Director of Programs

Atlanta, Georgia
$50,000 - $54,000 based on qualifications     
Apr 02, 2019
May 02, 2019
Position Type
Full Time
Degree Level

Director of Programs – YELLS (Youth Empowerment through Learning, Leading, and Serving, Inc.)

Through our Mentoring Program, Afterschool Program (K-5th grade), and Community Action Café Teen Program, YELLS serves as a community hub and center for servant-leadership in our students’ own Franklin Gateway neighborhood.  Our programs engage the whole child, whole family, and whole community to empower youth with the skills, resources, and character they need to serve as effective leaders and members of their community.

The role of the Director of Programs is to ensure all YELLS initiatives successfully empower youth and families to achieve personally, while positively shaping their community.  This role will spearhead our outcomes measurement and Results-Based Accountability process, while also supporting staff to implement data-driven strategies effectively. 

Essential Duties and Functions

Management and Improvement of Programs

  • Oversee programs and initiatives to improve quality and ensure outcomes for youth and families
  • Provide observations, coaching, professional development, and support to program staff to improve services, activities, programs, and events to better align with the YELLS vision and values
  • Develop trainings and professional development to increase the effectiveness of staff and ensure they have the tools, knowledge, and resources to deliver high quality positive youth development programming
  • Review and approve program curriculum, lessons plans, and agendas and provide guidance for strengthening
  • Launch and oversee the implementation of new programs, events, and initiatives, as directed
  • Document processes and procedures for the operations of YELLS programs to build sustainability and replicability of our model

Evaluation, Grants Management, and Results Based Accountability

  • Move our team from tracking data to harnessing data to drive targeted strategies and interventions
  • Lead our Results Based Accountability process, improving strategies to reach outcomes for youth and families
  • Refine our measurement tools and develop new ways to track progress toward outcomes
  • Develop systems and processes for tracking and reporting outcomes for both quantitative and qualitative program results
  • Intentionally promote reflection, debrief, assessment, data analysis, and revision in all of our work and continuously refine our program model and activities to achieve better results for youth and families
  • Manage grant deliverables, compliance, and reporting

Human Resources and Staff Management

  • Collaborate with the Executive Director to understand, uphold, and communicate YELLS’s vision and values
  • Supervise, support, and evaluate all program staff
  • Oversee timely completion of deliverables and tasks by all team members
  • Nurture a positive and professional employee culture that reflects YELLS’s values and work ethic
  • Manage employees’ time and responsibilities and submit payroll


  • Master’s Degree in Education, Social Work, or related field required
  • Minimum of five years’ experience managing and supervising programs
  • Employee management and training experience
  • Expertise in program evaluation, outcomes measurements, and results-based accountability
  • Grants management experience (at least three years)
  • Wealth of knowledge and experience (at least five years) in positive youth development, service learning, and best practices in program design and development
  • Exceptional writing, speaking, and computer skills for crafting communications with partners and funders
  • Enthusiastic, dynamic personality that inspires and motivates both team members and community
  • Bilingual – fluent in both English and Spanish – a plus

Hours: Full time, with flexibility for evening/weekend obligations

Compensation Range: $50,000 - $54,000 based on qualifications                      

Location: Marietta, Georgia  30067

Position to be filled immediately.  To apply, please send resume and cover letter promptly to Laura Keefe, YELLS Executive Director, at 

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