Program Director for Community Engagement


Please note: This is a full-time, 12-month position, with a salary range of $55,000.00-$62,000.00 per year.

The Re-engaging Teens; Restoring Justice Program will focus on those young people, ages 14-19, who have dropped out or are at risk of dropping out of school, have been released from or are participants in the juvenile justice system, are struggling with homelessness and food insecurity, and whose connections with meaningful adults are lacking. The Program Director’s duties include supervision of the Transitional Navigators and the Youth Leaders and the oversight of the day to day operations of the program. In addition, provides leadership for the broader community engagement, he/she will ensure the program is delivered with fidelity and adheres to all goals and outcome of the program.


  • Administers, coordinates and oversees program at multiple sites
  • Trained in Restorative Practices
  • Maintain accurate and timely records in accordance with funder, agency requirements and program data collection requirements.
  • Record keeping, evaluation and provides QA monthly reports to Director of Restorative Practices and Equity
  • Develop and maintain positive relationships with all community stakeholders, staff as well as organizations leading Restorative Practice work.
  • Promotes networking and best practice identification among collaborations/programs
  • Ensures the integration of agency services, cross-program coordination and collaboration of service delivery components
  • Research and design services including outcome and impact tracking
  • Participation in individual supervision and all mandated meetings and trainings
  • Coordinate the hiring, training and supervision of staff
  • Performs other duties as assigned by the Director of Restorative Practices and Equity and the Executive Director


Candidates must:

  • Adhere to ethical conduct
  • Demonstrate professionalism, i.e., timely, dependable, responsible, flexible
  • Be non-judgmental and respectful manner, especially in regard to immediate crisis response
  • Be creative
  • Possess dynamic platform and facilitation skills
  • Possess strong organizational, and time-management skills
  • Be a self-starter
  • Model principles of inclusion and tolerance
  • Be youth-centered and positive
  • Be youth and family-friendly
  • Have an understanding of urban issues
  • Establish effective working relationships with supervisor and co-workers
  • Develop positive relationships with all key stakeholders
  • Have strong literacy skills (i.e., reading, writing, comprehension)
  • Conduct research and apply best practices and evaluation methods
  • Effectively promote knowledge and skill development and positive behaviors
  • Provide leadership, work as a team and/or work independently as requested

Candidate must possess significant knowledge of:

  • Knowledge of youth asset development and risk reduction theory, and youth serving systems, community resources, partnerships and collaborations;
  • Ability to build cooperative relationships with youth and support systems;
  • Excellent training, presentation and teaching skills;
  • Ability to lead and supervise staff
  • Ability to work independently, creatively and to prioritize tasks;
  • Ability to structure and organize meetings and work groups;
  • Ability to establish and maintain positive working relationships with collaborative partners, employers, community resources and other program staff;
  • Sensitivity to, appreciation for and ability to work with a culturally diverse population;
  • Ability to be responsive and flexible;
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.

Core Competencies:

  • Proven ability to establish and maintain collaborative relationships with a variety of diverse students, parents, and community partners.
  • Skills and knowledge of restorative practices and restorative justice including philosophy, principles, models, interventions, forms, and techniques with a focus on communities of color.
  • Proven ability to produce timely, clear and concise documentation and data collection/analysis.
  • Crisis management and behavior management techniques
  • Youth-serving systems
  • Community resources
  • Client advocacy
  • Prevention services


The Center delivers services to youth and families from many racial, ethnic, cultural, social and lifestyle groups. We value differences in people and strive to understand diverse cultures, ethnic origins, sexual orientations, abilities and beliefs. To this end, all staff is required to attend professional development trainings and to continually enhance their understanding of cultural diversity. Staff are expected to respect and honor cultural and human diversity and be sensitive to the needs of youth from varied backgrounds. The annual Performance Appraisal provides an opportunity to staff to evaluate how they are integrating culturally competent practices into their everyday work.


A Bachelors Degree in a Human Service or related field and 3-5 years of related experience or equivalent combination. Note: A Master Degree, advanced training and/or certification in areas directly related to the skills required preferred.

In addition to the above, it is mandatory that candidates meet the following criteria prior to hire:

  • Authorization for the agency to obtain driving record information
  • A valid driver’s license
  • A driving record acceptable to our insurance carrier
  • Regular access to a motor vehicle
  • Automobile insurance at the level of $100,000 per person/ $300,000 per accident Bodily Injury and $ 50,000 Property Damage


Candidates must be able to be autonomously mobile in order to provide the required services.


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The Center for Youth provides equal opportunities for employment.

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