Director of Youth & Children’s Programming

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Director of Youth & Children’s Programming | Position Description

YWCA Dayton, dedicated to the empowerment of women and the elimination of racism, seeks an energetic, dedicated person to be an integral part of our team. The Director of Youth/Children’s Programming is responsible for leading children’s programming, focused on children residing in YWCA Dayton’s housing and shelter programs, and the agency’s youth/teen prevention education programs, AMEND Together, and Girls LEAD!. The Director will develop a long-term strategy for expansion, development, and impact of youth-focused programs, in compliance with supporting grants and in alignment with agency mission. This person supports the vision, mission and values of YWCA Dayton.


  • Drives YWCA Dayton’s children’s and youth/teen programming and ensures alignment with mission.
  • Develops and implements mechanisms for measuring the effectiveness of the following train-the-trainer programs and other designated program outreaches:
  • Internal (shelter) children’s programming
  • Girls LEAD! Program
  • AMEND Together Program
  • Administers curriculum-based education and training on mission-aligned subjects.
    • Oversees curriculum development for all training and outreach education programming.
    • Organizes and executes community training on emotional and trauma informed support for children.
    • Organizes and executes Girls Lead! & AMEND Together Program.
  • Attends community events and partnership meetings, as requested, increasing awareness of YWCA’s youth development programs.
  • Responsible for hiring, training, orienting, mentoring, and evaluating all direct reports; works alongside human resources to ensure a quality and responsive workforce.
  • Identifies and connects with partners, ensuring a larger and diversified voice for change.
  • Represents YWCA Dayton in a positive manner and is responsible for positive stakeholder relationships with ADAMHS, various school districts, etc. which would allow for the expansion of school partners for AMEND Together and Girls LEAD!
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


  • High level of reasoning, with the ability to use good judgment and experience to plan and accomplish goals. Experience in developing curriculum-based trainings and workshops related to social justice.
  • Retention of appropriate credentials in prevention in alignment with up-to-date agency best practices.
  • Familiarity with the concepts of intersectionality, structural racism, implicit bias, and trauma.
  • Effective communication skills, including public speaking capabilities: ability to speak, listen and write in a clear, thorough manner using appropriate language and effective communication tools and techniques. Ability to effectively present information to employees, stakeholders, contractors, residents, and clients.
  • Creative and innovative: able to develop new and unique ways to improve operations of the organization and department and to create new opportunities.
  • Experience in developing curriculum-based trainings and workshops related to Youth/Teen Programming ,including but not limited to; planning, budgeting, overseeing and documenting all aspects of the project.
  • Willingness to support the mission and vision of YWCA Dayton and able to convey its importance both verbally and in writing.


  • Master’s Degree required, preferably in Education, Social Work or related field, plus 2-3 years of experience working with children in crisis intervention, mental health treatment, substance abuse treatment, domestic violence or related human service field.
  • Supervisory experience required.
  • Experience with data management tools, such as Efforts to Outcomes (ETO) by Social Solutions.


  • Must be responsive to the needs and requests of clients, residents, staff and Board of Directors.
  • Must extend courtesy, friendliness and overall respect to all of the above.
  • Will collaborate with other staff and/or departments to meet the needs of the organization.
  • Will be available to times and events when evenings and weekends will be required to fulfill duties.


  • Listens well, shares work-related information, is open to others’ perspectives, work styles and
  • Willingly collaborates and cooperates with others in the organization.
  • Develops effective working relationships at all levels and values these relationships as critical to
    effective work.
  • Ability to address conflict in a respectful manner.
  • Expresses ideas clearly and effectively both verbally and in writing.


  • Ability to prioritize work to meet deadlines.
  • Consistently follows through on projects and issues.
  • Flexible, adaptable and responsive to change.
  • Ability to adequately respond to requests and demands in a timely manner.
  • Adept at modifying plans/strategies as needed to best meet the needs of those involved.


  • $60,000-65,000 annual salary
  • Health, dental and vision coverage
  • Paid parental leave
  • Generous PTO and holiday pay
  • Life and AD&D insurance
  • Long-term disability
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • YWCA Retirement Fund
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YWCA Dayton Culture and Values
Empowering Women and Eliminating Racism
YWCA Dayton is part of the largest and oldest multicultural women’s organization in the world; we leverage that collective strength into a unified movement joined through the comprehensive mission of eliminating racism, empowering women, and promoting peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all.

Founded in 1870, YWCA Dayton lives its mission and is a champion of women and girls in three key ways: direct service programming, community outreach and education, and advocacy and public policy support. Our core services are focused on preventing and responding to gender-based violence; supporting women’s economic empowerment; strengthening women and girls’ leadership development; and advocating for legislation and policies that promote racial and social justice for women and girls.

These include:

  • Emergency shelter and crisis support services for women and children fleeing domestic violence
  • Crisis and counseling services for survivors of sexual assault, human trafficking, and stalking
  • Affordable housing and life skills training for single women transitioning to independent living from homelessness or abuse
  • Housing assistance for women and children who have experienced domestic violence and families who are experiencing sudden homelessness
  • Girls LEAD!, an in-school, after-school, and summer camp empowerment and education program for girls 11-18

YWCA Dayton continues to be a touchstone, a stepping stone, or a resting stone for more than 100 women and children, every day. We are constantly working to ensure that the Miami Valley community will always have amidst its future, a place dedicated to empowering women and eliminating racism.