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Associate Director of Jobs

Apply now Job no: 494480
Work type: Staff Full-time
Location: Baltimore City
Categories: Administrative/Professional, Service Learning


The Choice Program

The mission of The Choice Program is to strengthen communities through innovative, family-focused strategies that connect youth to opportunities for positive choices. The mission is accomplished using a culturally responsive, trauma-responsive, community-based approach that identifies and links the youth and families with social supports; fosters caring relationships; develops high expectations; and provides meaningful participation in youth-centered, community-based activities.

Position Overview:

The Associate Director of Jobs oversees a team of full- and part-time staff mentors who provide young people supported employment at social enterprises and workshops for career, college and readiness.

Why Work at UMBC?

UMBC offers competitive compensation. This role starts at $65,000 and has over 4 weeks of vacation for regular full time roles. Tuition remission is also available.

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A hybrid telework schedule may be available. 


The Associate Director of Jobs will collaborate with other leaders and community partners to achieve two primary goals: high quality, high impact workforce development programs and job opportunities for young people (ages 8-24) in Baltimore City and to reduce the number of Black and Latinx young people in the youth legal system throughout the region.

Under general direction of the Senior Associate Director, the Associate Director of Jobs plans, directs, manages and oversees the operations of The Choice Jobs Program, including three social enterprise locations in Baltimore City. The incumbent coordinates assigned activities both internally with members of leadership teams to ensure continuity of programming with youth, as well as externally with community-based and institutional partners.

Specific duties include:

  • Supervising Assistant Directors to provide culturally-relevant, age-appropriate college, career, and civic readiness programs
  • Leading teams responsible for the operations of three social enterprises in Baltimore City: café at University of Baltimore School of Law, kiosk in Inner Harbor and stand at Oriole Park at Camden Yards, and for the coordination of Choice's College Night program in collaboration with universities throughout central Maryland
  • Collaborating with Choice leaders to support recruitment, hiring, training and staff retention, encouraging professional development
  • Developing and maintaining partnerships with employers, service providers, government agencies, and funders, representing Choice on committees and boards
  • Ensuring the long-term sustainability of Choice Jobs in collaboration with Choice's IT Manager through storytelling and quantitative and qualitative data analysis
  • Assessing best practices for positive youth development in all aspects of case management, job experiences, and training workshops
  • Providing backup support services for staff periodically

This is a senior-level management position responsible for complex decision-making involving the oversight and direction of The Choice Program's job training program, including three social enterprise locations. The incumbent is a member of two leadership teams within the organization.

Required Minimum Qualifications:
  • Bachelor's Degree
  • Three years (five preferred) of direct practice with youth in need of supportive services
  • Two years supervisory/administrative experience
  • Valid driver's license
  • Personal transportation

Note: A Master's Degree or 15 graduate level credits in an accredited graduate program may be substituted for one year of required experience. 

Preferred Qualifications: 
  • Experience operating a business or experience working in food service
  • Experience working or volunteering for an organization, institution or company with a commitment to anti-racism, equity and inclusion
Background Screening Statement:

A background check will be required. 

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Upload a cover letter and a resume.  

Closing Date: Open Until Filled

UMBC offers a rich benefits package.

Regular and grant funded regular positions (Full benefits summary click here):

Generous Leave which includes accruing:

  • 22 Days of Annual Leave  
  • 15 Days of Sick Leave  
  • 15 Holidays
  • 3 Personal Days

Tuition Remission:

  • 8 credit hours per semester
  • Tuition remission at UMBC for eligible dependents after two years of FT employment

Additional Benefits:

  • Life and disability insurance
  • Retirement plans (including the choice of joining the pension plan)
  • Professional development opportunities
  • Wellness opportunities
  • & Much more

Contingent II positions may include some benefits

Benefits offered align with type (Regular, Contingent II, etc.) of position. 

Salary: Salary starts at $65,000, commensurate with qualifications and experience.
Hours: Full-time
Type: Grant Funded
Additional Information:

This is a grant-funded position wherein employment is contingent upon renewal of the grant.

FLSA Status: Exempt
 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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