School-Age Program Director

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Bangor YMCA


Bangor, ME 04401-4799

Job Description

The School-Age Program Director is a creative, fun and inspirational leader who is excited to oversee a high quality, values-based program for children age kindergarten through 6th grade that is in full compliance with state licensing regulations, is evidence-based and impactful. The Director oversees on-and-off site programs, is deeply involved in programming and staff supervision, and is a great communicator with children and adults. The Director understands Before and After School is a critically important, mission-driven program that is key to helping school age children succeed in life. The Director emphasizes the importance of living and teaching the YMCA’s core values of honesty, respect, caring and responsibility.

Fundamental accountabilities are managing the day-to-day duties of running a regional, multi-site program that cares for 250+ children, ongoing staff and site supervision, safety and licensing compliance, fiscal management, curriculum development, program evaluation, and assisting the YMCA in its efforts to establish sustainable funding streams for the program such as grants.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Child Development or related field.
  • Experience as a supervisor/coordinator of before and after school programs and with school-aged children or equivalent.
  • Experience with program evaluation.
  • Ability to build and maintain relationships with parents, families, partners and community members.
  • Be able to multi-task including managing multiple deadlines and priorities and problem-solve issues as they arise. Be flexible and modify role when needed.
  • Be an effective communicator – both oral and in writing – with strong presentation and interpersonal skills.

Essential Functions

  • Manages a multi-site School-age Program for 250+ children with sites in Bangor and throughout the region.
  • Is a hands-on leader with deep involvement in programming, curriculum development, evaluation and oversight.
  • Manages, trains and inspires staff at all program sites.
  • Is an organized multi-tasker with the ability to deal with families from all walks of life in a way that reflects YMCA values.
  • Is fun, creative, inspiring, calm and patient with great communication skills so children and adults feel understood and empowered.
  • Develops, manages and monitors department budgets and works with the Y’s Finance Department to ensure annual budgeting process is efficient. Ensures program fees are collected.
  • Elevates the program to achieve the highest standards set by state and national certifying organizations and the YMCA and is in full compliance with state licensing.
  • Develops a high-quality program curriculum that includes an emphasis on cross-disciplinary, project-based STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics) activities.
  • Acts as a primary responder in case of injury, accident or illness and works with staff to ensure program and facility achieve the highest standards of safety at state, county and organizational levels, emergency procedures, and staff trainings and certifications.
  • Creates and implements a communication plan to ensure parents, families, schools and other partners are regularly informed of child and program needs and have the opportunity to give feedback which is then acted upon.
  • Performs high-level administrative tasks such as recruitment, hiring, training, staff scheduling, leading program staff meetings, parent meetings, and maintaining staff and student records.
  • Collaborates with the CEO and marketing staff to promote program and helps to cross-promote other Y and age-appropriate programs.

Cause-Driven Leadership® Competencies

Mission Advancement: Models and teaches the Ys values. Ensures a high level of service with a commitment to changing lives. Provides volunteers with orientation, training, development, and recognition. Cultivates relationships to support fund-raising.

Collaboration: Champions inclusion activities, strategies, and initiatives. Builds relationships to create small communities. Empathetically listens and communicates for understanding when negotiating and dealing with conflict. Effectively tailors communications to the appropriate audience. Provides staff with feedback, coaching, guidance and support.

Operational Effectiveness: Provides others with frameworks for making decisions. Conducts prototypes to support the launching of programs and activities. Develops plans and manages best practices through engagement of team. Effectively creates and manages budgets. Holds staff accountable for high-quality results using a formal process to measure progress.

Personal Growth: Shares new insights. Facilitates change; models adaptability and an awareness of the impact of change. Is flexible and can modify job roles when needed. Utilizes non-threatening methods to address sensitive issues and inappropriate behavior or performance. Has the functional and technical knowledge and skills required to perform well; uses best practices and demonstrates up-to-date knowledge and skills in technology.

Required Certifications

College graduate with a background in child development or related field. Experience with the YMCA organization desirable. Current CPR, AED, and First Aid certification required (although this can be obtained once hired within 30 days). Trainings to be completed before start of duties include Child Abuse Prevention, BloodBorne Pathogens, Workplace Violence, Sexual Harassment, and Elder Abuse.

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