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Become A Youth Program Director

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Working As A Youth Program Director

  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Assisting and Caring for Others
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Getting Information
  • Deal with People

  • Mostly Sitting

  • Make Decisions

  • $73,490

    Average Salary

What Does A Youth Program Director Do At City of Cambridge

* In collaboration with Youth Center Director, oversee the Pre
* Teen Programming for youth ages 9
* including:
* Create and deliver a variety of youth programs that engage youth in developmentally appropriate projects ranging from social, recreational, educational and enrichment activities
* Develop and maintain a safe and supportive environment that responds to and supports the needs and interests of each child and fosters positive and supportive relationships with and between youth and staff
* Ensure programs meet standards of high-quality, best practices in Out-of
* School
* Time programming
* Provide outreach to and develop partnerships with other youth-serving agencies
* Promote Youth Center activities and programming to attract new members, volunteers and collaborating partners
* Supervise Part-time Youth Workers and provide ongoing feedback and support
* With Youth Center Director, assist with the recruitment, hiring and training of staff
* Maintain ongoing documentation of daily activities, work with youth, families and staff
* Maintain accurate records including member/staff attendance, finances, incidents reports, licensing requirements, etc.
* Participate in ongoing program evaluations, both internal and external
* Participate in ongoing staff development programs to enhance program practices and quality
* Manage program budget, spending and tracking
* Participate in Youth Programs' committees
* Maintain program materials and supplies
* Plan and implement Youth Center and related community events

What Does A Youth Program Director Do At The Night Ministry

* Provide leadership in the implementation of strategic goals for Youth Programs:
* Foster a mission-driven, cooperative culture for all youth programs that ensures collaboration and develops opportunities for improved communication, cross-training, efficiency, and shared resources across programs.
* Develop and implement consistent philosophies of service that cross all youth programs, ensuring that programs are designed and delivered in ways that develop client strengths and are consistent with best practices, licensing standards and TNM values.
* Recommend program changes, improvements, or expansions.
* Analyze problems, identify solutions, and project consequences of proposed actions.
* Ensure that all programs, staff, and operations meet or exceed requirements of licensing entities and funders.
* Work closely with Director of Mission Fulfillment to develop program goals and outcomes, and create a process for continuous improvement and learning via critical analysis of program outcomes.
* Provide oversight for the daily operations and management of the continuum of Youth Programs:
* Lead Youth Programs Management Team, including regular meetings to facilitate collaboration and resource-sharing across programs.
* Ensure that programs are functioning smoothly using solutions-focused, cooperative teamwork that encourages participation at all levels, including youth served.
* Develop, implement, and review Youth Program policies and procedures regularly so that they are internally consistent.
* Develop, prepare, and manage annual budgets for programs; monitor and approve expenditures against budget considerations.
* Oversee development and supervision of staff to operate programs on day-to-day basis.
* Establish a short- and long-term training plan for new and existing staff in Youth Program philosophy of service.
* Primarily responsible, in partnership with the Mission Fulfillment Team, for data entry, tracking and reporting for program management and funding reports.
* Oversee data management expectations of all direct reports.
* Monitor and evaluate a standardized system of on-call crisis intervention for Youth Programs.
* Oversee the provision of 24-hour crisis intervention back-up for direct service staff.
* Oversee staff participation in all program and licensing audits, ensuring that all materials required by auditors are readily available, accurate, and complete.
* Oversee development and implementation of meetings and other communication tools needed to implement program structure.
* Lead and/or attend meetings as appropriate.
* Ensure that all reports, projects, special assignments and regular tasks are completed accurately and on schedule.
* Represent Youth Programs and/or The Night Ministry in external settings:
* Maintain relationships with other youth providers, coalitions, and/or collaborations.
* Attend or ensure representation at key meetings where these relationships develop.
* Ensure the conduct of outreach needed to generate referrals to and across programs.
* Work closely with the Vice President of Strategic Partnerships and this department to develop strong service linkages with other organizations, programs, or institutions.
* Work closely and cooperatively with TNM's Development and External Relations Dept. on fund raising and public relations.
* Occasionally participate in tours and fundraising events.
* Represent TNM to media organizations as required.
* Represent TNM in public forums and meetings, including but not limited to government bodies.
* Participate in regular Youth Program meetings as able or needed, quarterly All Staff Meetings, and other meetings or events, as assigned
* According to The Night Ministry's policies, this position is expected to carry a cell phone and is eligible for partial reimbursement of monthly cell phone bills.
* Complete other duties as assigned

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How To Become A Youth Program Director

Social and community service managers need at least a bachelor’s degree and some work experience. However, many employers prefer candidates who have a master’s degree.


A bachelor’s degree in social work, urban studies, public or business administration, public health, or a related field is the minimum requirement for most social and community service manager jobs. Many employers prefer candidates with a master’s degree. Coursework in statistics, program management, and policy analysis is considered helpful.  

Work Experience

Work experience often is needed for someone to become a social and community service manager, and is essential for those wishing to enter the occupation with a bachelor’s degree. Lower-level management positions may require only a few years of experience, although social and community service directors typically have much more experience. Candidates can get this experience by working as a social worker or in a similar occupation.

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. Social and community service managers need to understand and evaluate data in order to provide strategic guidance to their organization. They must be able to monitor and evaluate current programs as well as determine new initiatives.

Communication skills. Social and community service managers must be able to speak and write clearly so that others can understand them. Working with the community and employees requires effective communication. Public speaking experience is also helpful because social and community service managers often participate in community outreach.

Interpersonal skills. Social and community service managers should have good interpersonal skills. When speaking with members of their staff or members of the community, they must be tactful and able to explain and discuss all matters related to services that are needed.

Managerial skills. Social and community service managers spend much of their time administering budgets and responding to a wide variety of issues.

Problem-solving skills. Social and community service managers must be able to address client, staff, and agency-related issues as they occur.

Time-management skills. Social and community service managers must prioritize and handle numerous tasks for multiple customers, often in a short timeframe.

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Youth Program Director Demographics


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  • White

  • Hispanic or Latino

  • Asian

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  • Black or African American

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • French

  • Hebrew

  • German

  • Japanese

  • Mandarin

  • Korean

  • Swahili

  • Portuguese

  • Khmer

  • Chinese

  • Vietnamese

  • Albanian

  • Burmese

  • Lingala

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Real Youth Program Director Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Director, Youth Performance Programming Town Sports International New York, NY Jun 10, 2013 $90,000
Director, Youth Performance Programming Town Sports International New York, NY Jun 02, 2013 $90,000
Youth Tennis Program Director Skillman Tennis Associates LLC Islandia, NY Dec 30, 2014 $85,000
Youth Program Director Global Peace Youth Corps Tarrytown, NY Sep 15, 2010 $75,699
Children, Youth and Family Program Director Michael-Ann Russell Jewish Community Center North Miami Beach, FL Aug 01, 2013 $65,000
Youth Program Director Global Peace Youth Corps Washington, DC Oct 01, 2010 $49,800
Youth Program Director Global Peace Youth Corps. Edmonds, WA Mar 02, 2012 $48,000
Youth Program Director The National Institute of Family Counseling Vienna, VA Oct 01, 2012 $42,512
Youth Program Director Classic Swing Golf School, Inc. Myrtle Beach, SC Dec 10, 2013 $38,300
Youth Program Director Classic Swing Golf School, Inc. Myrtle Beach, SC Oct 01, 2012 $38,000
Youth Lacrosse Program Director Mercer Island Lacrosse Club Mercer Island, WA Aug 11, 2010 $28,467
Youth Lacrosse Program Director McCarthy Sports Seattle, Inc. Bellevue, WA Aug 11, 2010 $28,467
Youth Lacrosse Program Director McCarthy Sports Seattle, Inc. Bellevue, WA Aug 11, 2010 $28,091
Youth Lacrosse Program Director Mercer Island Lacrosse Club Mercer Island, WA Aug 11, 2010 $28,091
Youth Lacrosse Program Director McCarthy Sports Seattle, Inc. Bellevue, WA Sep 01, 2014 $23,479
Youth Lacrosse Program Director Mercer Island Lacrosse Club Mercer Island, WA Jan 25, 2015 $23,270
Youth Lacrosse Program Director Mercer Island Lacrosse Club Mercer Island, WA Sep 01, 2014 $23,270

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Top Skills for A Youth Program Director


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Top Youth Program Director Skills

  1. Youth Programs
  2. Curriculum
  3. Community Outreach
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Developed promotional plans/materials for promoting Optimist adult & youth programs, awards & annual conventions.
  • Designed curriculum for a yearlong community organizing internship.
  • Performed community outreach and marketing on various levels and platforms to gain support for the department.
  • Supervised employees/staff and assigned job responsibilities and tasks.
  • Maintained all records and performed billing for the child care programs.

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