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Program Director

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Solar Youth, Inc.
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New Haven, CT
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Published 25 days ago

Solar Youth is seeking to hire a Program Director to manage the organization’s innovative experiential youth development programs.  The position reports to the Executive Director and is responsible for supervising at least five program staff, leading the program development and evaluation processes, managing programmatic systems and infrastructure, and representing Solar Youth in the local community.

Due to the absence of a consistent PD for the past few years (due to funding and other challenges) we are seeking someone with creativity, grit and vision to rebuild the systems and culture needed to support our program team and organization as we move into a period of strategic planning to define our future vision.  The PD hired will be a key member of the strategic planning team.

Responsibilities:

Program Development and Execution: 

Ensures the development and implementation of comprehensive and integrated suite of youth development programs

  • Leads program planning process
  • Guides program staff in fulfilling program goals and outcomes
  • Sets program budgets and manages spending
  • Coordinates daily, weekly, and seasonal programmatic priorities

Staff Supervision and Development: 

Ensures that a highly qualified staff successfully meets program goals

  • Supervises at least five full time program staff, offering regular guidance at both a team and individual level
  • Builds a team environment with all program and administrative staff
  • Facilitates in house trainings, or secures outside trainings for staff in areas such as youth development, trauma-informed care, nonviolent communication/restorative practices, mindfulness and environmental exploration
  • Hires, orients, and trains new staff

Program Evaluation: 

Ensures the development and implementation of comprehensive evaluation plan to measure impact of Solar Youth on youth, families, neighborhoods and the environment

  • Oversees the collection and analysis of program data
  • Oversees development of Program Outcome Reports 
  • Work closely with the Director of External Relations to provide data needed for grants and contracts

Program Facilities, Equipment, and Safety: 

Ensures that the physical resources are in place to facilitate safe and successful programming

  • Oversees management and maintenance of program spaces at two locations
  • Develops new protocols in response to changing needs due to Covid-19 pandemic

Community Relations: 

Ensures that Solar Youth has a consistent and active presence among relevant communities and affinity groups

  • Represents Solar Youth at community meetings, events, and conferences
  • Develops strategic partnerships with local organizations
  • Oversees the capturing of program stories in order to share the impact of Solar Youth with families, the community, partners and funders

Culture and Strategic Leadership: 

As a member of Solar Youth’s leadership team, poses strategic questions and challenges the “status quo”

  • Initiates problem-solving when systems and protocols are broken, inefficient, or in need of change to improve impact
  • Participates in upcoming strategic planning process to help envision our next phase as an organization

Qualifications

Strong candidates will have at least five years’ experience in nonprofit management and program development and demonstrated experience in the following:

  • Developing and managing multiple program staff in educational environments 
  • Holding direct reports accountable to meeting programmatic objectives
  • Youth development and/or organizing
  • Experiential education and/or environmental education
  • Organizational planning and problem solving
  • Mindfulness practice and nonviolent communication (prior experience preferred)
  • Microsoft Office and Google Docs/Sheets. Experience with some data management software (we use Salesforce)
  • Bachelor’s degree or higher in a related field preferred (ideally in something related to the environment, education or social work, but not required if competencies built in non-formal ways)

Solar Youth offers...

  • Full-time salary commensurate with experience
  • Full benefits package
  • Opportunity to work with a creative, evolving organization committed to youth development and empowerment

Solar Youth is seeking to hire a Program Director to manage the organization’s innovative experiential youth development programs.  The position reports to the Executive Director and is responsible for supervising at least five program…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Start Date
    May 3, 2021
  • Application Deadline
    April 16, 2021
  • Education
    4-Year Degree Required
  • Professional Level
    Managerial

Salary

$45,000 - $60,000

Benefits

A health care plan for full-time employees is available beginning 60 days after hire date.

Dental plan coverage for full-time employees is available at Solar Youth’s expense, beginning one year after hire date.

Full-time employees, who have completed two years of continuous service, are eligible to participate in a Simple IRA with 3% match.

Full-time employees earn Paid Time Off each year, the amount of which increases through years of service, starting with 20 days, plus 2 "shut down" weeks.

A health care plan for full-time employees is available beginning 60 days after hire date.

Dental plan coverage for full-time employees is available at Solar Youth’s expense…

Location

Temporarily Remote
Work must be performed in or near New Haven, CT
Associated Location
New Haven, CT

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Apply via Idealist, including resume and one page cover letter (include 3 references on second page with at least one a former supervisor).

Cover Letter guidance:

Your cover letter should respond to the following questions and reference relevant life experience:

  1. Why are you interested in this position?
  2. Why do you think you would enjoy/do well in the job? 
  3. What experience do you have with program management and supervision, youth development, environmental education, or other core elements of Solar Youth programming?
  4. How will working with Solar Youth help you achieve your professional and personal goals?
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