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Senior Associate Director, The Choice Program

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


The Shriver Center

The Choice Program at UMBC, housed within The Shriver Center, provides mentoring and advocacy services to young people - primarily Black and Latinx -throughout central Maryland. Choice utilizes a community-based, family-centered approach to promote high quality outcomes for young people and families. The Choice program engages in a collaborative process of service: where young people set goals for themselves and are supported by caring adults along the way. Choice's approach to youth development is grounded in applied critical race theory and culturally responsive, trauma-informed, restorative practices. Choice strives to be an anti-racist organization grounded in several core values: holistic development, the belief in humans, and youth-centeredness.

Position Overview:

The Senior Associate Director leads two youth-serving programs. The overarching program goals are to disentangle young people from the youth legal system and to strengthen ties to the community through increased educational and vocational opportunities.

Why Work at UMBC?

UMBC offers competitive compensation. This role starts at $85,000 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. 

  • Supervises the Associate Directors of youth-serving programs and their teams: up to 30 FTEs, approximately 15 PT staff, and up to 30 PT youth participants. Leads Focus Team, Choice’s middle-level program managers.
  • Develops, implements, and assesses programs to provide high quality, high impact programming. The program model reflects promising and evidence-informed practices in positive youth development and culturally appropriate trauma responsiveness. This is conducted in consultation with direct reports and service providers; the incumbent makes recommendations to Executive Leadership team.
  • Implements organizational priorities, standards, and plans for administration, training, infrastructure, risk management, quality assurance, and other activities.
  • Leads data collection and assessment in consultation with the Manager of IT and Data Evaluation. Data includes both qualitative and quantitative information that is used in storytelling efforts; these include, but are not limited to, grant reports and proposals, administrative updates, and promotional materials.
  • Assists the Executive Leadership Team to maintain partnerships at the local, state, and national level including, but not limited to, Department of Juvenile Services, Family League of Baltimore City, GOCPYVS, University of Baltimore, Levy, Baltimore Orioles, as well as foundations, philanthropic, and corporate funders.
  • Oversees Choice-operated offices, vehicles, and facilities to ensure a safe working environment in compliance with applicable regulations. Schedules routine maintenance and cleaning. Procures vendors and orders equipment and supplies, as needed.
  • Serves as backup support services on a periodic basis, participates in meetings, youth programming, and organization-wide events throughout Choice service regions.
Required Minimum Qualifications:
  • Bachelor's Degree in Human Services or a related field
  • Minimum five years of progressively responsible professional level experience
  • Minimum three years related experience with youth in need of supportive services or populations from low wealth or otherwise disadvantaged communities
  • Minimum three years administrative and/or leadership experience
  • Minimum three years supervisory experience  
Preferred Qualifications: 
  • Master’s Degree in Human Services or a related field
  • Strong project management skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills with a demonstrated ability to prepare formal reports under deadlines
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 $85,000, commensurate with qualifications and experience.
Hours: Full-time 
Type: Grant Funded
Additional Information:

This position is Grant Funded, wherein employment is contingent upon award renewal.

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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