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Youth Volunteer Corps Program Director – Kansas City
Want to expand your reach and make a positive difference in the lives of youth in your community? Do you seek the opportunity to be creative, strategic, and innovative in your work? Want to be an integral part of an international youth service movement?
Youth Volunteer Corps (YVC) is headquartered in Kansas City, with service programs for young people ages 11-18 in the U.S. and Canada. We create volunteer opportunities to address community needs and to inspire youth for a lifetime commitment to service. Since 1987, YVC has engaged over 300,000 youth volunteers in over 5 million hours of service to their communities.
Position Summary: YVC seeks a youth development professional to serve as the program director of YVC in greater Kansas City. The program director works closely with a team to deliver the highest-quality program possible. The program director will lead program planning, supervise youth service projects, and hire/supervise others who will lead youth service projects. This position will also coordinate marketing and recruitment efforts, lead an advisory board, and other elements of program management. The program director reports to YVCHQ’s Director of Program Impact.
The YVCHQ team will provide training for all duties and responsibilities along with resources to support these activities such as service-learning curriculum, data collection software, icebreaker collections, project ideas, marketing materials, direct support, and more!
Location and Culture: YVC in Kansas City is hosted by YVC’s international headquarters. The YVCHQ office is located in a beautifully restored historic home in the Quality Hill District of downtown Kansas City. Here you’ll find energy, enthusiasm, and loyalty to the idea that youth service can change the world. This team believes any community with a youth willing to serve is one where YVC belongs, and the program director will help bring this dream to life by supporting our flagship program in Kansas City, MO.
Primary Duties & Responsibilities:
Note: While the majority of tasks occur at YVC’s national headquarters office, scheduled youth service projects require supervision at agencies across the Kansas City metro.
Human Resources and Administration
- Recruit, interview, hire, train, supervise, support and evaluate team leaders, student leaders, and interns. Supervise the youth engagement specialist year-round and 8-10 team leaders and/or student leaders during summer.
- Build and maintain relationships with all program stakeholders and provide oversight to program communication including phone, email, and other channels of communication.
- Assist in program marketing including website management, social media management, and media outreach.
- Maintain accurate data collection and data entry process to record in YVC’s database.
Program Design, Development and Execution
- Work with director of program impact to set and track progress toward annual program goals, ensuring accurate record keeping.
- Coordinate with nonprofit agencies in communities in Kansas and Missouri to schedule meaningful service projects for teams of youth, based on community needs, capacity, and demand.
- Design volunteer projects with icebreakers, team builders, service-learning activities and reflection.
- Recruit 10-15 youth ages 11-18 to participate in each YVC project through social media promotion, email communication, and other strategies.
- Supervise projects to ensure a safe, educational, fun, and rewarding volunteer experience while acting as a role model. Adhere to YVC’s Youth Protection Policy. Note: Project supervision is a shared responsibility with team leaders. School-year projects are scheduled during school, after-school, on Saturdays, on some school holidays, etc. Summer projects occur throughout June and July and are typically Monday-Thursday morning and afternoon, with hours varying based on agency needs.
- Deliver in-school programming on an as-needed basis.
- Communicate clearly and effectively with parents/guardians before, during, and after projects about program activities, youth behavior, and schedule changes.
- Bachelor’s degree strongly preferred; equivalent experience may be considered
- Be a U.S. citizen or a permanent resident alien
- Pass all background checks and adhere to YVC’s Youth Protection Policy
- Availability to supervise scheduled projects throughout the program year as needed
- Experience working with and popularity among youth ages 11 to 18
- Basic computer knowledge, technology, and data management skills
- Own a reliable vehicle and valid driver’s license
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills, with emphasis on the ability to communicate with people from a variety of backgrounds, including at-risk youth
- A strong personal ethic of service; familiarity with community needs and the agencies working to address them is a plus
- Good judgement, strategic thinking, creativity, and resilience
The following qualifications are a bonus but not required:
- Experience implementing culturally competent youth programming, with an emphasis on relationship building and creating an inclusive environment for special populations (including youth with mental illness, youth living with disabilities, refugees, other marginalized populations)
- Experience in education, a knowledge of service-learning/project-based learning, or the ability to create a learning opportunity in any environment
- Experience in management, supervision, or leadership with a strong desire to develop others
- A sense of urgency driving organization and reliability, and an appropriate balance between confidence and humility
- An outgoing, independent attitude with a passion and priority for helping youth succeed
The program director position is full-time, with an expectation of 40 hours per week, including limited weekday evenings (typically between 4-6 pm) and approximately 1-2 Saturdays a month (typically ~5 hours each). Salary will be commensurate with experience and perceived job fit.
Please send your resume and cover letter to Amanda Moser at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please highlight specific experience and explain why this position is one you desire. Submissions due November 15, 2019.
Job Type: Full Time