Program Coordinator for Secondary Schools

Alexandria, VA
$60,569.86 - $81,134.04 Annually
Jan 29, 2022
Feb 14, 2022
Full Time
Program Coordinator for Secondary Schools

The City of Alexandria is located in northern Virginia and is bordered by the District of Columbia (Potomac River), Arlington and Fairfax counties. With a population of approximately 150,000 and a land area of 15.75 square miles, Alexandria is the seventh largest city in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Alexandria has a charming waterfront and is a unique and historic place to live and work. About one-quarter square miles in the city have been designated as a national or local historic district. We proudly embrace our rich history and seize the endless opportunities that lie ahead. If you are interested in working for the vibrant City of Alexandria, we invite qualified candidates to apply for our Program Coordinator for Secondary Schools position.

An Overview

The Program Coordinator for Secondary Schools will provide direct coordination and input into the operations, management and implementation of middle and high school youth development initiatives. Collaborate with stakeholders to reduce risky behaviors and increase resiliency among Alexandria youth, parents and broader community partners who support them. Provide mentoring, coaching and leadership development experiences for youth that foster job readiness/workforce skills and assists youth with finding and maintaining employment. Plan, coordinate and implement evidence-based youth development programs and practices that serve to prevent youth risk behaviors and support educational success. Provide staff support for program advisory board. Provide training and consultation on youth development and mental health topics to community members and groups. Performance of this work requires initiative, creativity, attention to detail, flexibility and independent judgment.

What You Should Bring

The ideal candidate should have thorough knowledge of the dynamics of youth development and youth risk and protective factors; Ability to establish short and long-range plans related to program needs; Ability to assess operations; Ability to work effectively with youth and adults from diverse backgrounds and experiences; Ability to implement evidence-based youth development programs with fidelity; Ability to develop, implement, and evaluate services that are based in nationally recognized best practices; Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with youth, parents, co-workers, community partners, coalitions, elected officials and the general public; Ability to work in community-based settings; Ability to provide guidance and assistance to interns and volunteers; Ability to communicate clearly and effectively with other professionals and with the general public, both orally and in writing, including grant writing; Ability to track and enter data accurately in multiple databases and spreadsheets; Good knowledge of child and adolescent growth and development; Good knowledge of positive youth development and civic engagement; Good knowledge of adolescent risk behaviors; Good knowledge of area health, legal, social and other services.

The Opportunity
  • Supervise work of two school-based counselors, counselor aides and volunteers;
  • Support Project Discovery Advisory Board in community outreach, fundraising and development;
  • Evaluate effectiveness of Youth Development Team middle & high school programs;
  • Work directly with youth and youth groups in support of DCHS-CCF Youth Development Team Goals and Objectives including Girls Circle, Project Discovery, DCHS Peer Advisors, Keep it 360 Club, ACAP Youth Peer Educators and others;
  • Implement evidence-based youth development program(s), with special focus on youth development, youth leadership, and job readiness;
  • Represent middle and high school youth development initiatives on various committees and task forces;
  • Provide workshops and outreach on prevention topics to youth;
  • Lead skills-building, leadership and mentoring programs for youth;
  • Maintain collaborations with community partners;
  • Collect and enter outcome and satisfaction data for all activities as directed by evaluation plans;
  • Perform other related duties as assigned.

About the Department

The Center for Children and Families (CCF) provides programs and services for Behavioral Health, Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault, Child Welfare & Child Protective Services, Early Childhood and Youth Development. CCF provides compassionate, collaborative and effective person and family-centered services based on best practices. Our teams support self-determination, safety, recovery and resiliency for Alexandria children and all residents affected by abuse, neglect, mental illness, intellectual disabilities and substance abuse disorders.

Minimum & Additional Requirements

Four-Year Degree; Considerable experience in a position involving public administration, program planning and evaluation, and the forecasting of budget and other program/departmental needs; and completion of college level courses in public administration, accounting, and management practices; or any equivalent combination of experience and training which provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities.

Preferred Qualifications

At least two years of experience as a supervisor/manager. At least two years of experience working directly with teens. At least two years of experience in the field of prevention of youth risk behaviors. Master's Degree in Counseling, Social Work, Education, Public Health or other related field; At least one year of experience implementing positive youth development programs for school age youth; At least one year of experience in a position involving program administration, planning and evaluation; At least one year of experience in working with a diverse stakeholder population to include: elected government officials, community members, internal and external government entities and programmatic funding source personnel; At least one year of experience providing support to community coalitions and/or high level and diverse work groups; Bilingual (English-Spanish, Arabic, Amharic and/or Farsi) skills.


This position requires the successful completion of pre-employment background checks including but not limited to: FBI/Federal Records Check; VA State Child Abuse/Neglect Registry; Medicare/Medicaid Fraud Database; Verification of education/certifications; Drug screening; and Driver's license.

Schedule: Monday through Friday, 9:00AM - 5:30PM, occasional evenings and weekends.

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