Youth Development Director

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 Youth Development Director at the YMCA of the Shoals assists and reports to the Senior Program Director in the development, organization and implementation of high quality, member-focused YMCA childcare programs.
Our mission and core values are brought to life by our culture. In the Y, we strive to live our cause of strengthening communities with purpose and intentionality every day.  We are welcoming: we are open to all. We are a place where you can belong and become. We are genuine: we value you and embrace your individuality. We are hopeful: we believe in you and your potential to become a catalyst in the world. We are nurturing: we support you in your journey to develop your full potential. We are determined: above all else, we are on a relentless quest to make our community stronger beginning with you.
Lead the operations of the childcare programs, including interpretation and execution of established policies, the development of procedures and methods, and evaluation of the effectiveness of the programs and operations.   
Nurture children by designing lessons plans that include purposeful programming that develops social-emotional skills, fosters achievement, supports academic growth and provides enrichment. 
Ensure the safety and maintenance of high quality facilities, grounds and equipment by keeping supplies organized, maintaining a clean facility and proper care of equipment.  
Create a safe environment by reporting suspicious activity that may lead to child abuse or may violate the code of conduct.  Ensure staff is facilitating and engaging in age appropriate activities.  Responsible for maintaining all records and data on each child.    
Responsible for effectively handling all emergency incidents and submitting proper documentation to authorities that may occur in YMCA programs, using mature, sound judgment.
Compiles program statistics.  Monitors and evaluate the effectiveness of and participation in program.
Recruit, hire, supervise and develop staff and volunteers to include awareness of YMCA programs, services and customer service skills.  Develop strategies to motivate staff and achieve goals. 
Assist in preparing annual budget.  Recommend adjustments and administer the budget, exercising necessary expense controls and revenue production.
Responsible for the registration of participants, collection of fees and reporting balances. 
Develops and maintains relationships with school administration, parent groups, and other organizations and agencies related to programs.
Assist in the marketing and distribution of program information. 
Participate and assists in YMCA fundraising activities.   
Performs other duties as assigned. 
Mission Advancement: Models and teaches the Ys values. Ensures a high level of service with a commitment to changing lives. Provides volunteers with orientation, training, development, and recognition. Cultivates relationships to support fund-raising.
Collaboration: Champions inclusion activities, strategies, and initiatives. Builds relationships to create small communities. Empathetically listens and communicates for understanding when negotiating and dealing with conflict. Effectively tailors communications to the appropriate audience. Provides staff with feedback, coaching, guidance and support.
Operational Effectiveness: Provides others with frameworks for making decisions. Conducts prototypes to support the launching of programs and activities. Develops plans and manages best practices through engagement of team. Effectively creates and manages budgets. Holds staff accountable for high-quality results using a formal process to measure progress.
Personal Growth: Shares new insights. Facilitates change; models adaptability and an awareness of the impact of change. Utilizes non-threatening methods to address sensitive issues and inappropriate behavior or performance. 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.
Bachelor's degree in related field or equivalent preferred.
One or more years of program management experience, preferably in a YMCA or other nonprofit agency.
Minimum age of 21.
Ability to relate effectively to diverse groups of people from all social and economic segments of the community.
CPR and First Aid certifications required.
Completion of YMCA program-specific and trainer certifications.WORK ENVIRONMENT & PHYSICAL DEMANDS:
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
The employee needs sufficient strength, agility and mobility to perform essential functions and to supervise program activities in a wide variety of indoor and outdoor locations.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use a computer for extended periods of time and be able to communicate using a computer and phone/smart device.
The employee frequently is required to sit and reach, and must be able to move around the work environment.
The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. 
Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, and the ability to adjust.
The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.