YMCA of Northern Colorado
  • PD SAP
  • Boulder, CO, USA
  • Full Time

The YMCA of Northern Colorado is seeking a tamer of tweens, a champion of children and a fearless guide for after-school program staffers who work tirelessly to provide hundreds of local kiddos with care each day. 

The Y's School Age Program Director oversees the management, operations and development of multiple school-age program sites (K-5th grade) and serves as sheriff for the Y's wild world of middle and high school programming (6th-12th grade), including Late Start and After School Enrichment Programs, School Day-Off Programs, Teen Camps, Leader In Training program and Teen Night Out events.

It's a big job. Are you ready and prepared to be an ambassador for adolescents? 

You might be the right candidate if... 

You are an eagle-eyed multi-tasker ' constantly monitoring licensing guidelines, budgeting, tracking enrollment and grant metrics, and looking for community development opportunities. You are ready to implement and maintain a host of vitally important policies and procedures; you have countless youth to protect, for goodness sake! Yet you have the flexibility and calm nature that allows you happily ride the rollercoaster that is your job. 

You are a go-getter, and you are willing to jump in to ensure that every young person in our communities have care, mentorship, enrichment and fun. You are eager, flexible and adaptable. You are great at putting out fires (actual fire-fighting experience not required), and you can stay calm and focused when faced with both small conundrums and big, stress-sparking challenges. Speaking of which, you should consider yourself a creative, innovative, thoughtful solver of problems. 

You can channel your inner teenager and child, providing insights into the likes and dislikes (like, eew) of young people and ensuring our programs are fun and attractive to today's youth. In fact, you have the experience and knowhow to effortlessly plan weeks of exceptional programming for kids and teens. You have a library of songs, games, projects and attention getters inside your brain, and you know a dozen different versions of tag. At the same time, parents love you ' what can you say, it's a natural gift ' and you work diligently to earn the trust they bestow upon you.

You believe in the power of teamwork, positivity and communication, working respectfully and professionally with parents, licensors, program participants, program staff and supervisors. While you are fun (you are totally fun), you are able to enforce rules, train and supervise a diverse array of staff ' from teenagers working their first job to retired teachers who started their careers before you were born. 

You understand that youth programs are not just about fun; they are an opportunity for young people to find friendship, confidence, acceptance and mentorship in a welcoming community. At the end of the day, you know that your purpose is empowering kids to thrive. 

Specifics: The School Age Program Director assumes responsibility for the management and operations of multiple program sites within the Community Department.  The Program Director is responsible for leading the development and implementation of programming at multiple before and after school sites (k-5th grade) as well as acting as the sheriff of the Y's wild world of tween and teen programming (6th-12th grade), including Late Start and After School Enrichment Programs, School Day-Off Programs, Teen Camps, Leader In Training program, and Teen Night Out events. The Program Director works in collaboration throughout all departments of the organization to ensure financial stability, consistent implementation of the mission, and high quality programming in all areas according to YMCA of Northern Colorado standards and goals.

Programs run before/after school hours, full days when school is out and over summer. Some night and weekend events are required. This professional position is salaried, full-time, year-round and includes benefits: medical, dental, vision insurance options, paid vacation, sick and holiday time, free YMCA family membership, 50% reduced rates on YMCA of Boulder programs, and much more!

 Salary range is $36,000-$39,000 plus an additional pay differential for grant administration.


  • Bachelor's degree.
  • Minimum of two years' experience in staff management, program development and implementation. 
  • Must be Director Qualified in the state of Colorado
  • Experience in multiple site management, staff development and program development for school age children and/or teens in licensed programs.
  • Must have ability to work with a wide range of age groups, demographics and have ability to collaborate well with a number of groups and individuals
  • Ability and desire to embrace the mission of the YMCA

 Essential Functions

  • Manages, directs and coordinates program areas, ensures high quality programs and establishes new program activities in both the before and after school programs and teen program areas.
  • Manages grants associated with teen programming. Oversees and manages the data and fiscal reporting for the grants. Attends grant related meetings and training.
  • Recruits, hires, trains, develops, schedules and directs personnel and volunteers as needed. Reviews and evaluates staff performance. Develops strategies to motivate staff and achieve goals.
  • Assures compliance with state and local regulations as they relate to program areas. Ensures that YMCA program standards are met and safety procedures followed. 

We were founded as the Young Men's Christian Association in 1844. But today, we are The Y, an association that values, and is made stronger by, its diverse people. At the YMCA of Northern Colorado, we are committed to equal opportunity employment regardless of gender, age, disability, ethnicity, sexual orientation or religious affiliation.

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