Director of Program Partnerships & Innovation
Friends of the Children’s goal is to break the cycle of generational poverty for the highest priority youth in our community through a 12 ½ year program that emphasizes development of socioemotional assets and the skills to succeed in post-secondary programs and sustainable careers. We are seeking a talented Director of Program Partnerships & Innovation to join our diverse team of dedicated and passionate professionals. Friends of the Children is at an exciting point in our trajectory. We have completed a year-long racial equity initiative, in partnership with the Center for Equity & Inclusion, and are poised to transform our organization through the development and implementation of a staff-driven equity action plan. Additionally, we have just launched a five-year strategic plan that sharpens our programmatic focus on supporting long-term self-sufficiency for our program graduates.
Position Overview: The Director of Program Partnerships & Innovation (DPI) is new position that plays a critical role in our mission and strategic goals. Reporting to the Deputy Director, the DPI is responsible for 1) Developing and maintaining partnerships with school districts, post-secondary programs, the Department of Human Services, key donors, program families, community-based organizations, and other stakeholders, and 2) Designing, implementing and evaluating programmatic change initiatives.
The DPI will develop and maintain high quality programming that complements the 1:1 mentoring relationships at the core of the Friends model, and advances programmatic outcomes related to long-term self-sufficiency. Our five-year strategic plan outlines specific objectives toward this goal:
- Increase youth voice and leadership in our organizational initiatives.
- Provide community building opportunities for youth to support positive identity formation and the development of social capital.
- Enhance post-secondary access and job readiness through direct skill-building opportunities, and implementation of standardized programmatic expectations and developmental benchmarks.
- Establish new cross‐sector partnerships to provide career exposure, exploration and job skill building opportunities.
- Strengthen the Friends program alumni network to provide graduates opportunities for continued peer support and the ability serve as additional adult allies for current program youth.
- Increase communication and partnership with program families to better engage their support on youth achievement of Friends program objectives.
If these statements and skills describe you, please apply:
- You are centered in racial equity.
- You are energized by the challenge of advancing programmatic improvements, and motivating others to successfully achieve organizational change.
- You are excited by the opportunity to build and sustain deep programmatic partnerships that enhance youth outcomes related to self-sufficiency.
- You think as a strategic leader and can be an important contributor to the organization’s senior leadership team.
Friends of the Children offers our employees an excellent work environment that includes:
- Respect for work-life balance, with flexibility in managing your daily schedule.
- An emphasis on collaboration and shared leadership, where all staff are expected to participate in developing and furthering key organizational goals.
- Generous benefits package.
- Actively participate as a member of the senior management team in leading the organization, participating in strategic planning and budgeting, and making, implementing, and upholding decisions or policies related to the operations of the organization.
- Collaborate with the Director of Program Operations and Program Managers to ensure consistent, high quality program delivery and seamless integration of partnerships and new initiatives within the core program model.
- Build collaborative relationships with a wide range of stakeholders to successfully embed partnerships and implement new initiatives. Effectively lead organizational change.
- Lead, motivate and supervise a team consisting of the Group Programming Manager, Education & Career Readiness Manager, Program Coordinator, and two AmeriCorps positions.
- Supervise leadership development projects for Friends selected to serve as “Centers of Excellence” in high priority program areas.
- Actively participate as a member of the organizational Equity Team to develop and implement equity action plan objectives.
- Build systems of continuous improvement through youth, family and Friend feedback, review of data and best practices, and program results. Ensure youth, family, and Friend input is reflected in program offerings.
Skills, Knowledge and Abilities:
- Strong interpersonal, written, and verbal communication skills; able to clearly articulate, present, and promote ideas and issues before a wide range of stakeholders
- Strong leadership skills; able to proactively and promptly take action to achieve objectives, and conscientious about following through on commitments.
- Exceptionally organized, with strong time management, delegation, supervisory, and problem-solving skills; able to effectively prioritize and lead projects along multiple work streams.
- Experience with prioritizing and integrating youth voice in organizational objectives; understanding of positive youth development principles
- Ability to cultivate relationships with youth, colleagues, volunteers, donors, and program partners to accomplish organizational objectives.
- Demonstrated understanding and utilization of change management principles; able to gain cooperation and commitment, build consensus, collaborate, lead and motivate others to achieve results.
- Extensive knowledge of local community resources and programs related to post-secondary access, job readiness, and career planning.
Education and Experience:
- Bachelor’s degree in a related field; extensive experience may substitute for education.
- Minimum of five years’ experience working with youth-focused programs; experience in job readiness/workforce development programs preferred.
- Minimum of three years in leadership or management roles with significant supervisory duties and responsibilities.
- Demonstrated experience in building program partnerships and leading the design, implementation and evaluation of program initiatives.
- Training or experience in Youth Program Quality Assessment (YPQA) preferred.
- Experience applying a racial equity lens preferred.
Salary range: $64-70,000 salary with comprehensive benefits
We are committed to our community, to equal employment opportunity, and to diversity in our workplace.