Boys & Girls Clubs of America

  • Director, Youth Development Programs (Arts/Arts Education)

    Posted Date 2 months ago(3/1/2018 11:29 AM)
    Job ID
    Edu Found & Academic Inno
    Atlanta, GA
  • Overview

    Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) is in the midst of an unprecedented transformation requiring an entrepreneurial and strategically oriented leader to serve as Director, Creative Youth Development. Reporting to the Senior Director, Creative Youth Development, this position will manage a portfolio of programs that support a national effort to cultivate a culture of continuous quality improvement in arts programs, and support Clubs in their capacity to provide more youth with access to high quality arts programs in a multitude of forms and disciplines. This role will design innovative solutions that contribute to the academic success of our youth through the development of competencies in 21st century skills as well as creating fun and engaging youth experiences through high-quality arts programming that are readily implemented in local Clubs.     


    Located in Atlanta, the Director, Creative Youth Development must be focused on how to manage scale program activation across the more than 4,000 Clubs of BGCA’s federated network. The Director contributes to positive youth development and drives youth outcomes across the spectrums of Academic Success, Good Character and Citizenship, and Healthy Lifestyles. This position maintains a focus on leading program strategies, ensuring program quality and impact, leadership of special initiatives, educating and developing national staff, driving member outcomes, and producing thought leadership.


    Working in small flexible teams, the director will deliver on innovative thinking and business-changing recommendations that will inform the core of our youth development and social impact work. The director is able to build and manage relationships to represent the interests of the Program, Training & Youth Development Services (PTYDS) department, partnering with Resource Development, Marketing & Communications, Planning & Measurement, Government Relations, Military Services, Native Services, corporate partners and others. This person must have a proven background as a content area expert, program portfolio manager and/or program design leader. He/she must be able to partner in the analysis and translation of research findings to drive organizational learning and impact.


    A primary responsibility of this role is to contribute to strategies and deliver tactics to help transform Boys & Girls Club facilities into Centers of Excellence, filled with a mix of innovative programs and services that address critical barriers to academic and post-secondary success, including technology proficiency, innovation and creativity, problem solving and collaboration. The director is a driver of impact, presenting Clubs with the tools and resources needed to deliver world-class programming aligned around three priority outcome areas (Academic Success, Good Character and Citizenship, and Healthy Lifestyles).


    The ideal candidate will have high-level expertise in the areas of academic development and 21st skill development through the arts, arts education and administration, technology and technology education, digital literacy and out-of-school time (OST) programming, along with knowledge and experiences in positive youth development practices. It is also important that he/she begins work with a high-level appreciation of the mission of BGCA and an ability to quickly understand the literature relevant to BGCA’s three priority areas (Academic Achievement, Good Character and Citizenship, and Healthy Lifestyles) with the ability to integrate outcomes across these priority areas.


    • In collaboration with the Senior Director, Creative Youth Development, the director is responsible for implementing a strategic framework geared to promote the academic success of youth, especially those who need us most.
    • Manages a portfolio of multi-million dollar corporate, foundation and governmental contracts ensuring timely and quality delivery of project goals and objectives.
    • Maintains high-level expertise in the areas of youth and adolescent development, innovative youth program design, character development, civic education, youth leadership development, youth trends and 21st century youth development. 
    • Contributes to a series of thought leadership documents and reports to advance the exploration of specific thematic topics, including creativity as a core developmental skill set, design thinking, gaming as an academic strategy, digital youth engagement and others. 
    • Maintains high-level expertise and remains current on latest research and trends in the areas of youth development, technology, youth as innovators, arts education and staff development.  
    • Works in partnership with BGCA’s Resource Development and Government Relations departments to identify and use funds to support BGCA’s portfolio of innovation and creativity programs. 
    • Plays a key role developing strategies to achieve organizational priorities, including partnering with others in achieving average daily attendance, membership, teen and training goals that are shared by every functional area across BGCA.
    • Demonstrate BGCA mission driven values of integrity, collaborations, accountability, respect and excellence and integrate into work environment and ways of work.
    • Adhere to organizational policies and procedures as described in BGCA's Employee Handbook, Ethics Policy and elsewhere.


    No direct Reports. May monitor and coordinate the work of temporary employees and student interns



    • Bachelor’s degree in arts and/or education leadership, non-profit management, business administration, curriculum and instruction, social innovation or a related discipline is required
    • Minimum five years demonstrated successful youth development, research evaluation and assessment, change management, strategic consulting, corporate responsibility, brand management, social work or related discipline is required.
    • Demonstrated track record of successful program development and implementation.
    • Intermediate knowledge of Microsoft Office and Outlook.



    • Demonstrates content expertise in the designated youth development area of responsibility, generating innovative, best-in-class initiatives that support BGCA’s impact agenda.
    • Demonstrates the ability to design and deliver national program activation across diverse organizational structures and capacities, proving expertise in continuous quality improvement. 
    • Shows a strong command of national education and youth development trends, regularly benchmarking the initiatives of peer organizations to ensure that all programs, training and initiatives are best-in-class for the youth development sector.
    • Has the ability to write and oversee the development of relevant curriculum and pedagogy in the designated area of content expertise.
    • Demonstrates a strong ability to use data and develop, assess and refine programmatic strategies based on evidence and metrics.
    • Serves as a brand ambassador, driving content strategy and the departmental mission with internal and external stakeholders.
    • Delivers best-in-class services and resources to our internal and external customers guided by the highest standards of innovation and teamwork.
    • Serves as a mission-led “culture builder” to ensure that the values and core beliefs of our Movement are maintained.


    • Creates and communicates compelling strategies, tactical objectives and action plans.
    • Drives for success and achieves results.
    • Exemplifies exceptional negotiation skills with an ability to bring others together and reconcile differences. 
    • Applies logic and reasoning to identify new solutions or approaches to problems.
    • Drives projects to completion and high level execution.
    • Demonstrates an ability to take direction and input, and to develop effective and engaging deliverables that achieve organizational goals.
    • Exhibits proven experience directing a strategic program area, including writing and training.

    Program Management

    • Uses data to develop, assess and refine programmatic strategies.
    • Ensures all programmatic deliverables are of the highest quality and completed on time.
    • Evaluates risk in programmatic deliverables and schedules, and develops strategic solutions to ensure funder satisfaction and delivery of timely, quality resources to the field.
    • Manages budget expenditures, tracking budget to actual spending, reconciling and working with management team to adjust annual budgets as needed.
    • Secures and manages contractual support to ensure on-time, quality work product.


    • Supports collaborative, strategic and cross-departmental efforts to drive impact and/or organizational effectiveness.
    • Contributes to cross-departmental efforts to support funding partners.
    • Serves as an organizational representative on advisory councils/committees as assigned.


    • Ability to challenge conventional practices and provide a fresh perspective. Looks for potential ideas to grow and expand the innovation and creativity category and to provide greater service to Clubs.
    • Demonstrates the ability to translate ideas into a curriculum, process, tool or service.
    • Ability to replicate an idea and take it to scale in a cost effective and timely manner.
    • Demonstrates open-mindedness and the ability to use internal and external resources to gather ideas. 
    • Has an ability to fuse creativity with feasibility, putting an execution plan in place for the recommended ideas.
    • Demonstrates excellent listening skills and is tuned in to problem-solving ideas that meet the needs and gaps that may exist for Clubs and members served.
    • Ability to create novel solutions to problems. Pursues ongoing system improvement and adapts established methods for new uses. 

    Leadership Presence

    • Presents oneself in a professional manner at all times.
    • Able to present to a range of audiences including corporate executives, federal governmental department heads, Club executives and staff. 


    • Demonstrates BGCA mission driven values of integrity, excellence and inclusion and has the ability to integrate these values into work process and environment.
    • Treats others fairly, honestly and consistently.
    • Accepts responsibility for their actions and those of their team, confronts unethical behavior, engaging HR and senior leadership as appropriate.

    Passion, Commitment and Knowledge of BGCA and Movement

    • Gives compelling testimony to the value of the organization and the work.
    • Shows care and concern for youth.
    • Understands the Club Experience.
    • Understands outcome measurement.
    • Understands or quickly learns BGCA culture, resources, and budgeting/financial process.
    • Adhere to organizational policies and procedures as described in BGCA’s Employment Handbook, Ethics Policy and elsewhere.
    • Supports the overall goals and direction of Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Program & Youth Development Services and assists with other duties as required by the Vice President, Program, Training & Youth Development Services.


    High energy level, comfortable performing multi-faceted projects in conjunction with day-to-day activities.  Superior interpersonal abilities.  Ability to get along with diverse personalities, displaying tact, maturity and flexibility.  Good reasoning abilities and sound judgment.  Physical requirements include sight, hearing, sitting for four plus hours per day. Skills essential for successful communications include speaking and writing. Must be physically able to travel by air, car, train, or other modes of transportation. 

    Normal office environment

    Travel estimated at 25% (can be -4-5 days or more in a month - including weekends - depending upon scheduling requirements).


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