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Program Director - Center for Academic Re-entry & Empowerment (CARE)

Buchanan YMCA
Full time
Competency level: 
Team Leader
Reports to: 
Director of Teen Programs
Salary range: 

Careers with a Cause

The YMCA of San Francisco was named as one of the Bay Area's Best Places to Work by its employees as well as one of the Healthiest Employers.   Join our team and make a lasting impact every day in communities across San Francisco, San Mateo and Marin Counties.  Every day, our staff—of all ages and from diverse backgrounds and life experiences—are transforming lives through YMCA programs for youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility. When you work for the Y, you’ll be supported with training, mentoring and career development opportunities. Plus, we offer great benefits to help you grow stronger in spirit, mind and body, even as you’re helping others.

About the Job

Under the direction of the Director of Teen Programs, the CARE Program Director is responsible for the development and implementation of the Buchanan YMCA Center for Academic Re-Entry and Empowerment Program. The Program Director will work closely with our partnering San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) Teachers, Counselors, and Administrators. The collaboration between the YMCA and SFUSD will focus on meeting the needs of youth by creating and supporting individual action plans towards graduation. 

The Program Director will have direct oversight and supervision of all aspects of the program, staff, and community partner and funder relationships. The Program Director will have direct contact with SFUSD, the Department of Children Youth and their Families (DCYF), the Mayor's Office of Criminal Justice (MOCJ), Juvenile Probation Department (JPD), San Francisco Police Department (SFPD), and all other CARE partners.

This position is responsible for program finances, gathering and reporting program data, and all other program administration needs. The Program Director position requires excellent communication and organizational skills. This position will supervise staff and empower high school-aged youth. The Program Director must have a strong knowledge of San Francisco, specifically the Western Addition/Fillmore community, and the barriers young people have concerning academic success and personal development. This position requires the skills to respond and resolve youth and staff conflicts with a restorative justice lens.

This position requires an understanding of the YMCA movement and will engage with cohorts and additional working groups to help advance the Y's Mission. The Program Director will participate on the Buchanan YMCA Management Team and will fulfill all duties required from this team. They will work to create and implement short- and long-term plans for the CARE Program and the Buchanan YMCA. This position will focus on the branch and program development through fundraising and grant writing. It is imperative for the Program Director to excel in communication, relationship building, and program promotion. When needed, they will attend Buchanan YMCA board meetings and any additional duties as requested by their supervisor.

Minimum Qualifications


  • Minimum 21 years of age
  • BA/BS preferred. Or, 6+ years working with opportunity youth
  • Grant  writing, group work, and strategic planning skills 
  • Must be available program hours, nights and weekends for events or conferences
  • Previous experience with supervision, administration, and community collaboration
  • Bilingual skills Spanish and/or Cantonese preferred.
  • YMCA approved CPR and FA certification
  • Health screening and TB Clearance

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All employees working with the YMCA are considered to have supervisory or disciplinary action relationship over minors.  Job offers are conditional and contingent upon background clearance. Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance and CA Fair Chance Act, we will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records

Everything you need to know about us

We offer the following benefits:

  • Competitive compensation
  • Comprehensive health benefits - medical and dental plans for full time employees
  • Retirement benefits – 12% employer contribution after completion of eligibility requirements
  • Employee Assistance Program for all employees
  • Commuter Benefits via pre-tax payroll deductions
  • Flexible Spending Account – Medical and Dependent Care on a pre-tax basis  
  • Use of YMCA of San Francisco Fitness facilities
  • Paid time off benefits for part time and full time employees upon completion of eligibility requirements
  • Training and staff development for all employees