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Program Director

Program Director

Social Services

SALARY:         $48,500.00 - $65,000.00 Annually

OPENING DATE:    May 15, 2023 CLOSING DATE:     Until filled.


YouthBuild programs provide pathways for youth and young adults who are out-of-school and out of 

work to a living wage job. All over the world, YouthBuild programs unleash the positive energy of 

low-income people to rebuild their communities and their lives, breaking the cycle of poverty with 

a commitment to work,

education, family, and community. Over the next three years, the Housing Authority of Elgin’s 

YouthBuild Program will work to enroll and graduate approximately 75 students (ages 16-24) from 

high school

equivalency and non-credit course in Building Construction, with a goal of continuing their 

pathways into curriculum programs.

Through YouthBuild, young people learn construction skills through building affordable housing for 

homeless and low-income people in their neighborhoods while they complete their GED or prepare for 

post-secondary education or apprenticeships in the building trades.

The YouthBuild Program Director will coordinate and oversee the educations, leadership development, 

counseling, and workforce components of this project. In addition, the YouthBuild Project Director 

will engage/mentor a caseload of YouthBuild participants. Some evenings and weekend work are 


The YouthBuild Program Director will also be responsible for the oversight of a small staff 

consisting of a Job Developer and Case Managers.

This is a grant-funded position with an anticipated grant end date of August 2026, with the 

possibility of the grant being renewed by the U.S. Department of Labor. Renewal is largely driven 

by the ability to serve the proposed number of clients.


•  Supervise the daily operations of the YouthBuild program, including the coordination of 


education, construction, like skills, job placement, leadership, and case management components. 

The Project Director will supervise the Job Developer and Case Managers.

•  Develop and implement a program participant recruiting strategy.

•  Ensure the educational, vocational, and/or job placement of YouthBuild graduates, in 

coordination with other YouthBuild staff.

•  Manage the YouthBuild contract(s) and budget, including ensuring allowability of costs, tracking 

expenses, and appropriately distributing and documenting participant support funding.

•  Manage all grant reporting and data tracking per Department of Labor YouthBuild and YouthBuild 

USA requirements. Ensure accurate and timely reporting and that project is meeting program 


•  Cultivate and maintain community partnerships to achieve YouthBuild outcomes; manage Memorandums 

of Agreements (MOAs) and other key collaborations.

•  Develop systems and program operations in conjunction with YouthBuild and other agency staff and 

participants. Maintain a focus on continuous quality improvement.

•  Participate in YouthBuild USA committees, training opportunities and events as needed; ensure 

continuous improvement via YouthBuild USA certifications and affiliation.

•  Engage/mentor a caseload of 30-35 students using an intrusive advising model guided by an 

appreciative advising approach. Create and monitor individualized Service Strategy Plans for each 

YouthBuild participant in conjunction with Job Developer.

•  Plan leadership conferences and overnight leadership retreats for YouthBuild 


•  Develop and manage a mentoring program for YouthBuild participants.

•  Serve on various non-profit/partner committees, as required.

•  Complete the annual five-hour staff development.

•  Encourage and support HAE activities, policies, procedures, and philosophies.

•  Perform other duties as assigned.


•  Master’s degree in social work, Public Administration, Education or related field, and at least 


years of experience successfully working with at-risk youth or young adults in a job training 

program; OR

•  Bachelor’s degree in social work, Public Administration, Education or related field, and 

extensive related experience (beyond five years).

Required knowledge, skills and abilities:

•  Demonstrated ability in youth development, employment training and/or familiarity with 

YouthBuild model.

•  Public speaking skills and excellent listening and written communication skills.

•  Willingness to learn from young people.

•  Experience with WIOA programs.

•  Experience with federally funded programs.


•  Undergraduate Degree, Community College, or direct prior work experience.


Martell V. Armstrong

Housing Authority of E 130 S. State St.

Elgin, IL 60123

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