Boys & Girls Clubs of America

  • Director, Youth Development Program Design & Trends

    Posted Date 1 month ago(11/6/2018 2:31 PM)
    Job ID
    Youth Development
    Atlanta, GA
  • Overview

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    As Boys & Girls Clubs of America launches its Great Futures 2025 Strategic Plan and the priorities within, the Program team seeks a strategic thinker that possess a deep understanding of youth development theory, demonstrating an ability to translate related research into practice for the 4,300 local Clubs in the Boys & Girls Club Movement to improve program quality.


    The Director of Design & Trends will support the development of and implement systems to ensure continuous quality improvement designed to evaluate, align and improve upon internal and external processes which drive change. Reporting to the Senior Director, Program Design & Trends, the Director will have two primary functions: The first primary function is to support the integration of foundational youth development skills (i.e. social and emotional development) and domain-specific skills (e.g., financial literacy, physical literacy, etc.) within and across core program areas in order to drive the strategic synthesis of programs, practices, tools and resources that support positive youth development.


    The second primary function is support the development of and implement a strategic approach for identifying and responding to current trends and population-specific issues in youth development and providing oversight to the curation and dissemination of timely strategies and applicable resources to the field. To achieve these key job functions, it is critical to establish and maintain strategic internal and external partnerships and relationships that inform youth development. This person must have a proven background as a youth development subject matter expert and program design leader.  


    Program Processes & Integration

    Core Functions:

    • Identify and synthesize literature to develop translational resources across six core program areas (i.e. education and STEM, arts, college and career, health and wellness, sports and play, leadership and service)
    • Develop conceptual frameworks and aligned, developmentally-appropriate instructional design for programs and content-based assets within and across subject-matter domains.
    • Support the integration of social and emotional development skills in all core program areas and content-based assets
    • Inform the development and implementation of internal continuous quality improvement design and development systems
    • Support the development of processes and criteria for determining best practice approaches and implementation sites
    • Convene key experts and stakeholders across the Boys & Girls Club Movement from various disciplines around key content areas, trends and topics
    • Lead and participate in thought leadership opportunities

    Youth Trends

    Core Functions:

    • Identify and synthesize literature to develop strategies and resources to support key youth issues (e.g., workforce development, opioid and substance use and abuse, trauma-informed practice, behavior management, disability, inclusion, etc.)
    • Inform the development of systems and processes for determining key youth trends requiring support from the National office
    • Develop implementation resources to support national and local responses to key youth trends, targeted populations and pressing issues (i.e. trainings, webinars, resource guides, technical assistance, best practice guides, talking points, etc.)


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


    • Master’s degree required. Advanced degrees in behavioral or social sciences (i.e. education, psychology, public health, sociology, or a related discipline) focused on conducting and applying research into policies, conceptual frameworks, programs or best practices, are preferred.
    • Strong background in synthesizing, translating and disseminating research into practice in various formats for diverse audiences is required. 
    • Experience in program design and evaluation and youth advocacy or development and current social issues impacting youth is preferred.
    • Minimum 3 years of experience in program development, design and evaluation, translational research, youth advocacy, research evaluation and assessment, developing conceptual frameworks, strategic consulting or related discipline is required.
    • Minimum 3 of experience in research synthesis, alignment and integration, program design and evaluation and working across complex systems and building conceptual models to drive change is essential. 


    Experience Required:


    Youth Development/Programs

    • Demonstrates subject matter expertise in positive youth development research and practice; has content expertise in the cognitive, social, emotional and physical needs of youth and the ages and stages of youth development
    • Understands the life cycle of program development and evaluation; can apply and translate knowledge to a Boys & Girls Club setting
    • Demonstrates knowledge and skill in instructional design

    Research and Writing

    • Demonstrates a strong command of national education, out-of-school time, and youth development approaches, best practices, domains and trends
    • Has facility reading primary literature and synthesizing and translating key findings to various stakeholders
    • Demonstrates an exceptional ability to write content-based assets for diverse audiences (e.g., translational resources, thought leadership pieces, resource guides, user-friendly field resources, etc.)

    Manages Complexity

    • Demonstrates the ability to navigate and translate organizational culture, systems and processes to develop and advance strategies and products
    • Strategically aligns projects and products to broader organizational goals; breaks down objectives into appropriate initiatives and actions
    • Develops, nurtures, and leverages key stakeholders and strategic partnerships at all levels, both internal and external to the organization

    Innovative and Action-Oriented

    • Identifies novel approaches and new opportunities to strengthen existing strategies; leverages opportunities to advance the direction of the work
    • Handles and seeks to resolve challenging issues directly and with integrity
    • Takes calculated risks and thinks about the future state of programs, projects and initiatives, while balancing the current objectives

    Collaborates and Builds Networks

    • Builds and manages internal and external BGCA partnerships in the identification and alignment of youth skills, outcomes and program design and deliverables
    • Assists with foundation, corporate, government, and other donor-based proposals, grant writing, and reporting that enhances the portfolio across core program areas
    • Builds the capacity of staff across core program areas to identify, map and align youth skills to outcomes within and across programs
    • Treats others fairly, honestly and consistently
    • Accepts responsibility for actions and those of team; confronts unethical behavior, engaging HR and senior leadership as appropriate

    Customer Focus

    • Gives compelling testimony to the value of the organization and the work
    • Shows care and concern for youth and those whom serve youth
    • Adheres 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 and assists with other duties as required that drive youth outcomes



    Ability to carry out detailed and complex instructions; ability to interact with coworkers and public by telephone and in person as a member of a team to provide services to customers, both external and internal; ability to perform a variety of duties and to prioritize tasks to meet organizational needs.  Ability to clearly and concisely exchange ideas, facts and/or technical information and guidance in person, by telephone, email, fax or correspondence.  Physical requirements include: sight, hearing, sitting for four + hours a day, standing for one to two + hours a day, stooping; skills essential for successful communications include speaking, writing and reading comprehension


    Normal internal office environment.  Travel estimated at 20% (can be up to 2-4 days or more in a month, including weekends, depending upon scheduling requirements).  The individual selected for this position must possess and maintain a valid driver’s license and be able to navigate areas of the country or abroad by using a map or other direction methods.  Ability to travel by car, airplane or other modes of transportation. 


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