The Mockingbird Society is a non-partisan advocacy organization focused on transforming foster care and ending youth homelessness. We do this by creating, supporting, and advocating for racially equitable, healthy environments that develop youth and young adults at risk of or experiencing foster care or homelessness. Our efforts are rooted in and guided by the voices of the communities we serve and those with lived experience in the systems we are trying to change. Ultimately, we want each and every young person, regardless of race and individual experience, to reach adulthood with an equitable opportunity to thrive.
A tenet central to Mockingbird is that young people with lived experience must have a place at policy-making tables. Not only because these issues deeply affect them, and those coming behind them, but because harnessing their expertise gained from lived experience gives authenticity and power to the discussion. They are in the best position to know what policies didn’t work and how to improve them. Mockingbird’s advocacy is, therefore, grounded in the voices of young people who have experienced foster care or homelessness.
It is from this lens, that the Director of Youth Programs will have the opportunity to impact directly the lives of each young person who we employ and each that participates in our programming in addition to indirectly improving the lives of the thousands who benefit from the policies we advance. The Director will have significant responsibility in ensuring that Mockingbird’s innovative approach to youth development and policy reform continues to shape, and ultimately, fundamentally transforms how our state delivers foster care and provides services to young people experiencing homelessness.
Reporting to the Executive Director, the Director of Youth Programs is responsible for the development, oversight, and supervision of The Mockingbird Society’s Youth Programs, including six statewide Youth Network chapters and a Youth Advocates Ending Homelessness (YAEH) chapter. As a member of the leadership team, the Director will develop the vision for continually improving how the agency partners with young people and helps them develop as leaders and advocates in service of transforming foster care and ending youth homelessness.
The Director will lead ongoing program improvement efforts and develop new programs as strategic opportunities arise. The Director represents the agency in partnerships with a variety of statewide partners and stakeholders who support our work. The Director is responsible for providing or coordinating effective supervision for all staff in the department, including: two Program Managers, two full-time Engagement Coordinators, three part-time Engagement Coordinators, five part-time Youth Network Representatives, and fourteen part-time Chapter Leaders. The Director develops and implements a professional development plan to ensure that staff are actively engaged in training that supports them in working effectively with young people and meeting their annual performance targets. The Director will lead program evaluation efforts, make data-informed management and program improvement decisions, and ensure programmatic continuity and fidelity. A key responsibility is to ensure a consistently safe and inclusive program environment for all participants and staff.
This successful candidate will have a deep commitment and passion for the welfare of youth experiencing foster care, along with relevant lived experience, credibility, and proven effectiveness in supporting young people who have experienced trauma, and will have exceptional skills in leading, mentoring and managing a team, as well as in staff development and youth development. The candidate will also exhibit a personal and demonstrated commitment to equity and anti-oppression practices in their previous work or community-based experiences.
Program Development and Delivery
Program Management and Team Development
The Mockingbird Society is an Equal Opportunity employer. Employment is based upon individual qualifications without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, citizenship, age, marital status, veteran status, disabilities, political ideology, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other legally protected status. We welcome all applicants, especially individuals with experience as foster care providers, alumni of foster care, and those who have experienced youth homelessness.
The approved salary range for this position is between $65,000 and $80,000, depending on experience and qualifications. Benefits include medical/dental insurance, generous vacation, sick leave, annual holidays, Employee Assistance Program, and a SIMPLE IRA retirement plan with employer match.
HOW TO APPLY
Send resume and letter of interest with “Director of Youth Programs” in the subject line.
The Mockingbird Society is committed to actively creating racial equity and eliminating the impact of intersectionality by embodying the changes we want to see in our work. Applicants are required to include a statement regarding how they would support and further this goal in their letter of interest.
Position is open until filled; priority consideration will be given to applications received by August 23, 2019. Due to our desire to most effectively use our time in service to our mission, we ask that prospective candidates follow the instructions above; no calls, please.