Director of Getting Ahead Initiative, YMCA of Greater Oklahoma City
Oklahoma City, OK Social Responsibility

JOB TITLE:  Director of Getting Ahead Initiative

REPORTS TO: Executive Director of Christian Mission



  • The Director of Getting Ahead Initiative is responsible for the development and oversight of the YMCA of Greater Oklahoma City’s anti-poverty initiative. 
  • This position works independently under the general direction of the Executive Director of Christian Mission and is responsible for program development, staff hiring and supervision, training, budget control, operational management, and scheduling across all program locations in accordance with the philosophy of the YMCA of Greater Oklahoma City.



  • Recruits and oversees training of facilitators for Getting Ahead courses.
  • Recruit's participants, alongside the Social Responsibility Coordinators, for sessions through multiple community partners and in coordination with YMCA branches and Communication team.
  • Builds schedule of classes and coordinates with host sites for dates and times for facility usage.
  • Oversees the coordination of childcare and meals of each class. 
  • Oversees budget and grants. 
  • Maintains Getting Ahead Facilitator Certification and steps in as a substitute facilitator as needed, as well as trains and supports the facilitators for the classes.
  • Collects data and testimonials from participants for internal and grant reporting purposes.
  • Coordinates special events throughout the year (graduations, celebrations, etc.) 

This position is a grant funded position with a minimum three-year commitment from our current funding partners. 



  • Must stay current in CPR/AED/O2 and First Aid, renewed annually. (Training provided by the Y, if needed)
  • Must complete all required Redwoods Trainings within 30 days of hire and renewed annually.
  • Person must be at least 21 years of age, have a high school diploma or GED, and have at least two years’ experience working in community centered work or non-profits.
  • Must have knowledge and ability to manage a program, supervise staff, and schedule activities across multiple locations and people. 
  • Ability to work as a team member and to make decisions independently. 
  • Must exemplify and support the YMCA Movement. 
  • Ability to communicate effectively via email, phone and in person. 
  • Knowledge of YMCA programs, program development, and acceptance of management practices.
  • Must be creative and demonstrate initiative in program development.
  • Must be able to project enthusiasm to staff and program participants.
  • Ability to work under occasional stressful conditions and to work irregular hours, including weeknights.