Job Posting 98519

Director of Programs and Services
For Youth Initiative
Toronto Metro area
1652 Keele Street and 504 Oakwood Avenue
closed 9 days ago (Fri, 16 Feb)
full time  •  $80,000.00 - $90,000.00/ Year


For Youth Initiative (FYI) is a community-based charity that has served and advocated for teens and young adults in York South-Weston since 1995. We have recently expanded our efforts to support youth in Oakwood-Vaughan communities with the opening of our second location in 2021. Our mission is to support Black, racialized and newcomer youth to navigate systemic barriers, plan for the future, and access the resources and mentorship they need to thrive.  

Every young person's journey is unique, and so are their needs. Our case management model meets young people where they are and helps them progress to where they want to be. Our programs and services are designed to support youth in graduating high school, enrolling in post-secondary education, gaining employment, and preparing for adulthood. To achieve these milestones, we provide support through mentorship and resources in six key areas: educational attainment, workforce readiness, civic leadership, youth justice, newcomer settlement, and advocacy.


The needs of the youth in the communities we serve are complex and overlapping. Poverty, community violence, gentrification, meagre access to local employment and post-secondary education campuses, lack of access to rapid transit, and a lack of social capital as new/newer families to Canada all play a role in the programming and interventions we offer to achieve our vision of ending the cycle of inequity. Our approach is anti-racist, anti-oppressive, and seeks to affirm the inherent value and worth of Black, racialized and newcomer youth and young adults. Our success lies in delivering youth-driven, culturally relevant, adaptive programs and services by a passionate and committed team and Board whose diversity of experiences and identities are reflective of those of our clients'.  


  • we are prioritizing service excellence during a period of rapid growth and expansion.
  • we believe that equity for historically disadvantaged communities requires access to financial resources + supportive relationships. 
  • partnerships are at the center of everything we do, and
  • we advocate at the systems level, while remaining focused on local impact.


  • Equity - we promote equal access to life’s opportunities. 
  • Respect - we treat each other with kindness, patience, and empathy.
  • Inclusion - we welcome everyone; diversity is our strength. 
  • Collaboration - we work together, share, and learn from each other. 
  • Integrity - we demonstrate the courage to do what is right, not what is easy.


The Director of Programs and Services at For Youth Initiative (FYI) is a pivotal leadership role responsible for shaping and overseeing the strategy, design, planning, implementation, and evaluation of all programs within the organization.

As a key member of the Leadership Team, the Director will build and lead a dynamic team, collaborating across departments to ensure program success, adherence to budgetary constraints, and timely achievement of goals. The ideal candidate is a strategic thinker with strong leadership skills, capable of driving initiatives that contribute to the overall health and Services of FYI's programs while actively shaping the organization's strategic direction.


  • Strategic and Innovative Leadership: Collaborate with the Executive Director and Management Team to set strategic goals, translating them into program and service objectives while bringing external ideas and mentorship to enrich program strategies and outcomes.
  • Program Management: Design, direct, and implement program objectives, ensuring alignment with strategic goals, while developing and monitoring budgets for all programs, implementing program monitoring and evaluation tools. Ensure that project operations align with regulatory guidelines and internal processes and contribute to the development and implementation of program planning cycles.
  • Data Analysis: Collect, record, and analyze program and service data in collaboration with the Operations Director to inform strategic decision-making.
  • Team Building: Build and lead a strong team, providing ongoing leadership, feedback, coaching, and professional development to program managers. Implement systems for evaluating staff needs and performance.
  • Financial Oversight: Contribute to overall financial planning and cost management of the organization. Support the development of the organizational fundraising plan and oversee the completion of program funding reports.
  • Partnerships and Representation: Lead the identification and vetting of community partnerships, represent FYI at various forums, and liaise with evaluation consultants or partners as needed.


  • A master’s degree in a relevant field such as Social Work, Nonprofit Management, Public Administration, Education, or a related discipline is preferred. Alternatively, a bachelor’s degree in a related field may be acceptable with a minimum of 3 years of relevant experience in program management, youth services, or a related area.
  • Minimum 5 years of progressive experience in program coordination and delivery, with a preference for expertise in advocacy, education, employment, newcomer settlement, and youth justice.
  • Minimum 3 years in a supervisory role, showcasing leadership and team management skills.
  • Demonstrated strategic thinking and program design ability with applied knowledge of program management processes.
  • Strong communication skills, coupled with excellent coaching and people management skills.
  • Proficient in project management, including the ability to translate data, research, and trends into actionable strategies.
  • Understanding of financial principles and practices, combined with hands-on experience in budget management, ensuring effective allocation and utilization of resources.
  • Essential skills in case management, encompassing the ability to assess, plan, and coordinate comprehensive services, fostering optimal outcomes for individuals and projects.
  • Familiarity with government grants and demonstrated experience in grant writing and reporting processes.
  • Preferred background as a Child and Youth Worker, Social Services Worker, or Social Worker with a strong commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI).


  • Compensation ranging from $80,000 to $90,000, contingent on qualifications and experience.
  • Initial allocation of 20 vacation days and 18 personal days.
  • Comprehensive extended health benefits plan, covering 100% of prescriptions and dental expenses, provided by the employer.
  • Access to an Employee Assistance Program (EAP).


  • Annual 1–2-week office shutdown in December.
  • Complimentary parking available.


FYI is open from 9 am to 6 pm on Mondays through Fridays, and offer periodic trainings, programs and services on Saturdays as required by community. You will be required to work out of both of our locations (1652 Keele Street and 504 Oakwood Avenue), primarily in the office with the possibility of a hybrid arrangement.


Interested applicants can submit a resume with the subject line “Director of Programs and Services Recruitment” to () by no later than 5:00 PM until January 15, 2024. We thank all those who apply for the position, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. An eligibility list may be established for similar positions of various tenures and will be retained for a maximum period of 12 months.

We strongly encourage applications from members of Black and racialized communities and those with diverse backgrounds who may not meet all requirements of our job posting but have equally transferable skills for the role.

For Youth Initiative is committed to hiring practices that are inclusive and barrier free. FYI will provide reasonable and appropriate accommodation during all stages of the hiring process in accordance with the Ontario Human Rights Code in order to ensure the equal and fair assessment of all job applicants. Applicants are asked to make any accommodation request in advance by contacting .


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