Program Director

Community Evening Resource Center

The Juvenile Justice Center of Philadelphia (JJC) is a non-profit, multi-service organization that serves the needs of children, youth, and families through intervention and prevention services.

JJC is looking for the ideal Program Director candidate for our Community Evening Resource Center (CERC).  The Community Evening Resource Center (CERC) is a community-based program located at 5538 Chelten Avenue (Germantown section of Philadelphia).  It will operate daily from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. Youth will be provided with structured activities that promote positive youth development. This includes engaging in community service, preparing for the workforce with job-readiness training, participating in group activities that offer young people a chance to explore alternatives to violence through learning about conflict resolution, life skills, and character building. The programs will emphasize violence prevention, mentoring, and service linkages.

The CERC will also support Philadelphia youth who have come to the attention of the Philadelphia Police in the 14th 35th and 39th district after a curfew violation. When youth arrive after curfew the CERC staff will talk to the youth and parents/guardian to safely transport the youth home and offer resources to the family to help the youth make better choices and abide by curfew hours. Far too often, young people find themselves victims of violence when out on the street late at night. The CERC is designed to be a place where young people can come to get off the streets and engage in activities that interest them.

The CERC will provide the youth and their families with resources that address trauma, violence, and receive mentorship and support in a safe environment.

Job Summary

The Director of the Community Evening Resource Center (CERC) is an integral part of the administrative team, comprised of the Executive Director, CFO, and the other Program Directors. As such, the CERC Program Director has the responsibility to manage and oversee CERC. The CERC Program Director is responsible for all aspects of the programming, including administrative and social service aspects. The Director is charged with the responsibility of ensuring that all programming, training, site management, recruitment and retention of staff, community relations, community networking, program reporting, quality assurance, weekend monitoring, and supervision. The Director will be the “face” of the CERC program and represent the agency at all stakeholder and community meetings.

The Director will have a key role in organizing, advocating, and building partnerships for the program.  The Director must be well-versed in using trauma informed, strength-based perspectives, and non-punitive interventions. The ideal candidate will be well-versed in linkages to the Northwest community, and a natural when it comes to building partnerships with children, parents, and in the community.


  • Must have bachelor’s degree in psychology, sociology, or some social services, human services field, master’s preferred
  • Must have the knowledge, skills, and abilities to motivate and supervise a team of professionals and clients from diverse backgrounds.
  •  An annual physical form verifying that the employee is “Free from contagion”.
  • Act 160 PA criminal, child abuse clearances, and FBI clearances completed one year of hire date.
  •  Adhere to the mandatory 20 hours of annual training during the fiscal year
  • The use of a car each day, including the possession of current auto insurance and driver’s license.
  • The ability and willingness to adjust hours in accord with program responsibility. Ability to work evening hours, as this is an evening program. Weekend programming is also required.
  • Minimum of 3 years working as a manager, supervisor, or administrator within a child welfare agency or similar setting directing and supervising the activities of different level staff.

Hours of Work

The position is a 40-hour work week with much-needed flexibility.  The center operates 7 days a week between the hours of 7pm to 2am.  The Director will work primarily from 6pm to 2am, Tuesday through Saturday with days off Sunday and Monday. The Community Evening Resource Center starts to receive youth from 7pm pm until 2am. The Director will be responsible to avail themselves to staff during program hours in the event of an emergency while they are off. The Director will be responsible to ensure that there is a person “in charge” when they are off-site to ensure proper staff and client oversight.  This is primarily an evening position however there will be times the director can flex their schedule for daytime meetings and community engagement activities. There is also flexibility for days off.

The CERC staff is expected to provide well-supervised group activities during high-risk periods. Additionally, youth are exposed to structured activities that promote positive youth development with an emphasis on family engagement, conflict resolution, violence prevention, mentoring/coaching, and service linkages.  


  In addition to a rewarding career and competitive salary, JJC offers the following benefits for all full-time employees:

Medical/prescription insurance

Employer paid dental, vision, life insurance, short/long-term disability

Paid Vacation/Paid Sick /Paid Personal Days

Paid Holidays

401(k) Retirement Plan

Compensation: $58,000.00 to $63,000.00 (contingent upon experience education).

Please send your resume, cover letter, and salary requirement to

JJC is an Equal Opportunity Employer, embracing diversity and inclusion in all its services. JJC does not and shall not discriminate based on race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity, and sexual orientation), parental status, national origin, age, disability, genetic information (including family medical history), political affiliation, military service, or other non-merit-based factors. in any of its activities or operations.