Job Opportunities

Position Opening for Bilingual (English-Spanish) Associate Program Director - Life Directions (LD)

Organization: Life Directions is a community-based not-for-profit organization established in
1973. Life Directions’ mission is to motivate young adults, ages 13-35 to mature into
responsible, productive adults through self-direction. Life Directions promotes the powerful
dynamic of “Peers Inspiring Peers” in our neighborhoods, high schools and middle schools.

Full Time Position: The Program Associate Director is a full time position responsible for
achieving the organization’s outcomes and the implementation of Life Directions’ programs such
as, Focus Family Project, and the Focus LIFE retreat. The target population is young adults,
ages 13-35 with a priority on ages 18-35. The selected candidate reports to the Director of
Training in partnership with the CEO.

Required Qualifications: 

  • Fluency in English and Spanish 

  • Bachelor’s degree (with Master’s degree preferred) in social work, counseling,
    psychology or related field 

  • Exemplary communications: verbal and written skills 

  • Minimum of 2 years’ experience in youth development specifically with teens and young
    adults; and experience working with families in a community setting 

  • Experience in working with ethnically and racially diverse communities 

  • Proficiency in word processing, spreadsheet, database, presentation and email software 

  • Knowledge and experience with social media

Duties and Responsibilities: 

  • Facilitate family groups, including skill building in Social Emotional Learning (SEL) and
    trauma-informed care for youth and adults 

  • Recruit youth and their families to participate in the Life Directions programs and

  • Recruit volunteers to assist in the programs
    • Conduct parent workshops in financial literacy, goal setting, and allied areas 

  • Assist youth development staff in Peer Motivation/Mentor Program as needed 

  • Network with school staff as well as community and faith based organizations 

  • Serve as a liaison between Life Directions and schools and community partners; reports
    to Life Directions leadership regarding partner updates 

  • Serve as an ambassador for Life Directions with mental health providers 

  • Advocate for families experiencing trauma 

  • Prepare intake summaries, as well as maintain ongoing records and progress notes 

  • Maintain records and data for evaluation purposes

Preferred Qualifications: 

  • Knowledge of community resources and assistance programs 

  • Strong assessment and well-developed interviewing skills 

  • Knowledge of record-keeping techniques, including the documentation of all actions and
    contacts in case files 

  • Basic knowledge of effects of stress and adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) 

  • Ability to engage persons in the problem-solving process

The salary is negotiable. Benefits and insurance are offered

To apply, contact Ms. Annette Howard, Director of Training: or
mail to Life Directions 5716 Michigan Avenue, Suite 2200; Detroit, MI 48210.