Director, Youth Development

Posted: 06/22/2022

The YMCA of Austin is a dynamic, equitable force in the community that helps people of all backgrounds improve their total well-being and quality of life. Founded in 1953 and anchored in three Central Texas counties, the Y is a $40 million community enterprise that serves nearly 100,000 people annually through eight centers. We also provide afterschool education and care at more than 70 licensed campuses in four school districts. Unlike any other organization in the region, the Austin Y has the unique ability to welcome, educate and elevate all, and is committed to creating innovative programs, places…and people. 
We believe that bringing together people with different perspectives and experiences is fundamental to developing and implementing innovative programs and ideas. We invite and encourage anyone who wants to impact the community to apply. 
How you will contribute to our Purpose:
Under the direction of the Senior Youth Development Director, the Youth Development Director is responsible for the organization, delivery, and quality of YMCA programs (afterschool & camp) to Y members, program participants, and the community. This position works independently, under general direction, and is expected to determine how to accomplish tasks.
Salary: $51,000 - $55,000 per year, depending on experience. 
Rewards we offer you: 
  • Full benefits package including Dental, Vision & Health Insurance 
  • Up to 48 days of PTO over vacation, holidays, personal, and sick leave 
  • Free Household Membership to facilities operated by the YMCA of Austin (worth $1,000 annually)  
  • 12% Employer-Funded Retirement Plan upon meeting eligibility
  • Learning and development workshops and trainings  
  • Career advancement opportunities   
What you'll do: 
  • Oversees daily program operations in at least 6 childcare sites, ensuring that staff adhere to and exceed all state, local, and Y health and safety regulations through daily monitoring of programs.
  • Continuous focus on evaluating the quality of each assigned program; ensuring proper delivery of the curriculum; identifying opportunities for program improvement and staff development
  • Research, schedule, and communicate camp field trips, as assigned
  • Participate in recruiting, interviewing, hiring, onboarding, and training new employees; ensures new staff have the necessary support, guidance, and mentoring to fulfill their job responsibilities
  • Supervise, mentor, and develop staff; proactively identify opportunities to enhance employee development and staff retention; monitor and approve weekly schedules and payroll in adherence with program budgets
  • Participates in the development and delivery of staff training; this includes classroom and virtual presentations
  • Serves as a professional and engaging representative of the Y; establishes, develops, and maintains positive relationships with principals, parents, staff, program participants, and licensing representatives; works collaboratively with colleagues to accomplish collective goals; addresses and resolves concerns, providing follow up, documentation and training as needed
  • Responsible for ensuring that all program-related paperwork is current, accurate, and submitted in a timely fashion.
  • Adhere to policies and procedures in a proactive manner, making the safety and care of children your primary focus
  • Actively participate in all aspects of staff development, including team meetings, pre-service trainings, and at least an additional 15 hours of training during the school year
  • Assist in special projects and activities as required by the supervisor
  • Completes other duties as assigned.
What we're looking for:
Education - A bachelor’s degree from a four-year college or university is required. A focus on recreation management, education, child development, or related field is preferred.
Experience - Professional childcare experience, including experience supervising others. Previous YMCA experience is strongly preferred.
Language Skills: Bilingual (Spanish/English) strongly preferred
  • The position requires Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) (formerly overseen by TDFPS) Program Director certification. Must be or have the ability to become certified according to HHSC standards.
  • Current CPR and First Aid certification or become certified upon hire
  • Required to complete the following online training upon hire: Before & After School Program, Child Abuse Prevention, Appropriate Touch, Bloodborne Pathogens, Foundations of Listen First, and Intro to Cause and Culture
You’re a Cause-Driven Leader – You are effective at:
  • Advancing our mission and cause – providing visionary leadership to ensure resources are mobilized to adapt to new challenges and needs in the community
  • Building relationships – connecting people to the Y’s cause by developing inclusive relationships, partnerships, and collaborations to co-create solutions to pressing social needs
  • Leading operations – ensuring relevance, effectiveness, and sustainability of the organization so we can continue to fulfill our promise to the community
  • Developing and inspiring people – supporting the holistic development of self and others so everyone can embrace the Y’s cause, sustain our culture, and inspire others to action
You build effective teams – building strong-identity teams that apply their diverse skills and perspectives to achieve common goals.
You foster a culture of inclusion and belonging - You leverage people’s differences as strengths.
You're organized and productive – You are a master at planning your day and not letting distractions come in between meeting your goals.
You are action-oriented and focus on results – You easily take on new opportunities and challenges with a sense of urgency and a solutions-oriented mindset. You have a record of consistently achieving results.
You demonstrate resiliency – rebounding from setbacks and adversity when facing difficult situations.
You collaborate – You build partnerships and work collaboratively with others to meet shared objectives.
You communicate effectively – developing and delivering multi-mode communications that convey a clear understanding of the unique needs of different audiences.
The organization has reviewed this job description to ensure that essential functions and basic duties have been included. It is not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all functions, responsibilities, skills, and abilities. Additional functions and requirements may be assigned by supervisors as deemed appropriate.
The YMCA of Austin provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, marital status, amnesty, or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws. YMCA of Austin complies with applicable state and local laws governing non-discrimination in employment in every location in which we have employees. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including, but not limited to, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.