Location and Job Title:
Managing Director, Youth and Recreation
YM & YWHA of Washington Heights & Inwood
54 Nagle Ave
New York, NY 10040
The Managing Director for Youth and Recreation is a new position that reflects the growth and expansion of the Y's programs. It is our commitment to excellent programming and supervision, community and relationship building, and utilizing universal Jewish values to tie our programs together, that led us to establish this new role as part of the Leadership of the Programming Team. The successful candidate will supervise existing key programs, the creation of new ones, and developing synergies between programs and staff in our Youth and Recreation area. This position will also emphasize building community by creating strong relationships with our members, utilizing a well-thought-out family communication and engagement strategy. The Managing Director for Youth and Recreation will implement systems to effectively manage programs, finding strategic opportunities to expand the Y's Youth and Recreation opportunities both within and beyond the community center, and be responsible for the fiscal management of the Youth and Recreation area.
The Managing Director of Youth and Recreation will oversee the following programs:
- Be Me After School Program, serving Kindergarten to 5th Grade students from the community.This is a fee for service recreational and educational program that fosters community-building and inclusion through Jewish values.
- Hudson Cliff Baseball League (HCBL), a co-ed league for children of all ability levels that promotes youth development, physical wellness, and baseball skills of children aged three to twelve during the spring.
- Inclusion and Special Needs Programs, providing support and enrichment activities to participants with special needs in the Be Me Afterschool Program, Hudson Cliffs Baseball League, and Camp Twelve Trails (summer camp), along with programming for children with developmental disabilities on Sundays (Sunday Funday program).
- Family Literacy Program, a program designed to improve the educational and economic opportunities of five to eight-year-old children and their families. This program currently offers two days a week of family literacy sessions at the Y (with children and guardians/parents together), and weekly literacy sessions for students at three different public schools in the community.
- Health and Fitness, a program that covers the Y's fitness center, exercise classes, a full-court gymnasium, and activities to support teen and adult members' health and fitness goals.
- In coordination with the Director of the Y's Norman E. Alexander Center for Jewish Life, the Managing Director for Youth and Recreation will oversee our year-round community center-based Teen Programs, which consist of programs that are engaging and open to the wider community, while infused by Jewish values and identity formation.
- As mentioned above, significant to the role will be the expansion of elementary-aged and teenaged programs (inside and outside the Y), as well as the enhancement of our Health and Fitness program, and its integration with existing Youth and Recreation programs.
- Serve as an integral part of the Youth and Family Leadership Team; support the CPO in Youth and Family-related matters, including but not limited to meetings, retreats, and other events.
- Facilitate alignment and clarity of program goals and communication of key messages.
- Run regular Youth and Recreation Team meetings and check-ins with direct reports; provide ongoing support to staff.
- Represent the Y in external forums; participate in and promote Y programs as needed.
- Actively support the effort to find additional resources to enhance the quality of programs
- Develop a strategic vision to ensure programs are educationally relevant, innovative, integrated, and evolving from year to year.
- Work with Marketing staff to develop and execute the branding of programs.
- Create and guide Youth and Recreation committees comprised of Y community members.
- Model commitment to the values and goals of the Y and champion and articulate the Y's culture.
Program Planning, Implementation, Evaluation, and Continuous Development
- Lead and enable Program Directors to deliver impactful programming by working with the team in identifying long-term and short-term program goals and outputs, executing well-planned activities, and implementing ongoing improvements of educational programs.
- Ensure appropriate supervision, evaluation, and plans for enhancement are in place and followed up with each program.
- Develop and strengthen partnerships with new and existing organizations
Compliance and Administration
- Ensure compliance of all programs with government standards and the Y's HR requirements.
- Ensure compliance with all funders, including government and private foundations.
- Facilitate the efficient functioning of the team and effective coordination between the team and other Y departments.
- Work with HR staff to ensure timely and accurate completion of all reporting and paperwork requirements, including payroll materials, departmental goals and work plans, budget preparation, tracking, and monitoring reports, employment paperwork, and other administrative /compliance requirements.
- Responsible for the professional development of direct reports providing coaching, mentoring, and performance feedback to equip Program Directors to deliver successful programming.
- Work with Human Resources to attract, recruit, develop, and retain high-quality staff.
- Directly supervise at least three full-time Program Directors
- Manage the Youth and Recreation team.
POSITION TYPE / EXPECTED CORE HOURS OF WORK
- Full- time position; FSLA Exempt
- Monday - Thursday: 10:00 am - 6:30 pm; alternating Fridays and Sundays 9:00 am - 5:30 pm, with room for flexibility.
- This job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties, or responsibilities that are required of the employee. Other functions and responsibilities may change or may be assigned.
- Generous Paid Time Off (PTO) and competitive benefits package: Health Insurance; Retirement Plan; Optional 403b Plan; Life Insurance; Flexible Spending Account; Commuter Benefit Plan.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential function satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
YM & YWHA of Washington Heights & Inwood provides equal employment opportunity to all individuals regardless of their race, color, creed, religion, gender, age, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by state, federal, or local law.
REQUIRED EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE
- Master's degree strongly preferred (Bachelor's required) in one of the following fields: Youth Development, Education, Physical Education, Recreation or a related field.
- At least ten (10) years of youth development experience, including five (5) years of demonstrated success in an educational environment working with a broad spectrum of staff, volunteers, and program participants.
- At least five (5) years of direct experience working with school-aged children, including at least two (2) years in a supervisory capacity.
- Demonstrated experience in curriculum and program development.
- Bilingual in Spanish and English, helpful.
- Current First Aid and CPR certification, and Health & Safety certification, helpful.
WORK AUTHORIZATION & CLEARANCE
- Documentation of U.S. citizenship or eligibility to work in the U.S.
- Must pass the background checks by the Y, Department of Health (DOH), and Department of Education (DOE).
Established in 1917, YM & YWHA of Washington Heights and Inwood (the "Y") is a not-for-profit Jewish Community Center that welcomes people of all backgrounds and beliefs. We offer a wide range of educational, recreational, and social services programs to enhance the quality of life of those we serve.