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Project Director Upward Bound Sun Valley

Upward Bound - Talent Search - TRIO | Sun Valley, CA | Full Time

Job Description

About Us:


Helping Our Most Vulnerable Change Their Life Stories

Volunteers of America is a non-profit human services organization committed to serving people in need, strengthening families, and building communities.  VOALA provides a variety of social services to Los Angeles area communities such as Head Start programs, Upward Bound college prep programs, veterans’ services, homeless shelters, low-income housing program as well as drug and alcohol rehabilitation. Learn more at


With the help of family, school and community, today’s youth have a greater possibility of shifting their own futures to become self-sufficient leaders of tomorrow. VOALA offers support and a wide variety of educational and empowerment services as well as scholarships to help young people in our communities become thriving adults.

Education – Upward Bound

 VOALA’s Upward Bound program aims to bring educational opportunities to youth and their families as they navigate their journey toward educational attainment. The goal of Upward Bound is to increase the rate at which participant’s complete secondary education and enroll in and graduate from post-secondary education. In order to accomplish this, VOALA provides a large range of assistance and programming including after-school academic instruction in core subjects and foreign languages, as well as PSAT, SAT, and ACT test preparation. Career exploration and mentoring are also an integral component to assist community youth in deciding on potential college majors and career options.

 VOALA also provides college and career planning workshops, a summer program, individualized academic planning and counseling, financial aid advising, scholarship and application assistance, supplemental Saturday instruction and weekly tutoring as well as college and cultural field trips and an alumni program.


The Project Director administers the operations of Upward Bound, Leuzinger HS, leading a staff of instructors and tutors, as well as specially trained individuals.  The Director ensures the operations of the programs follow established policies, standards and procedures per EDGAR regulations, and other TRIO programs.  The Director is responsible for the management of program activities, supervision of staff, compliance with federal, state, local, and funder requirements, record keeping of fiscal and student data, and evaluation of program objectives.


  • Direct a full range of professional and para-professional employees in efficient program operations
  • Develop strategic plans consistent with the mission of the TRIO Programs
  • Develop and facilitate various college prep and parent workshops
  • Develop and facilitate college and career planning seminars
  • Plan and conduct academic, recreational, and cultural activities for project participants
  • Administer assessment inventories and interpret test results to determine participants needs
  • Responsible for maintaining accurate and updated statistical data for required reports
  • Responsible for preparing and submitting Annual Performance Report by the government published deadline
  • Responsible for the development of non-federal resources to support project activities
  • Evaluate program effectiveness and make recommendations to senior management (CEO, COO, CFO, Director of HR) and the Grantee for program changes and improvements
  • Responsible for maintaining accurate and updated statistical data for required reports
  • Responsible for preparing and submitting Annual Performance Report by the government published deadline
  • Responsible for the development of non-federal resources to support project activities
  • Advise senior management regarding future program direction
  • Develop and maintain harmonious relationships with the Grantee and other TRIO programs, as well as target schools and community agencies.
  • Hire and retain appropriate staff, ensuring career development and succession planning
  • Monitor program compliance to funding sources' regulations as well as internal policies and procedures
  • Remain current on trends in secondary education and youth outreach, ensure the professional growth and career development of staff.
  • Other duties as directed by the Director Youth Services



  • Must be able to pass a fingerprint clearance, background check, including criminal history, personal references, employment and education verifications


  • Masters’ degree in education, human services, social work or a related field


  • Minimum of 4 years supervisory experience.
  • Minimum of 3 years of experience managing educational programs


  • Strong knowledge of Programmatic standards of operation, applicable federal, state, local, rules and regulations.


  • Strong Microsoft operating system skill: Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and internet applications.


  • Ability to work in collaborative and consensus driven environment.
  • Outstanding leader, mentor and coach, with analytical acumen and appreciation of human dynamics.
  • Ability to perform under circumstances of possible emotional stress and conflict, including dealing with un-cooperative clients.
  • Excellent organization skills, able to plan, manage and complete projects in a timely manner.
  • Ability to safely and successfully perform the essential job functions consistent with the ADA, FMLA, and other federal, state, and local standards, with or without reasonable accommodation, including meeting qualitative and quantitative productivity standards.
  • Ability to maintain regular, punctual attendance consistent with ADA, FMLA, and other federal, state, and local standards.
  • Ability to develop budgets and monitor expenditure.
  • Ability to plan, hire, supervise and evaluate the work of others  
  • Demonstrated strong written and verbal communication


  • Innovative and passionate about providing Educational services
  • Professional, with high ethical standards
  • Servant Leader
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills including active listening, effective persuasion, and a positive attitude
  • High tolerance for continuously evolving needs and enthusiasm for continuous process improvement


  • 3 years of relevant professional experience working in a program with disadvantaged and at-risk youth
  • Knowledge of academic and child development services, development of individualized services plans
  • Bilingual in English and Spanish

Volunteers of America is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex including sexual orientation and gender identity, national origin, disability, protected Veteran Status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, or local law

This employer participates in E-Verify and will provide the federal government with your Form 1-9 information to confirm that you are authorized to work in the U.S.

If E-Verify cannot confirm that you are authorized to work, this employer is required to give you written instructions and an opportunity to contact Department of Homeland Security (OHS) or Social Security Administration (SSA) so you can begin to resolve the issue before the employer can take any action against you, including terminating your employment.