Program Director


Reports Directly To: Chief Operating Officer (COO)

Company Internal Job Title: Program Director

Other External TitlesRelationship Manager, Transformative Non-Profit Leader, Data-Driven Coach


Our mission is to provide holistic transformation for young African American men experiencing inequity at the intersection of race and poverty. We help them achieve brotherhood, stability and personal success. Located in St. Paul, Minnesota, Ujamaa Place offers these young men success in their lives through education and skills training specifically aimed at turning their lives around to become productive members of their families and communities.


Plan, direct, coordinate, and evaluate Ujamaa Place programs with direction from COO. Duties and responsibilities include formulating policies, managing programs, and planning new programming.

Critical Area of Responsibility:

  1. Build and manage relationships with directors and managers across teams to help fulfill mission of the organization.
  2. Build and manage relationships with coaches to help them effectively manage relationships with participants.


  1. Supervise the Ujamaa Place coaches
  2. Coordinate with managers/contractors on organizational initiatives
  3. Develop and oversee programs
  4. Hire and supervise coaches
  5. Evaluate program areas
  6. Work with CEO on Engagement opportunities
  7. Implement a trauma-informed practice and an evidenced-based program
  8. Oversee activities directly related to overall programs of Ujamaa Place.
  9. Review program outcomes, and other performance data to measure goal achievement and to determine areas needing program improvement.
  10. Manage staff, preparing work schedules and assigning specific duties.
  11. Establish and implement program policies, goals, objectives, and procedures, conferring with board members, organization officials, and staff members as necessary.
  12. Advise COO of staffing requirements. 
  13. Work in partnership with the HR Director, and COO to create a recruiting strategy for program staff.
  14. Lead in the full cycle of recruiting as well as the full cycle of the onboarding of new program staff.
  15. Monitor and evaluate programs to ensure that they efficiently and effectively provide needed services while staying within budgetary limits.
  16. Represent Ujamaa Place at community events.
  17. Maintain a professional communicative coaching relationship with program staff.
  18. Work with other organization staff to raise awareness of Ujamaa Place.
  19. Manage and report accurate educational and employment program data and information to the COO upon request.
  20. Meet with coaches to discuss participant progress and or concerns.
  21. Coordinate, cultivate and maintain a working relationship with community organizations and individuals as they help to accomplish Ujamaa Place’s mission and objectives.
  22. Oversee the administrative tasks required to carry out Ujamaa Place’s education and employment program objectives.

Must Haves:

  1. Organization and writing skills
  2. Able to determine the need for particular policies and draft program policies to support organization’s mission
  3. Knowledge of Evidence Based practices
  4. Considerable flexibility of methods required to meet program goals.
  5. Considerable planning is required.
  6. Understanding interdepartmental functions is essential to ensure that program schedules and objectives are met.
  7. Requires both administrative and technical knowledge and frequent interaction with staff and program participants.
  8. Originality and initiative are important as well as the ability to work under unusual or extreme pressures. 
  9. Maintain emotional control under stress. Some travel (home/work visits) is required in coaching situations; occasional prolonged and irregular hours.
  10. Computer Skills (candidate must designate the level in each competency below-beginner, intermediate, advanced)
  11. Microsoft: Version and Expertise Level-Word, Outlook, Excel, PPT 
  12. Project management software
  13. Video Conferencing Software (Zoom, Teams, etc.)
  14. Proofreading and accuracy

Nice To Have:

  1. Self-awareness: Ability to understand your strengths and weaknesses and ability to recognize how your emotions affect the performance of your team
  2. Self-Management: Ability to manage your emotions in stressful situations and maintain a positive outlook despite setbacks. Ability to not react, but to pause, think, and respond
  3. Social Awareness: Ability to recognize others emotions and dynamics in play within your organization. Ability to understand your colleagues feelings and perspectives to better communicate and collaborate more efficiently.
  4. Relationship Management: Ability to influence, coach, and mentor others and resolve conflict effectively.


  1. Four-year college degree or 10 years of work experience in community programming. 
  2. If a four-year degree was achieved, a minimum of three (3) years related experience.
  3. Experience working with non-traditional and/or adult learners (classroom instruction and advisory) preferred.
  4. Project/Program management experience preferred.
  5. Experience in two or more of the following areas preferred: Client coaching, nonprofit organization management, fundraising, communications, marketing, management, and experience working with or for lead Management and a Board of Directors.


This is a full time position. Compensation will depend upon the candidate’s knowledge, experience and credentials, as well as contract negotiations.

Ujamaa Place is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Job Type: Full-time

Salary Range: $94,000.00 – $105,000.00 per year


  1. Health Insurance
  2. Dental insurance
  3. Paid Time Off
  4. Retirement Plan with Employer Match
  5. Vision Insurance
  6. Long Term Disability
  7. Life Insurance

Ujamaa Place is an equal opportunity employer. All applicants will be considered for employment without attention to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran or disability status.

For questions regarding the role, the benefits packet, organization culture, or to apply send materials to  Nichole Thomas at