Youth Development Director - Ed Isakson/Alpharetta

The Y - We're for Youth Development, Healthy Living, and Social Responsibility
Job Description

As a thought-leader and best-in-class provider in education, wellness, youth development, and community-building, The YMCA of Metro Atlanta is one of the oldest, most nimble and essential nonprofits in Atlanta. Mission-bound to serve, we are an organization designed to meet all people where, how and when they need us. In times of peace, we are a catalyst for connection; in times of crisis, a source of comfort and security. Join us as we carry out our commitment to positively impact lives and communities across the state.

The opportunities to serve are vast, and we’re looking for a diverse mix of people, who share our values of CARING, HONESTY, RESPECT, and RESPONSIBILITY, to join us and do their best work.

Our commitment to diversity and inclusion is reflected in our people, our members, and our partners. We are fully focused on equality and believe deeply in diversity of race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, ethnicity, national origin and all the other wonderful characteristics that make us different.

This position supports the work of the Y, a leading nonprofit, charitable organization committed to strengthening community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. The Youth Development Director provides hands-on leadership for the development and operations of various programs, such as play center, teen leadership, day camp, membership & community events and pre-school programming.  They will design practices, processes, and procedures for strong program and project management.  They must understand their role in helping build relationships and a small community atmosphere among our members.

  • High School diploma or GED and 5+ years people and/or program management experience OR a bachelor's degree and 3+ years of experience in child development, recreation, elementary education, or related field.
  • 1+ years of supervisory responsibilities
  • Ability to effectively communicate and manage information to program participants, community leaders, and volunteers and staff of all ages
  • Ability to establish, collaborate and maintain relationships with all stakeholders
  • Excellent attention to detail, follow-through, and execution on grant obligations.
  • Proficient knowledge of computers, various technology, and applications
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks, work independently, problem solve and possess effective time management skills
  • Must be able to obtain within 30 days of hire, completion of Child Abuse Prevention, Working with Program Volunteers, CPR, First Aid, AED, and Bloodborne Pathogens training
  • Must be 21 years or old


      • Bachelor’s degree required in child development, recreation, elementary education or related field
      • 5+ years program and/or people management experience working in an education or childcare environment
      • Experience recruiting, cultivating, and supervising volunteers
      • 4+ years of program or non-profit experience
      • YMCA Team Leader certification
      • Prior people AND program management experience 

This position requires sufficient strength, agility, and mobility to perform essential functions and to supervise program activities in a wide variety of indoor and outdoor locations.  Must be able to sit, reach and move around the work environment, and to visually provide active supervision.

Employment Requirement: 

    • Ability to pass a pre-employment background check including Criminal Record check, Drug Screening and motor vehicle record (MVR) according to company policy.
    • Must be legally eligible to work in the US without current or future sponsorship.
Essential Functions
  • Develop, implement, and manage operating plans to promote program growth, program impact and safety for the YMCA.  
  • Provide day-to-day supervision of staff/volunteers related to the overall department.
  • Design practices, processes, and procedures for strong youth development programs.
  • Build relationships and a small community atmosphere among our Y program members.
  • Recruit and hire diverse staff and volunteer teams across multiple dimensions of diversity. Onboards and develops them for success.
  • Organize people and activities for efficiencies and effectiveness. 
  • Develop strategies to motivate staff and achieve goals and reviews and evaluates staff performance. 
  • Measure progress against strategic goals and ensures continuous improvement.
  • Ensure that program standards are met, and safety procedures are followed.
  • Develop and control department budgets related to the position so that resources are developed to top priorities and strategic objectives. 
  • Provide daily oversight as to expenditures and revenue collection. 
  • Use data to analyze financial trends and forecast future financial progress for the branch.
  • Manage registrations, rosters, record keeping, etc. 
  • Market and distribute program information, organize, and schedule program registrations, as well as review and process program scholarship applications.
  • Establish new activities and expands program within the community in accordance with strategic and operating plans. 
  • Develop and maintain collaborative relationships with community organizations and fellow YMCA branches.
  • Foster a climate of innovation.  
  • Collaborate with the Association key departments to lead, coordinate and support implementation of key initiatives related to marketing, social media and communications, human resources, and financial development.  
  • Respond to all member and community inquiries and complaints in a timely manner.
  • Conduct pilots for new programs; develop plans and manage best practices through engagement of the staff team.  
  • Lead assigned aspects of the fundraising campaign.