YMCA of Metropolitan L.A.
  • 27-Dec-2019 to 15-Feb-2020 (PST)
  • Program Development
  • Gardena, CA, USA
  • N/A
  • Other
  • Full Time

Full Time Benefit Package

The YMCA of Metropolitan Los Angeles is not only the premiere non-profit in Los Angeles, it is also a great place to work, make a difference in your community and meet like-minded individuals. With twenty-six branches, three camps and over fifty child care sites, the LA Y is a highly-collaborative, rewarding and fun environment where you will discover your passion, grow your career and make an impact!

We believe in the four Core Values of Caring, Honesty, Respect and Responsibility and understand that our staff are our biggest asset! We strive to create high-performing, strong teams in each of our branches and are looking for passionate and enthusiastic staff who will help us to strengthen our impact, empower our community and deliver incredible programming.

POSITION SUMMARY: The Program Director (STEM) is responsible for the development and operation of the Gardena-Carson YMCA Science, Math, Engineering and Technology (STEM) programs, member support and engagement, program growth and retention, fiscal management, volunteer and staff development, program marketing and communications. This position will supervise and oversee programs that include some evenings and weekends.


  • EDUCATION: High school diploma; bachelor's degree in a related field preferred.
  • CERTIFICATION: YMCA Team Leader Certification preferred
  • SPECIALIZED SKILLS: Strong character values; communication skills; knowledge of science, technology, engineering and/or math
  • RELATED EXPERIENCE: 1-2 years supervisory experience; experience leading science, technology, engineering and/or math-based lessons for K-12 students; experience developing and implementing curriculum.


  • Ability to function with a high degree of autonomy and creativity and must be able to work in a rapidly changing environment
  • Knowledge of science, technology, engineering and/or math
  • Experience working within a diverse organization and awareness of the education goals of a multicultural population
  • Proficiency in word processing, database management, using modern software including preparing letters, reports, presentations, charts and graphs from statistical information
  • Strong interpersonal skills, as well as a collaborative approach to problem solving; detail oriented with the ability to exercise good time-management skills and aptitude to multi-task
  • Success in securing grant funding
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills
  • Ability to direct the work of others, and work effectively with committees



Must have the physical, visual, and auditory ability to perform the essential functions of the job with or without reasonable accommodations.




  1. Ensure a welcoming environment in assigned YMCA Program.
  2. Develop, implement and achieve enrollment goals identified in Branch Annual Operating Plan.
  3. Oversee and conduct ongoing program member evaluations and surveys to ensure that high levels of quality in programs are maintained at all times; ensure outcomes align with the needs of the community and the branch strategic plan.
  4. Set an example for all staff by greeting members by name and taking the initiative to talk to members.
  5. Ensure that all facilities, program areas and equipment are clean and in proper working order.
  6. Develops and operates assigned programs at the Gardena-Carson Family YMCA branches and offsite school locations under the supervision of the Branch Executive Director.


  1. Recruit and hire staff and/or volunteers using screening tools and panel interviews to gain the best possible fit with each opening.
  2. Provide direct supervision to department staff and/or volunteers, assuring that all staff and/or volunteers are qualified, certified, and are meeting minimum performance standards for their position.
  3. Provide training for staff and/or volunteers on an ongoing basis through staff meetings, special courses and workshops.


  1. Develop annual operating budget for assigned program. Manage department budget to achieve monthly, quarterly and annual goals. Maintain systems for variance analysis, revenue and expense monitoring and control.
  2. Support a year round fund raising program that includes the Annual Support Campaign, special events and President's Club; Responsible for Annual Support Campaign leadership including team captains, division manager and/or team members.


  1. Develop annual marketing plan including mailings, advertisement and community outreach.
  2. Serve as a staff officer to assigned committee that reports to the Board of Mangers; Ensure committee has a commission statement and chart of work that is aligned with the branch strategic plan.
  3. Create opportunities (events, initiatives, activities) for members to develop small communities within the YMCA.
  4. Ensure all volunteer and/or staff members are familiar with all programs offered at the YMCA so they are able to inform members of YMCA programs that will meet members' changing needs and interests.
  5. Identify program volunteer positions and assist with the identification, recruitment and tracking of program volunteers
  6. Communicate program information, registration information, schedules, etc., effectively and consistently with branch management and membership staff. Update program brochures and fliers to ensure strong communication throughout the branch.


  1. Attend staff meetings and trainings as required.
  2. Uphold YMCA policies for safety, supervision, mandated reporting and risk management.
  3. Demonstrate the Six Pillars of Character (Trustworthiness, Citizenship, Respect, Responsibility, Caring, and Fairness) as well as the YMCA Core Values of caring, respect, honesty and responsibility in all dealings with members, guests, volunteers and fellow staff.
  4. Demonstrate competencies in and willingness to develop in the Cause Driven Leadership areas of mission advancement, collaboration, operational effectiveness and personal growth.
  5. All other duties as assigned by your supervisor.

Other Requirements

  1. Have reliable transportation and the ability to travel as needed to meet the responsibilities of this position
  2. Uphold YMCA policies for safety, supervision, mandated reporting and risk management
  3. Demonstrate the Six Pillars of Character (Trustworthiness, Citizenship, Respect, Responsibility, Caring, Fairness) as well as the YMCA Core Values of caring, respect, honesty and responsibility in all dealings when representing the YMCA



The Y's Leadership Competency Model is comprised of 18 leadership competencies (leadership knowledge, skills, and behaviors required for success in the Y), organized by the four disciplines of cause-driven leadership:

  • Mission Advancement - advancing the Y's promise to strengthen community. Competencies include: Values, Community, Volunteerism, and Philanthropy
  • Collaboration - working with, understanding and developing others. Competencies Include: Inclusion, Relationships, Influence, Communication, Developing Others 
  • Operational Effectiveness - ensuring relevance, effectiveness, and sustainability. Competencies include: Decision Making, Innovation, Project Management, Finance, and Quality Results
  • Personal Growth- developing continually to adapt to new challenges.Competencies include:  Self Development, Change Capacity, Emotional Maturity, and Functional Expertise

 While all competencies are significant the following are critical in the success of this position:

  • Community
  • Inclusion/ Relationships
  • Decision-Making/ Quality Results
  • Emotional Maturity
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