Future Focus is Good Shepherd Services' approach to career and educational development aimed to inspire authentic, optimistic and bold leadership in the lives of our staff, youth and families through empowering programming and experiences. It is a thread of work at Good Shepherd Services that builds individual, staff and program capacity to manage lives from the future in preparation for a lifetime of growth and change.
Through a trauma-informed, equity justice, and youth and family development lens, the Future Focus work clarifies the knowledge, motivations, entry points, opportunities and success strategies that will promote a commitment to life-long learning to support youth transitions to adulthood and enhance individual capacity for self-sufficiency and self actualization for social and economic mobility.
The Director of Future Focus assists programs within the Foster Care, Juvenile Justice and Supportive Housing (FJS) Division in developing and maintaining the infrastructure, systems and supports needed to sustain a Future Focus approach by working with program teams to design strategies that target the different participant needs in each setting. S/he will collaborate with internal and external partners as needed.
The Director of Future Focus serves to develop the supports necessary for effective Future Focus related programming across the division in four priority work areas:
PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT & SUPPORT: Attend to the unique strengths, challenges and needs of individual programs, their staff and participants to build effective practices and programming around career, education and workforce development.
YOUTH & FAMILY EMPOWERMENT: Create opportunities for participant development and engagement that will build the skills and experience necessary for college and career readiness that will inspire and develop future leaders and social change agents.
STAFF DEVELOPMENT, ALIGNMENT & COLLABORATION: Work in partnership with other staff to develop overall division capacity, alignment and collaboration in the Future Focus work.
ADVOCACY & NETWORKING: Advocate and participate in the collaborations and networking necessary to address the systemic changes needed to transform and foster an environment where career and educational access, opportunity and success are more attainable, just and equitable.
The Director of Future Focus reports to the Division Director of Supportive Housing and Outreach Initiatives and works collaboratively with individuals across the agency and in the City to best serve the work.
Good Shepherd Services is a leading multi-service agency with more than 85 programs that serve over 30,000 youth and families each year and builds on their strengths to help them gain skills for success. At Good Shepherd we respect the dignity and worth of every person and reject intolerance, inequity and injustice in whatever form it may take. Voted one of the top 100 places to work in NYC by Crain's New York, Good Shepherd Services offers a fantastic work environment, a collaborative team dedicated to fulfilling our mission, and an amazing array of benefits. Join our team and help make a difference!
Reports To: Division Director, Support Housing & Outreach Initiatives
Location: McLaughlin East Harlem Residence
Hours: 35 hours/week, Exempt
Program and Professional Development: Creatively develop and facilitate learning on Future Focus related topics, integrating themes of youth and family development and trauma-informed practice whenever possible. Projects in this area include directing, co-leading or participating in trainings, workgroups and communities of practice, and responsible use of technology to keep all staff up-to-date on the latest news and important dates related to the Future Focus work.
Alignment and Collaboration: Ensure the alignment of Future Focus with Our GSS Approach (Youth and Family Development and Trauma Informed Care) and the Sanctuary Model. Actively participate in agency workgroups that support this alignment and facilitates collaboration within the division and across the agency.
Coaching: Support FJS program staff at each program in developing and executing program-specific Future Focus implementation plans. Collaborate with key site-based staff to offer Future Focus guidance and work with teams to assist them in creating effective post-secondary planning programming and viable options, including education, training, internships, work, financial aid, scholarships, grants and special admissions programs like CUNY Start, ASAP, SEEK, EOP, HEOP and College Discovery.
Cultivating External Partnerships: Continue to build and maintain external partnerships that create further Future Focus opportunities for both our staff and our young people.
Administrative: Respond to RFPs in conjunction with agency leadership; assist in ongoing reports to funders and document all necessary work. Maintain all required statistical, financial and narrative documentation.
Other tasks, as needed.
Graduate degree in a related field and five years' prior experience working with youth and families required.
Demonstrated experience in conducting professional development for staff.
Strong ability to create engaging and relevant activities for staff, students and their families connected to post secondary readiness and workforce development.
Must have excellent organizational, verbal and written communication skills, and strategic visioning, planning and implementation.
Must be a team player and able to work with various stakeholders.
Demonstrated ability to work from a strength-based/youth and family development, and trauma informed perspective.
Demonstrated experience with multiple postsecondary education, training and work pathways.
Knowledge of barriers faced by low-income, first-generation college goers.
Technological and digital expertise a plus.
All staff are expected to be committed to the mission, vision and values of GSS, which includes involvement in quality improvement activities and a willingness to work within a culturally diverse environment.
Good Shepherd Services is committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, participants, volunteers, subcontractors, and vendors. We do not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. These activities include, but are not limited to, hiring and firing of staff, selection of volunteers and vendors, and provision of services.