Youth Health Empowerment (Y-HEP) Program Director: Philadelphia FIGHT

Posted January 6th, 2016 at 11:19 am.

Reports to: FIGHT Director of EducationHours weekly: 40. This is an exempt position

Position Summary:

The Youth Health Empowerment Project (Y-HEP) Program Director is the onsite director of the non-clinical Y-HEP programs.

Y-HEP is a trauma-informed, comprehensive adolescent and young adult program that offers holistic health services, sexual health education, drug and alcohol support, drop in day services, and leadership activities to over 3000 high-risk/high promise, low-income, urban youth ages 13-24 living in Philadelphia.

The successful candidate will be responsible for ongoing planning and implementation of programs, fundraising and grant writing, staff supervision, and financial stability. The Program Director is responsible for managing a budget of approximately $750,000, in collaboration with the Education Director of Philadelphia FIGHT. Y-HEP is funded primarily by local and federal government grants and other sources of program income. Y-HEP has a core staff of 10 or more people.

This position requires a creative, thoughtful, and highly organized individual who maintains high visibility in the community and seeks to promote rewarding partnerships with other agencies and donors to ultimately benefit and empower Philadelphia’s most vulnerable youth.

Job Requirements

Education: This position requires a minimum of a Master’s Degree (Social Work, Public Health, or Education preferred) Experience: This position requires a minimum of 10 years working with systemically disenfranchised youth and/or youth who have experienced homelessness between the ages of 18-24, with a minimum of 7 years as a supervisor to a staff of over 7 people.

Skills: Position requires demonstrated ability to work effectively with youth marginalized along lines of class, race, sexual orientation and gender. Position requires excellent verbal and written communication skill, as well as excellent organizational, interpersonal, research and time management skills. Knowledge of Spanish is preferred but not required.

Miscellaneous: Experience in any of the following areas is preferred but not required: de-escalation, anti-violence work, restorative justice, de-carceration work, and/or implementing the Sanctuary Model of trauma-informed care

Job Duties

Supervises Y-HEP Programming:

  1. Plans and implements Y-HEP’s core programs and services: Drop-in Center programming, Case Management and Crisis Intervention counseling, Educational groups onsite and in community and school settings, Street Outreach, rapid HIV testing, LGBTQ-specific programming and AIDS Education Month events.
  2. Manages grants from the Department of Human Services (DHS), Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual Disabilities (DBHIDS), AIDS Activities Coordinating Office, Centers for Disease Control and others as determined.
  3. Ensures that all grant-funded programs are meeting performance targets.
  4. Ensures that all data is collected, entered, and submitted at the appropriate times and all files are prepared and ready for audits. Ensures that all monthly, quarterly, and yearly reports are written and submitted.
  5. Ensures all staff is properly trained and have appropriate skill-sets and clearances to work with youth (Criminal Background, FBI Checks and Child Abuse Checks).
  6. Monitors program outcomes and tracks performance and progress to inform decisions around programming.
  7. Designs and develops new programs and special events for participants that fit within the scope and mission of Y-HEP.

Promotes and Expands Y-HEP Programming

  1. Seeks out and writes 2 grants per year minimum for funding of Y-HEP’s current programs and new programs with the assistance of the Director of Education and Development department.
  2. Identifies financial and in-kind resources for Y-HEP’s programs
  3. Plans fundraising and donor cultivation events for Y-HEP with assistance of the FIGHT Development department.
  4. Oversees the Y-HEP advisory board with the Director of Education
  5. Ensures that Y-HEP is seen as a vibrant community partner in the neighborhood where the Empowerment center and other Y-HEP programs are located.
  6. Connects with other agencies, programs, and professionals to increase collaboration to support overall services and is present at community meetings and forums to increase knowledge and visibility of Y-HEP

Manages and Develops Y-HEP Staff

  1. Assists in the professional development of all staff at Y-HEP. Sends staff to appropriate trainings and educational programs to improve the work at Y-HEP.
  2. Holds regular supervision with managers and weekly staff meetings
  3. Works with Y-HEP therapist to provide appropriate clinical supervision with staff
  4. Develops and trains staff on relevant policies and procedures in order to uphold Y-HEP community norms and practices.
  5. Provides significant support to the ongoing education of para-professional staff
  6. Annually evaluates management staff and ensures other staff are appropriately evaluated

Collaborates with other FIGHT programs

  1. Supports and collaborates with the Y-HEP Health Center to ensure youth are accessing health care.
  2. Works with Counseling and Testing Supervisor on rapid HIV Testing efforts at Y-HEP and in the community
  3. Works in tandem with the PrEP Director to increase access to Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis for Y-HEP participants.
  4. Works with the Library and Digital Literacy Manager to maintain Y-HEP’s computer center and digital literacy programs.
  5. Works with the Institute for Community Justice on providing supportive services for Y-HEP youth with a history of incarceration.

Oversees Building Management

  1. Coordinates building maintenance and repairs with contracted agencies.
  2. Keeps staff and management who work in 1417 Locust Street updated on repairs, improvements, or scheduled shutdowns
  3. Works with IT to manage building security
  4. Communicates with 1417 Locust Street Building Owner to resolve any building issues
  5. Communicates with janitorial staff for all building cleaning needs
  6. Develops and implements facility emergency plans

Additional Responsibilities

1) Attends all required funder meetings

2) Attends all required FIGHT Director’s meetings and other cross-departmental meetings as necessary.

3) Orders supplies for Y-HEP staff and offices.

4) Interfaces with the media on behalf of Y-HEP or Philadelphia FIGHT

5) Responsible for petty cash and token oversight.

Philadelphia FIGHT is an equal opportunity employer.

Filed under: Management Level by Margie DuBrow

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