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Senior Director of Programming and Operations at Boys & Girls Club of Fitchburg and Leominster

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Posted: 11/17/2019

Known nationally for its innovative programs, The Boys & Girls Club of Fitchburg and Leominster (BGCFL) seeks an experienced and mission-driven nonprofit leader to enhance programming and operations at a time of strategic growth across the organization. This is a newly created position designed to take a highly visible, multi-location nonprofit to the next level of operational excellence.   BGCFL was one of the first Boys & Girls Clubs in the United States to focus its curriculum in STEAM — science, technology, engineering, arts, and math.

The $1.3 million organization serves more than 600 children and youth in North Central Massachusetts communities, providing after school, summer, and vacation programming ranging from robotics to beekeeping. A recent recipient of a National Science Foundation grant, BGCFL’s program partners include NASA, MIT, Boston Scientific, and area colleges and universities.   In addition to STEAM offerings, members of the Junior Clubhouse (ages 8 to 12), the Teen Center (ages 13 to 18), as well as the Club’s Gardner satellite, benefit from initiatives in health, nutrition, community service, entrepreneurship, recreation, sports, and additional opportunities to practice and reinforce the skills and concepts they learn in school.

The organization is a vital civic and educational asset to the region where half of students attending Fitchburg, Leominster, and Gardner schools are considered economically disadvantaged by the Massachusetts Department of Education, far exceeding the state average of 30%.  

Position Summary

Reporting to the Executive Director, the new Senior Director of Programming and Operations will extend the club’s leadership in identifying and sustaining innovative curricula, manage/mentor program staff, measure program outcomes, and seek grants specific to funding programs. As a member of the organization’s executive team, this position will be a strategic thought partner to the Executive Director and Board of Directors in strengthening the organization’s infrastructure and capacity to advance its mission.   Requirements The ideal candidate is an energetic, collaborative, results-oriented manager with the experience and emotional intelligence to develop this newly added tier of management. S/he will support the Executive Director in strengthening the Club’s programming while serving as an authentic champion of the mission internally and externally.

Position requires BA/BS in related area (advanced degree preferred); 8+ years of progressively responsible experience; 5+ years’ management experience in education, training, program implementation, or public administration; experience successfully securing program funding; experience developing and/or managing programs that benefit diverse communities; outstanding oral and written communications skills; a passion for community service, social welfare, and/or youth development.  


How To Apply:

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