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Youth Pathways Project Director

Boston, MA

Relocation expenses: Not paid

Full time, Contract
3 - 5 years of experience
High School Diploma
$51,000 to $60,000 per year

Published on 26 May 2018

Expires on 26 May 2018

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Youth Pathways Project Director

About United Way:

We unite people to create change that lasts: We call it harnessing the power of people working together. And that means everyone – individuals, nonprofits, companies, and government agencies.

We work every day to achieve our vision and mission by focusing on the three core building blocks of a strong, vibrant community: ensuring that all families have the resources and opportunities to lift themselves out of poverty; preparing children to enter school ready to learn and succeed. Inspiring and supporting youth to stay in school and realize positive options for the future.

STATUS: Full-time, 1-Year Grant Funded Position (with potential renewal for 2 additional years) 


Funded by the Department of Housing and Community Development of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Pathways to Prosperity Network (PTPN) is a newly-formed consortium of community-based partners, organized to create a coordinated system of providing outreach, connection and referrals, and well as education, training, and job placements to youth living in subsidized housing who are under- or unemployed and not enrolled in education and training. PTPN includes 6 nonprofit partners in addition to United Way, the lead partner, all working together to integrate case management services with financial coaching. Collectively, PTPN will serve more than 30 towns and cities throughout Greater Boston, increasing awareness and engagement as it relates to programs that support employment amongst at least 800 youth, and enrolling at least 400 youth in services that increase employment readiness and/or lead to employment, and enrolling at least 40 youth in a high intensity job training program. 

The Project Director will oversee the coordination and implementation of the PTPN in addition to a pilot initiative focused on connecting youth to education and employment pathways and equipping them with the financial capability skills they need to thrive. The target population is young people ages 18-24, living in subsidized housing, who are not currently engaged in education, employment, or training and may face multiple barriers to long-term success. Target communities include Boston, Revere, Everett, Chelsea, and Lynn. The Project Director will work closely with members of United Way’s Financial Opportunity and Education Success teams to implement both projects.

Through the pilot initiative, funded by the State Street Foundation, United Way will engage a small cohort of opportunity youth-serving organizations to build partnerships, use best practices to maximize outcomes and build systems to measure and track youth educational, career, and financial outcomes. The project will provide youth workers with professional development to deliver high-quality coaching and financial capability services as seamlessly as possible for participating youth.


Project Management

* Facilitate PTPN monthly meetings of supervisors of agency partners in the network and bi-monthly community of practice sessions for direct service staff.

* Coordinate the coaching community of practice and maintain resources for participants on best practices in the financial capability field for the participating cohort.

* Provide technical assistance and support both on-site and remotely for direct service staff of partnering organizations.

* Build and maintain relationships with housing authorities, community associations, tenant associations, and other residential groups in order to gain access to opportunity youth for outreach purpose.

* Establish communication systems between all PTPN partners.

* Stay abreast of current research, public policy, and community relationships related to opportunity youth.

* Manage all aspects of the project, as outlined in the descriptions/proposals including executing contracts with partners, trainers, and consultants as appropriate. 

Performance Management & Project Reporting

* Responsible for monitoring the performance of the PTPN partners relative to the goals for the grant term by conducting site visits, managing the shared client database and intake, assessment and case management data.

* Proactively identify areas of challenge and problem-solve with PTPN partners to course correct.

* Provide technical assistance to PTPN partner sites to help strengthen their performance relative to goals.

* Responsible for evaluating the effectiveness of the pilot initiative including participation metrics, program quality and satisfaction metrics, and system-level metrics and use learnings to make recommendations for the future of the initiative. 

* Responsible for preparing narrative and quantitative reports as required by project funders.


* Relevant experience including: managing youth programming or pathway programs for older youth, program development, and evaluation.

* Strong knowledge of opportunity youth population and positive youth development framework.

* Familiarity with youth employment and education pathways, financial education/financial empowerment programs, and/or coaching models.

* Experience coordinating multi-organization initiatives with diverse stakeholders.

* Ability to manage multiple, complex projects.

* Excellent communication and relationship building skills required: including listening skills, written and oral communication skills, facilitation skills, and presentation skills.

* Experience analyzing and using data to inform and improve program performance and outcomes.

* Empathy, flexibility, and ability to contribute effectively as part of a professional team. 

* Microsoft Office skills and database management experience.  

* Travel throughout Greater Boston and United Way footprint required.

* Commitment to excellence and to the mission of the United Way.


United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley, Human Resources Coordinator,  51 Sleeper Street, Boston, MA 02210. Fax: 617- 624-9114 email:

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United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley is committed to hiring individuals who reflect the diversity of the communities it serves.