Manager, Youth Programs (Employment & Youth Justice)

  • Posted:Sep 15, 2021
  • Apply by:Oct 01, 2021
  • Job Type
  • Contract / Full Time
  • Job Level
  • Other
  • Location
  • York (Del Ray / Keelsdale / Mount Dennis / Silverthorne), ON
  • Impact Area
  • Other
  • Impact Category
  • Other
  • Company Type
  • Other

About this position

POSITION TITLE: Manager, Youth Programs (Employment and Justice Programs)

DETAILS: Full-Time Contract (12 Month - Maternity Leave Coverage)

REPORTS TO: Executive Director

SALARY: $55,000-$60,000

START DATE: November 15, 2021

CLOSING DATE: October 1, 2021

Organization Description 

For Youth Initiative (FYI) is a non-profit organization that has served, inspired and advocated for thousands of teens and young adults in York South-Weston since 1995. We provide year-around services and programs to local youth to meet their needs and empower them to reach their full potential. Every young person’s journey is unique and their needs are too. 

Our case management model supports young people regardless of where they come from and helps them get to where they want to be. Our programs and services are designed to support youth to graduate high school, enroll in postsecondary education, gain employment and prepare for adulthood. 

Position Summary 

The Manager, Youth Programs (Employment and Youth Justice) position will be responsible for: developing and implementing programs and services, building partnerships, creating a robust wraparound network and overseeing the frontline operations (case management, coordinating with partners, outreach and program administrative requirements). The position is responsible for the day-to-day supervision of their program team, program reporting and evaluation, and assisting the Executive Director and Senior Program Manager with funding and grant proposals.

Program Summary

The Youth Justice program serves youth who are in conflict with the law to provide them with holistic life supports. The program focuses on four crucial areas: educational attainment, family wellbeing, employment and career, and social engagement. Case Leads work closely with participants to identify goals and track ongoing progress. The program is rooted in Restorative Justice, fostering accountability among participants and endeavoring to bring peace and repair to the community. Participants are provided with opportunities to connect with mentors, develop their social skills and unpack topics such as bullying, anger management and effective decision-making. Youth can also fulfill their obligations to meet extrajudicial sanctions and Community Service Orders through the program. Staff work closely with participants’ lawyers and probation officers to provide strong supports for youth in court. Case Leads will also work to ensure youth are connected to meaningful employment by building up employability skills, providing resume support and connecting youth to employment opportunities. In doing so, youth are helped to reduce social isolation and be self-sufficient members of society. 

Main Tasks & Responsibilities

Program Development and Implementation:

  • Develop and design programs based on FYI’s 2019-24 strategic plan
  • Support in the revision and implementation of FYI’s Program Manual
  • Lead program team in coordinating program activities and events
  • Ensure program team are engaging in necessary evaluation measurements, participant statistics and records for reporting and evaluation purposes
  • Maintenance and overview of CRM database
  • Develop and maintain a strong network and partnership table to support the program needs
  • Review program outputs and outcomes and develops strategies for improving program quality
  • Collaborate with program team to develop innovative and effective outreach activities
  • Provides monthly reports to the Executive Director and Senior Program Manager

Program Team Supervision:

  • Monitor and evaluate the work performance of program team members
  • Support program staff by assisting in programming when required
  • Ensures programs and services are staffed adequately
  • Conduct periodic program team members check-in meetings and provide coaching where needed
  • Submit program team timesheets and transportation reimbursement requests
  • Lead training and on-boarding new program team members

Program Administration:

  • Manage program budgets and handle petty cash
  • Manage program team schedules
  • Support Senior Program Manager with grant proposals and funder reports
  • Develop necessary administrative processes and other administrative duties as required

Required Qualifications

The minimum level of education preferred is a Master's degree in Social Work/Social Service, Education, Child & Youth Care, International Development, Teaching, or equivalent degree in a related field. Strong combination of experience and education will be considered in lieu of a Master's degree.

Skills, Knowledge, and Experience Required (2 years minimum):

  • Coordinating program and managing multiple priorities
  • Organizational development particularly with young people in a non-profit context
  • Working from an outcome and evidence-based programming model
  • Developing and maintaining partnerships from private, public, and non-profit sector
  • Developing grant applications for governments, foundations, and corporations
  • Working in culturally diverse areas particularly as it relates to youth from these communities
  • Understanding of programs and services available in employment and post-secondary service delivery sector
  • Understanding of community, youth-led, and youth-serving work, common models of service provision, and functions of nonprofit organizational structures
  • Knowledge and experience working within an anti-oppression and anti-racist framework
  • Proficiency working with Microsoft Office Suite, client records management software, Google Applications, social media, etc

Core Competencies

  • A high degree of good judgement, professionalism, empathy, and strong understanding and application of ethical principles
  • Ability to set priorities and manage deadlines with excellent administrative, organizational and time management skills
  • Demonstrated ability to take initiative and work independently with minimal supervision
  • Committed to continuous learning  
  • Acceptance and use of constructive criticism for personal and professional growth
  • Ability to work cooperatively with community stakeholders
  • Capacity to work positively and collaboratively in a team environment
  • Flexible and adaptable to changing workloads and priorities
  • Leadership mindset

Expected Job Outcomes

The position has an overall impact on accomplishing priority objectives from FYI’s forthcoming 2019-24 Strategic Plan. An error in judgment in this position could result in a loss of participants, loss of program funding, cuts in staffing, tarnishing FYI's reputation and a loss of morale among staff. The impact of an error could be felt within the entire organization.

Working Conditions 

  • Hours of work - Works regular hours from 10:30am to 6:30pm with some requirements to work extended hours 
  • Location: Works from FYI, 1652 Keele Street, and may be required to work from other locations based on funders or programs changing requirements

How to apply: 

Applications are being accepted on a rolling basis so we encourage you to apply early. 

Please submit your cover letter, resume, and three references in MS Word or PDF format.

For Youth Initiative is committed to employment equity initiatives. We encourage residents of York- South Weston and surrounding communities and members of youth, ethno-racial, aboriginal, immigrant, francophone, refugee, LGBT and disabled community groups to apply and self-identify. 

If accommodation is required during the hiring process, please advise at the time of application or contact the Hiring Manager. If you are selected, you will receive the Hiring Manager’s contact info. 


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