Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Los Angeles,

Lead Youth Development Professional

1 month ago
Employment type
Bell Gardens
Closing date

About this organization

Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Los Angeles (BGCMLA) is a scalable and sustainable solution to reversing the opportunity crises facing some of the most vulnerable youth in marginalized neighborhoods of Los Angeles. BGCMLA is designed to increase programmatic offerings and to serve a more significant number of youth in the areas of Metro Los Angeles. Our mission is to create a safe space that empowers all Club members to Learn, Explore, Achieve, and Dream (L.E.A.D.).

We fulfill our mission by offering nationally recognized, research-based programs and activities in three core areas: Academic Success, Good Character and Citizenship, and Healthy Lifestyles. We believe in empowering youth to explore a future with endless possibilities by offering creative programs, such as new approaches to science, technology, engineering, math (STEM), sports and recreation, music, and the arts created in collaboration with our community partners. Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Los Angeles is a safe, stable place that ensures physical and emotional safety for all youth we serve. Click here for more information regarding Club safety.

The individual Clubs which presently make up BGCMLA have a deep history of impact in the most vulnerable areas of Los Angeles County. Our collaboration of Clubs includes the following Boys & Girls Clubs: Challengers, Watts/Willowbrook, Bell Gardens, and Venice. We are also provide youth programming on school sites throughout Los Angeles, for more about our service locations, please visit

At BGCMLA, we are wholly committed to maximizing our Clubs’ potential to serve more kids more often and to build strong, sustainable organizations.

About this job

The Lead Youth Development Professional works with Site leadership and Youth Development Professionals to ensure high-quality programming and youth development practices are implemented throughout the Site. Boys & Girls Clubs offers daily access to a broad range of programs in five core program areas (Character and Leadership Development; Education and Career Development; Health and Life Skills; The Arts; and Sports, Fitness and Recreation) and several specialized initiatives. All programs are designed to drive positive outcomes for youth and reinforce necessary life skills. The Lead Youth Development Specialist will assist with Site program planning, program implementation, member program coordination and supervision of programs and activities for youth and/or teens.

Roles & responsibilities

Facilitates programs/sessions modeling group management, program instruction, and youth engagement practices to ensure healthy and safe program environments.

Assist in the creation of curriculum and lesson plans.

Assist Youth Development Professionals with program planning (including calendars and lesson plans), daily preparation, participant data collection and high-quality practices to boost engagement.

Informally observes Youth Development Professionals and provide feedback and coaching, including coordination of shadow/observation opportunities for new Youth Development Professionals.

Plan, promote and conduct specialized event and programs, including Leagues.

Plan, promote, and conduct special events, recruiting members for programs (including grant funded), activities and leagues.

Lead daily/weekly Youth Development Professional huddles, promoting site-wide communication about continuous quality improvement practices in programming, environment, and evaluation.

Initiate and maintain community contacts; families, schools and other organizations and institutions as directed.

Participate in a BGCMLA meetings and work committees.

Transports youth and/or teens to during Club sponsored activities to enhance programming and special experiences.

Participates in training / educational opportunities to expand knowledge and skills.

Ensures supply and program areas are neat and orderly, and bulletin boards and notices are current.

Recommends needed repairs to facility and/or equipment.

Supervises and trains volunteers and program assistants, and ensures that other YDPs are providing quality programs.

Monitors supply needs and orders required supplies through approved vendors and within budget as approved by Supervisor.

Completes and submits all required paperwork on time.

Assist in communication with parents.

Assumes all other duties as assigned.


High School diploma or GED, minimum of two years of college experience preferred.

Combined experience and/or formal training equivalent to a minimum of two years where:

There is experience working with youth and knowledge of youth development.

Formal training, and/or experience teaching youth while creating engaging learning experiences.

Excellent communication and inter-personal skills.

Hold a valid drivers’ license and pass motor vehicle driving record check.

Pass criminal background check.

Pass (negative result) a TB test.

CPR and First Aid Certifications preferred.

Prior experience working in a Boys & Girls Club preferred.


Knowledge of subject matter within core areas and youth development in general.

Skilled in creative planning, implementing quality youth programs, organizational /and project management, and working toward positive outcomes.

Ability to deal effectively with members, including disciplinary issues. Demonstrated ability in relationship building and working with young people and parents.

Ability to demonstrate a professional manner in all interactions, able to facilitate a diverse group of youth effectively, and to organize time well and focus on completing assigned tasks with minimal supervision.


Travel between Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Los Angeles sites and schools and various field trip sites as well as in the community is required. Must meet the insurance standards of Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Los Angeles.

Hours are based on school calendar and attendance patterns/trends – evening hours are required during the school year; hours will vary during summer and school breaks; occasional weekend hours are required


The physical demands and characteristics of the work environment described here are representative of those occurring in the performance of the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The position involves lifting; bending; reaching with hands and arms; climbing or balancing; stooping, kneeling, standing, walking, crouching, or crawling; frequent interruptions via in-person contact, phone calls, and email are expected. Will be subject to indoor and outdoor environmental conditions based on activity location. Required to work around youth and adults where noise levels may be moderate to high during activities. Physical exertion may be required to lift supplies and equipment.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this position. Nothing in this job description restricts the right of Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Los Angeles Management to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job or change this job description at any time.


We have a responsibility to provide working conditions that mitigate any direct threat to the health and safety of our employees and others affiliated with BGCMLA and the broader community. BGCMLA employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. If you are not able to receive the vaccine for medical or religious reasons, you may seek approval for accommodation.

BGCMLA is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex including sexual orientation and gender identity, national origin, age, marital status, disability, protected Veteran Status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, or local law.

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