Youth Program Director

Exciting opportunity to join a dynamic team at the Southington YMCA.
Job Description

Under the direction of the Sr. Program Director, the Youth Program Director is responsible and accountable for youth sports programs, Outreach Program and additional activities outlined below.  

  • Qualified candidate will possess a four-year college degree or within one semester of completion in a relevant area of study
  • Be at least 21 years of age
  • Programming experience with children and teens
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills
  • Able to effectively handle conflict situations with children and adults
  • Excellent problem solving skills and shows superior judgment
  • Certification in First Aid, CPR; lifeguarding if possible
  • Certification on High and Low ropes course facilitation
  • Able to work independently and professionally
  • Working towards becoming an Authorized YMCA Driver
  • Must be able to swim (unless otherwise approved by the Outdoor Center Director/Sr. Program Director)
Essential Functions
  • Provide direct leadership for all Youth Sports Programs:
    • Planning, program promotion, and evaluation of all sports programs
    • Hiring, training and supervision of staff and volunteers
    • Development of new programs and enhancement of current programs
    • Lead Youth Sports program for the YMCA Learning Center over the winter months
    • Lead/staff/work 1 day weekly PE Madness program in the evenings 
  • Provide direct leadership for the Outreach Program:
    • Planning, promotion, and evaluation of all program Outreach Sites
    • Hiring, training and supervision of staff and volunteers
    • Work with families in each program site to evaluate needs 
  • Provide direct leadership for the Southington Catholic Physical Education Partnership
    • Planning weekly gym classes for all students in grades K-8
    • Facilitate the partnership between the school and the YMCA
    • Act as an ambassador for all YMCA programming at Southington Catholic
    • Work with YMCA staff to plan field trips to use YMCA facilities 
  • Assist the Sr. Program Director to promote, manage and supervise Family Events and Programs:
    • Assist in Coordinating designated Family events held at the YMCA
    • Play a supporting role in the Family Program Team and other family programs offered at the YMCA 
  • Hold a position with a major area of responsibility at one or more of the Southington Y’s 3 main summer programs: YMCA Camp Sloper, Naciwonki Summer Adventures, or Race 4 Chase. 
  • Assist in the leadership of groups at the YMCA Camp Sloper Outdoor Center: Teambuilding, School Groups, Environmental Education, Rentals as available 
  • Play a supporting role in schools out days and vacation week programming for YMCA Camp Sloper 
  • Coordinate all Birthday Parties/Rentals at the YMCA:
  • Hire, train, supervise and evaluate birthday party staff
  • Provide good communication and timely response to interested families
  • Work with the Sr. Program Director/Administrative Staff on reservation of the rooms 
  • Play a supporting role in all YMCA special events 
  • Work with other local agencies to improve community relations
Cause-Driven Leadership Competencies

Mission Advancement: Accepts and demonstrates the Y’s values. Demonstrates a desire to serve others and fulfill community needs.  Recruits volunteers and builds effective, supportive working relationships with them. Supports fund-raising. 

Collaboration: Works effectively with people of different backgrounds, abilities, opinions, and perceptions.  Builds rapport and relates well to others. Seeks first to understand the person’s point of view and remains calm in challenging situations.  Listens for understanding and meaning; speaks and writes effectively. Takes initiative to assist in developing others. 

Operational Effectiveness: Makes sound judgements, transfers learning from one situation to another. Embraces new approaches and discovers ideas to create a better member experience. 

Establishes goals, certifies tasks, plans work, and actively participates in meetings. Follows budgeting policies and procedures, and reports all financial irregularities immediately.  Strives to meet or exceed goals and deliver a high-value experience for members. 

Personal Growth: Pursues self-development that enhances job performance. Demonstrates an openness to change and seeks opportunities in the change process. Accurately assesses personal feelings, strengths, and limitations, and how they impact relationships. 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.

Required Certifications
  • Certifications in First Aid, CPR and AED required. 
  • Certifiation in or the ability to obtain lifeguarding prefered. 
  • Certifiation in or the ability to obtain high and low ropes course facilitation.