Project Director - Youth Policy Institute

Ensuring that Belmont Full Service Community Schools Grant Program is implemented effectively, efficiently and consistently

Published on LatinoLA: November 21, 2008

Project Director - Youth Policy Institute

The Youth Policy Institute (YPI) is a dynamic not-for-profit organization serving the needs of low-income youth and families throughout Los Angeles. YPI operates a variety of programs supported by various city, state and federal funding agencies, including: Day Labor, Family Development Network and Valley Family Technology Project (City of Los Angeles), Computer Literacy and Training (CETF), Physical Education and GEAR UP (US Dept. of Education), Pre-school and After school Programs (CA. Dept. of Education), AmeriCorps (California Volunteers/NCLR), Bert Corona and Monse??or Romero Charter Middle Schools, Supplemental Educational Services, and others.

The Youth Policy Institute developed from the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Fund and incorporated as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit agency in 1983. Originally headquartered in Washington, D.C., YPI began operating in California in 1996. YPI now targets all of its services to the Los Angeles area, with sites throughout the city.

In September 2008, YPI, along with a consortium of community-based partners, was awarded a new 5-year $2.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education entitled the "Belmont Full-Service Community Schools Program." The purpose of the Belmont Full Service Community Schools Program Grant is to provide comprehensive academic, social, mental, physical, and vocational programs and services to meet individual, family, and community needs in the Pico-Union/Westlake community. Specifically, the grant will benefit the following schools: Gratts Elementary School, Esperanza Elementary School, Monse??or Oscar Romero Charter Middle School and John Liechty Middle School. The services provided through this grant may include projects such as: early childhood education; remedial education and academic enrichment activities; programs that promote parental involvement and family literacy; mentoring and other youth development programs; parent leadership and parenting education activities; community service and service-learning opportunities; programs that provide assistance to students who have been truant, suspended, or expelled; job training and career counseling services; nutrition services; primary health and dental care; mental health counseling services; and adult education, including instruction of adults in English as a second language.

The community partners in the grant include: Central American Resource and Education Center (CARECEN); Alliance for a Better Community; Families in Schools; Salvadoran American Leadership and Educational Fund (SALEF); Homies Unidos; Central City Neighborhood Partners; Centro Latino for Literacy; and Inner City Arts. The Youth Policy Institute is the lead fiscal and programmatic agency.

Scope of Grant

The grant contains a 5-year workplan with numerical targets for families served, as well as a preliminary list of services to be offered. Specifically, the Belmont FSCG program will conduct an initial Planning Period for the first six months of Year 1 that will include a comprehensive needs assessment building on the work already completed. The program will then operate the final six months of Year 1 through the end of Year 5. It is expected that the Belmont FSCG Program will serve 1,238 students and family members in year 1 (the six month period after Planning), 3,032 students and family members in Year 2, 3,272 students and family members in Year 3, 3,641 students and family members in Year 4, and 4,008 students and family members in Year 5.

The Project Director will supervise four full-time project coordinators who will be stationed at each of the four schools being served by the grant. In addition, the Project Director will supervise one program assistant. The Project Director and program assistant will be housed in YPI's downtown office, while the four project coordinators will be housed at the school sites.


The primary responsibility of the Project Director Belmont Full Service Community Schools Grant Program is to ensure that the grant is implemented effectively, efficiently and consistently in accordance with all grant requirements and the mission of YPI.

In addition, the Project Director will:

work with the Senior Management Team (Executive Director, Deputy Director and CFO/COO) to ensure the fulfillment of all grant requirements;

work with the Belmont Full Service Community Schools Grant partners (the Leadership Team) to ensure the fulfillment of all grant requirements, including organizing and leading quarterly meetings; at this meeting, the Project Director will provide a presentation of the progress in meeting the objectives of the project;

work with all partners and the community at large to identify resources to be coordinated at the elementary and middle schools, including the development of new partnerships to serve families;

work with a third-party evaluator in order to initiate, implement, and finalize an independent evaluation of the program as required by the U.S. Department of Education grant guidelines.

attend trainings and conferences in Washington, D.C. or as needed.

supervise, and provide support, guidance and oversight to school-based program staff;

ensure the timely submission of all required reports both financial and programmatic and supporting materials by program staff;

design and implement professional development plans for all school-based program staff to ensure that staff is properly trained;

assist with all grant submissions (new and renewal) and work with the development team to identify potential sources of new funding;

participate in grant/program-related events (program culminations, press activities, community events, etc.);

create and foster a sense of teamwork in and between all YPI programs;

handle other responsibilities as required by the Senior Management Team.

Professional Qualifications

The ideal Project Director will:

have excellent leadership and communication skills at the level of an Associate Director or Executive Director of an organization.

have at least 5 years of management-level experience running one or more programs in a non-profit environment;

have experience writing and successfully managing a variety of grants;

have supervised a minimum of 5-10 full-time staff-level positions

be bi-lingual

have a Bachelor's (minimum) or Master's (preferred) in a relevant course of study;

be committed to the mission YPI;

have excellent written and verbal communication skills;

be computer and financially literate;

have a track record of success in management and leadership.


In addition to a competitive salary based on experience, YPI offers a variety of benefits, including:

Salary Range for this position: $50, 000 -- $65, 000, with opportunities for salary increases.

Employer-subsidized health, dental and vision insurance

Life insurance

403(b) retirement plan

Employee-paid supplemental programs (AFLAC, etc)

Application Process

In order to be considered for this position, qualified candidates must submit the following documents:

Current resume

Cover letter addressing applicant's ability to meet the responsibilities of the position as set forth above

Five (5) professional references

Salary history and requirements

Please submit these documents to:

Youth Policy Institute
Attn: BFSCS Program Director
634 S. Spring Street Suite 818
Los Angeles, CA 90014

No faxes or phone calls will be accepted.
Incomplete applications will not be accepted.

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