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Careers with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Western Pennsylvania

Employment Type: Full-Time

Hours: 37.5 hours per week

Status: Salaried/Exempt

Compensation: Based on Experience

About us

BGCWPA is a mission-based organization that hires employees that are recognized as leaders in their field with a passion for improving young lives. We have strong values, embrace diversity and offer great benefits which allows our employees to maintain work/life balance. We serve more than 12,000 young people annually through programs, services, and outreach. An affiliate of a national organization-Boys & Girls Clubs of America. We are one of the largest comprehensive out of school time providers in Allegheny & Somerset County.

Job Summary

The Director Of Career Development Programs will be responsible for managing the overall operation of Career Works, youth workforce development programs including youth development, vocational training, and organizational development; and understands the demographics of under-served communities and the need for access to high quality and culturally responsive career exposure and preparation. The Director will manage a team of Career Coaches and signature programs such as our summer internship program, Learn & Earn, early college programming and support the management of corporate partnerships. Creation of budgets, reports and oversight of the 21st Century Community Learning Center and recruiting students to the program are the key administrative duties


  1. Research, suggest and design programming methodologies and curricula that help youth build career awareness and put them on a pathways to success, including but not limited to focused on academic remediation (through the use of adaptive software), real-world and project based learning, direct instruction, site visits, job shadowing, internships, and pre/apprenticeships.
  2. Support the registration and coordination of summer bridge programs in partnership with occupational training partners and companies.
  3. Continuously appraise and evaluate programs to achieve the established goals of providing the opportunity for young people to prepare for gainful employment and /or post-secondary success, especially focusing on youth who do not have direct access to careers through their current educational network (i.e. youth who do are not given the direct opportunity to experience internships through their schools)
  4. Manage a team of youth career development professionals to implement career development programming initiatives at multiple Career Works sites and within teen programming spaces in the BGCWPA Clubhouses
  5. Coordinate the summer Learn & Earn program and PACTT affiliation for BGCWPA 
  6. Advise and assist in obtaining local, state and federal funds for Career Works programs and lead with data collection and evaluation for necessary reporting once grants are received.
  7. Research and define local job opportunities in the Pittsburgh region and beyond and provide opportunities for youth to be exposed to and learn about those opportunities.
  8. Maintain current knowledge of all pertinent rules and regulations affecting career and technical education.
  9. Facilitate interaction with business and community-based organizations such as schools and social service agencies to enhance the understanding of system initiatives and priorities and to elicit support and assistance in spreading the mission of BGCWPA career development programming and continuously acquire opportunities for youth to participate in real world learning scenarios and projects
  10. Collaborate with the Director of STEM Education on youth workforce development initiatives involving science, technology, and engineering
  11. Partner with the Director of Teen & Support Services to develop supports to combat job/life barriers to employment or post-secondary success and assist with AmeriCorps programming
  12. Partner with the Advancement Team to facilitate corporate outreach to advance the mission of BGCWPA career development programs in establishing corporate opportunities and partnerships for youth to experience real-world learning at job sites through tours, job-shadowing, and other in-person, on-the-job learning experiences, such as internships and pre-apprenticeships.


  1. Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.
  2. A minimum of 5-7 years of experience in some combination of workforce development, youth development, K-12, higher education administration, strategic diversity leadership, human performance enhancement, curriculum design, corporate responsibility, social work, public administration is required
  3. Knowledge of adult development and positive youth development with an ability to design learning strategies and programs to enhance knowledge, skills, and abilities in the areas of youth development, leadership development, management, and organizational effectiveness
  4. Advanced positive customer service skills needed.

Certifications and Clearances

  1. CPR, Pediatric First Aid, Child Abuse, Criminal History, FBI clearance, NSOR certificate, PA Disclosure and Mandated Reporter certification required upon hire or newer then 6 months. 


We provide equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. Our organization prohibits any form of workplace harassment based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, or veteran status.

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