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Youth & Opportunity United (Y.O.U.) is seeking experienced, passionate, organized and dedicated program leader for the role of Senior Afterschool Program Manager, Middle School. Reporting to Director of Grade 3-8 OST Programs, the Senior Afterschool Program Manager, Middle School will play a critical leadership role in overseeing and leading the design and implementation of youth programming, supervision and coaching of Afterschool Program Managers who direct service staff, and leading the strategic development and implementation of direct community relations and stakeholder engagement across Y.O.U.’s five middle school sites. This is a full-time position and a critical direct service leader at the organization.
The Senior Afterschool Program Manager, Middle School will: ensure that all out-of-school time and summer programming across all middle school sites is properly addressing the academic, social and emotional needs of youth through an array of educational and enrichment activities; will serve as a key ambassador for Y.O.U., partnering with faculty, caregivers and the surrounding community across multiple communities; supervise, mentor and cultivate the development of five program managers and their multi-person staff teams; partner with the AmeriCorps Program Manager to ensure a powerful service experience for all AmeriCorps members; and design and implement curriculum that adheres to Y.O.U. standards of quality, and ensure that all programming is delivered in a safe and nurturing environment for the children.
This role is new to the organization.
The Organization Founded in 1971, Y.O.U. is an Evanston-based non-profit that partners with families, schools, and the community to provide academic, social, and emotional support to close the opportunity gap and prepare all youth for post-secondary and life success. Each year, Y.O.U. provides over 1,600 youth across 11 school sites with free, holistic, out-of-school support, including afterschool and summer learning programs, mental health counseling, and experiential learning through partnerships. Our staff are a diverse collection of 70+ passionate individuals, committed to social justice, to trauma-informed care, to inclusion and equity, and to helping youth realize their full potential.
Coach, supervise and monitor five site-based afterschool program managers to successfully support their teams in the development and implementation of high-quality afterschool programming – 50%
Support the strategic development, coordination, facilitation and deployment of high-quality out of school time and summer programming - 30%
Engage in cross-departmental collaboration to fulfill administrative tasks and support agency operations - 10%
Build relationships with key stakeholders within the community - 10%
Coach, supervise and monitor five site-based afterschool program managers to successfully support their teams in the development and implementation of high-quality afterschool programming
Engage in weekly or bi-weekly supervision and ongoing coaching to site-based program managers focused on the development and implementation of high-quality programming.
Coach program managers to monitor and support Afterschool Program Managers in their supervision of site-based staff.
Collaboratively problem-solve program and staff-related issues with a focus on positive staff development and program quality.
Ensure that program staff are delivering high quality activities, services and day-to day supervision of youth.
Partner with the AmeriCorps Program Manager and Talent Team to help ensure a high-quality service year for AmeriCorps and to maintain a strong pipeline of future program talent.
Other duties as assigned by the Director of Grade 3-8 OST Programs.
Support the strategic development, coordination, facilitation and deployment of high-quality out of school time and summer programming
Oversee the development and facilitation out-of-school time programming, including summer programming, that include academic support, social-emotional skill building, STEM, art, sports enrichments, and responsive caregiver engagement.
Ensure the implementation of high-quality grade 8 to grade 9 transition programming at middle school sites.
Ensure the implementation of high-quality grade 5 to grade 6 transition programming at middle school sites.
Lead the design of curriculum and activities in support of meeting student and stakeholder needs through programming.
Oversee the evaluation, selection and implementation of effective curriculum and activities to drive youth success at the program site.
Work with the Afterschool Program Managers to ensure program sites are properly supplied and equipped to deliver high-quality program through the program cycle.
Lead the progress monitoring of operational quality of program implementation.
Oversee staff in the strategic development and deployment of student recruitment efforts for school year and summer programming, to ensure a diverse student participation in programs.
Engage in cross-departmental collaboration to fulfill administrative tasks and support agency operation
Facilitate and plan for cross-functional meetings designed to support and ensure best practice at all Y.O.U. program sites.
Collaborate with the Senior Manager of Afterschool Program, Elementary to ensure high-quality program and activity design and implementation.
Collaborate with the High School Programs team to ensure high-quality program and youth experiences related to grade 8 to 9 transitions.
Monitor and track program implementation in support of grant reporting and to ensure high-fidelity programming.
Participate in cross-departmental learning activities in order to enhance the professional practice of all staff members.
Build relationships with key stakeholders within the community
Support and monitor Afterschool Program Managers in the development of strong relationships between afterschool programs, schools, families and the broader community.
Build and maintain relationships with key stakeholders, including but not limited to teachers, principals, PTA members, caregivers and community members.
Serve as a key spokesperson of the organization in the community.
Lead the strategic development, planning and implementation stakeholder events, including family nights, caregiver engagement activities, caregiver conferences, social work meetings, community celebrations and student showcases.
Represent the organization at events featuring funders, Board members and other community partners.
Advocate for the needs of youth with relevant stakeholders.
Job Qualifications The Senior Afterschool Program Manager, Middle School will be a passionate, organized and innovative leader with at least three years of experience leading a team in the programming that works with middle school-aged youth and at least four years designing and implementing programming. Successful candidates will demonstrate a proven track record in team leadership, strategic and big-picture thinking, designing and monitoring effective and engaging youth programming, leading and developing a collaborative team, a self-reflective disposition and a demonstrated interest in ensuring educational equity for all students.
The successful candidate will have the following experience and attributes:
A strong, demonstrated commitment to and passion for Y.O.U.'s mission.
Bachelor's degree required, with a focus in a relevant field preferred (such as education, psychology, sociology, social work, human services, youth development, or related social service field).
Educational background in child development, including courses related to school age children, is also preferred.
Minimum of 4 years of experience working with middle school-aged youth.
Minimum of 3 years of experience managing complex and multi-faceted programs with measurable successes and program growth.
Demonstrated leadership experience in leading a team toward a common goal.
Demonstrated experience in direct youth or family support work with families of diverse economic backgrounds.
Understanding of the concepts of institutional and structural racism and bias and their impact on underserved and underrepresented communities.
Demonstrated belief in developing youth programming that considers the impact of race, gender, identity and socio-economic status on academic and educational experiences for youth.
A self-reflective and positive disposition with a focus on continuous growth and improvement for self and others.
A track record of taking personal responsibility for ensuring high-quality work and associated outcomes.
A spirit of innovation and entrepreneurship focused on improving programmatic experiences and outcomes for youth.
Strong interpersonal communication skills, with a demonstrated ability to interact with individuals from a wide range of diverse socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds.
Evidence of the ability to initiate and monitor projects and develop and implement an array of social-educational activities on an independent basis.
Demonstrated experience in supporting and sustaining a collaborative and innovative workplace culture.
Evidence of an interest in the future of the education and youth development field.
Proficiency in using technology as a management reporting tool.
Must have regular access to a car, valid driver's license, and auto insurance which must meet or exceed Y.O.U. standards for liability coverage.
Additional Salary Information: Hours: Full-time flexible schedule with some weekend & evening hours
Benefits include: Health, Dental, and Vision Insurance, Generous Paid Time Off (including vacation, sick, and holiday leave), 401K option, FSA/Pre-tax transit option, professional development, and flexible work schedule
About Youth & Opportunity United
Founded in 1971, Y.O.U. is an Evanston-based non-profit that partners with families, schools, and the community to provide academic, social, and emotional support to close the opportunity gap and prepare all youth for post-secondary and life success. Each year, Y.O.U. provides over 1,600 youth across 11 school sites with free, holistic, out-of-school support, including afterschool and summer learning programs, mental health counseling, and experiential learning through partnerships.