At Chicago Youth Centers (CYC), we educate and support children and families so they can succeed in the 21st century. We provide the tools, experiences, and resources needed for youth ages 3-18 to persist academically and develop socially and emotionally.
We engage children early and provide services when they are most vulnerable: after school and during the summer.
We offer family engagement programs to help families guide their children during critical transitions: entering kindergarten, starting high school, and preparing for college or a career.
We build strong partnerships within communities to create a village of committed community leaders, schools, volunteers, and peer organizations dedicated to our children's success.
We are currently hiring for a Center Director for our Rebecca K. Crown location in South Shore. The Center Director will provide leadership to a community youth center. This includes responsibility for program development and implementation, staff performance and personnel management, property/risk management, fundraising, fiscal and grant management, and staff leadership for the performance of local advisory board.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
• Responsible for the development and delivery of youth development programs in accordance with agency mission, policies, procedures, program plan, PYD curriculum, and program outcomes; ensure compliance with various funding agencies’ performance standards and contractual agreements. Design a center annual program plan in collaboration with staff, program advisory committee, and central services, and provide leadership for an effective program implementation process; develop and implement program quality improvement initiatives, in accordance with agency quality improvement process.
• Responsible for the fiscal management of the center, including annual revenue and expense budget development; develop cost controls to ensure a balanced budget; develop and manage local and agency-wide youth development contracts and grants; ensure that center complies with all contract and grant program standards and funding source policies and procedures.
• Responsible for the human resources management of the center including recruitment and hiring of center staff and new employee orientation; develop staff goals and performance expectations; supervise assigned staff including employees, independent contractors, interns, work-study students, and volunteers; complete employee performance evaluations, develop and implement staff development and training plans, recruit and train volunteers to assist in program implementation activities.
• Responsible for community relations activities; organize and manage a program advisory committee for the purpose of assessing community assets and needs; develop partnerships and collaborative efforts with local schools and other community stakeholders; attend community group and partner meetings toward the goal of service coordination to most effectively meet community needs; develop and implement marketing and public relations plans to ensure high center and program visibility in community.
• Responsible for ensuring that recordkeeping and reporting systems are maintained in an up to date and accurate manner, and consistent with agency standards; ensure that center achieves and maintains compliance with all funding source requirements; complete all program related reporting as required.
• Responsible for management of center property and facility; ensure that facility complies with all applicable city and state licensing standards and building codes; ensure that maintenance concerns are addressed; adhere to agency safety, risk management, and incident reporting procedures; make maximum use of property to meet needs of service population and community.
Master’s Degree preferred; Baccalaureate Degree required in Youth Development, Human Services, Social Work, Education, Recreation, or related field. Must meet educational requirements set forth by all licensing bodies and funding sources. A minimum of 18 semester or 27 quarter hours is required in courses related to child care and/or child development, elementary education, physical education, recreation, or camping, including courses related to school-age children to comply with state licensing standards.
Advancing Youth Development Certificate preferred - with college credit hours
Minimum of five (5) years youth development and related experience, preferably in a community-based setting with two (2) years of supervisory/management experience.
Highly effective communication skills (verbal and written), problem solving, and conflict resolution skills; ability to communicate effectively with multiple levels of management, stakeholders, and constituents.
Strong organizational skills, including ability to create and manage complex schedules, multi-task, maintain accurate records, prepare reports, and manage budgets.
Computer proficiency in Microsoft Office (MS Word, Excel, Access, etc.)
Energetic and outgoing personality, including ability to work under multiple reporting layers.
The work schedule is 10:00 - 6:30 PM. Must be willing to work a flexible schedule, including some weekends to meet program needs. Must be able to pass background check and motor vehicle record check.
We are seeking candidates that meet the educational requirements with youth development and supervisory/management experience. Please confirm you meet the requirements prior to submitting your resume and include your official or unofficial transcript for review.
Chicago Youth Centers (CYC) invests in youth in undeserved communities in Chicago to help them discover and realize their full potential. Caring for Our Communities for 60 years, CYC has steadfastly served communities on the south and west sides of Chicago. Today CYC centers are in seven communities across metro Chicago. We consistently deliver programming to serve the needs of kids, parents and c...ommunities—focusing on academic achievement, social and emotional skill development and parent/family engagement. Our centers are characterized by passionate and committed staff and serve as learning centers for our kids, community resources, and safe spaces.