|RESPONSIBILITIES:||The Choice Program is administered by The Shriver Center, the service-learning and community engagement hub of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC). The Choice Program has served over 20,000 youth in Maryland for 30 years. The Choice Program strengthens communities through innovative, family-focused strategies to connect youth to educational and vocational opportunities. The Choice Program utilizes an intensive case management model that relies on trauma-informed care and a collaborative relationship with youth, families, and communities. The Choice Program carries out its mission through four components: developing high expectations, offering opportunities for youth to engage in meaningful activities, fostering connections to positive role models, and linking youth and families to community resources. Programming is offered year-round in the community, to meet youth and families where they are.
The Assistant Director is mid-level manager, overseeing Baltimore City teams in The Choice Program’s Intensive Advocacy Program, an initiative that offers community-based programming as an alternative to incarceration. Youth and families are referred from the Baltimore City Department of Juvenile Services or the juvenile court system. The Assistant Director plays a critical support role in oversight of programming and connecting with resources. The Assistant Director provides leadership, strategic vision, and project management to The Choice Program, and direct supervision to Service Coordinators in Baltimore City.
Specific duties include: Ensures services are delivered to youth and families, including providing direct service as needed; evaluates and monitors program effectiveness; supervises frontline management staff; supports planning and implementation of training efforts; forms partnerships and advocates within the community; maintains a positive relationship with police, courts, and other agencies; and performs other duties as assigned. This position is located in Baltimore City.