be required.

  • CDL Preferred 


  •  The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • Sufficient strength, agility and mobility to perform essential functions and to supervise program activities in a wide variety of indoor and outdoor locations (depending upon the programs).

Essential Functions
  • Develops, implements, and manages operating plans to promote program growth for the YMCA. Executes strategies to ensure that program participants connect with one another and connect with the YMCA.

  • Develops and controls department budgets related to the position.

  • Provides staff leadership to the Day Camp/Teen Director and afterschool site leads at offsite locations

  • Hires, trains, and supervises staff and volunteers in assigned areas. Facilitates communication and provides leadership. Models relationship-building skills in all interactions.

  • Provides leadership and support to the annual fundraising campaign and volunteer committees/
    boards as assigned. Develops and maintains effective working relationships within the community.

  • Assures compliance with state and local regulations. Ensures that program standards are met and safety procedures are followed.

  • Ensures high quality member-focused programs through innovative program development, evaluations and on-going training of staff.

  • Coordinates special events and activities for families as well as supports branch events /special programs.

  • Manager on Duty assigned some nights and weekends

  • Provides data and reports as required for assigned programs. 

  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Cause-Driven Leadership Competencies

YMCA COMPETENCIES (Multi-Team or Branch Leader):

Mission Advancement: Reinforces the Ys values within the organization and the community. Effectively communicates the benefits and impact of the YMCAs efforts for all stakeholders. Implements effective systems to develop volunteers at program, fundraising, and policy leadership levels. Secures resources and support for all philanthropic endeavors.

Collaboration: Develops strategies to ensure staff and volunteers reflect the community. Builds and nurtures strategic relationships to enhance support for the YMCA. Serves as a community leader building collaborations based on trust and credibility to advance YMCA mission and goals. Communicates for influence to attain buy-in and support of goals. Provides tools and resources for the development of others.

Operational Effectiveness: Integrates multiple thinking processes to make decisions. Involves members and community in the development of programs and activities. Ensures execution of plans. Institutes sound accounting procedures, investment policies and financial controls. Assigns clear accountability and ensures continuous improvement.

Personal Growth: Fosters a learning environment embracing diverse abilities and approaches. Creates a sense of urgency and positive tension to support change. Anticipates challenges that can sidetrack or derail growth and personal learning. 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.