Youth Development Director (South DeKalb YMCA)

Today, we’re looking for you to join us as we carry out our mission to positively impact lives and communities across the state. 
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 and most essential non-profits serving in Atlanta. Today, we’re looking for you to join us as we carry out our mission to positively impact lives and communities across the state.  

At the Y, we’re an association of like-minded people (staff, volunteers, and members), on the forefront of a movement to ensure that everyone -- especially children -- experience an equal opportunity to reach their full potential. In the course of a year, we provide more than 3,000 children, ages 6 weeks through Pre-K with high-quality literacy and STEAM-infused learning; give 58,000 youth and teens access to sports, aquatics, day and resident camps, teen leadership development programs, and employment opportunities; provide over 200,000 members with programs, services, and facilities to enjoy connection and maintain wellness regardless of age; and engage over 25,000 volunteers and donors from across Atlanta to share in the gift of supporting their communities.


Under the general direction of the Branch Manager, the Youth Development Director provides hands-on leadership for the development and operations of various programs, which may include the following afterschool, play center, teen leadership, day camp, membership & community events, preschool programming or community events.

  • 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.