Position Opening: Program Director | Illinois


To nurture and guide motivated young people in need
to become well-educated, career-ready men and women for others.


Deadline: 11/20/20
Status: Full-time
Type: Exempt
Location: Chicago, IL
Travel: Minimal

Boys Hope Girls Hope addresses the achievement and workforce development gaps by acting as a bridge to opportunity. Founded in 1977 in St. Louis, Missouri, Boys Hope Girls Hope has helped scholars succeed in school and in life for more than 40 years. We partner with families that face significant social and environmental barriers which impede a child’s ability to realize his or her potential.

Boys Hope Girls Hope creates a strong community around the young people we serve. That’s why it is vital that our Network have dynamic team members with the knowledge, skills, and character to advance the mission and role model what success looks like for our scholars.

Program Director

A strong and effective leader, working under the supervision of the Executive Director, who is primarily responsible for scholars’ overall well-being, relating to academic excellence and overall positive youth development is needed in our Illinois affiliate location. The ideal candidate will be trained in strength-based and trauma-informed care, program coordination of a residential program, case management, staff supervision, and have excellent attention to detail. The Program Director manages a robust team of Residential Counselors that cultivates a dynamic home environment and an organizational culture in which scholars thrive holistically, graduate from high school, enroll and graduate from college, and serve as alumni advocates and ambassadors of the Boys Hope Girls Hope Network.


Core responsibilities include:

Program management and team supervision
  • Ensuring the daily care, guidance, correction and supervision is in keeping with the established routine of the home and in line with Boys Hope Girls Hope policies, best practices, and the principles of Therapeutic Crisis Intervention (TCI)
  • Maintaining a regular presence in the homes so as to enhance his/her relationship with residential team and the scholars.
  • Facilitating new scholar admissions and orientation.
  • Coordinating the complete residential service delivery for the full development of the child
  • Establishing and maintain the routine and schedule of the home according to the best interests of the scholars.
  • Ensuring that all necessary documentation and reporting is conducted in a timely matter
  • Managing residential budget and incorporate systems of accountability and documentation for budget planning.
  • Coordinating program events and works with program committees on behalf of the organization to review the intake process and admissions process.
  • This position requires a Master’s degree in Social Work (LSW eligible) with 5-10 years of experience working with adolescents in a residential environment and/or educational setting
  • Must have a valid driver’s license, reliable vehicle and safe driving record
  • Experience with team member orientation, training and supervising multiple professionals at various levels
  • Excellent Communication skills and able to build relationships with scholars, parents/guardians, Network Headquarters and other affiliates, community partners, funders and volunteers
  • Must be willing to be accessible for 24-hour access for program emergencies
  • Able to multi-task and strong project management skills and embrace creativity
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In addition to working with a passionate and committed team, our full-time employees are offered a competitive benefits package, including:

  • Group Medical and Dental Coverage (Employee/Family)
  • Vision Benefits (Employee/Family)
  • 401K or 403B Plan
  • Group and voluntary Life Insurance and AD&D
  • Short-term disability coverage
  • Long-term disability coverage
  • 125 Flexible Benefit Plan
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Continuing Education Program
  • Generous Paid Time Off (PTO) and 11 paid holidays
  • Ongoing training opportunities and work with a strong team

All interested applicants must submit a resume and cover letter via the careers page to be considered for this opportunity.


Boys Hope Girls Hope is an equal opportunity employer. Applicants are considered for any position applied for without regard to race, ethnicity, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, sex, age, disability, military service, sexual orientation, marital status, genetic information, or any other basis prohibited by Federal, state, or local law.

The Boys Hope Girls Hope Network includes more than 250 team members,
including paid employees and long-term volunteers, working together to serve 1,200 young people
in 14 cities across the United States, Guatemala and Mexico.