Boys & Girls Clubs of America

  • National VP Youth Development

    Posted Date 4 weeks ago(7/17/2018 7:48 AM)
    Job ID
    Youth Development
    Atlanta, GA
  • Overview

    Under the supervision of the Senior Vice President of Youth Development, the National Vice President of Youth Development Operations is responsible for ensuring the formulation and execution of strategic priorities for the Youth Development Team. The goal of this position is to unify existing initiatives and activities to drive enterprise level objectives related to youth development. The National Vice President will ensure any new work is directly aligned to one or more strategic priorities, ensure execution of all youth development grant deliverables, oversee the dissemination of youth development products (tangible and digital), and lead communications and knowledge management for the youth development department.


    The ideal Vice President of Youth Development Operations will have experience in business strategy, positive youth development, Club operations, change management and project management with 15 or more years of progressively responsible leadership experience.   


    Physically located in Atlanta, GA, the National Vice President must be a culture leader with the ability to drive execution of cross-functional, complex and interrelated projects to support a larger strategy. The NVP will lead a team to creatively and relentlessly execute big-picture ideas by implementing products, communications and systems that support some 4,300 Clubs across the national federation of Boys & Girls Clubs in delivering impactful youth development programming. 


    Develop and execute strategies to drive youth development priorities

    • Ensure that all youth development initiatives, grants and other projects align with key strategic goals of the Boys & Girls Club Movement strategic plan and BGCA’s annual plan.
    • Develop and implement governance to create greater consistency, improved efficiency and alignment of activity to strategic priorities.
    • Collaborate with other youth development and enterprise teams (marketing and communications, planning and measurement and strategic leadership development, business operations, etc.) to ensure cross-functional alignment and to evaluate the progress on a regular basis.
    • Lead the development of plans, budgets and communications related to all youth development initiatives for internal and external stakeholders.
    • Implement internal continuous improvement process for the Youth Development team.
    • Report to leadership on youth development initiatives and priorities.

    Develop and execute strategy to maximize value and efficiency for Clubs

    • Oversee creation and execution of processes and systems to distribute and promote all the Youth Development teams’ products.
    • Develop and execute strategy to distribute products and services through relevant and usable channels and drive discounts for products, so Clubs can easily and affordably access curricula, tools, resources, supplies (uniforms, kits, etc.)
    • Lead development of a plan to align all current digital program assets to better serve Clubs.
    • Develop and execute strategy for pass through funding to Clubs to mirror the Movement’s strategic direction and drive improvements in youth experiences and outcomes.
    • Lead efforts to provide a unified experience of youth development products and services for Clubs, including consistent branding, design, conference presence, website presence, help desk support, etc.

    Lead a digital engagement strategy for program leaders and youth in Boys & Girls Clubs

    • Lead a team to create a strategy and plan for increasing program quality and growing the number of youth served through digital strategies.
    • Lead a team to identify new ways Boys & Girls Clubs of America can support and enhance the quality of Club programming with digital products and services.
    • Lead a team to create strategy for improving infrastructure and capacity for use of digital products in Clubs.
    • Build an understanding and cultivate in the Youth Development team’s members the digital engagement vision, the business case, as well as developing a clear process for digital products to come into being.

    Lead a Club communication and engagement strategy focused on program leaders in Boys & Girls Clubs

    • Lead a team to create a strategy and plan for how and when the Youth Development team communicates with Clubs in order to support strategic priorities.
    • Lead a team to develop and disseminate publications and other assets (e.g. videos) to highlight aspects of the Program Model, Club promising practices and case studies and develop and maintain a repository of Club promising practices and case studies.
    • Lead a team to develop and execute the strategy for the Youth Development team presence at national and regional conferences, including sessions, focus groups, exhibit booth, etc.

    Support the Youth Development Team

    • Lead teams to centralize key youth development operations, including, but not limited to: editorial services, partnership requests, Club promising practices repository, submission of questions for planning surveys, and dissemination and subsequent use of that data.
    • Serve as a productive and collaborative member of the Youth Development team.
    • Conduct and/or participate in state, regional, and national staff meetings and conferences.
    • Lead special projects or national assignments as required by Senior Vice President, Youth Development.
    • Demonstrate at the highest levels, BGCA’s core values of integrity, collaboration, accountability, respect and excellence.
    • Adhere to organizational policies and procedures as described in BGCA’s Employee Handbook, Ethics Policy and elsewhere.




    Skills and Traits


    Strategic Mindset

    • Anticipates future trends and implications accurately to help support building the future direction of the organization and team.
    • Readily poses future scenarios and articulates credible visions of possibility that will create sustainable value to Clubs.
    • Create strategies that show clear connection between vision and action

    Manages Complexity

    • Acquires data from multiple and diverse sources when solving problems.
    • Asks the right questions to accurately analyze situations.
    • Evaluates pros and cons, risks and benefits of different solution options.

    Builds Effective Teams

    • Forms teams with appropriate and diverse mist of styles, perspectives and experience
    • Established common objectives and shared mindset within team and across the department
    • Creates a feeling of belonging and strong team morale within team and across the department

    Business Insights

    • Keeps up with current and possible future policies, practices and trends in the organization and in the market place.
    • Uses knowledge of business drivers and how strategies and tactics play out in Clubs to guide actions.

    Managing Ambiguity

    • Can decide and act without the total picture.
    • Is calm and productive, even when things are up in the air.
    • Deals constructively with problems that do not have clear solutions or outcomes.

    Action Oriented

    • Identifies and seizes new opportunities.
    • Steps up to handle tough issues.
    • Displays a can-do attitude in good and bad times.

    Organizational Savvy

    • Is sensitive to how people and organizations function.
    • Anticipates challenges and plans approach accordingly.
    • Deals comfortably with organizational politics.

    Youth Development

    • Researches and stays up to date on new practices in the field of youth development.
    • Quickly adopts new practices and understands how they can be applied in real world environments.
    • Synthesizes best practices in work with youth into scalable initiatives.

    Project Management

    • Manages projects from beginning to end by tracking, communicating and adapting as needed.


    Education and Experience

    • Bachelor’s degree requi Advanced degree(s) in related areas preferred.
    • Strong background in operations of a youth serving organization is required.
    • Experience in Boys & Girls Clubs is preferred.
    • Minimum of 15 years of experience, including 8 years with supervisory responsibilities.


    Environmental and Working Conditions

    Normal internal office environment.  Travel estimated at 20% (can be up to 2-7 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 required.


    Physical and Mental Requirements

    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.




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