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Director of Core Site Program


Job posted by: Year Up

Posted on: June 20, 2014

Job description

Title: Director of Core Site Program

Site: Puget Sound

Location: Seattle


Reporting to the Executive Director, the Core Site Director of Program will lead the delivery of all program activities at Year Up Puget Sound. S/he will draw upon personal experiences with programmatic leadership to work through a team of leaders to achieve high-quality outcomes for the young adults we serve. Acting as the general manager of Year Up's core program, this person will foster collaboration across the various programmatic functions (Admissions, Student Services and Academics) to ensure that activities are aligned and on track within the annual program cycle. S/he is responsible for ensuring that site goals for retention, admissions, and outcomes are met. Inn collaboration with the leadership team and site staff, this individual will ensure that the site meets its goal of 75% student retention through graduation.

This person will be expected act as a direction setter by using both data and real-time input from staff in order to identify and act on key opportunities for continuous improvement, with a goal of increasing program quality, scalability, and sustainability. Acting as a servant leader, s/he will provide coaching for other program leaders as they manage their teams, and will take responsibility for maintaining and strengthening the capacity of Year Up Puget Sound staff to deliver the program effectively.

As a member of Year Up Puget Sound's leadership team, s/he will play an active role in shaping organizational strategy, contributing to site-wide and cross-site initiatives, and promoting a healthy team culture.


Program Leadership

  • Lead planning, development, coordination, implementation, and evaluation of all program activities
  • Achieve key program outcomes including goals for student performance and retention
  • Collaboratively identify priorities for improvement with program staff, develop appropriate project plans, and manage implementation
  • Priorities for this role currently identified for 2014/2015 include:
    • Deepening professional development for faculty
    • Planning & implementing external impact evaluation
    • Program Performance Measurement and Management
  • Oversee the smooth functioning of the core program cycle, using data to determine "on track" status, while supporting functional leaders
  • Collaborate with functional leaders to develop an annual budget for programmatic activities and oversee expenses

Team Management

  • Manage a team of approximately 15 program staff via 5 direct reports (Directors of Academics, Outreach and Admissions Manager, 2 Site Leaders, and Director of Student Services)
  • Provide specific guidance in areas of professional responsibilities, direction-setting & work planning, time & resource allocation, and performance management
  • Recruit, supervise, evaluate, develop, and retain talented program team members, using Year Up's career development framework
  • Identify needs for and ensure quality delivery of professional development opportunities for program staff in order to strengthen the team's capacity to deliver the core program

Site-Wide and Cross-Site Leadership

  • Serve as an active member of Seattle's leadership team, working collaboratively to support high performance, goal attainment and alignment in all site activities, and playing an active role in strategic planning (Site goals for retention through graduation are 75%, in direct correlation with programmatic positive outcomes of 85%)
  • Work closely with a national cross-site team in shaping and implementing national programmatic goals and building capacity for enhancements based on Year Up's 2013-2016 strategy (e.g., Student Outcomes)
  • Support, build, and share best practices for positive student outcomes within Year Up Puget Sound and across Year Up sites
  • Be comfortable with ambiguity, change, and evolving priorities

Site Team/Learning Community Member

  • Serve as an advisor/mentor for a small number of current students
  • Join and sometimes facilitate weekly group sessions with students
  • Participate in staff meetings and trainings


  • 5-7 years relevant management experience in a growing nonprofit including supervision of at least 5 direct reports
  • Experience managing other leaders preferred
  • 10+ years overall work experience
  • Youth development experience in an urban setting with preferred experience in teaching, academic management, and/or workforce development.
  • Demonstrated success in meeting programmatic and organizational goals
  • Ability to both design high-level strategy and effectively implement tactics
  • Skilled at leading change with a proven ability to develop a vision and inspire and influence others to achieve shared goals
  • Experience successfully working closely with a senior leadership team through periods of significant organizational growth and change
  • Experience in a fast-paced, entrepreneurial environment
  • Sophisticated written and oral communication skills
  • Resourceful, results oriented, team player with a positive "can do" attitude
  • An engaging leadership style with a demonstrated use of collaborative/servant leadership style to manage individuals and direct the overall vision of team
  • Sound judgment, maturity, flexibility and the ability to handle sensitive and confidential information with discretion
  • Flexible and adaptable; open to feedback, professional growth, learning, and improvement
  • Stellar project management skills with an ability to organize and develop processes to ensure deadlines are met and goals achieved
  • Ability to coach at all levels and a high comfort level in having one-on-one coaching conversations with staff and students alike
  • Commitment to building diverse teams and strengthening an organization's cultural competency
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office applications especially Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint, and tools for managing/analyzing program data ( preferred)

How to apply


Please submit a thoughtful cover letter and resume through our website.

Note that applications without a cover letter will not be considered. We respectfully request no phone calls.


2607 2nd Ave., Suite 100, Seattle, WA, 98121, US


Education requirements
Employment type
Full time
Professional level
Salary details
Competitive and commensurate with education & experience
Competitive package including 100% healthcare coverage, dental & 401k. Three weeks paid vacation in the first year of employment, four weeks after initial year. Professional development funds available to support staff in achieving career objectives.
Job function
Owner's areas of focus