Programs Manager & Youth Advocate

Job Type

Full Time


Minimum: $25,000.00
Maximum: $27,000.00



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Water Street East
United States


The Highland Center seeks a passionate advocate to manage its programs, with a special focus on coordinating the youth development and outreach efforts that lie at the heart of our small, vibrant community.


The Center, a rural nonprofit in Monterey, VA, understands that the long-term success of Highland County depends on giving young people the best chance possible to make a bright future for themselves. It’s youth-focused initiatives—a direct outgrowth of its core mission—are nested within a broader spectrum of community and economic development programs that must all be integrated to be successful.


Accordingly, the right candidate will have the strategic vision and management skills to ensure that program resources and staff efforts are utilized in complimentary ways:


Supervision of Program Staff

The programs manager will report directly to the Executive Director, and will oversee the efforts of other team members such as the local foods coordinator, business resource coordinator, and a cadre of interns and apprentices. He or she will also work in close concert with them to guarantee that all program & staff efforts are advancing the Center’s mission in a way our community can take pride in. They will conduct staff meetings as needed, review budgets and metrics, contribute to hiring searches/decisions, and help spread the word about our accomplishments.


Community Outreach

We value the input of our friends, neighbors and stakeholders, and believe their perspective is indispensable to our long-term success. Accordingly, Center staffers regularly attend the meetings of local service organizations, the county government, the school board, and other local nonprofits.


In addition, a promising candidate should be willing to maintain the following well-established programs:


Youth Employment Program (YEP)

YEP has been crucial to youth and workforce development in the community for almost 40 years. It engages young people ages 14-19 in work experiences at local businesses, nonprofits, and county facilities so they can develop essential skills—all while providing them educational workshops on resumes, interview skills, entrepreneurship, and basic finances (to name a few).


Youth Philanthropy Council (YPC)

A service and leadership development program that aims to give our young people the opportunity to shape the course of the county according to their own priorities. Over the past two years, YPC members (grades 9-12) have given away $15,000 dollars to local nonprofits.


Youth Coalition

The Center coordinates quarterly meetings of the Highland Youth Coalition. Made up of representatives from the Center, Highland County Public Schools, Highland Medical Center, Social Services, the Highland County Public Library, VA Cooperative Extension, local media, Allegheny Mountain Institute, and the juvenile justice system, the Coalition is a venue for collaboration and problem solving.


Coordinating and managing these initiatives sometimes involves weekend and evening work. Success will require a high level of organization, drive, and commitment to the kinds of incremental change that adds up to big differences in the lives of clients. The ability to prioritize and manage multiple deadlines will be key. A bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience is required.

AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service alumni are encouraged to apply.


2 weeks paid vacation, 8 paid holidays, Assistance with finding housing

Level of Language Proficiency

English -- Fluent

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

If you believe you are our next programs manager, please send a resume and cover letter to Josh Umar at or call 540-468-1922.