Director of The Choice Program at UMBC

Job Type

Full Time


Minimum: $85,000
Maximum: $95,000
Details: Note: This is a grant-funded position wherein employment is contingent upon renewal of the grant



Start Date


Application Deadline



1000 Hilltop Circle
The Shriver Center
United States


About Us

The Choice Program at UMBC is a not-for-profit organization administered by The Shriver Center at The University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC). For 30 years we have engaged, mentored, trained, and advocated for disconnected youth. We strive to reduce recidivism of young people involved in the justice system, reduce foster care placement for youth in the social services system, and strengthen youth and family ties to the community through increased educational and vocational opportunities. We believe that young people thrive when they have access to supportive resources and are able to contribute to and connect with their communities.

The Choice Program at UMBC utilizes a community-based, family-centered approach in order promote quality, cost-effective outcomes for young people and families. We engage in a collaborative process of service: where young people set goals for themselves and are held accountable by supportive adults along the way. Our AmeriCorps Members are our clients’ biggest advocates and work tirelessly to connect families to self-identified needed resources and reinforce a strengths-based approach to youth development.

The Choice Program at UMBC is grounded in theoretical perspective and values that focus employing strengths-based approaches focused on positive relationships and self-agency. The Choice model aligns itself with anti-racism and puts this into action through a focus on restorative practices, trauma-informed care and applied critical race theory.

The Position

As a member of the executive leadership team of The Choice Program at UMBC, the Director is responsible for leading the planning, development and outreach efforts of The Choice Program with overall oversight of internal programmatic and financial processes.  

The Director partners with the executive leadership team to promote a strengths-based organizational culture through active personnel management and a commitment to anti-racist programming in the community. 

Specific Responsibilities:

  • Identifies and cultivates key internal and external partnerships and fundraising efforts with community funders and stakeholders including grant-writing, outreach and marketing;
  • Serves as liaison to funding and community partners on a local, statewide and national level including the Department of Juvenile Services, Department of Social Services, foundations, philanthropic and corporate funders;
  • Serves as a member of The Shiver Center’s Leadership Team (as a direct report to the Director of The Shriver Center);
  • Assumes full responsibility for operational and administrative functions including, but not limited to: programming, budget/grants management, procurement, human resources, training, information technology systems development/maintenance, and quality assurance;
  • Coordinates with the leadership team to implement strategic planning, monitor; evaluate programming, and report out to partners; and, identify and pursue future research;
  • Represents the program and UMBC at local, regional and national conferences, workshops, and committee meetings;
  • Attends and participates in professional group meetings; stays abreast of new trends and innovations in the field of youth development, juvenile justice, health issues and workforce development;
  • Supervises the Deputy Director; and
  • Performs other related duties as assigned

Minimum Requirements


Bachelor’s Degree Required; Master’s Degree preferred


Minimum 3 years related experience with youth in need of supportive services or vulnerable populations; Minimum 5 years supervisory, leadership or administrative experience.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience in financial/budget management or accounting practices in the non-profit university sector;
  • Ability to effectively build organizational and staff capacity, while building a strong team-oriented culture; 
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills, with ability to prepare proposals, evaluations, and reports under deadlines; and
  • Commitment to anti-racist, inclusive practices for the organization and in the communities we serve.

Note: Due to the nature of the work flow and level of responsibility, this individual maintains a flexible schedule which goes beyond a 40 hour work week. Evening and weekend work involved.

A background check will be required.  

UMBC is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. Applications from women, minority group members, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

As required by the 1986 Immigration Act, be prepared to present acceptable documentation upon hire showing your identity and that you are a U.S. citizen or an alien who is authorized to work.


This is a full-time position at UMBC and offers an excellent benefits package including medical insurance,

dental insurance, prescription plan, retirement, competitive leave time, tuition remission and more.

To learn more about benefits at UMBC, visit HERE.

Level of Language Proficiency


Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

For best consideration, apply online through UMBC's application system HERE. (