Director of Youth Employment Strategies

Minneapolis, MN

Accepting Applications Until Filled

Who We Are:

Project for Pride in Living, Inc. (PPL) is a leading Minnesota nonprofit, reducing poverty and increasing equity in the Twin Cities region through affordable housing and career readiness services. Our mission is to “build the hope, assets, and self-reliance of individuals and families who have lower incomes by providing transformative, affordable housing and employment readiness services.” 

We are results-focused and entrepreneurial, constantly challenging ourselves to improve our outcomes and demonstrate a high return for every dollar invested.

Undergirding our mission are the three pillars of race, place, and policy. These pillars bring context to program decision-making and propel us to address systemic barriers and elevate diverse voices, both inside and outside our organization.

Our diverse team is eager to welcome new team members who want to walk alongside the people we serve, including property residents, career readiness participants, and students in our two alternative high schools.

Our integrated and evidence-based career readiness programming includes: multiple adult career training programs, alternative high schools, support services, metro-wide youth employment strategies, a full-service facility in South Minneapolis, a satellite office in North Minneapolis, and a range of homeownership and financial coaching services. 

Job Summary:

PPL is in search of a Director of Youth Employment Strategies. As director of the nearly $1 million education and youth employment component of PPL’s career readiness services, this position will lead and direct programs helping young people become career and post-secondary ready through work opportunities and personalized, wrap-around support.

One cornerstone of our youth-focused career readiness strategy is LEAP (Learn and Earn to Achieve Potential). Funded by the Annie E. Casey Foundation and other local and national supporters, this program offers direct service delivery, systems change work, and youth leadership opportunities. (See the Sundance Family Foundation documentary about this work here.)

Over its six-year history, LEAP has expanded rapidly and established PPL as a local and national leader in career readiness for young people. In this role, the Director of Youth Employment Strategies will refine the program’s strategic direction and focus, collaborate with existing partners, integrate new partners, communicate outcomes to funders, and more.

The Director also interfaces with PPL’s two Contract Alternative High Schools and the City of Minneapolis’ Step-Up program, which PPL provides the operational backbone support in partnership with Achieve Minneapolis.

This position also leads a team of 5 to 7 staff, a network of 11 sites and serve on PPL’s leadership team. Additionally, this role interfaces with city, county, nonprofit,and for-profit partners to extend the classroom experience and provideapprenticeships, work, learning opportunities and supportive services to TwinCities youth.

The right candidate for this position is an effective, collaborative leader and an astute and focused program manager.

Job duties and responsibilities include:   

Under PPL supervision and LEAP network guidance, this role will plan and implement programming according to deadlines and within budget. This includes coordinating the efforts of team members and participants in order to deliver projects according to plan. The Director, in conjunction with the LEAP network, will define the project’s objectives and oversee quality control throughout its life cycle. 

  • Define program scope, goals, and deliverables 
  • Develop full-scale project plans and associated communications 
  • Cooperate and collaborate with other departments and programs, public and private agencies, community groups and other organizations 
  • Define the resources and participants needed to achieve project goals. 
  • Manage program expectations with team members and other stakeholders; identify and resolve issues and conflicts within the project team. 
  • Plan and schedule project timelines and milestones using appropriate tools; track project milestones and deliverables. 
  • Develop and deliver progress reports, proposals, requirements documentation, and presentations. 
  • Assist in the definition of project success criteria and disseminate them to involved parties throughout project life cycle. 
  • Facilitate and participate in meetings with staff and key stakeholders 
  • Partner with other agencies and groups to advocate for systems change relevant to opportunity youth 
  • Establish standards for quality work, assist in the selection of new staff, and provide support in evaluating staff. 
  • Communicate, interpret, and advise staff on policies and procedures. 
  • Meet and consult with advisory boards and committees and speak to community groups. 
  • Hires and successfully leads staff.  
  • Work independently, and make appropriate decisions based on work experience. 
  • Maintains absolute confidentiality of work-related issues, records and school district information. 
  • At times may be required to work outside normal business hours and work extended hours to accomplish requirements of the position. 

A detailed job description is available upon request or when selected for the next phase of the hiring process.

Supervisory Responsibilities:

This position oversees a team of 5-7 staff members 

Minimum Requirements:

  • BA/BS degree in Education, Youth Development, Nonprofit Management, Business Administration, or related field AND two (2) years of professional experience in project management and/or strategic planning OR an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience. This position is open to a range of demonstrated experience and credentials
  • Experience with amplifying youth voice in work
  • Experience with prioritizing a healthy organizational culture and staff wellbeing
  • Experience with grant acquisition and management to fully support programming in collaboration with Development Department
  • Experience facilitating multi-organizational conversations
  • Experience with using initiative and independent judgement within established procedural guidelines
  • Strong data analytical skills and experience with recommending effective solutions
  • Able to respond to shifting priorities, demands, and timelines
  • Ability to assess and prioritize multiple tasks, projects, and demands
  • Experience with establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with co-workers, leadership, and stakeholders
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills

Preferred Knowledge of:

  • Public District and Public Charter Schools, County Services, Non-profit Structures and Post-Secondary Institutions. 
  • Principles and practices of administrative management, including accounting, budgeting, purchasing, contract management, and customer service. 
  • Principles and techniques for project management and organizational development. 
  • Techniques and practices for efficient and cost-effective management of resources. 
  • Principles of record keeping and records management. 
  • Computer software applications related to duties. 

To learn more about program diversity and strategy, you can visit the following websites: 


Employer-sponsored health & dental insurance; employer-paid short & long term disability insurance, life insurance, and paid parental leave. Voluntary life insurance; Health Savings Account (HSA) or Flexible Spending Account (FSA); PTO & Paid Holidays; 403(b) retirement plan with employer match; summer half-day Fridays; an impactful presence in an organization that makes a difference in many lives.

Salary: $85,000-$95,000/Yr., DOQ 

Flexibility for remote work available during COVID-19, but may need to go on-site from time-to-time. Safety measures are in place at all PPL sites.

Application Process: 

Qualified candidates can apply online via this link Include a cover letter and resume. The process includes phone screens and virtual/ in-person interviews, references, and background checks for final candidates.

PPL strives to be an equitable and inclusive organization committed to elevating the voices of the communities we serve those who are disproportionately affected by systemic inequities. Persons of color, women, members of the LGBTQ community, veterans, and individuals with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply. 

PPL is an EEO/AA employer. PPL participates in the federal E-verify program to confirm the identity and employment authorization of all newly hired employees. In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, the organization will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities and encourages both prospective and current employees to discuss potential accommodations with the employer.