Program Director

REPORTS TO:    Chief of Programs

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITY:     The primary role of the Program Director is to oversee the development, implementation and evaluation of residential programs.  This includes hiring, training and supervising program managers.  The Director works closely with other Program Directors to ensure effective and coordinated service delivery.  The Director is a member of the Senior Management team.

 SUPERVISES:                                  6-10

 EXEMPT STATUS:                         Exempt

 UNION STATUS:                            Non Union


  • Hire, train and supervise program managers
  • Embody leadership, including driving a unified vision for the division and serving as the spokesperson and primary advocate for the division’s programs in the broader community
  • Develop, oversee and evaluate programming within each entity of the division
  • Promote collaboration, cross training, and dual programming among program teams within the division and throughout the agency
  • Foster professional development for employees at all levels of the division
  • Serve as a member of the agency’s Senior Management Team and as such, be the liaison between the division, other Larkin Street programs and the administrative arm of the agency
  • Supervise program managers, actively supporting their work with direct service staff.
  • Facilitate access to services, through the development of staff capacity to understand and demonstrate principles of welcoming, client-centered, culturally competent care that is responsive to the needs of homeless, disconnected and marginalized youth
  • In coordination with the program managers, oversee budgets, contract requirements and program outcomes
  • Ensure appropriate data collection and tracking; ensure adherence to internal agency policies and procedures
  • On-call responsibilities associated with the position


  • Participate in strategic planning for the ongoing development of services
  • Provide leadership and advocacy in relations with local state and federal public entities and community based organizations to educate the community about needs for homeless youth
  • Identify the training and professional development needs of staff
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Maintain professional standards of performance, demeanor and appearance at all times.
  • Perform tasks and responsibilities in a complete and timely manner, complying with agency policies and standards and conforming to scheduling requirements of this job description and program.
  • Maintain a creative, team-building, cooperative approach to job performance and seek to bring a constructive, problem-solving orientation to all tasks.
  • Maintain an awareness of the agency’s mission and work to promote the positive individual and social change goals it embodies.
  • Exercise discretion and professional judgment at all times keeping with the responsibilities carried personally and by the agency for the care and welfare of the youth we serve.
  • Actively strive to upgrade professional skills through engaging in appropriate professional training and experience.
  • Ability to work with a diverse staff and excel in a multi-cultural environment.
  • Requires ability to lift, transfer, push/pull, maneuver, and reposition 25 lbs.
  • Ability to reach, bend and walk.
  • Finger manipulation.
  • Ability to comprehend complex materials.
  • Ability to speak and write English clearly and accurately.


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work, Psychology, or related field


  • At least (5) years of management and supervisory experience.
  • Experience in workforce development and provision of education services to at-risk youth
  • Previous experience overseeing program design and development, implementation and operations, project integration and management across multiple agency sites; staff supervision and training; and budget management.
  • Excellent written and verbal skills, including public speaking
  • Strong Commitment to the agency and philosophy of Larkin Street Youth Services.

Larkin Street reserves the right to revise job descriptions or work hours as required.


  • Starting at DOE
  • Choice of Kaiser medical plans, plus dental and vision- (with coverage at no cost for one of the Kaiser and Dental plans as well as Vision for Employees only)
  • Health Care and Dependent Care Flexible spending accounts
  • Life Insurance
  • Vacation- (starting at 3 weeks, increasing to 5 weeks by year five)
  • Sick time
  • 11 Paid Holidays + Floating Holidays
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Health Advocate Service
  • Commuter Benefits Program
  • Paid Sabbatical following 5 years of employment
  • 403(b) retirement plan


Submit a cover letter and resume to [email protected] then in the Subject Box please indicate the position that you are applying for.

Larkin Street Youth Services is an equal opportunity employer. Larkin Street Youth Service seeks qualified candidates with interest in the non-profit sector. We are committed to embracing diversity and consider all applicants for all positions without regard to color, ethnic background, religion, sex, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, HIV/AIDS status, veteran status, or any other legally protected class. We encourage applicants of diverse backgrounds to apply for any open position in which they feel qualified.