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Senior Director of Youth & Teen Development

Urban Services YMCA
Full time
Competency level: 
Team Leader
Reports to: 
Associate Executive Director
Salary range: 
Start date: 
Dec 01, 2022

Careers with a Cause

Imagine going to work knowing that what you do each day positively influences the lives of people and communities. As the nation's leading nonprofit organization committed to strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility, the YMCA of San Francisco offers more than just a job--we offer you a career with a future and the chance to make a lasting difference in your community. At the Y, you can discover your passion and a lifelong career helping to solve some of the nation's most pressing social issues.

In order to keep staff and participants as safe and healthy as possible, all staff working on-site will be required to be vaccinated (COVID-19) prior to beginning work.

About the Job

Under the mentorship of the Associate Executive Director, the Senior Director of Youth and Teen Development will manage and lead the Urban Services YMCA’s Youth Department programs, services, and staff team. Our mission is to provide holistic and comprehensive programs that support health, wellness and self-efficacy in youth, families, and communities by providing an anti-poverty approach. Our programs recognize and re-affirm individual’s strengths and encourage meaningful and collaborative participation in program innovation and delivery. Efforts will focus on coordinated care that intentionally builds strong collaborative creators who contribute to the enrichment of their communities.

This role is responsible for the overarching vision and ongoing progress of youth and teen programming. Programs vary in scope including before and after school, middle school STEAM initiatives, two Beacons centers, alternative education sites, youth philanthropy, and various summer offerings. Utilizing an equity and trauma-informed approach, the Senior Director will work closely with all branch services domains (Education, Housing, Employment, and Community Wellness) and leadership teams to ensure coordination of offerings that fit the needs of the community. They will represent the YMCA in the community, acting as liaison to several entities. As a member of the branch leadership team the Senior Director will also engage actively in our philanthropic initiatives, including fundraising events, grant writing, and donor cultivation.

It is vital for this role to have a thoughtful approach to staff growth and capacity building with department oversight including a director team and over fifty program staff. They will provide leadership and expertise in the areas of youth development, program management, budgeting, and staff development - utilizing formal training, coaching, and hands-on experiential methods. This role tracks department training compliance, identifies and encourages participation in self-development opportunities, and ensures regular staff training is provided. The position requires a candidate to have excellent communication and leadership skills and strong problem-solving abilities. They have demonstrated success in youth, teen, and family support programming, managing multiple budgets, working with a diverse array of funders, communities, and agencies.

The position requires an understanding of the YMCA of San Francisco’s 2030 Vision and will engage with cohorts and additional working groups to help advance the strategic work. The Senior Director will lead the Urban Youth Department Director team, collaborate with Senior Director peers, and engage their team with the YMCA of San Francisco Youth Development and Social Service Operational Distinction service lines. They will attend meetings and events to promote services and build community engagement.   

Minimum Qualifications

  • 23 years or older
  • Bachelor’s degree in education, social work, public health, or a related field plus 3 years’ experience working within a community setting
  • Available Monday – Friday, nights and weekends as needed
  • 5+ years of staff management experience
  • Minimum of 3 years of experience managing multiple program budgets and funding streams
  • Proven ability to work with people from diverse ethnic, socioeconomic, educational, religious, sexual orientation backgrounds
  • Experience developing cross cultural programs for a variety of communities
  • Proven ability to exercise discretion and independent judgment
  • Successful fund development experience
  • Knowledge of the San Francisco community and the support service network
  • Demonstrated knowledge of youth development, program planning, curriculum development, methods of teaching, and evaluation best practices
  • Familiarity and experience working in or with schools and with community-based organizations
  • Staff Training creation and facilitation
  • Administration systems and skills
  • YMCA Approved CPR/AED/First Aid Certification 
  • TB Test clearance
  • Fingerprint background check clearance
  • Proof of COVID Vaccination is required

Preferred Qualifications

  • YMCA Multi-Team Leader Certified
  • Experience with SFUSD, DCYF, and school systems
  • Staff development and coaching
  • Bilingual in Spanish or Chinese






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