Program Director - Neighborhood School Center
Childcare - Community Impact Program
Dayton, OH
$37,325-$39,658/ Annually

Position Summary:

The Program Director is a relationship builder who forges partnerships that align community resources to benefit the school, students, families, and the neighborhood. The Program Director builds relationships with many people within and outside of the school.  The Program Director works closely with the principal and is part of the school’s Building Leadership team.  The Program Director engages faculty, staff, students, and families.  Reaching out to the community, the Program Director is the liaison for neighborhood residents, associations, non-profits, businesses, religious organizations, and other potential partners. The Program Director forges partnerships to bring added resources such as supplies, funds, programs, volunteers, and comprehensive services into the school.  The Program Director manages these contributions and helps to align the community’s resources for a greater collective impact. With these added resources, schools have more support, students experience more success, families are more engaged, and neighborhoods grow stronger.  The Program Director builds the relationships and forges the partnerships that make this possible.

At the YMCA, We are welcoming: we are open to all. We are a place where you can belong and become. We are genuine: we value you and embrace your individuality. We are hopeful: we believe in you and your potential to become a catalyst in the world. We are nurturing: we support you in your journey to develop your full potential. We are determined: above all else, we are on a relentless quest to make our community stronger beginning with you.


Essential Functions:

  • Build positive working relationships with faculty, staff, and students to assess and meet the needs of students and teachers and engage faculty and staff partners in the NSC strategy.
  • Build relationships with parents and families to engage them in the school and their child’s education. Bring resources and programs into the school specifically designed to support parents and families.  Provides community resources to families or connects them to organizations.
  • Collaborate and offer programs and activities under the direction of the building Principal and the Community Impact Director.
  • Run and oversee programs brought to the NSC site as needed
  • Develops, implements, and monitors grant budget, in-kind donations. Seeks out additional grants, oversees budget and necessary reporting. Pursues and acquires in-kind donations.
  • Responsible for all aspects of program development, quality, and safety.
  • Promotes programs by development and distribution of marketing materials in compliance with association standards.
  • Act as community liaison by attend neighborhood meetings and invite groups to meet within the school, actively reach out to potential partners in the neighborhood, speak and meet with people who want to be involved in the school, forge a variety of community partnerships to bring resources to benefit the school, students, families, and the neighborhood, seek out and create a special partnership with a corporate sponsor for the NSC.
  • Serve on the Building Leadership Team consisting of the principal, site coordinator, parents and designated staff overseeing the academic plan of the school building.
  • Attend monthly meetings with representatives from DPS and other neighborhood school centers. The NSC Program Director will be expected to present on progress, activities, and inquire about program challenges.    
  • Supervise, direct and empower interns and volunteers to meet the specific needs of the NSC (e.g., running or creating a club/program in the school).
  • Coordinate volunteers with the principal and teachers, identify and package volunteer opportunities in the school. In conjunction with the Fitz Center and other partners, connect volunteers with service opportunities. 
  • Complete monthly reports including but not limited to monthly activity reports.
  • Attend collaborative meetings to facilitate community involvement.
  • Meet with Parent groups, teachers, and school administrators to collaborate activities to meet goals of improved education outcomes.
  • Plans and implements special events and school-wide programs.
  • Maintains a clean and sanitary environment.
  • Communicates to Community Impact director any concerns or incidents that may need follow-up.
  • Builds relationships with members, program participants and community partners.
  • Actively recruits, trains, and engages groups of volunteers.


  • A 2-year college degree in Education or related field (i.e. Social Work, Psychology, Human Services, Public Administration) with a plan for completion of a 4-year college degree required; 4-year college degree strongly preferred.
  • Completion of YMCA program-specific trainings and certifications.
  • CPR/AED, First Aid, and Oxygen required within first 60 days of employment and kept current.
  • One year minimum of supervisory experience demonstrating the ability to recruit, train, motivate and supervise staff/volunteers required.
  • Budget development and administration skills preferred.
  • Must hold a valid driver’s license, insurable drivers record according to the YMCA’s insurance carriers, and have reliable transportation to travel for business meetings, training events, YMCA site visits, vendors, and suppliers, etc.
  • Computer skills needed, particularly with Microsoft Office and email applications, along with ability to learn the internal YMCA software.