Program Director III - Director of Employment and Training


Seattle, WA

Industry: Business Services


Less than 5 years

Posted 34 days ago



The Y is seeking an experienced, dedicated, and dynamic leader for the position of Director of Employment and Training. The ideal candidate will have strong administrative and personal skills, with a vision for expanding Accelerator Y's Young Adult Services employment programs and services. Responsibilities include but are not limited to ensuring continuity and oversight of program and services and further developing the program. The Director of Employment and Training will primarily provide supervision to program managers, case managers, volunteers and interns and leadership to Young Adult Services Leadership teams.

Accelerator Y is the social services branch of YMCA of Greater Seattle. Each year, Accelerator Y provides housing, behavioral health, foster care licensing, violence prevention, education, and employment to more than 5,000 youth, young adults, and families. Every program aligns with our four strategies: 1. reducing risk factors; 2. navigating systems towards successful life transition; 3. ensuring stability, safety and wellness in times of crisis; and 4. building competencies and social capital.


  • Management of grant and contract budgets to ensure compliance with city, county, state, or federal standards. and achievement of strong outcomes
  • Lead program planning for the WIOA, WDC and other funding sources, using research to inform the design of upcoming RFPs; manage and coordinate policies and priorities with various advisory councils.
  • Seek opportunities for the Accelerator Y to expand current program(s) for young adults and develop new employer and partner collaborations.
  • Monitor and review proposal budgets, budget narratives, and budget modifications for accuracy of calculations, for internal consistency, and to ensure all budgeted costs are allowable and in accordance
  • Recruit, hire, train, evaluate, and supervise program managers, employment case managers, interns and volunteers in assigned areas.
  • Provide development and leadership to Employment Team, Young Adult Services Staff and Accelerator Management Team.
  • Collaborate with other Program Directors to provide support and leadership to the YMCA's Resource Center for Young Adults and Leadership Team.
  • Lead employment data compiling and provide data and reports as required. Monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of and participation in program(s).
  • Develop and maintain collaborative relationships with community organizations, schools and agencies related to employment, job training programs and workforce development.
  • Ensure high quality programs through innovative program development evaluations and ongoing training of staff.
  • Monitor trends in employment, education, juvenile justice, foster care, homelessness and youth development policy issues affecting funding sources and programs.
  • Represent Accelerator Y on various advisory councils, collaborative, planning committees, and workgroups.
  • Provide project management and assistance in special projects/initiatives and events as needed, providing quick turnaround and customer service. Take the lead in managing project timeline and activities, leading projects from start to finish, working across departments to develop strategy.
  • Establish and maintain relationships with industry associations, research entities, employers, and government agencies for policy planning and implementation.
  • Perform other duties as required.


  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent experience in psychology, social work, or a closely related field.
  • Two years or more of related work experience, with proven experience in working with youth and young adults in employment, foster care, group care, housing, education, juvenile justice, anti-poverty, vocational support, mental health, chemical dependency, and/or homelessness services fields.
  • Five or more years of professional or volunteer experience working with high risk, system involved (homeless, justice, behavioral health, foster care) youth and/or young adults or equivalent community-based or informal service to this youth/young adult population
  • Experience with and knowledge of youth behavior management and child abuse prevention.
  • Intermediate computer skills and experience with Microsoft Office suite.
  • Ability to visit sites and community organizations.
  • Prefer knowledge of and previous experience with, diverse populations (language, culture, race, physical ability, sexual orientation, etc.).


  • Master's degree in social sciences, business or closely related field.
  • Life experience with poverty, child welfare, homelessness, behavioral health, or youth violence and a desire to use that experience to improve the lives of others.
  • Ability to speak any language in addition to English may be helpful.