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This position supports the work of the Y, a leading nonprofit, charitable organization committed to strengthening community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Under the guidance of the Vice President of Youth Development, the School-Age Program Director is responsible for the organization, delivery and quality of YMCA Before and After School, and Adventure Camp programs to the members, program participants and community. The Program Director will directly supervise the Site Coordinators and staff of the assigned programs. This position works independently under general direction and is expected to determine how to accomplish tasks.

Our mission and core values are brought to life by our culture. In the Y, we strive to live our cause of strengthening communities with purpose and intentionality every day. We are welcoming: we are open to all. We are a place where you can belong and become. We are genuine: we value you and embrace your individuality. We are hopeful: we believe in you and your potential to become a catalyst in the world. We are nurturing: we support you in your journey to develop your full potential. We are determined: above all else, we are on a relentless quest to make our community stronger beginning with you.

The Y is made up of people of all ages, from all walks of life, working side-by-side to strengthen communities. Together, we strive to ensure that everyone, regardless of ability, age, cultural background, ethnicity, faith, gender, gender expression, gender identity, ideology, income, national origin, race or sexual orientation has the opportunity to reach their full potential with dignity. Our core values are caring, honesty, respect, responsibility and faith — they guide everything we do.

The YMCA of Rock River Valley has a responsibility to provide safe and secure programs and services for our community. The YMCA is a leader in child abuse prevention to support the safety of children in our care.

You’ll support the commitment of the YMCA to child abuse prevention by:
Report any items that may provide a health or safety hazard to staff, members or guests to your supervisor.
Follow all policies and procedures related to keeping children safe in our facilities and programs, including those related to the monitoring and supervision of children.
Report any suspicious behavior and violation of policy and procedures to your supervisor.
Complete all child abuse prevention training as required.

Recruits, hires, supervises, and schedules program staff. Actively involved in staff professional development, identifying training needs, facilitating training sessions, and mentoring in collaboration with other program directors and supervisors.
Regularly visits sites to lead and develop staff, ensuring the delivery of high-quality and safe programs. Conducts staff and program evaluations, oversees safety inspections, and provides ongoing support and guidance.
Adapts and continuously improves program curriculum in line with YMCA Before and After School and Adventure Camp standards. Implements innovative strategies to enhance educational and recreational activities.
Leads efforts to grow program enrollment and expand offerings. Monitors and analyzes trends to identify opportunities for program development.
Ensures all site operations adhere to state, local, and YMCA standards and policies. Maintains staff-to-participant ratios and ensures 100% compliance with regulatory requirements.
Builds effective relationships with internal and external partners, addressing issues, communicating program updates, and resolving conflicts. Establishes and maintains productive partnerships with school personnel and families to support youth needs. The Y: We’re for youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility.
Manages accurate records of staff certifications, trainings, and program documentation. Assists in registration, billing, and collection processes.
Manages departmental budget, oversees inventory of site equipment and supplies, and ensures cost effective use of resources.
Coordinates special events and community engagement activities. Innovates to enhance program appeal and participation.
Takes a leadership role in organizing staff meetings and ensuring clear, effective communication within the team.
Champions a focus on character development, diversity, equity, and inclusion in all programming. Encourages an environment of respect and understanding.
Promptly reports and addresses damaged equipment or safety hazards. Ensures a safe and well maintained environment for staff and participants.
Participates in the Manager on Duty schedule as assigned.
Performs other functions necessary for the smooth and efficient operation of the YMCA of Rock River Valley.

Bachelor’s degree in related field; Minimum High School Diploma or GED required
Training required upon hire: Child Abuse Prevention, Blood-borne Pathogens, IL Gateways Child Development Overview, Health Issues for Group Care, Nutrition Issues for Group Care, Safety Issues for Group Care; IL DCFS Child Abuse and Neglect/Mandated Reporter. Any additional certifications that are required by the state of Illinois.
1-2 years related experience in leadership in a childcare setting
Experience in effectively managing a staff team.
CPR, AED and First Aid Certifications required within 90 days.
Praesidium Academy trainings.
YMCA Leader Team Leader certification preferred.
Prefer knowledge of, and previous experience with, diverse populations.
Proven track record of developing authentic and deepened relationships with others

1 Position

Full Time, Exempt
Availability: Mornings, Evenings, and School’s Out Days
$42,000 per year

The Y is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. We offer more than just a job, rather the opportunity to make a lasting difference in the lives of those around you. The Y offers work/life balance, and excellent membership & program benefits.

Complimentary YMCA Membership
Program Discounts
8% Retirement contribution following 2-year vesting requirement

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