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Program Director - Houston, TX

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Status: Full-Time Salary                                       FLSA Classification: Exempt


Company Information: Youth Advocate Programs, Inc. (YAP) is one of the largest non-profit youth and family support agencies, in 33 states plus DC, working with high-risk youth and their families in the United States. Currently, YAP employs more than 2,000 dedicated workers and we serve thousands of families a year in more than 100 rural, urban, and suburban communities nationwide. Our mission is to engage human services systems so that they rely less on institutional care and invest more in supporting families and neighborhoods. We currently work with child welfare, juvenile justice, behavioral health, disability, primary health care, and education systems to develop and offer community-based alternatives for the highest risk children, youth people, young adults, families, and adults. Youth Advocate Programs, Inc. is committed to creating safe environments and providing services that are individualized, culturally competent, and trauma informed to build brighter futures for all.


Summary of the Position: The duties of this position include, but are not limited to, the following: The Program Director is responsible for the overall administration of a local program. This includes the provision of client services, personnel management, and budget management. Knowledge of the child welfare system i.e. the purpose of child welfare, how the system works along with governing policy and laws etc. This position will interact routinely with DFPS caseworkers, clients, judges, attorneys, child advocacy centers, medical and school personnel and all parties involved in assisting with identifying appropriate placement of high-risk client with family or fictive kin. Provide regular case consultation to assess and mitigate child safety and risk related issues and work closely with DCFS staff to ensure timely contact with the family and or fictive kin is established. Strong communication skills - the ability to communicate information orally and in writing in a way that is understandable for multiple different audiences, including taking complicated information and making it understandable.

Specific Tasks Include:
1. Works to educate and develop competent staff that can engage, support, and empower families or fictive kin to ensure the safety, permanency, and well-being of the children and families we serve.
2. Assist with identifying appropriate placement options for youth referred for services.
3. Responsible for all services provided to clients and their families who are referred to the program. Ensure that all clients receive the appropriate number of hours, contacts, services, specified monies and activities as required by contract with the referring authority or the third-party payor. Ensure that all services have been authorized or reauthorized by the referring authority or third-party payor.
4. Oversee the intake process including interviewing referrals and appropriate family members along with referring authority staff. In conjunction with the client and family ensure that a service or treatment plan that meets the individual needs of the client and family is developed and implemented. Such plans must be strength-based using the wraparound plan model.
5. Monitor service delivery provided by staff and ensure that staff implements the goals in the service or treatment plans, as well as implement any revisions to the plan that result from changing needs or case reviews.
6. Identify, recruit, hire, train, monitor and supervise all direct service professional and administrative staff in the local program, following the YAP, Inc. personnel policies and procedures, including the matching zip code policy for recruiting direct service staff whenever possible. Ensure that staff qualifications meet those imposed by the referring authority or third-party payor.
7. Provide direct service professional personnel with staff development and training sessions as required by YAP, Inc. policies. Promote staff development including the provision of cross-training among staff.
8. Conduct staff meetings and training sessions for program personnel. Attend staff meeting and trainings as assigned by regional director
9. Assist staff in creative problem solving, including securing needed professional resources for clients and their families. Ensure that activities for clients and their families involve education, employment, social and other areas of need. Develop plans for discharge which include community linkages that will support the client and family after termination of service.
10. Ensure that all required timelines and due dates are met. This includes submission of all administrative, fiscal, and billing documents and data base information to The Support Center for processing and all reports and documents that are required to be submitted by referring authorities and third-party payors.
11. Manage the local program within budget parameters.
12. Identify new opportunities and new projects to assists in the growth and development of YAP, Inc. programs and services.

Qualifications/Requirements: Bachelor’s Degree is required; Master's Degree generally preferred; commensurate experience in the community-based agency program is acceptable. Must have previous experience working for/with Department Family Protective Services. Bilingual speaking applicant is a plus.


Position requires reliable transportation, valid driver’s license, clean driving record, and car insurance limits with a minimum of $100,000 per person and $300,000 per accident bodily injury liability. 


Benefits Available: Medical/Prescription, Dental, Vision, Short Term Disability, UNUM, Paid time off, Holiday Pay, and 403(b) Retirement Savings Plan.

Contact information: Please submit a cover letter, resume, and two (2) Professional references and one (1) Personal references to ATTN: Kimberly Brandon at




Youth Advocate Programs, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer


All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, age, color, ancestry, national origin, place of birth, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, military or veteran status, genetic characteristics, or disability unrelated to job performance

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Youth Advocate Programs, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, age, color, ancestry, national origin, place of birth, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, military or veteran status, genetic characteristics, or disability unrelated to job performance.