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Youth Leadership Program Manager

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  • Full Time
  • Greater Boston area
  • $50,000 - $55,000 annually USD / Year
  • Salary: $50,000 - $55,000 annually

Website Partners for Youth with Disabilities, Inc.

Youth Leadership Manager

40 hours/week – FLSA Status – Exempt

Partners for Youth with Disabilities (PYD) works to create a world where young people with disabilities will be able to live with dignity and pride in who they are, and to lead self-determined lives filled with purpose. To make this happen, we build the skills and abilities of young people with disabilities, and increase the inclusivity of workplaces, organizations, and communities.


The Youth Leadership Program Manager is an existing position, influential in ensuring agency wide programmatic goals related to youth leadership development. Reporting to the Youth Services Director, the Manager is responsible for the successful delivery of PYD’s youth leadership programs, year-round fellowship programming, and cultivating new and existing partners to support year-round youth services.

Founded in 1985, PYD serves youth ages six to twenty-six with a broad range of disabilities across Massachusetts, with select programming offered nationally. In addition, PYD increases the inclusivity of workplaces, organizations, and communities across the country through coalition building, innovative programs, and supportive services. Since our founding, PYD has grown from one program serving nine youth to an array of award-winning programs, including Mentor Match, Career Readiness, Access to Theater, Youth Leadership Forum, Young Leaders Rising, the National Disability Mentoring Coalition, and the National Career Readiness Academy. We empower more than 500 youth with disabilities each year and have trained more than 10,000 people from over 300 organizations in inclusion best practices.

The Youth Leadership Program Manager is on the youth services team, engaging youth and young adults with disabilities. This position requires someone who is passionate about PYD’s mission and can ambitiously network to elevate PYD’s brand, in order to recruit an outstanding cohort of volunteers, leaders, collaborators, and supporters. PYD’s programs are community based with headquarters located in Somerville, MA. The Manager position is a full-time position and requires a willingness to travel. The organization currently is working in a hybrid format and will continue to adapt work routines as warranted by the COVID-19 public health crisis and the organization’s needs.

What You’ll Do:

Essential Responsibilities

·         Provide programmatic and operational management for all aspects of the Youth Leadership Forum (YLF), Young Leaders Rising (YLR), and year-round fellowship programming, including but not limited to program design and schedule; PYD staffing assignments; external vendor/partner/volunteer/speaker procurement, contracts/MOU management, content design, data management, and program evaluation

·         Coordinate youth outreach, applicant interview/screening/enrollment process, and candidate selection process in collaboration with PYD Outreach Team

·         Coordinating reasonable accommodations, including but not limited to hiring PCAs, interpreters, and captioners dependent on need and program format.

·         Collaborate with youth services program managers to support ongoing programming that leverage partnerships within the community, the nonprofit sector, or private enterprises

·         Responsible for Salesforce data entry related to YLF, YLR, and ongoing youth services work, which may include participant, funder, and partner information

·         Responsible for reporting and survey data collection/analysis related to YLF, YLR, and ongoing leadership programming

·         Collaborate with Youth Services Director to research best practices in youth leadership programming, opportunities for new program development, and opportunities to build a YLF/YLR alumni network

·         Represent PYD on the Association of Youth Leadership Forums (AYLF)

·         Ensure leadership curriculum remains relevant to the needs of participants through a reviewal process

·         Collaborate with PYD leadership to recruit new and cultivate existing funders, partners, and volunteers

Marginal Responsibilities:

·         Engage in PYD’s online inclusion communities to provide additional resources, support, guidance, and timely access to events

·         Attend monthly staff meetings, quarterly National Disability Mentoring Coalition meetings, and team meetings and supervision

·         Contribute to the newsletter, blog, social media content, and other promotional collateral

·         Support the planning and management of PYD community and fundraising events

·         Assist with grant reports and proposals as necessary

·         Assist with special projects as they occur

Who You Are:

You must be:

·         Legally authorized to work in the U.S.

·         Passionate about working with youth with disabilities, and have an unshakable belief in their potential and a strong commitment to the mission of PYD

·         Relevant experience in the fields of health or human services, education, social work, vocational rehabilitation, psychology, community organizing, marketing, communications, or related field

·         Able to independently travel across Eastern Massachusetts

·         Available for occasional evening and weekend programming

·         An excellent verbal and written communicator

·         Able to work both collaboratively as part of a team and independently with excellent project management skills

It would also be great if you have:

·         Bilingual skill in ASL, Spanish, Haitian Creole or Mandarin

·         Experience with community engagement with motivation and aptitude for networking/outreach

·         Experience with volunteer recruitment and management in youth services setting

·         Experience with marketing including material design, blogging, and social media management

·         Experience with data management, and familiarity with Salesforce or an equivalent database

What You’ll Get:

Compensation range of $50,000 to $55,000
Retention Bonus $2000 paid after 60 days of employment
Health Insurance individual and family coverage with employer contribution
Employee Assistance Program, including unlimited, confidential, 24/7, phone counseling services and up to three free, in-person counseling sessions, plus a lot more
Employer Paid Insurance includes life, AD&D, short-term disability, and long-term disability
401(k) Retirement Plan with 3% employer contribution
Provision of necessary technology to be effective in your role
Extensive training from PYD with a disability inclusion focus and other professional development opportunities
Access to free professional development opportunities through PYD Learn which features self-directed coursework and resources on disability inclusion and disability mentoring best practices
Limited reimbursement for travel to PYD approved programming and community events
Internet reimbursement up to $35/month while required to complete some service from home
Paid Time Off including vacation time starting at 15 days per year, sick time at 12 days per year, 14 paid holidays per year, and personal time of 3 days per year
Supportive Staff Culture committed to providing our employees with the support & accommodations they need to be successful

Diversity & Inclusion – Inclusion Promise
At Partners for Youth with Disabilities, we welcome and include people of all abilities, identities, and backgrounds. We believe that a diverse and fully inclusive organization empowers individuals, heals communities, and creates a better world for us all. As such, we are committed to equal opportunity and the diversity of our workforce and do not exclude, deny benefits to, or otherwise discriminate against any person on account of that individual’s gender, race, color, religion, age, disability, national or ethnic origin, military status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, marital status or any other protected category under applicable law.

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