We believe that young people, when empowered with the skills and education necessary to improve their quality of life, will realize that they can play a leadership role in strengthening their communities.
YouthBuild Boston is seeking an exceptional purpose-driven leader committed to social justice, equity, and sustainable employment for young people to serve as its next Executive Director. We are seeking an outstanding role model who sees and believes in the possibility and passion of young people. We are seeking a leader who has the ability to enunciate a vision and to motivate the team to achieve the vision. The new Executive Director will be committed to helping young people transform their communities and their lives, breaking the cycle of poverty through a commitment to work, education, family, and community.
YouthBuild Boston (YBB) is an outstanding nationally respected organization committed to empowering low-income youth. Founded in 1990 with the goal of providing underserved young people with the support and credentials needed to successfully enter the building trades, the new Executive Director will come into an organization with an extraordinary record of achievement in its 30-year history. YBB is a best-in-class leader in providing young people with fundamental opportunities for education and employment. With a budget of more than $2 million and approximately 20 employees,YBB has a diverse set of programs and income streams from grants, contracts, service fees, and revenue generated from its real estate holdings.
Our Mission is to empower and assist underserved young people from the Boston area with the essential social, vocational, academic, and life skills necessary to navigate a positive pathway to self-sufficiency and neighborhood responsibility.
While YBB promotes the core values of youth development and community service, it stands out as an innovative non-profit offering a hands-on approach to building trades training. Our programs provide vocational education, counseling, and other life skills training that readily strengthen and prepare students for the workforce upon graduation. We focus on the assets of each individual to enable young people to navigate a pathway to a meaningful livelihood. We connect young people to their peers, family, and community in a positive and supportive way. Our programs include:
Building Trades Explorations: This 6-9 month academic and building trades program is for young people aged 17-24 who do not have a high school diploma. Participants gain exposure to construction and landscaping safety, tools, materials, techniques, and methods while taking HiSet prep classes for their high school equivalency test.
Pre-Apprentice: This 15-week program is for young people aged 18-25 who already have their high school diploma or equivalent and are interested in starting a career in the building trades. Students gain field experience on real construction sites to ensure that they are ready for employment in the field upon graduation.
The Designery: These 7 to 10-week sessions are geared toward high school students who want an enriching after-school experience. Students are paid a bi-weekly stipend while they hone fundamental graphic, modeling, and design-thinking skills through real design projects for non-profit clients around the city.
YBB seeks a candidate who is passionate about and dedicated to improving the lives of young people in the community. The Executive Director leads with a sense of urgency to eradicate poverty and create a pathway for young people to contribute their energy, talent, and intelligence to strengthen their communities. YBB values applicants who seek a respectful, collaborative, and supportive work environment.
To build upon YouthBuild Boston’s legacy, the Executive Director must possess extraordinary vision and entrepreneurial acumen with the ability to lead and manage a complex and dynamic organization. Key to the new leader’s success will be his/her ability to dynamically and successfully fundraise, cultivating and building critical relationships for organizational growth. The next leader will be driven by a sense of compassion, respect, love, and belief in the enormous potential of young people. S/he will have strong organizational, management, fundraising, and advocacy skills. The Executive Director must have well-honed collaboration skills that will be used in working with the Board of Directors, staff, participants, funders, industry representatives, community leaders and other major stakeholders, and will lead a highly-motivated and committed team with a strategic vision and sense of purpose.