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Youth Program Manager - Part-time

Position Summary

CHEER is seeking an experienced Youth program manager to plan and supervise a summer program for children and youth in grades 1 through 12.  The program includes youth enrichment activities for children in grades 1 through 5 and a service learning summer camp for youth entering grades 6 to 12. The Lunch and Learn camp will operate 8:30 am to 3 pm 5 days a week, Monday – Friday for six weeks during the summer (June 24 to August 2). In the planning and implementation of Lunch and Learn, the Youth Program Manager will foster a new partnership between the public schools and the community. This requires advanced organizational and managerial ability, good listening and communication skills, and a strong knowledge of and commitment to positive youth development practices. This position reports directly to the Executive Director of CHEER.


​This position is seasonal and requires a time commitment of approximately 4-8 hours per week between March and June, with increased hours during the summer program.


Duties and responsibilities (include, but are not limited to)

  • Interact with Partners and funders to meet all contract and grant requirements, including reporting and site visits.

  • Work with camp directors and partners on logistics, schedules, and plans for camp operations.

  • Work with camp directors and partners to revise camp policies and procedures to accommodate partnership with MCPS and promote youth development

  • Develop staff job descriptions, contracts, and, participate in recruiting camp staff.

  • Arrange for appropriate training of camp staff in positive youth development and other skills as needed.

  • Plan for parent engagement and community involvement in the camp.

  • Oversee camp operations to ensure that all youth are having positive experiences and achieving desired youth development outcomes. 

  • Adapt and improve reporting systems and practices to enable timely and accurate assessment of outputs and outcomes.

  • Arrange for an external evaluation and assessment of camp to measure quality.



  • Experience in Youth program management and staff supervision.

  • Advanced training in positive youth development

  • Good written and oral communication skills

  • Good people skills, (listening, empathy, and ability to motivate)

  • Ability to work well in complex and challenging circumstances


Stipend of between $5,000 and $6,000 depending on experience.


Application Process

All candidates will be subject to background check.

To apply, please complete the application and submit your resume and a cover letter online at . If you have additional questions, please call (301)589-3633.

Applications will be accepted through February 20, 2019.This position will remain open until filled.  The expected start date is early March 2019.  


Organization Summary

CHEER is a community-based nonprofit serving the Long Branch/ Takoma Park community. Its mission is to provide people with the knowledge and ability to create healthy, thriving communities, especially in the neighborhoods that bear the greatest burden of socio-economic inequity. We act as a facilitator and a catalyst in generating community driven activities to fulfill community defined goals for health, housing, community development, and youth development. CHEER is the fiscal agent for Lunch and Learn.​

Takoma Park Lunch and Learn is a community-based summer enrichment program for underserved youth.   It provides daily transportation to and from the facility, breakfast and lunch, instruction and tutoring in math and reading, and recreational swim time for the participants. It also offers sports, arts and crafts, and weekly local guest speakers and leadership and community service instruction to middle school and high school youth with training and volunteer opportunities.


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