Director of Youth Building Alternatives

December 23, 2019 Portland, Maine

Job Code 3000-12-23-19dyba

Overview and Position Summary: 


The Director of Youth Building Alternatives (YBA) is the key leader of a nationally accredited program working with young men and women ages 16.5 to 24 who have not had success in a traditional academic setting. The Director is a management position, providing supervision and leadership to the educational, clinical, and volunteer staff and who, in turn, support students through a comprehensive academic, vocational, and pathways training program. The Director of YBA has overall responsibility for maintaining the vitality of YBA program operations, ensuring that the program and services meet and maintain a standard of excellence, and students are provided with access to the skills they need to be successful members of their communities.

This position contributes to the accomplishment of the Agency’s mission through planning and directing the major activities of the program; supervising program staff and volunteers, working with students, performing administrative duties –budgeting and expense monitoring; overseeing the collection of data; preparing program reports; and conducting on-going evaluation of and .


This position contributes to the achievement of the Agency’s mission through some or all of the following core accountabilities:

Contributes to the design and development of programming using research, knowledge and experience, best practice, and community demand along with financial and human resources available; development of annual program plans;

Ensures quality educational and vocational programming;

Ensures that clinical services are following the state Mental Health Agency licensing rules;

Conducts program reviews;

Effective development and management of provider relations including stakeholders such as the Department of Labor and the Department of Corrections. Provide for the appropriate training of staff for the purpose of developing expertise and proficiency in particular areas such as youth development, family systems and system navigation;

Provide leadership with the framework of LearningWorks’ operating principles: fidelity to the mission, provision of quality services, support effective communication, work collaboratively, and provide effective supervision;

Oversee the development of the annual budget and monitor the performance of the budget and implement correction action as needed; and Serve as a member of the various teams around issues program planning operations and development.

Contributes to quality assurance through ensuring that standards are followed within the program; including compliance with program standards, grant requirements, state requirements and industry credentialing requirements, incidents are being reported, and programs are in compliance with the Agency’s policies;

Makes effective use of technology to increase the efficiency of the program through the identification of opportunities for automation, and participation in the development of databases;

Develops and effectively maintains internal staff and external relationships with community providers, Department of Health and Human Services, funders, Department of Corrections, Courts, and other parties;

Contributes to the marketing activities for the program;

Actively participates in supervision with the Director of Programs;

Contributes to a positive Agency culture consistent with the Agency mission; and

Achieves personal, professional goals for conferences and trainings as negotiated each year.


Has effective fiscal management of the development of the annual program budget, monitoring expenses and census/caseload as well as instituting corrective actions.

Contributes to annual program expansion plans through providing cooperation to management.

Contributes to the decision making process of program expansion or elimination. 


Supervision of all YBA staff including the program’s volunteers, provides instruction, feedback and guidance, performance reviews, maintenance of records, and supervisee self-care.

Licenses and Certification

Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work, Education, Public Administration, Community Development or equivalent, plus 5 years demonstrated experience in a combination of the following areas: Youth development or workforce development


Master’s Degree in Social Work, Education, Public Administration, Community Development or equivalent plus 3 years’ experience in a combination of the following areas: Youth development or workforce development

Work Experience & Skills

Must have at least 3 years supervisory experience, a minimum of one year of experience working with an alternative education program, and a minimum of 5 years’ experience in working with at-risk youth.

Experience working in a workforce development or job readiness program is strongly preferred.

Current State of Maine Teaching or Administrative certification preferred.

Strong communication and conflict resolution skills.

Follow applicable professional codes of ethics.  In addition, comply fully with all relevant licensing, certification, accreditation and legal standards as required by the agency, state and federal contracts, Medicaid (MaineCare), HIPAA, and other applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations.

Ability to work collaboratively in a team environment required.

Experience managing a federal grant-funded program.

Comfort speaking to groups for the purpose of training and program promotion, strong presentation skills.

Tenacity and resilience in tracking and leveraging key relationships.

Knowledge of child welfare practices, child development, family systems, domestic violence, substance abuse and the cycle of poverty.

Proficiency using computers including Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint, among others.

Core schedule is 8 to 4 M-F, with flexibility to meet program and staff needs as required.

Operation of Company motor vehicle to conduct Agency business on a frequent basis for purposes such as to transport clients, to travel to appointments and meetings or to pick up supplies relative to the program.  A good driving record is required.

Compensation and Benefits:

Salary Starts from $43K to $50K depending on experience and skills.

This is a full time, exempt, salaried position. We provide medical, dental, and life insurance with LW covering 75% percent of the health insurance premium (at the single employee rate) and 70% of the single rate dental plan. HRA employer only contribution toward deductible, optional HSA account for participating health plan enrollees.  152 hours of PTO to start, with potential to increase based on longevity in position, 12 paid holidays, paid volunteer hours, family and pet bereavement and a flexible, family-friendly schedule.  401k with company match offered on employee’s one year anniversary.