YMCA of Greater Seattle

Senior Program Director of Education - Elementary School Programs

3 weeks ago
Regular Full-Time
# of Openings
Meredith Mathews East Madison - Powerful Schools
Youth Education
3401 Rainier Ave. South
USD $47,664.00/Yr.
USD $59,579.00/Yr.


You long for impact and purpose. We offer it daily. At our 14 branches, two overnight camps and more than 200 program sites, YMCA employees serve the people of King and south Snohomish Counties with programs and services tailored to fit the needs of those we reach. Three overarching goals drive our work: youth development, healthy lifestyles and social responsibility. We have an immediate job opening for a qualified candidate whose values align with our organization: Caring, Honesty, Respect, and Responsibility.



Senior Director for Education - Elementary Programs will oversee and manage YMCA school based academic success programs in Seattle and South King County.  Programs include: YMCA Powerful Schools, Community Learning Centers, Summer Learning and after school academic success programs.  The Senior Director will create and manage relationships with schools, school districts and community partners. 


  1. Directs and manages the development, operations and growth of elementary academic success and education programs.
  2. Establishes new program activities and expands program(s) within the community in accordance with the Education Initiatives strategic direction.
  3. Develops and manages the budgets related to the position. Meets fiscal objectives. Closely monitors revenue and expense.
  4. Recruits, hires, trains, evaluates and supervises assigned staff and volunteers in elementary academic success programs. Provides development and leadership.
  5. Compiles program statistics and provides data and reports as required for assigned program(s). Monitors and evaluates the effectiveness of and participation in program(s).
  6. Provides leadership and support for Education Operational Unit, annual fund raising campaign, and volunteer committees/boards as assigned.
  7. Develops and maintains collaborative relationships with schools, community organizations and agencies related to assigned programs.
  8. Ensures that safety procedures are followed and that all programs are in compliance with YMCA standards, all regulations and other applicable standards.
  9. Ensures high quality programs and supports all sites in participating in the Program Quality Improvement process.



  1. Bachelor's degree in program area or related field or equivalent education/experience.
  2. Five or more years of related experience including staff and volunteer supervision, community program development, financial management and fund raising.
  3. Broad knowledge of assigned program area(s) and the standards and regulations related to the programming.
  4. Ability to respond to safety and emergency situations.
  5. CPR and First Aid certifications required.
  6. Most positions require skills in child behavior management and child abuse prevention.
  7. Most positions require ability to visit sites and community organizations.
  8. Prefer knowledge of, and previous experience with, diverse populations (language, culture, race, physical ability, sexual orientation, etc.). Ability to speak any language in addition to English may be helpful.
  9. Prefer familiarity with personal computers.
  10. Aquatics: Ability to train aquatic instructors. Requires trainer-level certification in YMCA Swim Lessons-Teaching Swimming Fundamentals, YMCA Swim Lessons-Youth & Adult and/or YMCA Swim Lessons-Parent/Child and Preschool Instructor; Advanced First Aid and CPR For The Professional Rescuer certifications required.
  11. Camping: Experience and demonstrated ability in year-round camp programming and operation. Knowledge of American Camping Association guidelines. Most positions require eligibility to obtain Commercial Driver's License. Adventure programs at camp require specialized training and experience in adventure education, rock climbing, biking, high-ropes operation/repair, kayaking and/or boating.
  12. Child Care: Knowledge of child care licensing requirements, YMCA standards and American Camping Association standards for day camps.
  13. Community Programs: Broad knowledge of assigned program areas, which can include any area below as well as youth sports, day camp, parent-child programs, etc.
  14. Family Programs: Knowledge of family support principles and best practices for family involvement.
  15. Health and Wellness: Experience in working with the health seeker market preferred. Proven experience in training others. Ability to provide Total Health program in community/corporate setting. *
  16. Membership/Marketing: Experience in membership, marketing and/or sales. Experience in working with the health seeker market preferred. *
  17. Youth at Risk: Experience in work with challenging youth exposed to or involved in substance abuse, homelessness, mental illness, violence and other difficult situations.

Competencies for success at the Y:

  • Values - Strengthens the Y's culture by demonstrating the values of the Y - honesty, caring, respect, and responsibility - in every aspect of work.
  • Inclusion - Models cultural competence and supports diversity, effectively working with people of different backgrounds, abilities, opinions, and perceptions.
  • Develop Self and Others - Demonstrates teamwork and personal accountability, seeking and providing feedback, coaching, and resources for development.
  • Quality Results - Takes the initiative and holds self and others accountable to meet or exceed quantitative and qualitative goals relating to people (employees and members), philanthropy, finance and volunteerism.
  • Change Capacity - Facilitates change, seeks opportunities in the change process, models adaptability, and leads transition in support of the Y's mission.
  • Inspire Others - Promotes creativity, generates excitement, and rewards risk taking, while consistently demonstrating a high level of emotional maturity, maintaining a positive attitude and building strong relationships.

Become a leader on our team at the YMCA of Greater Seattle where we promote a continuous learning environment and career opportunities. Competitive pay range and excellent benefit package includes YMCA membership, health, dental, life and disability insurance; tuition assistance; 12% retirement contribution, as eligible.


The YMCA of Greater Seattle is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity, inclusion, and equity. We are a drug & alcohol-free workplace.


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