Reports to: Director of Parent & Youth Support Services
Schedule: Full time, 37.5 hours/week
Monday—Friday, 9:00am – 5:00pm, with flexibility to meet program needs
FLSA Status: Exempt
Posted: October 16, 2017
The YWCA of Western Massachusetts is a nonprofit organization dedicated to eliminating racism and empowering women. We do this through a variety of services that support all people who have experienced domestic violence, sexual assault or intimate partner abuse, strengthen relationships between parents and children, and build skills for employment and self-sufficiency.
Expectations of all Employees:
In the performance of essential and general job responsibilities, all YWCA employees are expected to:
- Demonstrate commitment to the YWCA’s social justice mission and principles of trauma-informed work.
- Represent the YWCA in a professional and competent manner to participants, community members, organizational partners, and others.
- Perform quality work within program guidelines and deadlines.
- Work effectively as a team contributor and foster a positive working environment.
- Work independently while understanding the need for communication and coordinating work efforts with other employees and organizations.
- Maintain professional behavior and strict confidentiality.
The Youth Project Director provides leadership for the implementation of the OVW Consolidated Youth Program. Funded through the federal Office for Violence Against Women (OVW), the Youth Program works throughout the City of Springfield to provide intervention and prevention activities for youth and young adults (ages 13-24) who may have experienced sexual assault, teen dating violence, domestic violence, and/or stalking. Further, the Project Director guides related initiatives and activities pertaining to child and family counseling, community education, and youth engagement.
This position will also be responsible for the adherence to program contractual obligations and quality of program services while ensuring a strengths-based model of service delivery that is mission driven and respectful of a diverse population to promote client self-sufficiency.
- Bachelor’s degree with a minimum of 2 years of relevant experience preferred;
- Prior supervisory experience with demonstrated experience working with youth survivors of teen dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, sex trafficking, and/or stalking;
- Knowledge of Springfield-area human services;
- Competency in operating within anti-oppression and trauma-informed frameworks;
- Understanding and active commitment to issues of diversity and inclusion, especially around communities of color and LGBTQIA+ individuals;
- Must be committed to the YWCA’s mission and be able to actively and responsibly support its vision when working with internal and external stakeholders;
- Exhibit positive energy, sound judgment, ability to work independently and as part of a team, and be able to work effectively with program staff, leadership, and clients;
- Must be detail-oriented with ability to develop and adhere to project plans, meet deadlines and achieve objectives;
- Excellent verbal, written, and organizational skills, including strong computer skills;
- Must have access to reliable transportation, have a safe driving record, and be able to travel throughout Hampden County; and
- Ability to lift up to 40 pounds.
Duties and Responsibilities:
- Supervise, inspire, and evaluate the Youth program team which currently consists of fewer than 5 members.
- Provide regular program status updates to the Director of Parent & Youth Support Services.
- Partner with the Director of Parent & Youth Support Services and the Director of Programs & Grants regarding opportunities for program growth and continuous improvement.
- Conduct community outreach including participation in relevant task force meetings as well as county and/or state-based initiatives toward the goal of forging and sustaining productive relationships with community-based providers and grantors.
- Organize, coordinate, and/or facilitate ongoing meetings with youth, advisory council members, community-based providers, and grantors.
- Facilitate the advisory council’s support of the Springfield Public School’s implementation of the new Teen Dating Policy which includes the training of staff, administration, and parents of the policy and referrals to the YWCA.
- Assist in the planning, coordination, and co-facilitation of youth leadership team (between 15-20 members) through a positive youth development lens, providing support for their peer education and community organizing work.
- Create and maintain relevant curriculum and activities for education about relevant issue areas.
- Facilitate and/or co-facilitate trainings and community education around issues including but not limited to sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and/or stalking to providers and community members at the YWCA and in the larger community.
- Ensure adherence to and delivery of program-specific contractual obligations.
- Cultivate a strengths-based model of service delivery that is mission driven and respectful of diverse communities of youth.
- Assist in the hiring, on-boarding, and professional development of Youth program staff.
It is the policy of YWCA of Western Massachusetts to provide equal employment opportunity (EEO) to all persons regardless of age, color, national origin, citizenship status, physical or mental disability, race, religion, creed, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, genetic information, marital status, pregnancy or maternity, status with regard to public assistance, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law. In addition, the YWCA will provide reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities.
The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by employees assigned to this classification. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of employees assigned to this position.
The YWCA is an “at-will” equal opportunity employer. While the YWCA will continue to operate with care regarding employment decisions, the YWCA and its employees may terminate the employment relationship at any time and for any reason, with or without cause, and without advance notice. Exceptions include select, non-exempt positions.
CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECKS
The YWCA, in our effort to provide safety to those we serve, and to protect our agency, performs criminal offender record information (CORI) checks on all prospective employees. Final offers of employment are contingent upon receipt of an acceptable CORI report as solely determined by the YWCA.
All employment at the YWCA begins with a 120-day Introductory Period.