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Executive Director, Youth Employment Service


Executive Director, Youth Employment Service

Costa Mesa, CA
Full Time
  • Responsibilities

    Reporting to: Board of DirectorsLocation: Costa Mesa, CAWebsite:

    OneOC is proud to partner with Youth Employment Service (YES) in the recruitment of the Executive Director position.

    ORGANIZATION OVERVIEW Founded in 1970, YES was initiated by community leaders who believed that early employment is critical to the positive development of young adults. As visionaries, their observations were made before the idea of formal work-related programming for teens became widespread. That initial vision is now supported by extensive research on youth development and employment. For almost 50 years, YES has served as a bridge between young adults seeking employment and the business community seeking capable and enthusiastic young employees. They provide comprehensive employment services out of their site in Costa Mesa, where they have been located for 20+ years–and reach additional youth through presentations at high schools and youth-serving organizations throughout Orange County.Since they were founded in 1970, YES has served more than 50,000 local youth by providing structured pre-employment skills training, individualized job and life skills counseling, job referrals, mentoring, follow-up services and more. They also help young adults with training programs to include financial education – learning how to manage their income, open a bank account, adhere to a budget and earn and keep good credit.


    The mission of YES is to teach youth and young adults ages 16-24 the skills needed to secure and maintain meaningful employment, and to offer programs that help young people improve their employability, career choices, and quality of life.YES believes: • Young adults’ personal growth, quality of life, and ability to be self-reliant are enhanced through successful employment experiences. • Young adults are unique and have great personal worth. • Young adults deserve to be treated with respect. • Young adults need to understand their strengths and recognize their options in order to reach their full potential. • Young adults who apply these values will gain increased self-esteem and a greater ability to understand what it takes to live a significant life that makes a meaningful contribution to society

    THE OPPORTUNITYReporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director (ED) will have overall strategic and operational responsibility for Youth Employment Service (YES) staff, programs, expansion, and execution of its mission. S/he will initially develop deep knowledge of field, core programs, operations, and business plans.Responsibilities:Leadership & Management:• Ensure ongoing local programmatic excellence, rigorous program evaluation, and consistent quality of finance and administration, fundraising, communications, and systems; recommend timelines and resources needed to achieve the strategic goals• Actively engage and energize YES volunteers, board members, event committees, alumni, partnering organizations, and funders• Develop, maintain, and support a strong board of directors; serve as ex-officio of each committee, seek and build board involvement with strategic direction for both ongoing local operations• Lead, coach, develop, and retain YES’s high-performance team• Ensure effective systems to track scaling progress, and regularly evaluate program components, to measure successes that can be effectively communicated to the board, funders, and other constituentsFundraising & Communications:• Expand local revenue generating and fundraising activities to support existing program operations• Deepen and refine all aspects of communications—from web presence to external relations with the goal of creating a stronger brand• Use external presence and relationships to garner new opportunitiesPlanning & New Business:• Complete the strategic business planning process for the program into new markets• Begin to build partnerships in new markets, establishing relationships with the funders and community leaders• Be an external presence that publishes and communicates program results with an emphasis on the successes of the programSkills & Experience Required:The ED will be thoroughly committed to YES’s mission. All candidates should have proven leadership, coaching and relationship management experience. Concrete demonstrable experience and other qualifications include, but are not limited to:• 10 years of senior management experience; track record of effectively leading and scaling a performance- and outcomes-based organization and staff; ability to point specific examples of having developed and operationalized strategies that have taken an organization to the next stage of growth• Unwavering commitment to quality programs and data-driven program evaluation• Excellence in organizational management with the ability to coach staff, manage, and develop high-performance teams, set and achieve strategic objectives, and manage a budget• Past success working with a board of directors with the ability to cultivate existing board member relationships• Strong marketing, public relations, and fundraising experience with the ability to engage a wide range of stakeholders and cultures• Strong written and verbal communication skills; a persuasive and passionate communicator with excellent interpersonal skills

    OneOC Recruitment• Action-oriented, entrepreneurial, adaptable, and innovative approach to business planning• Ability to work effectively in collaboration with diverse groups of people• Passion, integrity, positive attitude, mission-driven, and self-directedCONTACT INFORMATIONPlease send resumes to:sbrooks@oneoc.org714-597-8951

    Direct all correspondence, emails, and telephone calls to OneOC. Any resumes sent, or telephone calls made to YES will be redirected to OneOC.YES is an equal opportunity employer.