Position Opening: Program Director | Colorado

Position Opening: Program Director | Colorado

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


Deadline: Open Until Filled

Status: Regular full-time

Type: Mid-Level/Director Management Level 

Location: Colorado

Travel: Approximately 25%

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 has dynamic team members with the knowledge, skills, and character to advance the mission and role model what success looks like for our scholars.

Position Overview

Program Director

The Program Director leads the program team in guiding motivated high school and college students on their pathways to graduation and beyond. Through year-round outside-of-school-hours programming including tutoring, career exploration, and campus visits, Boys Hope Girls Hope of Colorado creates a culture of college ambition and college preparation for secondary students. High school enrichment also includes service learning, character education, and life skills training to promote positive youth development. Boys Hope Girls Hope of Colorado provides post-secondary students with academic, financial, and career transition guidance in addition to some scholarship funding. Collegian support happens via individual check-ins, on-campus visits, virtual meet-ups, and matching collegians to the best support resources available on their university campuses. The program team strives to do all of this in a nurturing, respectful, and culturally fluent environment consistent with the values of Boys Hope Girls Hope. 


This position currently provides general oversight and administration of four main areas:  

Team member recruitment, training, development, and evaluation  

a) Hires in partnership with the executive director, trains, coaches, and evaluates program team for effective and competent service delivery according to location quality standards. Ensures meaningful goals are developed and achieved by the team. Provides opportunities for growth and learning. Facilitates internal and external training opportunities. Cultivates productive and positive team working environment. 

b) Develops and leads a culturally responsive team to evaluate and deliver services, encourage family engagement, and school and community partnerships. 

c) In coordination with team, identify and develop meaningful volunteer roles that support scholars and collegians. Provide meaningful stewardship and engagement of program volunteers. 

Program Services 

a) Design and advance program vision in two main programs: Academy at Aurora Central High School and Regis Jesuit High School with approximately 75 youth; post-secondary Collegian programming for approximately 50 graduates of Academy. 

b) Oversees all aspects of program services on a daily basis which includes but is not limited to Academy activities, academic counseling and tutoring, school advocacy and communication, social-emotional and mental health services, character and life-skills development, crisis management, parent engagement, youth safety, service planning, and goal progress meetings. Leads in development of affordable pathways for collegians.  

c) Develops and maintains quality community, school, and college/university partnerships. 

d) Provides recommendations and input to develop the program budget and ensures cost containment according to the budget. 

e) In coordination with the Executive Director, strategically positions the organization for growth and expansion. Regularly manages data collection and analysis for network compliance and effective program planning and evaluation. 

f) Develop and report on key performance indicators, program outcomes and results. Prepare informative reports for the agency, board of directors, and community. Use data to inform program planning. 

g) Ensure effective scholar participation in Boys Hope Girls Hope network-wide and local programming. With input from team conduct annual program planning that supports the our five development pillars (academic, social, emotional, physical and spiritual). Evaluates, develops and implements structure for pre and post scholar support services. 

h) Participates in and coordinates the participation of scholars and program staff in community engagement and events necessary to procure support for this privately-funded Provides professional and engaging representation of program in the community. 

i) Acts as liaison to the Program Committee of the Board of Directors. Facilitates useful and meaningful committee activity. Participates in board meetings. 

j) Participates in Program Leadership groups and activities for the Boys Hope Girls Hope national network. Attends 1-2 national network conferences per year in St. Louis, MO (or other U.S. affiliate cities)

Referral Marketing and Community Networking 

a) Supervise the scholar referral process to ensure a qualified and steady stream of diverse scholar candidates. Provides regular stewardship and communication to referral sources. Engages others in spreading the word the about Boys Hope Girls Hope of Colorado program. 

b) Facilitates the multi-stage application process for potential scholars and makes admission decisions in consultation with the Executive Director, Program Committee, and program team. Maintains a full cohort of scholars Academy Program. 

c) Establishes and maintains a solid network within the community of youth development, college access, and family support services in order to complement Boys Hope Girls Hope. 

d) Maintains an active schedule of community networking, speaking on behalf of the organization, and facilitating tours and visits to promote the program to various audiences. Works in coordination with Executive Director and the Development Team

Collegian, Alumni, and Aftercare Services  

a) Supervises and supports the Senior Manager of post-secondary Success in providing targeted college access and preparation to all scholars, in conjunction with Boys Hope Girls Hope network headquarters standards. Coordinate curriculum appropriate for volunteer or specialty help, broadening the source of college preparation for all BHGH scholars. Support Senior Manager of post-secondary Success in scholarship process, including financial assistance, for all collegians.

b) Evaluate and make recommendations for post-secondary support services for all Boys Hope Girls Hope of Colorado scholars including those at two, four-year college/university, and community colleges. 

c) Evaluate and recommend activities to increase support for career readiness and success. 

d) Evaluate and recommend activities and strategies to increase alumni engagement. Support alumni activities & events. 

e) Provides case management assistance for non-collegian alumni on an as-needed basis. Evaluate and implement guidelines for “post-care” services.

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This leadership role will require the selected individual to possess the following characteristics:  

  • Proven experience building a cohesive team and facilitating success and completion of team goals  
  • Strength in identifying areas for improvement and implementing solutions 
  • Strong knowledge of nonprofit programming, education administration, and leadership  
  • Passion for the mission of Boys Hope Girls Hope  
  • This position currently manages three full-time team members including a full-time program manager, a full-time senior post-secondary program manager, and a part-time volunteer coordinator. In addition, depending on program needs, other team members can include several part-time support Program Associates 

Required competencies for success include:  

  • Ability to set, measure, and implement programmatic goals 
  • Knowledge of teaching and evaluation methods to interpret testing, college transcripts, etc.  
  • Proficiency in a variety of technology tools and social media platforms 
  • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively with young adults and adolescents, parents and guardians, colleagues, college administrators, and other audiences verbally and in writing  
  • Ability to coach positive study habits; problem-solving skills; self-advocacy skills  
  • Ability to develop appropriate relationships with different populations, including scholars and their families, Sensitivity to different religious backgrounds, and cultures  
  • Conversational fluency in Spanish is preferred 
  • Flexibility to manage several projects and activities at the same time
  • Ability to manage a budget, including reconciling monthly balance with bank statement  
  • Ability to provide training, constructive feedback, and supervision of team members and volunteers  
  • Professional work habits and dress 

Applicants must possess the following:

  • 10+ years of experience and a proven track record in managing teams for results, and developing individuals; proven management experience supervising ^5+ full-time, direct reports strongly preferred
  • Knowledge of collegiate admissions and scholarship processes
  • Post-graduate degree/certificate in Education, Educational Leadership, Nonprofit Administration, or Curriculum Development is preferred
  • Possess a valid CO driver's license and a good driving record Certification in CPR and First Aid will also be required as a condition of continued employment

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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.  Learn more about our commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.

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.