YOUTH DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR (POMONOK COMMUNITY CENTER)

Post date: 

June 14, 2019

Queens Community House (QCH) is seeking a professional Youth Development Director with a commitment to youth development to join our Youth Development Center at Pomonok Community Center (67-09 Kissena Blvd., Queens, NY 11367).  The Youth Development Program Director has overall accountability for the development and growth, quality, and success of the after-school program, summer camp, and youth leadership program operations, its students, and staff. The Director fosters a safe and inclusive atmosphere of fun and learning where the concept of teamwork, creativity, youth empowerment, and sportsmanship can flourish; preparing youth for future successes. This position is supervised by the Pomonok Center Director. 

Schedule: Monday-Friday, 11 am-7 pm; some late evenings and Saturdays required.

Responsibilities:  

  • Oversee  high quality, safe, and inclusive youth development programs that incorporate QCH’s mission, vision, and positioning; curriculum supporting youth’s developmental, social, and academic needs; meets contractual requirements; is fun and engaging; and supports family engagement and strengthening
  • Responsible for supervision, operations, programming, and evaluation of after-school and summer camp programming and staff. Coverage areas include program planning, program development and implementation, curriculum development and implementation, assessment and evaluation, team building. Provide support, guidance, and overall supervision to staff leading to their embracement of QCH’s mission and youth development principles and practices contributing toward a safe, motivational, and respectful environment. Develop relationship with local schools so that program elements include local students and support elementary school aged children’s academic progress.
  • Serve as a lead in developing a Parent Advisory Board, and other venues supporting parent engagement and family strengthening.
  • Partner with Family Engagement Social Worker to plan and implement family literacy programming.
  • Provide oversight and guidance to Leaders in Training program, a youth leadership program engaging area pre-teens aged 11-15 years in programming fostering self- awareness, self-esteem, civic engagement, and skill development in areas related to community improvement, sustainability, and food justice. Establish and develop a Youth Council giving youth voice and opportunities to get involved in their community through service learning projects.
  • Contribute toward the development of an evening teen program: explore with the community, program interests and preferences, and engage them as community stakeholders. Provide support, guidance and overall supervision to Teen Outreach Specialist.
  • Organize special and culminating events, including showcases that highlight student achievement and culturally enriching field trips.
  • Monitor purchases and inventory of all program related expenses.
  • Develop collegial relationships with, local school, library, other organizations and regulatory agencies (DOH, DOE, & DYCD) and other key stakeholders; serve as an advocate.
  • Represent QCH in the community through outreach, school visits, and attending meetings and events.
  • Ensure input of data in all QCH and funder databases and submit reports in a timely manner.
  • Ensure that all QCH and other evaluations, surveys and or assessments are administered and completed in a timely fashion.
  • Attend all QCH Youth Development Center meetings and trainings related to position.
  • Maintain regular communication with supervisor pertaining to all agency, program, contract, and site related matters.
  • Other duties and special projects as assigned.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree required with preference for Education, Psychology, Sociology or related field.
  • Minimum of two (2) years of supervisory and management experience developing and implementing youth programs, staff training and evaluation; ability to work with a diverse staff of varying professional and educational experiences.
  • Demonstrated ability to relate to young people and staff as a positive adult role model.
  • Demonstrated ability in program outreach and recruitment, budgeting, performance based contracting and compliance with SACC licensing procedures
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication, program planning, organizational, verbal, and written skills.
  • Proficiency with various computer programs and willingness to learn new ones.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality and use appropriate discretion.
  • Must be cleared of NYS DOH Fingerprinting Screening; NYS Clearance Review Background Check; 3 Reference Checks; physical examination with updated TB test.

Additional Details:  

This position begins immediately. Queens Community House offers a competitive salary commensurate with experience and a comprehensive benefits package. The benefits package varies by position and may include medical/dental/vision offerings, life insurance, flexible spending accounts, generous time off and a 403b plan. We value health and wellness too and as such Staff can earn annual leave days, sick days and enjoy most federal holidays. Staff can also take advantage of an array of professional development opportunities.

Application Method:  

We are a passion-led, mission-driven organization – one that looks to continually enrich the lives of our diverse member community.  If you would like to join our team, please forward your cover letter and resume, with subject line “Youth Development Center Director - Pomonok” to recruitment@qchnyc.org

Please Note: Applications submitted without a formal cover letter will not be considered

             

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