Assistant Director for System-Involved Youth

  • University Settlement / The Door / Broome Street Acadmy
  • New York, NY, USA
Full time Management Nonprofit Social Services

Job Description

Overview: The Door is an unparalleled model for youth development, offering a comprehensive range of integrated services within a single site for nearly 10,000 New York City youth each year. Our mission is to empower young adults to reach their full potential by providing comprehensive youth development services in a diverse and caring environment. At The Door, youth can access health care and education, mental health counseling and crisis assistance, legal assistance, college preparation services, career development, housing supports, arts, sports and recreational activities, and nutritious meals – all for free and under one roof. By providing participants with our suite of integrated services, we seek to provide any motivated young person with the tools, resources, and opportunities needed to successfully transition to adulthood.

The goal of The Door’s Career and Education Services Department is to support young people in completing secondary education and successfully transitioning into post-secondary education and employment.  Programs within The Door’s Career and Education Services Department (CareerED) are designed to help both in-school and out-of-school youth to set and attain their educational and career goals. CareerED services allow a young person to craft a personalized life plan defining the steps he/she will take to achieve those goals while developing the necessary skills for future life success and independence. The Door’s Bronx Youth Center (BYC) aims to prepare out-of-school and out-of-work young people, with a special focus on system-involved youth, for meaningful placements in college and/or employment through the provision of comprehensive education and career services, which develop potential for economic self-sufficiency.

The Assistant Director for System-Involved Youth is responsible for overall management and outcomes achievement for young people who are involved in the foster care and/or juvenile justice systems or are experiencing homelessness and are receiving services through Bronx Youth Center, the EPOCH Program, and College Paths.  In this capacity, they will provide leadership, direction and oversight of The Door’s Annie E. Casey-funded Learn and Earn To Achieve Potential (LEAP) initiative, which aims to increase educational and employment opportunities for youth and young adults ages 14 to 25 who are in foster care, involved in the juvenile justice system, or who are homeless.  The Assistant Director will also be responsible for oversight of The Door’s Academy model for foster care youth at both the Bronx and Manhattan sites.  They will supervise the Supervisor of Foster Care Youth, Juvenile Justice Coordinator, and work with Career and Education programs in the Bronx and Soho to implement the Jobs for the Future’s Back on Track model focusing on preparing system-involved young people for post-secondary career pathways and to support them during their first year in post-secondary education or training. They will also work with Career and Education Programs in both locations to oversee the Academy model that supports youth aging out of foster care to be successful in career and education programs and access supportive housing. The Assistant Director requires an innovative and collaborative spirit and a demonstrated success in program development and program operations. This is an exciting leadership opportunity for an individual with a proven track record in education and workforce development who wants to work on innovative solutions to improve outcomes for the City’s more vulnerable youth.

Responsibilities:
  • Provide supervision, training, and support to the Supervisor of Foster Care Youth, , Juvenile Justice Coordinator, and student social work interns.
  • Oversee program services and outcomes achievement for The Academy and the LEAP initiative.
  • Work with Career and Education Services Department leadership team to manage LEAP participant recruitment, coordinate service integration across the various components of the department in align with the program; and track service delivery and achievement of program goals and outcomes.
  • Work with the Executive Director, Managing Director of Career and Education Services, Bronx Youth Center Director, and the Director of Career Services to leverage our existing career and education services and partnerships for young adults involved in the foster care and/or juvenile justice systems or who are homeless.
  • Work closely with The Door Career and Education Services management team to create programmatic and data tracking mechanisms for serving LEAP and Academy participants across sites.
  • Work with external evaluators on the program evaluation and tracking of the LEAP and Academy initiatives.
  • Prepare reports and presentations on LEAP and Academy outcomes and progress for grant reports and external audiences.
  • Manage partnerships with key institutions involved in the outcomes of system-involved youth to improve education and career outcomes for youth and to impact real system change.
  • Attend all relevant meetings, trainings, workshops and outside events.
  • Collaborate with interdisciplinary staff in the development and facilitation of agency-wide programming and events.
  • Handle any appropriate responsibilities and functions as assigned by managing director.

Qualifications:
  • Masters Degree in social work, required, Supervision in Field Instruction certification preferred. 
  • Minimum of 5 years supervisory experience in youth development, workforce development, or education fields including extensive experience managing government and performance-based contracts.
  • Demonstrated success in leading a team to meet and exceed their goals through the delivery of high-quality services.
  • Knowledgeable of and ability to apply positive youth development principles to working with young people
  • Ability to translate an organization or department’s vision into an operating service and goal plan, effectively communicate that plan and timeline to staff, and establish benchmarks and goals for accountability.
  • Strong interpersonal and relationship-building skills, with the ability to manage up, down, and across all levels of the organization.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills with the ability to communicate with variety of stakeholders including program participants, staff, funders and program partners.
  • Passion for data management and outcomes with an ability to motivate and help staff use data to track and improve performance outcomes and quality of service delivery. 
  • Proficiency using Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint) and familiarity with online databases
  • Excellent analytical thinking, judgment, and decision-making skills.
  • Enthusiasm, creativity and initiative.
  • Capacity to thrive under pressure while working on multiple tasks and projects.
  • Ability to participate as part of an interdisciplinary team.
Hours: Monday through Friday, 35 hours per week, occasional evening and weekend hours as needed
Salary: Compensation is competitive and commensurate with experience.  
Contact: Submit cover letter and resume to APPLY