A Place Called Home is a dynamic, non-profit youth and community center in South Central Los Angeles. APCH provides educational programs, counseling, mentoring, music, dance and art classes, fitness and health and wellness opportunities. As youth participate in our programs, they discover interests and talents and develop a better sense of themselves and their place in the world. Our goal is to increase the likelihood that youth will stay in school, pursue higher education, attain viable jobs, and become self-sufficient active community members capable of making positive change in their own lives and the world in which they live.
The Senior Director of Programs (SDP) is an effective leader whose passion for service drives both long-term vision and daily stewardship for the successful execution of the mission of A Place Called Home and its Programs Division. The SDP is a stabilizing force for the dynamic programs team, and a leadership partner with the Chief Program Officer and the Director of Program Operations in planning growth and evolution for the agency. The SDP holds the agency vision while executing the details as guided by the entire leadership team and the organization’s strategic plan. The SDP will be effective in their management skills and demonstrate the APCH values as they lead by example. They will maintain stability while promoting innovation, creativity and exploration and have the ability to adapt and respond to changing needs. The Sr. Director of Programs has an affinity for our constituent community. They approach their work with the attitude and responsibility of a leader. The SDP employs an open style of communication and collaboration. They are dependable and possess a rock-solid work ethic and a high level of emotional intelligence. They care about relationships and find joy in their work and in making a difference in the world. The SDP is a lifelong learner who is committed to their own personal and professional growth. They embrace the concept of working at a learning organization committed to egalitarian principles and constant improvement.
Under the direction of the Chief Program Officer (CPO), the Senior Director of Programs is a thought partner to the CPO and works closely/consults with the Director of Program Operations, Director of Counseling, Program Associate Directors, and other senior staff on the Executive Management Team (EMT). The SDP shares a responsibility for big picture strategy, planning and leadership for the entire Programs Division and organization, providing input to the EMT. The Senior Director of Programs works with the CPO on programs strategic planning, professional development, implementation, supervision, budget planning and management, and overseeing evaluation for all APCH programs. They work with the Development Department to support fundraising, and Operations Division to support safety, community initiatives, and align with agency standards, policies and protocols. They provide reports for and interact with the Board of Directors as invited. The SDP leads and participates in problem solving, culture building and structural growth. They are accountable and responsible for specific projects assigned to them. The SDP is an excellent ambassador for APCH and takes point on a variety of outward facing partnership initiatives, including, but not limited to program partnerships, as well as attending and representing at sector conferences, etc. This is a dynamic, demanding and rewarding job with multiple moving parts, making it essential to delegate, be organized, develop leadership in others, plan ahead and self-regulate to maintain a healthy work-life balance.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Fiscal responsibility and Management
Human Resource Management
Inter-agency and Partnerships
Special Projects and Initiatives
Committee and Ambassadorial Work
The ideal Senior Director of Programs will be an individual who exemplifies high personal and professional standards, is high energy by nature, and enjoys partnering with others to achieve successful outcomes. To be successful in this role the Senior Director of Programs will focus on achieving excellence of service and performance in the five core competencies identified by the agency:
Integrity & Trust
Widely trusted and seen as a direct, truthful individual. Able to present the truth in an appropriate and helpful manner. Keeps confidence and does not misrepresent for personal gain. Walks their talk.
Adapts to change and considers new approaches with an open mind.
Demonstrates impeccable work ethic. Consistently and reliably performs tasks as required and above all takes ownership of completing assigned duties and responsibilities to the highest degree.
Learning & Development
Actively investigates and pursues new perspectives, learning opportunities, training and development. Is committed to investigating new information, skills, and behaviors and actively works to improve performance, accomplish tasks, achieve excellent results, and share knowledge.
Demonstrates care and concern for the challenges and circumstances of others. Makes organizational “spirit-tending” a consistent priority and proactively seeks opportunities to help others according to humanistic and organizational values.
As a Director in this role, they will also be expected to excel in the five management competencies of motivating others, communication, managing systems, leadership and work quality & innovation. The SDP will embrace the APCH culture of a learning organization and strive to constantly improve upon systems and services for the benefit of our employees and our constituents; and will be demonstrably committed to their own ongoing personal and professional development. Our culture encourages individuals to speak up, we respect diversity of thought, and we look to our staff to be candid with concerns and constructive suggestions. Together, we can continue to take APCH to even higher levels of excellence and service to the community.
Technical and Performance Skills
Able to work well with diverse populations of employees and clients.
Able to work some evenings and/or weekends for department and/or agency events.
Solution-oriented team player who both promotes and practices a growth mindset.
Provides exemplary customer service and welcoming hospitality.
A Place Called Home provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex (including but not limited to pregnancy), gender expression, gender identity or sexual orientation, military and veteran status, medical condition, ancestry, marital status, citizenship national origin, age, physical and/or mental disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, A Place Called Home complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities.
Background screening required.
Thank you for your interest in APCH. Please click on the link to submit your resume and cover letter to complete your application.