Youth Villages (YV), a leading national child welfare organization dedicated to helping emotionally and behaviorally troubled children and their families live successfully, is seeking a proven strategic leader to serve as Director of Strategy and Learning for its Massachusetts team. As one of the most effective and largest organizations in the United States serving this population, Youth Villages is scaling services and seeks to continually improve service delivery practice.
Youth Villages’ clinical innovations stem from a deep belief in using data to drive performance in the interests of youth and families served.
Founded in 1986, Youth Villages has an annual budget of $192 million with 3,000 employees committed to helping more than 25,000 children and families each year in 13 states and the District of Columbia. Established in June 2006, the Massachusetts region of Youth Villages now serves nearly 1,200 children and families across the state annually through a continuum of outcomes-based services, which includes intensive in-home services for children under 18 and their families, as well as community-based services to support youth over 18 who are aging out of the child-serving system. In May 2009, the White House recognized Youth Villages as a “high-impact, results-oriented” organization.
Youth Villages measures its success in reunited families, in children who are able to live at home and do well in school, and in older youth who successfully transition to adulthood and achieve housing stability and education and professional goals. Since 1994, when the organization began emphasizing helping children in the least restrictive environment -- preferably in their own homes and communities -- success rates have soared: in 2017, 88 percent of the children who received at least 60 days of service at Youth Villages were discharged successfully and 86 percent of them were still living successfully in the community two years after their discharge. Youth Villages’ success rate is extraordinary when compared with traditional child welfare services.
Reporting to the Executive Director for Massachusetts and New Hampshire, the new Director of Strategy and Learning will be a key member of MA/NH region’s senior leadership team. The Director will be responsible for developing the organization’s strategic plan and annual priorities to best serve children and families in crisis, using data and project management skills to continually assess performance to identify quality improvements and to ensure effective implementation of the plan, facilitating learning and driving the organization towards meeting ambitious goals for the transformation of the state child welfare system. The Director will be a critical thought partner to the Executive Director and responsible for ensuring key projects are pursued and completed.
The ideal candidate will bring significant experience in strategic planning, project management, and data analytics and have a proven track record driving of successful strategy and leading performance management efforts with senior leaders of organizations. The Director will bring a deep passion for serving youth, keen data analysis skills, and a positive, collegial style. He/she/they will be a collaborative leader and outstanding communicator who thrives in a team-based, fast-paced environment. They will have excellent problem-solving skills and a demonstrated capacity to develop persuasive and compelling messages and engage effectively with other senior leaders and board members. A relentless commitment to quality is essential. A BA or BS is required for this position and a master’s degree in business or a related field is preferred.
This search is being conducted with assistance from Callie Carroll of Nonprofit Professionals Advisory Group. Due to the pace of this search, candidates are strongly encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Applications including a cover letter describing your interest and qualifications, your resume and where you learned of the position should be submitted to: YV-MADSF@nonprofitprofessionals.com.
Youth Villages is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Women, candidates of color, and people of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply.
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