Senior Director of Youth Development

This role will create a transformative experience that builds loyal participants, energizes employees,and stimulates program innovation.  
Job Description


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 Senior Director of Youth Development at the YMCA of Greenwich, under the direction of the Vice President of Operations, is responsible for the overall operation, development and implementation of strategies and programs that acquire, engage and retain youth & family programs, as well as the successful development, growth and management of school age child care and summer day camp programs. This includes but is not limited to: management and development of high quality YMCA youth and family programs, including aquatics and adaptive programs, staff management, annual budget, equipment, and community/staff relations.  The Senior Director of Youth Development will create a transformative experience that builds loyal participants and families, energizes employees, engages partners, and stimulates program growth and innovation.  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.


•Bachelor's degree, preferably in education, human services, recreation, child development or equivalent combination of education and experience.

•Demonstrated success and knowledge of youth development, child care, and summer day camp practices and quality program development.

•Minimum six years of experience in personnel supervision, recruitment, training, and development of staff and volunteers, preferably in youth and family programs.

•Knowledge of state licensing and accreditation requirements.

•Ability to prepare, monitor and control budgets.

•Ability to relate effectively to diverse groups of people from all social and economic segments of the community.

•Must be able to supervise, direct, and guide all youth and family programs with knowledge of the association’s short and long term goals.

•Ability to establish and maintain harmonious relationships with staff, volunteers, members, and the general public is essential. Good organizational and written/oral skills necessary.

•Must have strong collaborative work ethic.

•Knowledge of Microsoft Office including Word, Excel, and Outlook and other systems.  

•Knowledge of ActiveNet and/or VolunteerMatters a plus.  

•YMCA Multi-Team Leader certification preferred.

•Typical requirements within 30 days of hire include completion of: Child Abuse Prevention, CPR, First Aid, AED, Bloodborne Pathogens, Medication and Epi Pen Administration. 

Essential Functions

1. Manage the State licensed school age child care and youth camp programs.

2. Provide leadership and supervision of multiple staff and teams.  

3. Develop innovative youth programs that meet community needs and market opportunities.

Member Experience and Program Development

1.    Develop, coordinate, manage and expand innovative youth and family programs, school age child care, and day camp and services that reflect the community’s needs and in accordance with strategic and operating plans. Assists in the marketing and distribution of program information.

2.    Conduct and prepare program evaluations including cost analysis, program enrollments, and qualitative measures of program and membership services and ensures continuous improvement.

3.    Models relationship-building skills in all interactions. Plans community engagement strategy for program-specific area. Develops and maintains collaborative relationships with state child care licensing agency, school administrators, parent groups, and other community organizations and agencies related to assigned programs. 

4.    Increase member/participant connection and commitment to YMCA programs and ensures the member/participant experience is consistent, integrated and aligned to YMCA goals for member experience, engagement and retention.

5.    Coordinates use of facilities for program activities and events; and creates and schedules classes and programs.

Team Management

1.    Recruits, hires, trains, develops, schedules and directs personnel and volunteers as needed; reviews and evaluates staff performance; develops strategies to motivate staff and achieve goals. Directly supervise youth development program manager, camp director, child care staff, and program instructors. 

2.    Ensures records of staff certifications are current and complete and keep accurate records.

Fiscal and Risk Management

1.    Monitor risk management guidelines in order to continually maintain a safe, secure and enjoyable educational, social and nurturing environment.

2.    Ensure licensing process and support implementation of required training for staff as mandated by CT State regulations and YMCA standards.

3.    Manages the program, including developing and monitoring the program budget to meet fiscal objectives.

4.    Maintain and submit reporting records for all grant funded programs for which position is responsible.