Director, Youth Development

The Metro YMCA of the Oranges has an exciting opportunity for a highly motivated, mission-driven, candidate to join our team.
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, including the development and implementation of new programs. The Director of Youth Development is responsible for supporting the Senior Director of Youth Development in the successful development,  growth and management of the School-Age Child Care, Day Camp  and Youth and Family programs, exercising sound judgment, assistance and support including budget development, policies, procedures and staff supervision. Assist with recruitment, training and support of assigned staff. Provide leadership in each area of youth development, and serve as staff liaison to committee(s) as needed. In the absence of the Senior Director, the Director is prepared and able to fulfill needs as required.

  • Bachelor's degree in Education, human services, social services, recreation, business or equivalent experience.
  • Demonstrated success and knowledge of School Age Child Care, Day Camp, Youth Sports practices and quality program development.
  • Minimum of three years of program management experience, preferably in a YMCA or other nonprofit agency.
  • Minimum of three years practical experience working with school-age program children and parents/guardians.
  • Strong knowledge of successful youth development practices and quality program development.
  • Knowledge of State Licensing accreditation requirements.
  • Strong knowledge of financial and budget management experience.
  • Strong problem-solving and leadership skills.
  • Strong computer skills.
  • Effective oral and written communication skills. Ability to communicate in various venues, i.e., public speaking, presentations, trainings.
  • YMCA Team Leader certification preferred, or obtained within 36 months of hire into position.
  • Ability to direct multi-site programs through supervision of staff, marketing and public relations, program development and fundraising.
  • Proven track record of developing authentic and deepened relationships with others.
  • Ability to establish and maintain collaborations with community organizations.
  • Prefer knowledge of and previous experience with diverse populations.
  • CPR, First Aid and AED certifications required.
  • Valid Driver’s license and reliable transportation.
Essential Functions
  • Provide oversight and development of School Age Child Care, Day Camp, and youth and family programs. Support implementation and management of day-to-day operations, including program promotion, growth and direct service delivery.
  • Lead program development and implementation. Compile program statistics and monitors the effectiveness of and participation in programs, ensuring that program standards are met and safety procedures are followed. Maintain accurate and complete records of all program participants.
  • Monitor equipment and/or supplies required to properly maintain all programs and activities. Ensures adequate staff and resources for sites, programs and events.
  • Hire, schedule and supervise frontline staff in collaboration with Senior Director to ensure that program meets the quality standards of the YMCA and NJ State regulations. Develop strategies to motivate staff and achieve goals.
  • Monitor risk management guidelines in order to continually maintain a safe, educational, social and nurturing environment.
  • Implement administrative duties related to management of program, (i.e., payroll, performance appraisals, etc.) Provide data and reports as required for assigned programs.
  • Participate in monthly site observations, ensuring that all quality and safety standards are met, and contributes to monthly reports of observations, needs and areas of improvement.
  • Assist with licensing process and supports implementation of required training for staff as mandated by NJ State regulations, ACA and YMCA standards.
  • Maintain collaborative relationships with community organizations and school districts.
  • Respond to all member and community inquiries and complaints in a timely manner.
  • Facilitate communication and provide leadership to frontline staff of the program. Model relationship-building skills (including Listen First) in all interactions.
  • Support implementation of association-supported programs for all sites.
  • Attend scheduled committee and staff meetings as required by supervisor.
  • Participate and support the Annual Campaign and play a leadership role in the campaign.
  • Maintain working knowledge of the youth development field to enhance program quality and better support members and participants. Participate in workshops and conferences that will enhance professional growth.
  • Participate in required Branch and Association-wide activities and events.
  • As a member of the key staff, share responsibility for the administration of the success for the overall Branch performance and help maintain a positive image.
  • Demonstrate and model the YMCA’s four core values of Caring, Honesty, Respect and Responsibility.
  • Perform other job-related duties as requested and necessary.
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.

CollaborationChampions 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.