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.
No direct Reports. May monitor and coordinate the work of temporary employees and student interns
Passion, Commitment and Knowledge of BGCA and Movement
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).