High School Program Coordinator job with City Of Alexandria Virginia

Program Coordinator for Secondary Schools

The city of Alexandria is located in northern Virginia and is bordered by the counties of the District of Columbia (Potomac River), Arlington and Fairfax. With a population of approximately 150,000 and an area of ​​15.75 square miles, Alexandria is the seventh largest city in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Alexandria has a charming waterfront and is a unique and historic place to live and work. About a quarter of a square mile of the city has been designated as a national or local historic district. We proudly embrace our rich history and seize the endless opportunities that lie ahead. If you are interested in working for the dynamic city of Alexandria, we invite qualified candidates to apply for our Program Coordinator for Secondary Schools position.

An overview

The Program Coordinator for Secondary Schools will provide direct coordination and contribution to the operations, management and implementation of middle and high school youth development initiatives. Collaborate with stakeholders to reduce risky behaviors and increase the resilience of Alexandria youth, parents and the broader community partners who support them. Provide youth with mentoring, coaching and leadership development experiences that promote employment readiness/workforce skills and help youth find and maintain employment. Plan, coordinate and implement evidence-based youth development programs and practices that serve to prevent risky youth behaviors and support academic success. Provide support to program advisory board staff. Provide training and consultation on youth development and mental health topics to community members and groups. Performing this job requires initiative, creativity, attention to detail, flexibility and independent judgement.

What you need to bring

The ideal candidate should have in-depth knowledge of youth development dynamics and youth risk and protective factors; Ability to establish short and long term plans related to program needs; Ability to assess operations; Ability to work effectively with young people and adults from diverse backgrounds and experiences; Ability to faithfully implement evidence-based youth development programs; Ability to develop, implement and evaluate services based on nationally recognized best practices; Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with youth, parents, colleagues, community partners, coalitions, elected officials and the general public; Ability to work in community environments; Ability to provide advice and assistance to interns and volunteers; Ability to communicate clearly and effectively with other professionals and the general public, both orally and in writing, including grant writing; Ability to accurately track and enter data into multiple databases and spreadsheets; Good knowledge of child and adolescent growth and development; Good knowledge of positive youth development and civic engagement; Good knowledge of risk behaviors in adolescents; Good knowledge of local health, legal, social and other services.

The Opportunity

  • Supervise the work of two school counsellors, assistant counselors and volunteers;
  • Support the Discovery Project Advisory Board in outreach, fundraising and community development;
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of middle and high school youth development team programs;
  • Work directly with youth and youth groups in support of DCHS-CCF Youth Development Team goals and objectives, including Girls Circle, Project Discovery, DCHS Peer Advisors, Keep it 360 Club, ACAP Youth Peer Educators and others;
  • Implement evidence-based youth development programs, with a focus on youth development, youth leadership and employment readiness;
  • Represent middle and high school youth development initiatives on various committees and working groups;
  • Offer workshops and awareness activities on prevention topics to young people;
  • Lead skills development, leadership and mentorship programs for youth;
  • Maintain collaborations with community partners;
  • Collect and enter results and satisfaction data for all activities in accordance with evaluation plans;
  • Perform other related duties as assigned.

About the department

The Center for Children and Families (CCF) offers programs and services for behavioral health, domestic violence and sexual assault, child welfare and child protective services, early childhood and youth development. CCF provides compassionate, collaborative, and effective person- and family-centered services based on best practices. Our teams support the self-determination, safety, recovery and resilience of Alexandria children and all residents impacted by abuse, neglect, mental illness, developmental disabilities and substance abuse disorders.

Minimum and additional requirements

Four-year degree; Considerable experience in a position involving public administration, program planning and evaluation, and forecasting budget and other program/departmental needs; and completion of college-level courses in public administration, accounting, and management practices; or any equivalent combination of experience and training that provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities.

Preferred qualifications

At least two years of experience as a supervisor/manager. At least two years of experience working directly with adolescents. At least two years of experience in the field of prevention of risky behaviors among young people. Master’s degree in counselling, social work, education, public health or other related field; At least one year of experience implementing positive youth development programs for school-aged youth; At least one year of experience in a position involving program administration, planning and evaluation; At least one year of experience working with a diverse population of stakeholders, including: elected government officials, community members, internal and external government entities, and programmatic funding source staff; At least one year of experience supporting high-level and diverse community coalitions and/or task forces; Bilingual skills (English-Spanish, Arabic, Amharic and/or Persian).


This position requires successful completion of pre-employment background checks, including but not limited to: FBI/Federal records check; Virginia State Child Abuse and Neglect Registry; Medicare/Medicaid Fraud Database; Verification of studies/certifications; Drug testing; and driver’s license.

Program: Monday to Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., occasionally evenings and weekends.

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