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  • Full Time
  • St. Louis City
  • Salary: $50,000-$55,000
  • Organization Type: Education

Thomas Dunn Learning Center

Thomas Dunn Learning Center was established in 1930. We are a Community Education Center that serves 13 year-olds through the elderly with this mission: “We enrich lives through engaging learning experiences. Our partnerships promote individual growth and enhance the community’s quality of life”.

This is an exciting new position that will be part of a small team driving Thomas Dunn Learning Center’s next chapter. Please visit our website at for more information.

Position Summary:
The Program Director is a member of the leadership team that reports directly to the Executive Director/CEO and may work closely with the Board of Directors at times. This position is responsible for the organization’s consistent growth of its mission, by strategically strengthening Thomas Dunn Learning Center’s programs, both in-house and through all partnerships to reach its vision. The Program Director will have a broad understanding of the region’s wants and needs and all aspects of program development. They will be able to manage multiple priorities, lead, plan, and execute all long-term programs to one-hour classes. The successful candidate will understand the history of Thomas Dunn Learning Center (TDLC), the region we serve, and the overall needs of the organization while embracing our mission, goals, and values.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
• Strengthen current programs and develop new programs based on the St. Louis Region’s wants and needs
• Develop and maintain an outcome measurements system, along with the TDLC dashboard and Trax Solutions to track progress, measure impact, efficiency, and student/constituent satisfaction
• Develop partnership policies, procedures, and practices with other nonprofit agencies, instructors, support managers, and the community defining how our services will be provided to students/constituents
• Facilitate communication with all community stakeholders: neighbors and neighborhood associations, grantors, alderpersons, police officers, tabling events, schools, peer groups, etc.
• Oversight and weekly supervision of all program staff (currently includes the Youth Program and Adult Education Program staff), training, guidance, professional development opportunities, and annual evaluations
• Manage grantor contracts and maintain a thorough filing system for all program related material
• Work alongside the Development/Communications Director to research program grants and assure all grant compliance has been achieved and programs are properly marketed
• Work alongside the Executive Director/CEO to develop program budgets, prepare written materials, conduct outreach, and assure quality programming to fit the broad range of constituents that TDLC serves
• Work alongside the Operations Director to assure the public calendar, registration forms, surveys, etc. are being utilized and processed effectively
• Recruitment and supervision of youth employees, social work practicum students, and select volunteers
• Recruitment and oversight of contract instructors, partners, and organizations with a memorandum of understanding (MOU’s)
• Ensure that educational messaging of the organization is consistent and accurate
• Oversee and/or perform other related duties as requested

Specific Competencies:
• Ability to supervise others while fostering a positive, dynamic, mission-focused collaboration among program team members
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills and the ability to communicate effectively with all people
• Experience serving people with varied cultural backgrounds, disenfranchised communities, different learning abilities, mental illness, chemical dependency, cognitive impairments, and dual diagnosis a plus
• The ability to develop effective organizational systems
• Understanding of, and passion for, Thomas Dunn Learning Center’s vision, mission, and values.
• A self-starter and a finisher who meets deadlines. Demonstrated team support experience.
• Background working with staff, board members, volunteers, and the general public.
• Ability to work non-standard hours and use a personal vehicle on occasion.
• A firm commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and a personal approach that values all individuals

Minimum Qualifications:
• Master’s degree in social work (MSW), preferably with a macro or mezzo focus. Able to supervise graduate students, and have at least 3 years of previous experience in a social service program setting.
• Experience serving people from a wide variety of cultural backgrounds. Mental illness, chemical dependency, cognitive impairment experience a plus.
• Must pass a background check and have personal transportation, insurance, and a valid driver’s license
• Understand Microsoft Office, and capable of using programs such as “Basecamp” and “Trax Solutions”
• Ability to communicate effortlessly and effectively in all written and verbal areas

Salary and Benefits:
$50-$55,000. annually with health and retirement benefits package and flexible schedule

Resume and cover letter must be sent to with Program Director in the subject line. We are accepting applicants until the position is filled.