Youth Community Service – Palo Alto Interim Youth Program Director

The interim YCS Palo Alto youth program director will oversee and implement all Palo Alto youth programs including high school service clubs, middle school service programs, middle and high school days of service, and a high school leaders’ program. The director must also build and maintain positive relationships with other YCS employees and community partners. The position also offers the possibility of summer employment through the YCS Summer of Service Program.

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Organization Overview

Youth Community Service (YCS) engages sixth to twelfth grade students in meaningful service-based learning. YCS students build leadership and life skills, empathy for the needs of others, and a sense of connectedness, purpose and efficacy, while making a positive difference in the lives of those around them.

Summary and Position Responsibilities:

  • High School Clubs – The Director provides each club’s student leaders with mentorship and support while the students lead their peers in service projects. The director also maintains clear communication with the teacher sponsors and provides resources as needed. In addition, the Director also works with student leaders and key school staff to plan and implement School Service Days.

  • Attendance Academy Management: — The Director is responsible for coordinating all logistics for five schools’ Attendance Academies. This includes working with schools’ administrators, writing lessons, securing service projects, and overseeing/scheduling facilitators.

  • School Service Days: The Director is responsible for planning five school service day events for each of the secondary schools. Each event is specific to the school, but generally follow the same format. The Director will oversee and support the middle school service days and will be the primary point person for the high school service days.

  • YCS Fellows Program: Co-Facilitate the high school service and leadership program. The Director will need to recruit students from Palo Alto for the program as well as share program planning, facilitating, and record keeping with the co-facilitator.

  • YCS Service Shout Support: — Support YCS staff in producing and distributing a monthly newsletter of service opportunities for local youth. The Director will also be responsible for ensuring Palo Alto staff and students receive and utilize the Shout Out each month.

  • Supervise Middle School Programs: The Director is responsible for managing the two Palo Alto middle school facilitators as well as the YCS staff facilitating Attendance Academies. This includes weekly check ins, providing resources and support, and administrative duties such as signing timesheets.

Note: This is a temporary position with an opportunity to apply for summer employment.

Desired Skills:

  1. Organization and time management

  2. Take initiative, independent worker

  3. Outgoing, comfortable with meeting new people

  4. Team player, helps to promote collaboration

  5. Desire to learn and try new things

  6. Bachelor Degree preferred

  7. Experience working around youth organizations or educational institutions

  8. Passionate commitment to service learning and overcoming educational inequities

  9. Experience working in diverse communities

  10. Strong written and oral communication skills

  11. Prior experience working in a professional office environment preferred

  12. Flexible and positive

  13. Exercise excellent judgment, diplomacy and sensitivity to all constituents

  14. Ability to handle a multitude of tasks simultaneously and manage the details related to each

  15. Working knowledge of Macintosh, Microsoft Word, and Excel required.

Other Qualifications:

  • Valid CA drivers license and reliable transportation for fieldwork

  • Able to work occasional evenings and weekends

  • Submit a copy of their DMV record and drivers license and automobile insurance

  • Clearance results from a TB test and place fingerprints on record

  • Current certifications in First Aid and CPR or be willing obtain within 30 days of hire

To apply:

Please email a cover letter and resume to
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