Director of Program Development, Western New York Region

Job Type

Full Time



Application Deadline:



New York
United States


Organization Description:


Mentor New York brings caring adults together with children in need through safe, effective mentoring programs. Mentor New York is not itself a mentoring program. It is a catalyst, linking individuals, organizations and communities to existing mentoring programs and the young people they serve. We offer all our services free of charge so that we can make sure as many mentoring programs as possible operate safely and effectively.


Position Summary: 


The Director of Program Development will be responsible for services provided in the Western New York Region of the State. They will focus on program development, partnership development, capacity building and training within their regions. The program development director has valuable specialized skills that will support the program development team in executing projects that supports the organization’s efforts to support mentoring programs throughout the state. This position will drive Mentor New York’s vision to close the mentoring gap for the over 450,000 children who need, want and deserve a mentor throughout the state.  


Principal Responsibilities:


Program Development


Start new and strengthen existing mentoring programs throughout Western New York to serve more children.

  • Utilize demographics, community profiles, and community partners to identify youth development organizations, corporations, schools and nonprofit organizations interested in incorporating mentoring to their service portfolio.
  • Develop key relationships with mentoring programs in schools, nonprofit organizations and corporations to provide continuous support and services as they manage their programs.
  • Provide National Quality Mentoring System Assessment to help mentoring programs drive innovation and enhance practices.
  • Provide support over the course of the first year of newly established mentoring programs to ensure successful implementation of the program.


Capacity Building


Through community outreach and partnership development, establish mentoring programs that will receive program support and consultation through the National Mentoring Resource Center. This retention strategy will help support increasing program capacity and strengthen program practices.

  • Personally manage a portfolio of 20-35 established mentoring programs
  • Through the live webinars, specialized enrichment trainings, and collaborative meetings provide consistent engagement and resources to all mentoring programs in the WNY community.



  • Conduct live webinars, and in-person trainings scheduled in The Center for Mentoring Excellence and customized trainings needed within your assigned regions
  • Develop new curriculum and training offerings that address the needs of mentoring programs in partnership with Mentor New York
  • Support fellow team members to provide trainings when functional expertise is needed


Partnership Development

  • In close collaboration with the Director of Operations and Growth Strategies, identify potential partners and explore partnerships that will increase resources for Mentor New York and mentoring programs in the community and further the expansion of mentoring services provided.
  • Support the development and implementation of a community outreach strategy that increases our presence throughout the region.


All other duties as assigned

The Ideal Candidate:

The ideal candidate is professional and resourceful. They must feel comfortable navigating the public, private and nonprofit sector, understanding the needs of key leaders and the communities they serve. Needs to be an effective communicator that clearly articulates the mission and impact of the organization both verbally and in writing. They are willing to conduct both the administrative and strategic tasks that are involved in establishing successful partnerships and community relationships. They are able to work independently when needed and collaboratively as part of an integrated, cross-functional team providing training and consultation throughout the state. The candidate must have the ability to manage multiple projects with both internal and external stakeholders and meet all deadlines. This candidate needs to possess excellent relationship management and problem solving skills and is a highly skilled communicator. The candidate needs to demonstrate a positive attitude and foster an encouraging environment amongst colleagues and external partners and should be comfortable in managing online information systems, conducting live webinars and in-person training.



  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience required
  • Minimum of 5-7 years of experience in program development, consultation and/or training.
  • Demonstrated ability to take initiative and work on multiple projects simultaneously
  • Able to multi-task in a changing work environment
  • Excellent organization and analytical skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to handle delicate and confidential information
  • Able to establish and maintain collaborative relationships with the program coordinators, school administrators, non-profit leaders, mentors and program development team.
  • Motivated to help the organization serve more children
  • Passion for supporting disadvantaged youth and youth programming, preferably in the field of mentoring



Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply