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Assistant Director of Intensive Advocacy

Apply now Job no: 494500
Work type: Staff Full-time
Location: Greater Baltimore Area
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 Assistant Director of Intensive Advocacy manages a team of five Service Coordinators to ensure that The Choice Program provides high quality, high impact services to youth and families in central Maryland. The Assistant Director oversees the successful meeting of service deliverables within the intensive advocacy program, with a primary focus on youth and families residing in Baltimore and Howard counties.

Why Work at UMBC?

UMBC offers competitive compensation. This role starts at $58,000 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 position works within The Choice Program to ensure Service Coordinators provide mentoring and advocacy services to young people throughout central Maryland. The Choice Program utilizes an anti-racist, 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 held accountable by supportive adults along the way. The program’s approach to youth development is grounded in applied critical race theory and culturally responsive, trauma-informed practices. The Choice Program employees strive to build an anti-racist organization grounded in several core values, including holistic development, belief in humans and youth-centeredness.

The Assistant Director will support the development of individual staff, assist with and occasionally provide direct service activities for youth, and complete regular audits to ensure teams are meeting grant-funding requirements. Success for the Assistant Director requires excellent 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 building strong interpersonal relationships with youth, their families, and a wide array of internal and external stakeholders.

Specific responsibilities include:

  • Directly supervising and supporting the work and development of up to five Service Coordinators
  • Meeting program goals and grant requirements through regular audits
  • Ensuring confidentiality and compliance with funding mandates
  • Building and strengthening relationships with external stakeholders and partners, including the Department of Juvenile Services
  • Supporting the hiring, onboarding, and training of direct reports and AmeriCorps members
  • Serving as a member of the operational leadership team, facilitating and attending organizational and regular team meetings
Required Minimum Qualifications:

Requires a Bachelor’s Degree and two years of experience working with youth advocacy or youth development programing, plus two years of supervisory experience.

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 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 (required) 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 $58,000 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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