Director of Youth Programs

Reports to:

Job purpose

In keeping with Mental Health Advocates of WNY’s (MHA) mission, the Director of Youth Programs provides leadership and oversight of the youth peer advocates, MHA school-based services, and student intern programs. The Director maintains a mission-driven approach and understands the strength of preventative and peer-led services.

Duties and responsibilities

  • Provides oversight of the Youth Peer Advocate Program (YPA)
  • Provides administrative oversight of the school-based prevention programs
  • Oversees the student interns assigned to MHA
  • Participates in grant writing process, tracking of goals and objectives, and reports to funders.
  • Is responsible for hiring and firing decisions under the consultation of the Executive Director
  • Creates staff orientation and facilitates orientation with new hires
  • Oversees the lead YPAs to maintain a weekly schedule which includes regular program locations and staff assignments, time off requests, upcoming events, trainings, presentations, health fairs, panels, etc.
  • Ensures that the youth programs meet the goals of the program and exceed grant requirements.
  • Looks for opportunities to expand and improve youth programs.
  • Approves time cards and time-off requests.
  • Conducts weekly meetings with staff.
  • Works with the Family Peer Program in transitioning to Medicaid billing and vendor services
  • Sets job expectations and standards and enforces job expectations and standards
  • Works as a member of a committed team to coordinate peer-led educational and prevention programs for school-age youth, adolescents, and young adults.
  • Actively supports the diversity, equity, and inclusion goals and objectives of the agency
  • Models and implement’s youth-driven approach to services.
  • Assists youth in engaging in planning their own care and having their voice heard.
  • Compiles and maintains an up-to-date list of community supports for youth.
  • Facilitates support groups, creates and presents school and other community programming, assists with workshops, parent trainings, and family recreational activities to provide support alongside youth and family education.
  • Models and teaches advocacy and empowerment skills.
  • Consults with and provides guidance to Adult Support Group Coordinator.
  • Attends local, regional, and national training/conferences.
  • Actively participates in community and coalition meetings
  • Documents all activities.
  • Reports to Executive Director at least weekly on progress, issues, and actions.
  • Participates in weekly leadership meetings
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


  • Qualified Mental Health Professional, i.e., LMSW or LMHC required.
  • Experience with Insurance billing, EHR, and documentation.
  • Experience with local mental health systems
  • 2-4 years of leadership experience.
  • Experience providing services to youth.
  • Understanding of prevention programs/school-based services.
  • Understanding of trauma-informed care.
  • Ability to demonstrate sensitivity and supportive approach to the needs of others.
  • Dedication to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Evidence of the practice of a high level of confidentiality.
  • Good oral and written communication skills.
  • Excellent relationship building, interpersonal, and coaching skills.
  • Sound, independent decision-making ability.
  • Proficient computer skills in a Microsoft Office environment.
  • Team-first attitude and a positive demeanor.
  • Flexibility with schedule to include evening hours and weekends.

Travel Requirements

Reliable transportation, travel required.

How to Apply

Please email resume and cover letter to Melinda DuBois at


Mental Health Advocates of WNY provides a collaborative working environment in a state-of-the-art facility. The agency offers its full-time employees medical, dental, and vision health benefits with fully funded deductible through an HRA (Health Reimbursement Arrangements); 403B; 100% company-paid life insurance; and paid sick leave, vacation time, personal time, and 11 holidays.