Founded in 1971, Y.O.U. is an Evanston-based non-profit that partners with families, schools, and the community to provide academic, social, and emotional support to close the opportunity gap and prepare all youth for post-secondary and life success. Each year, Y.O.U. provides over 1,600 youth across 11 school sites with free, holistic, out-of-school support, including afterschool and summer learning programs, mental health counseling, and experiential learning through partnerships. This is an exciting time of transformation for the organization, following a three-year $16.4M capital campaign that expanded programs, launched an endowment, and funded a new headquarters facility. The organization is implementing a new strategic plan focused on data & evaluation of impact, increased integration of services, and refining the program model. Our staff are a diverse collection of passionate individuals, committed to social justice, trauma-informed care, inclusion and equity, and helping youth realize their full potential.
Summary of Role:
Y.O.U. is seeking passionate, organized and dedicated candidates for the role of Afterschool Program Manager. Reporting to the Director of Elementary Out-of-School Time Programs, the Afterschool Program Manager will lead youth programming, supervision, and community relations at one of Y.O.U.’s elementary school sites. This is a full-time position. The Afterschool Program Manager will:
Ensure that our out-of-school time and summer programming addresses the academic, social and emotional needs of youth through an array of educational and enrichment activities.
Serve as a key ambassador for Y.O.U., partnering with school faculty, students, caregivers and the surrounding community.
Supervise, mentor and cultivate the development of multi-person staff team.
Design and implement curriculum that follows Y.O.U. standards, communicates with parents, and maintains a safe and nurturing environment for the children.
Significant Job Segments
Develop, coordinate and facilitate high-quality out of school time and summer programming - 50%
Coach and supervise a team of full time service members, part time youth workers and volunteers - 15%
Engage in cross-departmental collaboration to fulfill administrative tasks and support agency operation - 15%
Build relationships with key stakeholders within the community - 20%
Primary Responsibilities Include:
Implementing and monitoring high-quality, strategically-planned out-of-school time and summer programming.
Developing and coordinating out-of-school time and summer programs that include academic support, social-emotional skill building, caregiver engagement and STEM, art and sports enrichment activities.
Ensuring programs meet the needs and interests of students by offering a variety of programs and incorporating our positive youth development strategies.
Planning, managing, and facilitating out-of-school time programming and activities, sometimes leading activities with groups of 40 or more students.
Coordinating student recruitment efforts for school year and summer programming, ensuring diverse student participation in programs.
Ensuring smooth operation of program through team leadership and coaching.
Leading and supervising a program team of staff, students and volunteers that consists of 5-7 people.
Monitoring the quality of programs and provides ongoing feedback to drive continuous improvement.
Providing weekly or bi-weekly supervision with site based staff
Ensuring that program staff are delivering high quality activities, services and day-to day supervision of youth.
Engaging in cross-departmental collaboration to support overall agency operation.
Completing all agency expectations related to monthly reports, budget compliance, documentation, facility maintenance and ensure that compliance with funding requirements is met on a timely basis for programs.
Working in collaboration with other Afterschool Program Managers to develop and achieve program goals.
Building relationships between afterschool programs and schools, families, and the wider community.
Acting as a key spokesperson of the organization in the community.
Planning and implementing family nights, caregiver engagement activities, caregiver conferences, IEP evaluations, social work meetings, community celebrations and student showcases.
Facilitating communication and coordination between program providers, school personnel and families.
Assessing and identifying additional community resources, makes appropriate referrals and linkages for families and students, and facilitates ongoing communication between service providers, teachers, parents, and students.
Nurturing and supporting collaborative relationships with parents, school administrators, teachers, students, and community representatives, to identify and meet common goals amongst these stakeholders.
Bachelor's degree required; master's degree in relevant field (such as education, psychology, sociology, social work, human services, or related social service field) is a plus. Educational background in child development, including courses related to school age children, is also preferred.
Minimum of 3 years of experience working with elementary school youth through youth development, education, or case management.
Minimum of 3 years of experience managing complex and multi-faceted programs with measurable successes and program growth.
Demonstrated leadership experience in an educational setting, youth development agency, or out-of-school time program.
Demonstrated experience in direct classroom or family support work with families of diverse economic backgrounds.
Strong interpersonal communication skills, with a demonstrated ability to interact with individuals from a wide range of diverse socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds.
A strong ability to initiate projects and develop and implement an array of social-educational activities on an independent basis.
Self directed and experience in creating a collaborative and innovative workplace culture with teachers, students, families and administrative staff.
Experience in and passion for youth services, with a youth development orientation, and an understanding of educational standards and minority student achievement.
Proficiency in using technology as a management reporting tool.
Personal qualities of integrity, credibility, and a commitment to and passion for Y.O.U.'s mission.
Other: Must have regular access to a car, valid driver's license, and auto insurance which must meet or exceed Y.O.U. agency standards for liability coverage.
Additional Salary Information: Salary & Benefits:
Salary: Commensurate with experience
Hours: Full-time flexible schedule with some weekend & evening hours
Benefits include: Health, Dental, and Vision Insurance, Generous Paid Time Off (including vacation, sick, and holiday leave), 401K option, FSA/Pre-tax transit option, professional development, and flexible work schedule
Interested candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Apply online here making sure to include an updated resume and cover letter.
Applications will continue to be received until position is filled. *No emails or phone calls, please.
Y.O.U is an equal opportunity employer that celebrates diversity and inclusion. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply.
Internal Number: 8478010219
About Youth & Opportunity United
Potential is universal, but opportunity is not. Y.O.U. works to ensure every young person has the opportunity to succeed. We partner with families, schools and community to provide academic, social and emotional support where it is most needed, closing the gap between youth and opportunity