Sep 09, 2021

Director, Child and Youth Programs, Strategy and Innovation

$70,000 - $85,000 yearly
  • East Boston Social Centers
  • East Boston Social Centers, 68 Central Square, East Boston, MA
Full-Time Education/Training General Management Programs

Job Description

East Boston Social Centers, Inc. is a non-profit multi-service agency, serving culturally diverse families and individuals of all ages in East Boston, Chelsea, Revere, Winthrop and throughout Greater Boston.  We provide fully licensed and accredited childcare for children ages two months through six years of age in our Early Learning Programs and five years (K2) through thirteen years in our Out-of-School-Time Programs. In addition, we offer free At-Risk Teen After-School programming, a School Age Summer Program, nutritional, social, and recreational programming for the elderly; and community space for numerous advocacy, self-help and community groups.


"When all give, all gain."  This is so much more than a motto at East Boston Social Centers.  We seek to ensure all have an opportunity to give and to gain, and recognize the critical importance of being a diverse, equitable, and inclusive workplace and organization, where all belong.  We actively seek and encourage a diverse and inclusive workforce that is reflective of our communities.  We are strengthened by this vitality and wealth of life experiences.  If you are encouraged by an opportunity to do your best work in an environment where your contributions are valued, come join us.  


Under the direct supervision of the Executive Director, the Director, Child and Youth Programs, Strategy, and Innovation oversees and manages East Boston Social Centers’ teen program, school age program, and new programming strategy and initiatives. Additional responsibilities include conducting community needs assessments, strengthening cross-program collaboration, and implementing effective program evaluation across the organization.


Primary Responsibilities

  • Plans, develops, manages, and evaluates all programming associated with the Social Centers’ teen, school age, and new programs to ensure high quality and successful outcomes
  • Supports strong parent engagement for child and youth programs
  • Oversees curriculum development and updating
  • Ensures compliance with all relevant state, city, and grant requirements
  • Ensures programs meet expectations for related grant administrative requirements by ensuring all required reports are completed on time and to a high-quality standard
  • Leads organization wide effort to implement high quality program evaluation tools, techniques, and software
  • Develops and implements client recruitment strategies for teen, school age, and new programs
  • Collaborates closely with other social service agencies, schools, and community partners to maximize program impact
  • Conducts community needs assessments to grow and develop existing programs, support new programming, and better coordinate community activities. This includes examination of ESL programming which had been offered pre-pandemic
  • Improves coordination between all Social Centers’ programs and communication across programs including helpful programmatic roles to work across programs
  • Determines opportunities to most effectively integrate program volunteers to enhance outcomes
  • Works with early learning and older adult program to build relationships with community partners to help with recruitment, partnerships, funding, and expansion
  • Conducts research on strategic opportunities for program and organizational growth through new initiatives, mergers, and partnerships for growth
  • Actively participates on the Leadership team and attends regularly scheduled meetings  
  • Supervises, schedules, trains, and evaluates all program staff as assigned. Hires additional staff as needed
  • Completes and is held accountable for program budgets as assigned which includes maintaining expenditures within the established budget guidelines. Completes all budget reports, projections, statistics, and drafts in a timely fashion
  • Brings a JEDI (Justice Equity Diversity Inclusion and Belonging) lens to all programmatic work and staffing
  • Performs other duties as required

East Boston Social Centers provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local laws.

Hiring Organization

East Boston Social Centers



To perform this job successfully, you must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the experience, knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Child and/or family program leadership experience required
  • Proven experience leading programs in the context of complex state and local regulations specifically in an Early Education and Care (EEC) licensed or very similar program
  • Strong organization skills, an ability to meet deadlines and work interdependently
  • A positive attitude and enthusiasm for the job
  • Collaborative outreach and experience in local communities is a plus
  • Proven ability to work effectively with a diverse multi-stakeholder group—ensuring inclusion and belonging for people from diverse cultural, economic, and professional backgrounds 
  • Familiarity with youth development principles across multiple age groups
  • Excellent communication and organizational skills 
  • Experience with data analysis and reporting, and using data to guide decision making 
  • Experience managing direct reports and/or consultants toward a shared outcome 
  • Ability to adapt to achieve desired outcomes 
  • Knowledge and expertise related to early childhood a plus 
  • Bilingual in Spanish strongly preferred
  • Must clear Department of Early Education and Care’s Background Record Checks (i.e., CORI, DCF, etc.)



  • Bachelor’s degree (Master's degree preferred) and five plus years’ demonstrated management experience in a community-based social services setting providing children’s and or family programming or equivalent combination of education and experience 
  • Three or more years’ leadership and supervisory experience 

Industry/Service Area

Education, Human Services, Youth Development




 Compensation and Benefits

Salary range for this role is $70,000 to $85,000 annually.  We offer comprehensive benefits including health and dental insurance, 403b retirement plan, 12 paid vacation days, PTO (vacation, sick and personal days), long-term disability, childcare assistance, and more.  The Social Centers has a family environment and embodies our motto “when all give, all gain.”

Application Instructions

To Apply:

Please send cover letter explaining your interest and qualifications and resume.

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