Achievement Center Director

The YMCA of Greater Nashua operates five facilities: Nashua YMCA, Merrimack YMCA, Westwood Park YMCA, Camp Sargent, and Camp Spaulding.

YMCA

YMCA of Greater Nashua

Location

Nashua, NH 03063

Job Description

The YMCA Achievement Center is grounded in Positive Psychology and Positive Youth Development and as such focuses on the important role that positive experiences, relationships, and environments have on the development of youth. The YMCA provides the middle school with a full-time staff person to lead the program in their own classroom environment, which means hundreds of students are able benefit from the program throughout the school year. The YAC is an innovative way to address the needs of middle-schoolers through creating an environment that focuses on helping students to experience positive emotions, teaching character values, and identifying student strengths. Each day, students in the program will participate in activities designed to help build self-esteem, enhance positive character traits, and foster a sense of belonging and support.

The Achievement Center Director will advance the cause of strengthening our community by nurturing the potential of students and helping them see that positive thinking leads to success. The Achievement Center is fully integrated within Hudson Memorial and runs programs for students during the school day. This position’s primary focus is on providing centralized leadership for programs designed to better engage students in the school community, provide students with skills to make healthy decisions and utilize the principles of positive psychology amongst the school community by giving them a greater sense of achievement.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree required, Master’s degree preferred with a background in counseling, positive psychology, Social Emotional Learning or youth development.
  • Minimum of two years or more related work experience and program coordination experience.
  • Prior experience developing, building, and strengthening successful relationships with school communities, local businesses and overall community to support program goals.
  • Demonstrated success in managing multiple, complex projects at once.
  • Outstanding organizational and planning skills.
  • Knowledge of policy, system and environmental change.
  • Ability to effectively communicate with a broad spectrum of stakeholders, from students to families to teachers to administrators.
  • Ability to create and implement evaluations, data collection, and outcome measurements. Strong written and verbal communication skills and the ability to listen to increase understanding and interest.

Essential Functions

  • Provide coordination and leadership for all programs related to the YMCA Achievement Center.
  • Develop programs and initiatives that utilize the principles of positive psychology with a goal of improving the overall culture of the school and helping students see their potential.
  • Utilize the YMCA’s Character Development Leadership Institute tools to ensure programs and initiatives are taking a deliberate approach to improving lives.
  • Develop and run programs during the school day which help students feel more connected to the school community and the community at large. Work with school administration to identify as many touch points as possible without interfering with academic requirements of each student.
  • Create and oversee clubs and activities after school in the school and at the Community Center that provide safe places for students, advance the goals of the Achievement Center, and meet the needs and desires of the student body, giving them leadership opportunities wherever possible.
  • Work with staff and faculty on ways to incorporate positive psychology into the classroom setting while also encouraging them to practice the concepts themselves.
  • Attend school district staff meetings and professional development opportunities to further connect with the faculty and community.
  • Provide direct service to run programs and activities.
  • Hire, train and supervise part time staff and volunteers that model the YMCA values and effectively support the program’s goals.
  • Develop relationships with Alvirne High School and other community partners to create opportunities for leadership and volunteer opportunities for older students.
  • Implement data collection and set up outcome measurements and evalutions of programs along with school adminstration.
  • Work together with faculty and students from Rivier University to analyze data, review assessments and further build upon the program’s impact.
  • Engage in active listening with students and teachers in order to build relationships, understand individual goals and interests, and take the initiative to assist in the achievement of those goals.
  • By personal example, help to interpret the quality of the YMCA values to children, staff, and parents. Must be a positive role model.
  • Create and maintain a clean, safe, orderly, and warm environment.
  • Set and maintain appropriate standards for children’s behavior using non-punitive methods which teach self-discipline while supporting children's self-esteem.
  • Remain current in required and voluntary training.
  • Monitor programs, collect data and constantly assess and improve program design, delivery, and community outreach. Respond to requirements from third party organizations for data collection and analysis.
  • Facilitate leadership camp programs during the summer months which will utilize the CDLI model and Achievement Center curriculum.

Cause-Driven Leadership® Competencies

  • Collaboration
  • Project/Program Management
  • Engaging Community
  • Inclusion
  • Developing Self and Others

How to Apply

Apply by Email

lboyer@nmymca.org

Apply by Mail to:

Lynne Boyer
6 Henry Clay Dr
Merrimack 03054-4848

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