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St. George Youth Center - Program Director


  • Bachelor's (Required)
  • Microsoft Office: 1 year (Preferred)
  • Spanish (Preferred)

Full Job Description

What is the St. George Youth Center?

St. George Youth Center has been serving Isla Vista and Goleta youth and families since 1998, providing a safe, fun, alternative space for teens during the high-risk after-school hours.

What does the St. George Youth Center Program Director do?

The St. George Youth Center Program Director is responsible for the direction, implementation, supervision and evaluation of program services, staff, volunteers, and interns. The Program Director will develop and administer youth programs that prioritize education, social connections, safety and wellness, and youth leadership. The Director oversees quality and effectiveness, ensuring program activities are strength-based, culturally responsive, and aligned with the Positive Youth Development Framework. Job duties include the direct provision of services, program coordination, supervision, and compliance with grants and contract requirements. The Program Director will be responsible for supporting an atmosphere that is safe, fun, and conducive to teamwork. This position oversees implementation of the Drug Free Communities grant which supports activities of the Isla Vista Coalition for Healthy Communities 805. This position reports directly to the Youth and Family Services Executive Director.


1. Provide supervision and direction of activities for children, youth, and their families.
2. Implement youth-centric programming including but not limited to, tutoring, homework groups, recreational activities, mentoring support, leadership opportunities, community-wide events, and more.
3. Cultivate and maintain effective relationships with community partners, stakeholders, and funders.
4. Recruit, hire, and supervise program staff, volunteers, and interns.
5. Ensure proactive and interactive supervision of youth.
6. Direct services and identify opportunities for program expansion, growth, and collaboration.
7. Coordinate coalition activities and deliverables of the Drug Free Communities grant including training, coalition communication, data collection, and information dissemination.
8. Monitor program outcomes; evaluate program effectiveness, and stay current with research in the field.

9. Maintain oversight of program expenditures to ensure project related costs are within budget, and inform necessary budgetary changes, modifications, and priorities.
10. Ensure a healthy, safe, clean, organized, environment for youth, staff, and community.
11. Plan/conduct staff and partner meetings.
12. Plan/conduct professional development opportunities for program staff, volunteers, and interns.
13. Provide timely reports, data and surveys using Apricot and other approved reporting systems.
14. Contribute to grant writing, fund development, and marketing as needed.
15. Implement and adhere to YMCA risk management policies and procedures.
16. Meet regularly with YFS Directors, CIYMCA Department Directors, and participate in organization-wide management meetings to ensure integration of program operations within the Agency.
17. Represent the programs of Youth and Family Services at community meetings, networks and other events.
18. Other duties as assigned by supervisor

What are the qualifications?

1. BA required in social work, child development, public administration, business, or related field.
2. Bilingual in English and Spanish required.
3. A minimum of three years’ experience working with children and youth.
4. A minimum of three years of direct supervisory experience.
5. Ability to have a warm and empathetic interpersonal style to establish trusting relationships with children, parents, and community organizations.
6. Must have the ability and desire to provide services that are relevant to the culture of the family.
7. Computer and Internet literacy and excellent verbal and written communication skills required.
8. Valid automobile insurance and a valid California Driver License are required.
9. Reliable transportation is necessary to travel throughout Santa Barbara County.
10. Employment is contingent upon successful clearance of fingerprinting and background screening process.

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Channel Islands YMCA is an equal opportunity employer.

Job Type: Full-time

Pay: Up to $65,000.00 per year


  • 401(k)
  • Dental insurance
  • Disability insurance
  • Employee assistance program
  • Employee discount
  • Flexible spending account
  • Health insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Professional development assistance
  • Retirement plan
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Vision insurance


  • 8 hour shift
  • Monday to Friday


  • Bachelor's (Required)


  • Youth: 3 years (Preferred)
  • Microsoft Office: 1 year (Preferred)


  • Spanish (Preferred)

Work Location:

  • One location

Work Remotely:

  • No


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