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Assistant Program Director

UTEC’s Assistant Director of Programming is responsible for providing operational oversight and assistance to programming directors and staff. The Assistant Director would assist programming teams and crews with logistical and administrative tasks. This position ensures the smooth operation of the programming model and supports director-level staff with the tools they need to successfully implement a positive youth development program and meet goals and benchmarks.


BACKGROUND ON UTEC, INC.: UTEC’s promise is to ignite and nurture the ambition of our most disengaged youth to trade violence and poverty for social and economic success. We serve young adults, ages 17-25, with serious criminal and gang involvement in the Merrimack Valley area (Lowell, Lawrence, and Haverhill). UTEC’s outcomes-focused model begins with intensive street outreach and in-reach within correctional facilities, specifically targeting proven high-risk youth “where they’re at.” UTEC engages youth in workforce development (running our own social enterprises in mattress recycling, food services, and woodworking), while also integrating educational programs (high school equivalency preparation and other core competencies). We provide intensive transitional coaching and counseling services, all within a two-generational approach (providing on-site child care, parenting, and a whole family approach for our young parents and their kids). Finally, our model prioritizes embedding social justice and civic engagement in all programming, including the opportunity for young adults to lead policy campaigns on issue areas that directly impact them (e.g. criminal justice reform).


Supervisory Responsibilities: This position may supervise staff as needed



  • Work collaboratively with the Evaluation team to access and provide relevant data to programming directors to run effective programs
  • Understand the big and small goals and outcomes aligned in the various grants and contracts that fund programming
  • Collaborate with funders and grantees to understand how the program model drives outcomes
  • Oversee the scheduling and planning of training for programming staff
  • Evaluate program budgets for ways to cut unnecessary spending and to support annual budget development
  • Oversee young adults stipend data and payroll to ensure we are meeting goals and outcomes
  • Oversee the program calendar to ensure communication is effective and on time
  • Support with operational needs such as creating YA schedules for crews and progress & support meetings, overseeing transportation needs and staff, ordering uniforms and supplies, and staff coverage schedules. 

Required Skills/Abilities:

  • Strong background in databases and data management
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to build relationships with both program participants and colleagues
  • Strong knowledge of diversity, equity, and inclusion frameworks and/or practices
  • Knowledge of career readiness skills, workforce programs, or social enterprises preferred
  • Strong knowledge of spreadsheets and other tools for data analysis and reporting
  • Strong knowledge of logistics and operations related to running a program
  • Strong skills to multitask and prioritize

Education and Experience:

  • Experience with different databases and setting metrics and goals
  • Experience with grant and contract management preferred
  • At least 3-5 years of working with young adults (17-25) strongly preferred
  • Experience with operational duties pertaining to running a program preferred

Physical Requirements:

  • Prolonged periods sitting at a desk and working on a computer.
  • Must be able to lift up to 15 pounds at times.
  • Able to travel as needed

Salary/Benefits: Salary range $55,000-$80,000, commensurate with experience. Benefits include retirement 401K plan, health and dental (50-85% subsidized), 3 weeks paid vacation, holiday and paid sick/personal time, the opportunity for a paid sabbatical after 3 years, first-time homebuyers funding, free counseling for all staff, and unlimited free coffee courtesy of Café UTEC! Please see for more details.

Location: UTEC Inc. is located at 35 Warren St Lowell, MA, 01852.

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