Program Director I - YMCA of Austin

How you will contribute to our Cause:

The Y’s cause is to strengthen the community. Every day we work side by side with our neighbors to make sure everyone, regardless of age, income, or background, has the opportunity to learn, grow, and thrive. There are many places to work, but few opportunities to do work that matters. Not only will you have the chance to help children, youth and adults of all ages reach their potential, you’ll be making a huge difference in your community as well.

Under the direction of Program Director II, the Program Director I is responsible for the organization, delivery, and quality of YMCA programs (afterschool & camp) to Y members, program participants, and the community. This position works independently, under general direction, and is expected to determine how to accomplish tasks. The Program Director position includes, but is not limited to, developing relationships with principals, parents, part-time staff, and program participants; ensuring proper delivery of daily curriculum; monitoring, evaluating, and improving program delivery; hiring and training; establishing collaborative partners; marketing and promoting Y programs; and working collaboratively with colleagues to accomplish collective goals. Responsible for the daily program operations, including staff & participant experience, training, hiring, evaluations, communication, and all related and required paperwork. The member relations aspect of this position requires that relationship building be a top priority at all times, attending to the needs and requests of members, program participants, volunteers, and all people associated with the YMCA in a courteous and friendly manner.


Job Responsibilities -

  • Recruit, identify, interview, and hire afterschool and camp staff
  • Observe and evaluate programs and staff regularly
  • Monitor daily operations to adhere to all state, local, and YMCA health and safety regulations
  • Coordinate use of school and YMCA facilities for daily activities
  • Ensure Y values, the Search Institute’s 40 Developmental Assets, and TEKS standards are included in the curriculum and daily activities
  • Purchase and maintain supplies for activities
  • Ensure completion of required program and participant paperwork
  • Regularly communicate with school staff and develop strong working relationships
  • Exceed expectations of school staff, including principal, assistant principal, and custodians Assist and implement recruitment strategies, including flyer delivery, job fairs, Y special events, and school special events
  • Identify and cultivate partners to enhance existing on-site programming
  • Research, schedule, and communicate camp field trips, as assigned
  • Personally fundraise and identify and help recruit additional campaigners and board members
  • Monitor and approve weekly schedules and payroll in adherence with program budgets
  • Participate in Program Services and YMCA of Austin association special events Assist in special projects and activities as required by supervisor


What you bring to the Cause: The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


Education - Bachelor’s degree from a four-year college or university is required. A focus on recreation management, education, child development, or related field is preferred.


Experience - Professional childcare experience, including experience supervising others. Previous YMCA experience strongly preferred.


Technical Skills:

  • Demonstrated maturity and leadership skills
  • Experience or aptitude in supervising employees
  • Energetic, assertive, and goal-oriented
  • Strong communication and computer skills
  • Must assume responsibility for accuracy and timeliness of work product
  • Willingness to work evenings, weekends, and holidays as needed to meet deadlines
  • Able to multi-task
  • Ability to take direction and work well with others
  • Interest, knowledge, skill, and enthusiasm in the area of youth programming
  • Computer aptitude and/or experience and have the ability to write routine reports and correspondence
  • Ability to speak effectively before groups of members, participants, or employees of the Association
  • Ability to deal with problems involving several concrete variables in standardized situations.


Certifications: Position requires Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) (formerly overseen by TDFPS) Program Director certification.

Must be or have the ability to become certified according to HHSC standards. Current CPR and First Aid certification current or become certified upon hire


Required to complete the following online trainings upon hire: Before & After School Program, Child Abuse Prevention, Appropriate Touch, Bloodborne Pathogens, Foundations of Listen First, and Intro to Cause and Culture The organization has reviewed this job description to ensure that essential functions and basic duties have been included.

It is not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all functions, responsibilities, skills, and abilities. Additional functions and requirements may be assigned by supervisors as deemed appropriate. The YMCA of Austin provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, marital status, amnesty, or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws.


YMCA of Austin complies with applicable state and local laws governing non-discrimination in employment in every location in which we have employees. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including, but not limited to, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.


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