Program Manager, YMCA’s Early Childhood Apprenticeship Program

Program Manager, YMCA’s Early Childhood Apprenticeship Program
Job Description

Position Title: Program Manager, YMCA’s Early Childhood Apprenticeship Program

Reports to: Senior Director, Workforce Development

Position Type: Full time, Exempt

Salary Range: $60,000-70,000

Branch: Education and Training

About the Opportunity

The YMCA of Greater Boston’s Education & Training Branch provides high-quality, integrated adult basic education and workforce development as well as key support services to immigrant, unemployed, an/or underemployed adult learners across the Greater Boston Area.

The Education & Training Branch seeks an individual who is team-oriented, organized, and relationship-focused to manage the day-to-day operations and lead the management, administration, and implementation of the YMCA of Greater Boston’s Early Childhood Education Academy; this person will work closely with their supervisor to play a key and ongoing role in the program development and design, impact measurement and quality improvement of the Early Childhood Education Academy.

Essential Responsibilities:

Program Design and Administration

Develop, review and update program content and curriculum in collaboration with the Child Development Team.

Oversee office and classroom set up for affiliated program(s)

Ensure maintenance of accurate data and confidential records for program participants

Oversee volunteers, mentors, interns, partners and instructors associated with program

Coordinate regular community of practice meetings for apprentices and mentors

Provide necessary information and contribute to grant reporting requirements

Support director in developing and managing program budget

Generate communications and social media content for affiliated program(s)

Intake and Admissions

Recruit and register participants utilizing internal and external recruiting strategies

Manage intake determine which applicants would be a good fit for the program based off of established criteria

Work with other managers and director to complete applicant interviews, provide feedback on participant candidacy and select trainees

Work closely with identified Branch leadership to place trainees in apprenticeship roles

Instruction and Advising

Provide direct instruction for programs, including program orientation as needed.   

Co-create training and job simulations with the E&T and Child Development team

Evaluate trainee assignments and update progress in agency database

Work in partnership with Program Manager, Career Services to develop and coordinate individual career and employment plans for trainees

Provide 1-1 professional guidance and career resources for trainees

Support apprentices and mentors in filling out their Work Process Plan, support in receiving Related Technical Instruction, and completing On the Job Learning.

Provide coverage, as needed, for other programming taking place within the branch

Relationship Management

Work with director to steward relationships with key stakeholders (trainees, YMCA branch leadership staff, mentors, volunteers, employment partners, and funders) and coordinate the approach to each trainee’s employment plans

Enhance partnerships using employer feedback and update curriculum resulting in improved trainee placement rates

Contribute to program-wide operations and events contributing to successful placement of trainees and overall success of the branch 


The ideal candidate will have:

  • Bachelor’s degree and/or equivalent work or lived experience.
  • Experience in developing and managing high quality programs or related work.
  • Experience in early education, and/or workforce development field preferred
  • Highly developed communication, follow through, time management, problem resolution and advocacy skills; resourceful, intuitive, and strong team-player
  • Experience in collaborating with a diverse team
  • Strong passion and commitment to working with diverse populations,
  • Demonstration of sensitivity, understanding and respect of diverse populations within the workplace and promote equity, diversity, and inclusion in all policies and practices.
  • Strong technology skills (MS Office, databases, and web-based applications)
  • Counseling and case management experience, preferred
  • Experience in employment services, teaching, training adult learners or related skills.
  • Bilingual and biliterate in Spanish preferred



Essential Functions

Required Qualifications: 

  • Experience working with diverse populations with culturally responsive practices
  • Ability to facilitate conversations regarding race, ethnicity, racism, culture, and equity
  • Strong presentation and facilitative leadership skills with audiences of various sizes, of various educational backgrounds, and with competing agendas 
  • Able to take initiative, and work in teams and independently
  • Advanced skills with Google Suite and/or Microsoft Suite  
  • Available to work a flexible schedule that includes some evenings and weekends