St. Stephen’s Youth Programs (SSYP) seeks a full-time Executive Director to lead the organization, fulfill the mission, and deepen impact in our communities.
The mission of St. Stephen’s Youth Programs is to promote equity in education, employment, and opportunity through long-term relationships with young people and their families and communities.
SSYP accomplishes its mission through:
- Out-of-school time programs that keep young people safe and healthy within a supportive community and strengthen critical thinking through academics and enrichment.
- Teen and alumni programs that provide teens and young adults with the tools they need to achieve their own academic and career goals.
- Intergenerational community organizing and family engagement programs that equip parents and young people with the tools to build power and make material changes in our neighborhoods and schools.
The Vicar of St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church founded SSYP in the South End of Boston and served as the part-time Executive Director of the organization from 1999 to 2022. This deeply committed and highly respected Executive Director stepped down from his position this past winter. SSYP functions as an independent non-profit organization and remains wholly owned and operated by St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church overseen by the Executive Board of St. Stephen’s Church. Currently, SSYP employs 12 full-time staff, 7 part-time salaried employees, and more than 210 seasonal staff including teens, young adults, and parents. SSYP has an annual operating budget of $2.4M that covers a variety of youth program costs (60%), community organizing engagements (20%) as well as administration and development expenses (20%).
SSYP has a unique model of deep relationship-building with youth which includes restorative justice practices. Thanks to these relationships and connections in the community, SSYP has the ability to adapt programs rapidly to respond to community input and changes. SSYP uses nationally recognized evaluation and measurement tools to analyze the success and areas for improvement in all programs. In 2021-2022, SSYP’s out-of-school time programs engaged 400 young people ages 5-25 and 250 parents from across the City of Boston. SSYP seeks a leader who embodies the core organizational values and who brings a positive vibe to the team and organization. SSYP is a dynamic, supportive work environment where the team takes its crucial work to heart while also enjoying lots of laughs together.
- Welcoming: We welcome everyone who walks through our doors, and we continually reach out to engage with the communities around us.
- Relational: Our work is rooted in healthy one-on-one relationships, thriving partnerships and a supportive and dynamic community.
- Responsive: We pay careful attention to evolving youth, family, and community needs and respond as quickly and effectively as possible to what emerges.
- Equitable: We actively work to create greater equity of opportunity for all people to participate in and benefit from the common good, public institutions, and democracy, especially those who have been systematically marginalized from these public goods due to race, gender, ethnicity, age, and other factors.
- Resource Wise: We are attentive to the needs of our community and how to match effectively the resources of funds, people, and materials to meet those needs.
The Executive Director will lead an organization dedicated to promoting equity and supporting youth, their families, and other parents in the vibrant and culturally diverse community of Boston. This is a unique opportunity to sharpen SSYP’s vision and to deepen its impact; the new leader will increase SSYP’s ability to achieve its mission and strategic goals. Priorities for the next Executive Director include:
Strategic planning to define SSYP’s vision for the future
The Executive Director will play a strategic role in the direction and growth of the organization. They will continue to refine and sharpen the mission and vision to help drive and guide the work. The Executive Director will bring a clarity of understanding around mission and vision to staff, stakeholders and community partners.
Build relationships and strengthen community awareness
Strengthen relationships with community partners and expand the network of SSYP supporters. The Executive Director must possess excellent verbal and written communication skills, be eager to be out in front as SSYP’s primary spokesperson and be a consummate networker, able to interact and communicate with staff, board members, community partners and funders to proactively build and sustain thoughtful, supportive, caring relationships and deepen the community’s knowledge of SSYP.
Develop a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) strategy
Embed a focus of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion within the framework of the organization to ensure those most affected by decisions have not only input but also decision making power; and that staff and board members reflect the race and experiences of the neighborhoods and communities of SSYP. Maintain the organization’s values and standards by continually inspiring a positive culture of empathy, inclusivity, and care for employees and develop leaders and professional opportunities.
Build and diversify funding to expand network of donors
The Executive Director will passionately convey the story of SSYP and take a strategic approach to determine fresh avenues of individual and corporate funding. SSYP has an experienced team of development staff who support the Executive Director in maintaining existing donor relationships and developing new relationships.