Director, Program Strategy and Integration: The Philadelphia Youth Network

Posted January 7th, 2016 at 12:51 pm.

About PYN:

The Philadelphia Youth Network (PYN) is a nationally-recognized intermediary organization dedicated to improving the economic and education outcomes of Philadelphia’s youth. PYN organizes its work around five core functions: leveraging, coordinating and managing public and private investment directed at youth education and workforce development in the Philadelphia region; convening and leading cross-sector partnerships and initiatives that enhance opportunities available to Philadelphia youth; designing, overseeing and replicating program models that prepare Philadelphia youth for education and the workforce; managing a service-delivery system created to ensure citywide coordination of youth career-connected educational services; building the capacity of youth-serving providers. The services that fall within the initiatives managed by PYN focus particularly on youth that live in poverty, have dropped out, or are at risk of dropping out of school and/or are involved with public care systems.

About Program Services Division:

The Program Services Division (PSD) ensures that PYN program models are designed and implemented with fidelity. As a conduit for local, regional, and national best practices, the PSD ensures that programs are managed and evaluated to demonstrate the impact of the investment and services on youth in Philadelphia. In partnership with stakeholders who invest in the youth workforce development system and sub-contractors who directly serve the youth, PSD manages the resources of over $15.9 million for services to nearly 20,000 youth annually.

General Description:

The Director of Program Strategy and Integration is responsible for facilitating the design and implementation of an integrated system of evidence-based pathways for in-and out-of-school youth, including leveraging school, supportive services, employer, higher education and community partnerships to ensure integration and alignment across the city. The Director of Program Strategy and Integration’s primary work responsibilities spans the following areas:

  • Fiscal management and budgeting.
  • Staff and project management.
  • Systemic reform through the design, procurement and implementation of program models/programmatic strategies that serve in-school and out-of-school youth.
  • Relationship development and management.

Essential Functions:

Fiscal Management and Budgeting

•Determine the Program Strategy and Integration Department’s budget and manage expenditures in accordance with funding regulations.

•Collaborate with the Finance Department to ensure that provider program budgets are accurate and reflect sound program planning.

•Develop recommendations for slot allocations to maximize fiscal resources and scalability of programs.

•Determine contract awards; negotiate budgets and slot levels.

•Collaborate with Vice President of Programs to make recommendations regarding appropriateness of funding sources for programs.

•Collaborate with Development and Finance Departments to ensure that all funders receive the necessary information to invoice for expenses

Staff and Project Management

•Establish a vision for the department, develop system/programmatic goals and define common performance metrics across programs/models/systems.

•Ensure appropriate system is in place to report program and provider-level performance.

•Provide strategic leadership to the department; train, supervise and motivate staff.

•Address the professional development needs of staff through coaching, modeling and training.

•Support the procurement process by creating model criteria, documenting the content for RFPs and managing the contractor selection process.

•Collaborate with other departments within the division to develop staffing plans to ensure the support of providers in implementing WorkReady Summer employment programs.

•Coordinate services across PYN internal departments to ensure optimal conditions for program implementation and provider support.

•Invest in continuous improvement efforts that support the design of operational and programmatic structures that enhance the performance of providers and improve outcomes for youth.

•Map out timeline of department and program deliverables, including reporting dates, enrollment deadlines, site visit etc.


•Build and maintain a high level of expertise in youth workforce development strategies and approaches; establish the program locally in the youth workforce development field.

•Oversee data management and reporting for the department.

•Participate in internal and external meetings, committee meetings, special projects, development of work plan and ad hoc committees.

•Develop and/or contribute to reports for funders, grants and internally as necessary.

•Represent the interests of PYN’s models and programs at designated meetings and community events.

•Engage with the WorkReady and Project-U Turn Committees to ensure alignment between policy and practice and present as necessary.

•Perform other duties as assigned.

Education, Experience & Skills Required:

  • Master’s Degree or Bachelor’s Degree with a minimum of 7-10 years of experience.
  • Minimum seven years of experience serving youth or young adults, knowledge of youth development practices and techniques particularly with underserved populations.
  • Five to seven years of progressive staff management experience.
  • Knowledge of local, regional and national education reform and workforce development issues and strategies.
  • Demonstrated success collaborating with other educational, social or governmental systems.
  • Ability to convene, motivate teams and diverse populations.
  • Willingness to engage, learn and grow continuously
  • Excellent problem solving skills and the ability to take ownership and drive responsibilities through to completion.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively under pressure and handle multiple simultaneous tasks and demands.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently, prioritize projects, be flexible and initiate follow-through with attention to detail and a high level of accuracy.
  • Ability to employ flexibility and creativity in the face of ambiguity and challenge.
  • Strong verbal, written and public speaking communication skills.
  • Strong interpersonal and networking skills.
  • Strong analytical and organizational skills.
  • Excellent customer service skills.
  • Ability to use personal computer for word processing, database management and presenting presentation materials; proficiency in Microsoft Windows & Office and ability to integrate technology into operations.
  • Successful completion of background checks (PA state criminal, Department of Public Welfare Child Abuse, and F.B.I. fingerprinting).

How to apply

Please send cover letter and resume via email to:

Philadelphia Youth Network, Inc.

400 Market Street, Suite 200

Philadelphia, PA19106


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