Director of Vocation Training

Job Type

Full Time




1231 North Broad Street, 3rd Floor
United States


Director of Vocation Training

YouthBuild Philadelphia Charter School

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


YouthBuild Philly is a life-changing two year program for young adults between the ages of 18 and 21 who have dropped out of high school serving approximately 450 young people per year, half as students and half as alumni. In the first year of the program, students engage in competency-based academics, vocational training in either building trades, business/customer service, early childhood education and healthcare, as well as serve as part-time AmeriCorps members. In the second year of the program, alumni receive support to pursue their postsecondary goals in careers, college, and training. YouthBuild Philly is an award winning, flagship program of the national YouthBuild movement, and has been named a Top Workplace by the Philadelphia Inquirer for six consecutive years. The program’s core values are excellence, perseverance and respect. Our mission is to provide out of school youth in Philadelphia with the broadest range of tools supports and opportunities available to become self-sufficient, responsible and productive citizens in their community.


Leadership – Develop a positive culture that promotes continuous student growth and staff development. Articulate and model a clear vision of the school’s culture that involves students, families and staff.

Results Orientation – Develop and communicate a department vision, set department objectives and follow through to achieve results. Support the development and monitoring of department scorecards.

Perspective – Monitor trends affecting the organization, encourage staff input, accurately differentiate between important and unimportant issues. Lead department meetings and, when applicable, all-staff conversations.

Support – Build trust and inspire staff to overcome challenges. Address concerns to prevent conflict or decrease in motivation. 

  • Ensure that department staff are active, contributing members of GPS team meetings, GPS Advisory, and Graduation Pathways activities, and they work between meetings to be prepared to provide updates and manage GPS role(s). 
  • Ensure that department staff are active members of our school community by greeting students and staff, addressing issues in common spaces, engaging in village meeting, and attending community building events.
  • Ensure that department staff build meaningful relationships with their mentees through consistent outreach and contact including phone calls, texts, actions plans with follow-up, and other activities, and for post-program mentees they know year 1 & 2 progress, career interests, and life outside of YouthBuild - guide and support them in their efforts.
  • Ensure that department staff submit paperwork accurately and on-time, and are present and engaged in school meetings and professional development.

Collaboration – Facilitate opportunities to strengthen programming through school and community partnerships. 

Develop and maintain partnerships to ensure hands-on, real world learning worksite experiences for students and opportunities for students to gain industry experiences.  

  • Work closely with Post-Secondary Director to align, develop and maintain school year pre-apprenticeship programming and experiences with post-program year industry and post-secondary opportunities.  

Communication – Use effective communication to build commitment for established department goals. Participate with the school’s program team in planning and decision-making process.

Diversity – Build an empowering environment to support diverse staff. Support the school effort to deepen our identity as a social justice organization.

Resources and Operations – Ensure processes and systems are in place that result in well-organized work routines

Resource Management – Leverage staff and financial resources. Develop and manage department budget to support performance and outcomes.

  • Complete administrative functions including; authorizing timesheets,approving personal and sick time requests, and approving check requests.

Grant Management – Ensure organizational compliance with relevant guidelines, mandates and reporting responsibilities.

Time Management – Schedule individual and department time that influences school performance

Teaching and Learning – Ensure that program design, instruction, and assessment on student growth and staff effectiveness are based on research and best practices.

Development – Oversee the development of vocational-training curricula, lesson plans and evaluation tools for multiple academic and professional skill levels - that through understanding industry standards and certifications prepare students for job placement and/or post-secondary training. Understand behavior skill development and incorporate into curricula.

Implementation – Support the implementation of department programming.  

Improvement – Make all necessary adjustments and interventions in the vocational-training programs to increase effectiveness and to achieve the vocational-training performance objectives.

Performance Management – Communication between a supervisor and employee that occurs throughout the year, in support of accomplishing the strategic objectives of the organization. Supervise seven vocation instructors and training and placement coordinator.

Expectations – Through established annual goals, staff have clear performance expectations aligned with school mission

Observation – Conduct formal and informal observations

Supervision – Conduct supervision meetings providing individualized actionable feedback and utilize work plans to provide direction. Provide classroom coaching and monitoring to support quality curriculum implementation and ensure best instructional practices are being used.

Professional Development – Provide professional learning and leadership opportunities and coaching

Evaluation – Conduct rigorous evaluations that measure progress toward achieving established goals

Hiring and Retention – Hire and retain effective staff. 


  • YBPCS would prefer the following qualifications for this position:
  • 3 to 5 years of program and supervision experience
  • Act 34, 114 and 151 criminal background clearances
  • Strong commitment to helping young adults succeed, reorient their lives, nurture their leadership skills and make a difference in their community

All qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment without regard to their race, religion, ancestry, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, marital status, medical condition, veteran status or any other basis as protected by federal, state, or local law.


Please submit a cover letter, resume and salary expectations via email to Priscilla Tennant, Human Resources Director at with the words “Director of Vocation Training" in the subject line.

Please note that only applicants who meet the salary expectations would be considered for the position.


  • Medical & Dental Benefits
  • PTO
  • Sick Days
  • Supplemental Insurance plans available through Aflac
  • 401k
  • Staff member Wellness programs (Yoga, Zumba, Healthy Challenge, etc.)

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply


Please submit a cover letter, resume and salary expectations via email to Priscilla Tennant, Human Resources Director at with the words “Director of Vocation Training" in the subject line.

Please note that only applicants who meet the salary expectations would be considered for the position.