Youth Development Director

We're hiring a Youth Development Director at the Greater Austin YMCA!
Job Description

Children in our programs enjoy enriching programs that aim to give children a well-rounded experience. Activities include physical activities, social-emotional learning (self-management, relationship skills, and responsible decision-making), creativity, critical thinking, and voice and choice, to create an environment for children to have positive social experiences. The Youth Development Director has a unique opportunity to impact the lives of the changemakers of tomorrow. 

As a Youth Development Director, you manage six childcare (after-school & summer camp) programs' development, delivery, and quality. You'll create teams driven to build memorable and remarkable moments for young learners. You foster positive relationships with parents, team members, peers, and the community. You'll spend time in multiple sites leading, coaching, and holding the team accountable to ensure a high-quality program. 

Salary: $51,000 - $55,000 per year, depending on experience. Final compensation is based on factors such as the candidate's skills, qualifications, and experience.

Benefits & Perks:

  • Full benefits package including Dental, Vision & Health Insurance
  • Up to 48 days of PTO over vacation, holidays, personal, and sick leave
  • Free Nationwide Gym Membership for your Household
  • 12% Employer-Funded Retirement Plan upon meeting eligibility
  • Learning and development workshops
  • Career advancement opportunities
  • Cell Phone Plan discounts for AT&T and T-Mobile/Sprint users
  • Career advancement opportunities.
  • Staff Discounts on Programs & Services and more!
  • Education:
    • A bachelor’s degree from a four-year college or university is required. A focus on recreation management, education, child development, or related field is preferred.
  • Experience:
    • Professional childcare experience, including experience supervising others.
    • Previous YMCA experience is strongly preferred.
    •  Bilingual (Spanish/English) is strongly preferred
  • Certifications: 
    • The position requires Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) (formerly overseen by TDFPS) Program Director certification. Must be or have the ability to become certified according to HHSC standards.
    • Current CPR and First Aid certification or become certified upon hire
    • Required to complete the following online training upon hire: Before & After School Program, Child Abuse Prevention, Appropriate Touch, Bloodborne Pathogens, Foundations of Listen First, and Intro to Cause and Culture
  • Competencies: You’re a Cause-Driven Leader – You are effective at:
    • Advancing our mission and cause – providing visionary leadership to ensure resources are mobilized to adapt to new challenges and needs in the community
    • Building relationships – connecting people to the Y’s cause by developing inclusive relationships, partnerships, and collaborations to co-create solutions to pressing social needs
    • Leading operations – ensuring relevance, effectiveness, and sustainability of the organization so we can continue to fulfill our promise to the community
    • Developing and inspiring people – supporting the holistic development of self and others so everyone can embrace the Y’s cause, sustain our culture, and inspire others to action
Essential Functions
  • Hold the team accountable for achieving at high levels to meet strategic goals and objectives. 
  • Model inclusive leadership behaviors and embraces all dimensions of diversity – building strong teams that apply their diverse skills and perspectives to our mission. 
  • Responsible for hiring, coaching, and managing all direct reports and ensuring alignment with association people practices for all positions within their organizational structure. 
  • Conduct Quarterly Check-ins and the Annual Check-In with direct reports to ensure progress with OKRs, provide ongoing coaching and feedback, and discuss development opportunities. 
  • Implement a goal-based leadership approach (OKR methodology) and ensure the development department is actively working towards supporting organizational-level objectives and key results.
  • Oversees daily program operations in at least 6 childcare sites, ensuring that staff adhere to and exceed all state, local, and Y health and safety regulations through daily monitoring of programs.
  • Continuous focus on evaluating the quality of each assigned program; ensuring proper delivery of the curriculum; identifying opportunities for program improvement and staff development
  • Research, schedule, and communicate camp field trips, as assigned
  • Ensures new staff have the necessary support, guidance, and mentoring to fulfill their job responsibilities
  • Proactively identify opportunities to enhance employee development and staff retention.
  • Monitor and approve weekly schedules and payroll in adherence with program budgets
  • Participates in the development and delivery of staff training; this includes classroom and virtual presentations
  • Serves as a professional and engaging representative of the Y; establishes, develops, and maintains positive relationships with principals, parents, staff, program participants, and licensing representatives.
  • Works collaboratively with colleagues to accomplish collective goals.
  • Addresses and resolves concerns, providing follow-up, documentation, and training as needed
  • Responsible for ensuring that all program-related paperwork is current, accurate, and submitted in a timely fashion.
  • Adhere to policies and procedures in a proactive manner, making the safety and care of children your primary focus
  • Actively participate in all aspects of staff development, including team meetings, pre-service trainings, and at least an additional 15 hours of training during the school year.
  • Assist with special projects and activities assigned by the supervisor. 
  • Completes other duties as assigned.



About Us:

The YMCA of Austin is a dynamic, equitable force in the community that helps people of all backgrounds improve their total wellbeing and quality of life. Founded in 1953 and anchored in three Central Texas counties, the Y is a $40 million community enterprise that serves nearly 100,000 people annually through eight centers. We also provide afterschool education and care at more than 70 licensed campuses in four school districts. Unlike any other organization in the region, the Austin Y has the unique ability to welcome, educate and elevate all, and is committed to creating innovative programs, places…and people.

Additional Information: 

The organization has reviewed this job description to ensure that essential functions and basic duties have been included. It is not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all functions, responsibilities, skills, and abilities. Additional functions and requirements may be assigned by supervisors as deemed appropriate.

The YMCA of Austin provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, marital status, amnesty, or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state, and local laws. YMCA of Austin complies with applicable state and local laws governing non-discrimination in employment in every location in which we have employees. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including, but not limited to, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.

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