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Title: Programs Director

Job Classification: Programming
Location:  Greater Richmond & the Tri Cities (office in Richmond, VA)
Title: Programs Director
Part/Full Time: Full Time

Podium RVA Mission: To empower youth, ages 11-19, in Greater Richmond & the Tri Cities with the skills to become confident and capable writers, communicators, and leaders to succeed in school, career, and in life. Youth build their confidence while improving their academic and professional communication skills in weekly workshops, quarterly publications, and annual showcase events.

Description: Podium RVA seeks a Programs Director to oversee and expand Podium’s youth educational programs across Greater Richmond and the Tri Cities. This position combines the skills of hands-on mentoring and teaching with coordination, evaluation, and directorial oversight. A successful candidate is one who has a passion for writing, language, and who believes that healthy communication skills are a vital part in a child’s education, positive development, and social growth. Primary duties and responsibilities include but are not limited to:
  1. Oversee development and implementation of out-of-school time and co-curricular writing, communication, and future planning programs across Richmond, Henrico, Hopewell, and Petersburg, VA.
  2. Monitor program outcomes and provide on-going evaluation;
  3. Ensure programs follow trauma-informed care standards, promote meaningful learning goals aligned with state standards, and follow best practices for quality assurance;
  4. Support the preparation of materials such as fact sheets, newsletter articles, program data reports, and in other communications, such as preparing and gathering information for grant applications, Board presentations, and in fundraising support;
  5. Recruit, supervise, and train program volunteers, interns, and staff;
  6. Market programs, conduct outreach, and facilitate strategic partnerships with local youth-serving agencies, schools, and communities;
  7. Manage the collection, selection, and archival of youth writing submissions and communication projects for Podium publications and showcases.
Required Qualifications:
A bachelor’s degree, preferably in education, English or other writing/communication backgrounds, social work, public administration, or a related field is required. Master’s degree preferred. Must have at least 2 years of youth education or development experience. Preference will be given to candidates who have experience working with youth from Richmond, Hopewell, or Petersburg cities or Henrico County. Looking for a candidate demonstrating experience with program development, evaluation, and the ability to analyze and report on collected data. Must have excellent written and verbal communication skills, including strong organizational, attention-to-detail, and interpersonal skills. Must be proficient with Microsoft Office, digital communication, and demonstrate an ability to work both as a team member and to be a self-starting leader. Experience in volunteer management and with public speaking, conducting outreach, or public education preferred. As supervising programs across Greater Richmond and the Tri Cities is a requirement for the position,
candidates must have a valid Virginia driver’s license and a reliable form of transportation.
Starting Salary:
$47,000.00 - $52,000.00 per year commensurate with experience. Full-time salaried, exempt position. Due to the nature of youth programming and events, some evening and weekend hours are required.
  • Generous annual holiday breaks, personal, and medical leave
  • Healthcare reimbursement up to $300 / month (not included in salary figures above)
  • Flex-time and virtual work options
  • Gas reimbursement for regional travel

How to apply:

Send resume, cover letter and list of 3 references to Vicki Yeroian, Executive Director,, by 08/8/24.

  • Podium RVA is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All employees and applicants will be treated without regard to age, sex, gender, religion, race, color, national origin, veteran status, sexual orientation, marital or familial status, disability, legal source of income, or any other status protected by law. Note: Criminal background check is required for employment.

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