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Assistant Director of Intensive Advocacy

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Work type: Staff Full-time
Location: UMBC Campus
Categories: Administrative/Professional, Service Learning


The Shriver Center - The Choice Program 

The Choice Program at UMBC provides mentoring and advocacy services to young people - primarily Black and Latinx - throughout Central Maryland. We utilize a community-based, family-centered approach in order to promote quality outcomes for young people and families. We engage in a collaborative process of service: where young people set goals for themselves and are held accountable by supportive adults along the way. Our approach to youth development is grounded in applied critical race theory and culturally responsive, trauma-informed, restorative practices. We strive to be an anti-racist organization grounded in several core values: holistic development, the belief in humans, dismantling hierarchies, and youth-centeredness.


Under the general direction of the Associate Director of Intensive Advocacy, the Assistant Director of Intensive Advocacy manages the successful meeting of service deliverables for a portfolio of up to four Intensive Advocacy (IA) teams. IA teams are comprised of 16+ people, including entry-level managers and AmeriCorps members (ACMs) who provide direct services to youth and families in Central Maryland including at present: Baltimore City, as well as in Baltimore, Howard, Prince George's and Montgomery Counties. This is a dynamic position where the Assistant Director will support the development of individual staff and ACMs, assist with, and occasionally provide, direct service activities for youth, and complete regular audits to ensure teams are meeting grant-funding requirements. Success for an Assistant Director of IA looks like exceptional time-management, organized data and record keeping, a drive to support teams and individuals as they seek to meet and exceed program goals, and the ability to navigate difficult conversations with an asset-based, solutions-oriented approach. This is a mid-level management staff position, where the Assistant Director is a part of the operational leadership team. This position is responsible for the direct management of managers, having a deep understanding of their teams' progress, data, and areas for growth, and having strong interpersonal relationships with youth, their families, and a wide array of internal and external stakeholders.

  • Directly supervise and support the work and development of up to four Service Coordinators (SCs). SCs are entry-level managers who directly supervise teams of three AmeriCorps members (ACMs) -- each ACM supports up to 10 youth
  • Collaborate and thought-partner with direct supervisor to ensure program goals are being met, including outputs and deliverables/outcomes for any applicable grant contracts and partner memorandums of understanding (MOUs)
  • Maintain data integrity at all times and ensure confidentiality and compliance with funding mandates to meet the Choice Program's high standard of ethical financial stewardship
  • Build, maintain and deepen relationships with external stakeholders including Department of Juvenile Services managers
  • Facilitate and co-facilitate trainings for staff and AmeriCorps members (ACMs)
  • Support the onboarding of direct reports and, as needed, assist in the onboarding of other Assistant Directors (ADs), Service Coordinators (SCs) and AmeriCorps members (ACMs)
  • Serve as a member of the operational leadership team, where your expertise will help inform the overall Intensive Advocacy (IA) program implementation and strategy
  • Participate in the hiring of Choice staff and AmeriCorps members (ACMs)
Required Minimum Qualifications:
  • Bachelor's Degree required
  • Two years of experience working with youth advocacy or youth development programming 
  • Two years of supervisory experience  
Preferred Qualifications: 
  • Experience working or volunteering for an organization, institution or company with a commitment to anti-racist practices, equity and inclusion
  • One or more years of service/employment in an AmeriCorps organization
Background Screening Statement:

A background check will be required.  

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Upload a cover letter, resume and contact information for three professional references.  

Screening of Applications Begins: For best consideration submit application materials by April 4, 2022 (applications will be accepted until the position is filled).  
Salary: $54,400
Hours: Full-time
Type: Grant Funded
FLSA Status: Exempt
COVID-19 Vaccination: The University of Maryland has made the safety of our students, faculty and staff, and our surrounding communities a top priority. As part of that commitment, the University System of Maryland (USM) recently announced that students, faculty, and staff on USM campuses this fall, including UMBC, are required to be vaccinated against COVID. As a prospective and/or a new employee at UMBC, you will be required to comply with the University’s vaccination protocol. Proof of full vaccination will be required at the start of employment. Further information is available at: https://covid19.umbc.edu/vaccine/

UMBC offers a benefits package for regular and grant-funded regular employees including generous leave, excellent health, life, and disability insurance, retirement plans, tuition remission, on-site preschool, and numerous professional development and wellness opportunities.  Contingent II positions may include some benefits

Please note the Type and FLSA Status above to determine the benefits offered for this position. 

 Equal Opportunity Statement: UMBC is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. Applications from women, minority group members, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
Title IX: As an institution that receives federal financial assistance, UMBC adheres to Title IX and does not discriminate on the basis of sex. For more information about Title IX and contact information for Title IX Coordinator click here.   


If you require a reasonable accommodation for a disability for any part of the employment process, please contact the Human Resources Department at 410-455-2337 or MD TTY Relay Service 1-800-735-2258 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Work Authorization:  As required by the 1986 Immigration Act, be prepared to present acceptable documentation upon hire showing your identity and that you are a U.S. citizen or an alien who is authorized to work.

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Applications close: Open Until Filled

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