Children and Youth Program Director

South Hills Interfaith Movement

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Job Purpose:

South Hills Interfaith Movement (SHIM) is a human services organization dedicated to mobilizing community resources and implementing sustainable programs that compassionately help our neighbors meet basic needs, achieve self-sufficiency, and build community. We provide direct assistance (food, clothing, and utility assistance) as well as a variety of programs including service coordination, children and youth programs, and the South Hills Family Center. SHIM’s educational programs primarily support refugee and immigrant families.

Position Description:

Work with the Director of Programs to lead SHIM’s Early Childhood, Afterschool, Summer Camp, and Youth Mentoring Programs. The Children and Youth Director is responsible for managing the youth department staff, including a full-time staff member and 20-30 part time staff. The key responsibilities are to design, implement, monitor, and evaluate SHIM’s children and youth programs.

The Children and Youth Program Director will be involved in program planning, budgeting, and family engagement. This position is responsible for ensuring a safe and supportive environment for children and youth to learn and grow. As programming continues to grow, the Children and Youth Director will support strategic planning and help determine the future directions of SHIM’s work with children, youth, and their families. The following are the responsibilities that have been initially defined: however, flexibility, positivity, and willingness to participate in the development of the department is needed to succeed in this position.

The Children and Youth Director is a full-time position.

Program Administration, Supervision, and Operations:

  • Direct children and youth programs; ensuring quality programming, responsive student support systems, and a safe, welcoming environment.
  • Lead children and youth program staff and seek professional development opportunities.
  • Ensure program records, files, and documentation are maintained.
  • Ensure enrollment forms are developed and maintained.
  • Manage formal partnerships with external partners, such the Dept. of Human Services and school districts; build relationships with new partners.
  • Support fundraising and marketing efforts to grow the program resources.

Program Development and Implementation:

  • In collaboration with the Director of Programs, develop and follow evaluation protocol for programs to ensure that programming is generating increased and positive outcomes for participants.
  • Explore new strategic programming initiatives, educational and expansion opportunities.
  • Seek learning and professional opportunities related to education and children/youth development to stay up to date with trends in teaching and learning as well as other educational issues.
  • Represent SHIM in coalitions and networks related to early childhood and youth programming.
  • Performs other responsibilities as requested by the Director of Programs and/or Executive Director.


  • Must be able to work sensitively and effectively with individuals of diverse educational, socio-economic, and cultural backgrounds.
  • Commitment to SHIM’s vision, mission, and program philosophies.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with public and private agencies, colleagues, and participants.
  • Strong interpersonal, organizational, written, and verbal communication skills.
  • Must possess initiative, productivity, creativity, and problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to work as a team member, with energy, flexibility, and the ability to multi-task.
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office, basic computer software, and general digital literacy skills.

Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Education, Early Childhood Education, or related human services, or an equivalent combination of education and experience, is required.
  • Two or more years of work experience in a related field working with K-12 youth.
  • Experience with youth development programming, social-emotional learning, service learning, and/or trauma-informed practices preferred.
  • Experience with out-of-school time programming and managing safety and licensing procedures a plus.
  • Supervision experience preferred.

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