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Program Director - Children Youth & Families

Cornerstone Advocacy Service


Organization Summary:

Cornerstone is a $5M agency with approximately 90 employees.  Our organization serves individuals impacted by domestic violence, sexual violence and human trafficking, with office locations in Bloomington, Minneapolis, and Brooklyn Center.

Cornerstone has developed one of the most comprehensive service continuums for victims of violence in Minnesota. Our services are designed to move individuals and families from crisis to safety, stabilization and security. Last year approximately 4,000 individuals accessed Cornerstone programming. We are committed to providing opportunities for others to partner with us in this work and to convey, as a community, zero-tolerance for violence.


Location: Twin Cities Metro Activity Area: Human Services and/or Youth Development
Category: Program Management Closing Date: Sep 4, 2019
Job Type: Full Time Salary: $70,000 +
Hours: Flexible 

Primary Duties:

RESUMES without COVER LETTERS will not be reviewed or considered for employment at Cornerstone Advocacy Service.

POSITION DESCRIPTION: The CYF Program Director is responsible for all duties related to the oversight and management of the clinical, school based, and children and youth services program. This position is part of the Senior Management Team and requires a heightened level of decision making, judgment calls and exercise of discretion.

Position is accountable for program development, implementation and evaluation, fiscal management, supervision of staff, public relations and training. This position will focus heavily on the continued development and growth of our CYF program, including maintaining best practice or evidenced based strategies.

Education and/or Experience: Master’s degree in Social Work, Counseling, or other relevant degree, with LICSW preferred.  Minimum of 5 years’ experience in program management, employee supervision, and building best practice interventions for children and youth impacted by trauma, violence, and/or abuse.



  • Provides leadership and management oversight of Cornerstone’s Children, Youth and Families Program.
  • Works to create and sustain strong internal team environment within all programs and across programs.
  • Participates in a range of external community activities oriented toward promoting trauma informed and best practices in service delivery to families impacted by domestic and sexual violence and human trafficking.
  • Assists with the development of strategic partnerships and promotion of programmatic, as well as organizational goals and priorities.
  • Through leadership oversight, ensures that the mission, goals and operations of each program and all internal training are consistent with the organization’s overall mission, goals and vision.
  • Develops short and long-range plans and goals to meet program objectives consistent with established priorities, and anticipates/prepares for future requirements and devises contingencies.
  • Assists in the preparation of the organization’s annual budget and ongoing budget management of revenue allocation and cost controls to maintain viable service delivery and administration levels consistent with established guidelines.
  • Identifies, obtains, writes and/or delegates the submission of competitive funding proposals, and maintains local, state, and federal funding contracts to support the financial and structural operations of area of responsibility.
  • Participates in Quality Improvement committee working to create necessary policy development, consistency of practice, accountability, and high level of expertise throughout programs.
  • Works pro-actively, and positively, with all other senior management – helping to create an environment of mutual respect and maintenance of a high performing team.
  • Provides shared leadership and support to overall organizational strategic plan and actions necessary to move plan forward.
  • Responsible for monitoring and reporting of program effectiveness through development of outcome objectives, evaluation tools, and best practice standards.
  • Responsible for oversight/compliance of all clinical and youth services program files.
  • Participate in facilitation of clinical, youth, and school based services team meetings.
  • Stays abreast of and foster development of current best practice and evidenced based work in clinical, youth services, and school based violence prevention                                     

Human Resources:

  • Responsible for hiring, orientation & training, evaluation and supervision of program staff, volunteers and interns.
  • Responsible for overseeing that all staff, volunteers & interns employ best practices to ensure data privacy & confidentiality.
  • Play a leadership role in promoting internal quality, intra-program cooperation and a “larger picture” orientation for program staff and agency’s visibility in the human service community.
  • Understand and support the implementation of all policies and procedures related to safety, infection control, risk management and illness/injury prevention.                                                   

Administrative Responsibilities:

  • Participate in Management Team meetings and program meetings. 2. Maintain active involvement in Quality Improvement and Program and Evaluation committee, promoting program excellence within Cornerstone. 
  • Maintain existing and develop new community partnerships 
  • Work with Director of Finance/Administration to develop annual budget. 6. Participate in the grant writing process and be responsible for timely program reporting.

Leadership Expectations: 

  • Maintain positive and enthusiastic attitude.
  • Identify and capitalize on strengths in your team.
  • Provide support and open communication lines with employees.
  • Provide direct and honest communication toward staff across the organization.
  • Maintain accountability of employees, as well as yourself.
  • Support a continuous learning environment.



1. Proficiency in employee supervision, team building, crisis intervention, therapeutic interventions with children, youth and families, community resource mobilization and prevention work.

2. Professional experiences and relationships with social services, school systems, juvenile courts, public and private agencies. Demonstrated experience as a positive contributor in a close management team.

3. Key skillsets include: knowledge and experience in trauma informed work, ability to set short and long-term goals, familiarity with best practice literature and ability to formulate innovative and high impact programs.

4. Excellent oral and written communication skills, cross-functional problem solving, quality improvement, and grant writing.


Additional Info:


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities and those who may be Deaf/Hard of Hearing, to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to use manual dexterity for use of objects, tools or controls as well as visual acuity. The employee is required to stand; walk; sit; climb or balance; and stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl. The employee must lift and/or move up to 30 pounds. The employee should always request assistance if any object needs to be lifted and the employee feels that their capabilities are such that the specific item to be lifted is beyond the employee’s abilities. No employee should attempt to lift more than what is comfortable for them. If such a situation should arise the employee should notify their supervisor to find help with lifting any item regardless of weight if the object to be lifted is awkward or difficult to lift in any way. AAP/EEO Statement Cornerstone strives for a fully inclusive work environment and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, disability, age, familial or marital status, and/or with regard to public assistance or any other characteristic. These statements are not intended to encompass all functions and qualifications of this position; rather, they are intended to provide a general framework of the requirements of the position. Cornerstone is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer Cornerstone offers a generous salary and benefits package.

How To Apply:

RESUMES without COVER LETTERS will not be reviewed or considered for employment at Cornerstone Advocacy Service. Please e-mail your COVER LETTER AND RESUME to No agencies; No walk-ins; No phone calls please.


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