Girls Inc. of the Pacific Northwest inspires all girls to be strong, smart, and bold. Serving youth ages 6-18, we provide life-changing after school programs and experiences that help youth grow up to be healthy, educated, and independent. Our research-based programming is delivered by trained staff who focus on the development of the whole girl, supporting, mentoring, and guiding youth in an affirming, pro-girl environment. Here, youth learn to value their whole selves, discover, and develop their inherent strengths, and receive the support they need to navigate the challenges they face. Girls Inc. youth live healthy and active lifestyles; they are eager to learn, successful in school, and more likely to graduate from post-secondary education; and they display diligence, perseverance, and resilience. Follow along on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube, or learn more at girlsincpnw.org.
Today the Girls Inc. PNW is braving a new era. In the wake of social justice matters across the United States, and the challenges of COVID-19, the organization is undergoing a digital transformation, realizing a strategy to support girls in our region which is across Portland, SW Washington, Tacoma, and Seattle.
We seek a strategic and innovative leader to lead our Programming enterprise as our next Director of Programs. Reporting to the CEO, this leader is responsible for developing and managing all of the organization’s programs.
The role of Director of Programs is an integral one within Girls Inc. PNW. This role will provide stability to the organization, and support the future direction related to leadership, program strategy, management, and staff’s professional development.
Currently, this position is the second most senior leadership role within the organization. The role is a prime opportunity to gain and evolve organizational management and executive leadership skills, so as to prepare for any future related executive opportunities.
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Girls Inc. PNW serves girls in the Portland metropolitan area, SW Washington, Tacoma, and Seattle. Our main office is in Portland, Oregon with offices in Vancouver and Seattle, Washington as well. This role requires residency in one of those locations. Virtual, remote working is supported currently due to the COVID-19 pandemic but will evolve to in-person, in-office work as public health restrictions permit. The role also involves travel to our different locations a few times a year, on planned occasions. Supervision of direct reports will be mainly virtual.
The position focuses on developing strategies to expand programming opportunities for girls, cultivating and growing relationships with program partners, and overseeing program staff with key supervisory roles related to volunteers. Girls Group Managers and the Eureka! Manager directly report to the Director of Programs. The entire Programming Team teams ranges from 6 full time FTE up to 40 PTE. Other direct reporting assignments may be subject to change overtime.
Job Duties and Responsibilities
- Create the Girls Inc. PNW Program Model.
- Lead and manage all Program Staff.
- Command a cohesive management approach for a regional programmatic model.
- Implement the Program Model and supervise, designate, and assign all programming assignments to key program staff. This includes program curriculum(s) development, planning processes, program-related projects and partners, budgets, site selection and management, supplies procurement, and related calendars and events.
- Supervise all program staff’s activities and communication, supporting the supervision of all program coordinators, staff facilitators, and interns.
- Design and implement all program evaluation initiatives, including pre/posttests, Strong, Smart and Bold Outcomes Survey, Dimensions of Success STEM Observation Tool, and the Youth Program Quality Assessment.
- Track and report program outcomes, providing data necessary to support development efforts and to provide absolute transparency to the CEO and funders on program performance.
- Develop and implement periodic review of program objectives and desired outcomes, ensuring they align with the organization’s overall mission.
- Advocate for program needs through coordination and communication with community resources, education professionals, parents, social service providers, and similar contacts.
- Support fund development to identify funding opportunities, collaborate on grant submissions and the stewardship of corporate partners.
- Coordinate with all staff on fundraising and fund development events.
- Perform other duties as needed to assist with the overall mission of the organization.
The Ideal Candidate
- Has a background in creating, developing and growing programs and is excited by new challenges and opportunities.
- Understands the Pacific Northwest landscape related to public schools and nonprofit services.
- Grasps youth program modeling, within the context of after school programming.
- Strong model design, and program management experience.
- A high performer in various leadership scenarios and can provide excellent customer service to the CEO, GIPNW Board of Directors, Girl Inc. national leadership, and external stakeholders.
- Is a relationship builder and has experience working with school, nonprofit, corporate and community constituencies.
- Thrives in an entrepreneurial environment, is willing to pilot new strategies, take some risks, and is comfortable with the idea of making mistakes and learning from them quickly.
- Has experience conducting trainings for adults and youth. Train-the-trainer experience highly desirable. Is a good public speaker.
- Is a team player, emphasizes strength-based leadership development, and recognizes that our organization thrives on collaboration.
- Demonstrated commitment to equity and anti-racism.
- Believes in the power of girls and youth.
- Motivated to learn and gain executive leadership skills.
- Willingness to have a flexible schedule, e.g. weeknight and weekend availability required; including local, regional, and national travel at times.
- Experience working with Google Docs and Microsoft Office.
- Valid Driver’s License and access to reliable transportation.
- Bilingual speaking ability in Spanish is ideal, but not mandatory.
Education, Training and Experience
- College degree or equivalent public administration, social work, or similarly related program; advanced degree preferred.
- Five years of experience in a leadership role, including personnel supervision and development and budget development and management.
- Intermediate to advanced working knowledge of constituent management systems and software.
- Experience developing and conducting trainings for staff, volunteers and public.
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
- Experience working with a diverse range of partners including schools, communities and corporations to develop and implement successful programs.
- Superb communication skills – writing and public speaking.
- Demonstrated leadership skills with the ability to inspire and motivate others.
- Strong organizational and collaboration skills; ability to manage multiple activities seamlessly and to delegate effectively.
- Ability to promote teamwork and strength-based professional development of direct reports.
- Demonstrated commitment to equity, and uplifting Black, Indigenous, People of Color as a platform to diversify and include any person of distinct backgrounds.