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Boston Executive Director, BAM Program
Youth Guidance
General Management

Organization Overview
Building on a proud history of serving at-risk Chicago youth for more than 90 years, Youth Guidance is a leading provider of outcomes-driven programs and capacity-building initiatives, directly serving more than 8,500 youth.  

In 2001, the Becoming a Man (BAM) program was launched at Youth Guidance to help young men navigate difficult circumstances that threaten their future.  The BAM program is a school-based group counseling program that guides young men in 7-12th grades to learn, internalize and practice social cognitive skills, make responsible decisions for their future, and become positive members of their school and community. BAM integrates clinical theory and practice, men’s rites of passage work, and a dynamic approach to youth engagement. 

Each session is built around a lesson plan designed to develop a specific skill through stories, role-playing and group exercises. BAM students learn and practice impulse control, emotional self-regulation, recognition of social cues and interpreting intentions of others, raising aspirations for the future and developing a sense of personal responsibility and integrity. BAM has gained national attention, serving as a model for President Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper Initiative to support young men and boys of color. Research by the University of Chicago Crime Lab found that the program reduced violent crime arrests, weapons crime, and improved graduation rates. 

Youth Guidance sees a bright and successful future for every at-risk, inner-city elementary and high school student in Chicago and is excited about bringing this vision to Boston. Because we believe that success in school is not only possible but should be achieved and celebrated, we are present in the schools to facilitate an environment that truly engages students in the learning process, and through careful guidance, enables them to realize their full potential and graduate with a meaningful plan for successfully managing life.  Learn more at: 

Position Summary
After a careful and thorough selection process with key Boston public and private stakeholders, Youth Guidance is excited to expand Becoming a Man (BAM) to Boston, seeking to bring the programmatic success in Chicago to the academic and life outcomes of young men in the Boston Public Schools. Youth Guidance is currently seeking a dynamic and passionate leader to spearhead this expansion, partnering with the Youth Guidance National Office and the Boston BAM Advisory Council to grow BAM’s presence in Boston. As leader and spokesperson for BAM in Boston, the Executive Director will facilitate the launch of programming by raising funds, building brand awareness, hiring team members, and guiding a strategic vision to ensure long term sustainability in the region. Initially serving three Boston Public Schools in the 17-18 school year, and expanding each year to serve nine schools and nearly 500 youth by the 19-20 school year, this is an exciting opportunity to thoughtfully scale a program at the forefront of innovative youth development work. 

Key Responsibilities
  • Working with the BAM Supervisor and Youth Guidance National staff, ensure the effective implementation of BAM programming across Boston Public School sites, including program planning, training, implementation, and evaluation 
  • Recruit, manage and professionally develop the Boston staff, initially consisting of the BAM Supervisor and three BAM Counselors
  • Serve as the external spokesperson for BAM with key partners in the Boston Public Schools, corporations, nonprofits, philanthropic organizations and the media to increase visibility and brand awareness of the BAM program
  • Proactively develop and execute strategies to increase organizational brand awareness and visibility, relentlessly pursuing partnerships that highlight the work of the organization and develop a wider community presence among funders, community members, and elected officials
  • Lead all Boston-based fundraising activities, leveraging detailed fundraising plans to secure gifts across a wide array of revenue streams including individual donors, corporate partners, foundations, and state and federal competitive programs
  • Recruit, manage, and support Advisory Council members in enhancing local fundraising efforts and building connections that advance programmatic goals
  • Build and maintain strong, positive relationships with existing and prospective investors, deploying robust prospect research, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship action steps to expand the individual funding base
  • Develop the annual budget in alignment with national strategic plans and programmatic priorities
  • At least 8 years of progressive leadership experience, with a successful track record managing a diversity of strategic relationships to impact organizational growth 
  • Proven ability to engage and develop local champions focused on resource development
  • Knowledge of program evaluation and performance measurement tools alongside a track record of proven success advancing projects and initiatives that feature a multitude of stakeholders
  • At least 3 years of staff management experience, including prior exposure to recruiting and developing high performing teams during times of growth 
  • Comfort with making decisions independently, combined with an ability to work collaboratively
  • Experience designing and implementing strategic fundraising plans that incorporate robust individual giving programs; knowledge of Boston philanthropic, political, and educational landscapes strongly preferred
  • Passionate commitment to the mission of Youth Guidance and the BAM program in particular; ability to tell a compelling story about why the mission of the program resonates with you
  • Exceptional written and oral communication skills, demonstrating an ability to conceptualize and describe funding needs in a way that is compelling to a diversity of external audiences
  • Passion for, and commitment to, BAM’s Six Core Values, alongside demonstrated success enhancing educational access and/or youth development initiatives 
  • Ability to travel on a quarterly basis to the Youth Guidance National Office in Chicago
  • Bachelor’s degree required, with an advanced degree in business, education, mental health, or other relevant field preferred

To Apply  
Please upload a resume and thoughtful cover letter, outlining how your skills and experience meet the qualifications of the position and stating how you heard about this opportunity, both in Word format, addressed to Michelle Adler Morrison, CEO, by utilizing the link below. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.
Youth Guidance offers a competitive salary and benefits, commensurate with experience and skills.  
Youth Guidance is an equal opportunity employer.


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