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Associate Director, Job Development (Location Flexible)

Year Up

Year Up

Multiple locations
Posted on Wednesday, May 29, 2024


Reporting to the Director of Central Career Services, the Associate Director of Job Development will play a vital role within Year Up's Central Program team, building relationships with Year Up corporate partners, staffing firms, employers, and strategic local workforce boards to consistently source skill-aligned job opportunities for soon-to-be graduates and recent graduates of the Year Up program as they transition into full-time Year Up related jobs.

The AD, Job Development, will be responsible for strategically identifying, sourcing, and marketing job opportunities to graduates, while working collaboratively across a wide array of teams, including Career Services, Placement Success, Revenue Operations and YUPRO Placement* to ensure all job leads are centralized, tracked, and communicated to optimize technology and communication channels between all stakeholders.

*YUPRO Placement is an agency owned by Year Up offering career and job placement resources and connecting Year Up graduates with employers. Success in this role is dependent on partnership and collaboration with YUPRO Placement.

The ideal candidate will possess a deep understanding of the job market opportunities and challenges faced by Year Up students and graduates, and have a passion for closing the opportunity divide.

Successful candidates will thrive in an evolving workforce ecosystem, and a collaborative environment where attention to detail and clear communication skills are essential. As a strategic driver of positive outcomes for the team, the candidate will be comfortable setting the direction for the team in relation to job leads trends, and communicating job leads across Year Up and YUPRO Placement. This role will contribute in a pivotal way to Year Up graduates post graduation success by leveraging relationships with Year Up corporate partners employment partners and YUPRO Placement to meet and exceed Year Up outcome metrics.

The AD, Job Development will excel at managing through influence and collaboration across Year Up teams to ensure the achievement of all goals and metrics centered on student positive outcome job success.

The location for this role is flexible and is open to candidates in any city where Year Up operates (https://www.yearup.org/locations).


Career Services

  • Serve as the central point of contact for understanding current job opportunities available to Year Up graduates. Develop and maintain a comprehensive understanding of hiring trends, key players, and job market dynamics in cities where Year Up operates.
  • Actively engage with corporate partners, staffing firms, employers, and workforce boards to establish and nurture partnerships. Cultivate relationships with hiring managers to promote Year Up graduates as valuable candidates for employment opportunities
  • Facilitate connections between Central Career Services and Year Up graduates with job opportunities. Identify suitable employment options aligned with graduates' skills, interests, and career aspirations.
  • Source up to 1000 job leads (3-4 per job seeking grad) within a 4-month period, twice annually, spanning 21 diverse geographical markets and five distinct industries.
  • Contribute in a pivotal way to achieving Year Up's outcomes metric of 70% of program graduates securing full-time positions in fields corresponding to their training within four months post-graduation.
  • Strategically expand Year Up's presence in targeted markets. Identify opportunities for collaboration with local employers to enhance job prospects for Year Up graduates, in sync with Revenue Operations and YUPRO Placement to prevent redundancies.
  • Identify and evaluate potential partners who share Year Up's mission and can provide meaningful employment opportunities for graduates. Collaborate with internal stakeholders to assess partner alignment and potential impact on job development initiatives.
  • Share job market data and findings to identify emerging trends, gaps in employment opportunities, and areas for improvement in job placement strategies. Guide team in utilizing insights to refine job development tactics and enhance outcomes for Year Up graduates.
  • Collaborate with YUPRO Placement to work strategically with different partners and drive employers to have roles posted on the Year Up Recent Graduate job board.
  • Collect and report hiring partner feedback and suggestions for improvement on resumes, cover letters, and other application materials across program teams to drive consistency and excellence in the instruction of job search skills.
  • Stay updated on industry trends, job market demands, and emerging career opportunities, providing relevant information to graduates.
  • Guide Career Services team in empowering graduates’ utilization of online job portals and career platforms effectively.
  • Ensure accurate tracking of all metrics in a CRM (Salesforce.com).

Team Leadership and People Development

  • Coach and develop the Central Career Services team in navigating employers and advocating for graduates.
  • Collaborate with team leads across departments and sites to ensure programmatic outcomes.
  • Develop and execute a strategy to fully empower the Career Services team to share and capitalize on job leads, ensure clear feedback loops, and delegate local relationships where appropriate to the Career Services team.
  • Promote and collaborate with YUPRO Placement in all job lead efforts and job posting to optimize the technology of the Year Up New Graduate Job Board; ensure all job leads are communicated and tracked in a centralized place for accurate data reporting between entities.


  • Minimum of 4-5 years of experience in staffing, sales, job readiness or career services.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of job coaching, career counseling, job training, and/or enterprise staffing requirements.
  • Experience with job posting aggregators and data sources like Lightcast or LinkedIn, strongly preferred.
  • Eagerness and ability to identify challenges and implement solutions.
  • Excellent organizational and project management skills.
  • Exceptional interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills.
  • Impeccable professional customer service skills, with a strong focus on follow-up and follow-through.
  • Ability to take initiative and manage multiple tasks and projects simultaneously, delivering within deadlines.
  • Demonstrates a professional and resourceful style with the ability to work independently.
  • Comfortable in a close-knit, team-oriented setting.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office; experience with Salesforce.com is a plus.
  • A passion for working with young adults, an unwavering belief in their potential, and a strong commitment to the mission of Year Up.
  • Understanding of the Opportunity Divide and its drivers.
  • Commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging.

Salary Range- $80,000 - $93,000



  • Year Up has established salary ranges for each of our sites, which allows us to pay employees competitively, equitably and consistently in different geographic markets. For roles in which the location is listed as flexible, the range displayed reflects the minimum and maximum target for new hire salaries for the position across all US locations. Salary offers take into account a candidate’s skills, experience, and location. Your recruiter can share more about the specific salary range for your location during the hiring process.

  • Benefits: Comprehensive healthcare options and dental coverage; 401(k) match for eligible participants.

  • Vacation: Earn three weeks paid vacation in first year of employment; four weeks after initial year.

  • Professional Development: Funds available to support staff in achieving career objectives ($2,500 per year)

** This is an exempt role (paid on a salaried basis). **


Year Up is a national 501(c)3 workforce development organization committed to ensuring equitable access to economic opportunity, education, and justice for all young adults—no matter their background, income, or zip code. Employers face a growing need for talent while millions of talented young adults lack access to meaningful careers. These inequities only further perpetuate the opportunity gap that exists in our country—a gap that Year Up is determined and positioned to close through three interconnected strategies: providing targeted skills training and connections to livable-wage employment for students and alumni; empowering others to serve and support young adults, and changing systems that perpetuate the opportunity gap. Year Up’s intensive training program utilizes a high expectations, high support model where students learn in-demand technical and professional skills and apply them during a corporate internship. Year Up has directly served more than 40,000 young adults since its founding in 2000. Year Up's nationwide presence includes Arizona, Austin, Bay Area, Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, Greater Atlanta, Greater Boston, Greater Philadelphia, Jacksonville, Los Angeles, the National Capital Region, New York City/Jersey City, Pittsburgh, Puget Sound, Rhode Island, South Florida, Tampa Bay, and Wilmington.

Voted one of the Best Nonprofits to Work For in the country by The NonProfit Times, Year Up is a rewarding and impactful place to work. Our staff is passionate, supportive, mission-driven, and committed to positive change and continuous learning. We set high standards for both ourselves and our students and live by a set of core values that reflect an unshakable belief in the talent and potential of our young people. The work we do is life-changing, and we know that our team is the greatest asset in achieving our mission.


Year Up embraces diversity and equal opportunity in a serious way. All aspects of employment, including the decision to hire, promote, discharge, or discipline, are based on meritocracy. We do not permit discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristics protected by federal, state, or local laws. Learn more about our commitment to diversity: http://www.yearup.org/about-us/careers/commitment-to-diversity/

Year Up is also committed to working with and providing reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities. Your recruiter can provide details regarding the expected work environment and any physical requirements. Please let our hiring team know if you need an accommodation at any point during the interview process. Information received relating to accommodation will be addressed confidentially.


Please submit a thoughtful cover letter and resume through our website.

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