University Settlement Society

Job Title

ASSISTANT DIRECTOR, Youth Opportunity Hub

Job Description

OVERVIEW: The Door, a partner organization to University Settlement, helps nearly 10,000 young people each year by empowering them to reach their potential by providing comprehensive youth development services in a diverse and caring environment. A major initiative within The Door, Broome Street Academy is a unique charter high school that prepares New York City’s most vulnerable youth for a successful future through rigorous academics paired with supports of The Door.

Youth Opportunity Hub: The Door was recently selected to be one of five “Youth Opportunity Hubs,” a first-of-its-kind effort to knit together community-based providers funded through the Manhattan District Attorney Office’s Criminal Justice Investment Initiative. Through a three-pronged strategy: The Door will outreach to 1,500 youth from the Lower East Side, Harlem, and Washington Heights, connect them to a full range of wraparound services at the hub, and provide more intensive services for high risk youth. The Door will collaborate with eleven outstanding partners (Arms Acres, Avenues for Justice, Carnegie Hall, CASES, Fresh Youth Initiatives, The New York Foundling, Per Scholas, Project Renewal, Sheltering Arms, The Whitney, and our sister organization University Settlement). 

Short-term, we will see increased youth referrals to The Door, deeper partnerships, more involvement with services, and more intensive engagement to work toward education, career, mental health, and positive socialization goals. Mid-term, we will note outcomes such as: reduced initial justice system involvement, idle time, and risky behaviors; increased pro social engagements; improved mental and physical health; involvement in work and education opportunities; and connection to peers, adults, and mentors. Over the course of the grant period, we expect to achieve long-term outcomes such as retention in education and career opportunities, improved wellbeing, avoidance of system involvement, and continued pro social activities. 

The Assistant Director will be an important project and relationship manager taking a leadership role in the rollout of The Door’s new Youth Opportunity Hub. As part of his/her work, he/she will also collaborate with staff at The Door, the Bronx Youth Center, and Broome Street Academy to develop stronger and more strategic relationships with foster care agencies in New York City.

  • Establish work plans and site visits with all eleven partners during the planning phase
  • Organize monthly meetings between The Door and partners during the planning and pilot phase to ensure mission alignment, develop policies and protocols, and set goals.
  • Oversee the hub’s day-to-day operations with partner organizations
  • Conduct regular check-ins with partner organizations to ensure services and referrals are being carried out effectively
  • Develop systems to track and review data
  • Collect data from partner organizations for grant reporting
  • Ensure hub youth are meaningfully engaged in services and accessing enriching pro-social opportunities
  • Deepen The Door’s relationships with foster care agencies
  • Develop internal systems to help The Door, Bronx Youth Center, and BSA staff improve coordination and communication with foster care agencies
  • Master’s degree in social work, education, public policy, public administration, or related field preferred
    • At least 5 years of progressively responsible experience in non-profit program development and project management
    • Knowledge of and ability to apply positive youth development principles to working with young people
    • Experience with program planning and evaluation and contract management
    • Proven track record of effective staff support and supervision as well as the ability to build and maintain collaborative partnerships
    • Demonstrate an understanding of and practice the principals of positive youth development
    • Experience working with LGBT-identified, runaway and homeless, foster care and immigrant youth populations
    • Excellent research, analytical, writing, and presentation skills
    • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite
    • Proficiency in Spanish, French, Mandarin preferred
Contact: Please submit a cover letter and resume to the link below. Applications without a cover letter will not be considered.

Salary Information

Hours: 35 hours per week
Salary: Commensurate with experience, plus generous benefits

To Apply

Please submit a cover letter and resume to the link below. Applications without a cover letter will not be considered.

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