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Program Director, Georgia Teen Institute (GTI)

Lawrenceville, Georgia
$48,000 - $52,000 + generous benefit package
Closing date
Jan 28, 2022

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Focus Areas
Capacity Building / Volunteerism, Healthcare, Human Services, Youth Development
Job Function
Event Planning, Program / Project Management
Position Type
Full Time
Degree Level
Willingness to Travel
25 - 50%
Experience Level
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Job Details

Hybrid work environment: partially remote with multiple days per week in Lawrenceville office and offsite locations.  

About the Agency: GUIDE is a respected community-based nonprofit that has been serving Gwinnett County since 1986 and Georgia since 1989. The organization provides substance abuse prevention and youth development services to a wide range of community members and stakeholders. There is a supportive team environment within the close and casual office.

Program Description: Georgia Teen Institute (GTI) is a positive youth development and substance abuse prevention initiative that involves teams of middle and high school aged youth in peer-focused prevention and community service. Youth Action Teams (YATs) attend GTI during the summer for training, team building and initial action planning. During the year, the teams plan and implement community service projects and peer-focused prevention strategies to reduce underage alcohol, tobacco and other drug use and build civic engagement.

Position Description: This position reports to the Associate Executive Director, PYD to provide oversight and coordination of GUIDE’s summer youth leadership conference, Georgia Teen Institute. S/he will be responsible for all aspects of GTI including, but not limited to promotion, registration, logistics, staffing, scheduling, training, materials and evaluation. This position requires occasional overnight, out-of-town travel (25-35%) and some weekend and evening work that varies from year to year. Most importantly, the position requires being on-site at remote locations for 24 hours a day for all Georgia Teen Institute staff development trainings and events including the two weeks of Georgia Teen Institute. The ability to work at Georgia Teen Institute and other out-of-town assignments, with overnight stays, and to work on occasional evenings and weekends throughout the year is non-negotiable.

Job Responsibilities include:

  • Provides oversight, management and implementation of all aspects of the Georgia Teen Institute summer programs; 
  • Works closely with other GUIDE Staff to align agency deliverables with GTI programing, ensuring each staff member has a meaningful role supporting GTI and provides support for those roles and responsibilities;
  • Manages all GTI contractors, vendors, youth/young adult staff and adult volunteers including contract management, recruitment, retention and supervision;
  • Oversees the ongoing support, training and resource development for staff;
  • Oversees the selection of volunteer youth and young adult staff and provide training and direction, mentoring and feedback during the summer and communication throughout the year to retain staff;
  • Maintains a visible, regular presence on the front lines (dorms, program areas, dining hall, etc.) while GTI programs (Staff Development weekends, Orientations, Interviews and the Summer Updated December 2021 Program) are in session. This includes participating in the activities themselves to build rapport/relationships with participants and staff, better understand trends and to role model behavior for the GTI community;
  • nnually seeks and analyzes feedback from participants and staff regarding the quality, safety and enjoyment of the programs, facilities and staff to identify areas of improvement and create annual plans for addressing areas of growth;
  • Serves as the primary face and voice of GTI including communication with participants, staff and promotion of GTI via conference, workshops, social media, meetings, etc.;
  • Supports the maintenance of the website and social media outlets with up-to-date and current information;
  • Develops and oversees marketing and promotion strategy for Georgia Teen Institute; 
  • Oversees the ongoing support, training and resource development for Youth Action Teams throughout the state of Georgia including networking meetings and other technical assistance;
  • Identifying and/or developing peer-led, peer-focused alcohol, tobacco and other drug prevention strategies for youth that can be included in GTI programs or YAT resources;
  • Works with the Positive Youth Development team to develop and implement training curriculum for Youth Action Teams and youth serving professionals; 
  • Oversees the financial management of the GTI program including participating in the development of, tracking and compliance with the annual budget, developing and implementing fundraising strategies and seeking out and writing grants;
  • Submits monthly, quarterly and annual reports as required by grants or funders, including any special reports;
  • Supervises volunteers and/or interns for short- and long-term projects;
  • Attends community events and supports community partners;
  • Represents GUIDE on various local and statewide committees and task forces;
  • Participates in and supporting all fundraising efforts for GUIDE and Georgia Teen Institute; and
  • Other duties as assigned.

Other GUIDE responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Participates in staff meetings and Board of Directors’ meetings when requested by supervisor;
  • Assists in the development of annual and program budgets, grant proposals, and annual and other reports;
  • Participates in supporting other programs, initiatives and staff members as needed; and
  • Participates in training requirements necessary to apply for prevention credentialing and obtain credentials within two years of hire; maintains prevention certification during employment at GUIDE.

Skills and Qualifications:

  • Preferred education: Bachelor’s degree; high-quality, relevant experience may substitute for education
  • Required experience: event management, conference planning and/or logistics management; youth development program and/or camp planning/management.
  • Preferred experience: public speaking, group and/or workshop facilitation, grant writing, program development.
  • Computer experience with Microsoft Office Suite is essential; expertise expected with Word and Excel, knowledge of PowerPoint and Access is helpful. Expertise in working with Google products, including Gmail, Docs, Calendars, etc.
  • Requires the ability to receive detailed information through oral and written communication, to speak clearly and to demonstrate excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Requires the ability to occasionally continuously stand or walk for long periods of time; regularly requires bending, stooping, reaching, twisting, lifting, pushing, pulling or moving items or materials and the ability to lift up to 40 pounds.
  • Requires close visual acuity to perform activities including preparing and analyzing data figures, transcribing, viewing a computer screen and other related activities.
  • Requires the ability to review, classify, categorize, prioritize and/or analyze data.
  • Requires the ability to exercise discretion and confidentiality when reviewing data and other information.
  • Requires the ability to exercise judgement, decisiveness and creativity.
  • Requires a full range of hand and finger motion.
  • Requires the ability to successfully multi-task and work independently.
  • Requires reliable transportation and a Georgia driver’s license. 
  • Requires full COVID-19 vaccination.
  • Must be able to accommodate out-of-town, overnight assignments for up to a week at a time.
  • Must be a non-smoker.

Criminal Background Check and E-Verify: This position will require a criminal background check and E-Verify. Employee will be considered on probationary status until the process of both is satisfactorily completed.

GUIDE is a drug-free workplace. 

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GUIDE, Inc. is a respected community-based youth development and substance abuse prevention agency that has been serving Gwinnett County since 1986 and the state of Georgia since 1989. There is a supportive team environment within the close and casual office.

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