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Site Director

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The Bridge Project
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Denver Metro
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All kids deserve a safe welcoming place to belong.  This is at the core of what The Bridge Project does. 

The Bridge Project is a community outreach program of the University of Denver’s Graduate School of Social Work that provides educational opportunities for children living in Denver’s public housing neighborhoods to facilitate graduation from high school and attend college or learn a trade. The Bridge Project emphasizes education and a holistic view of child development and serves approximately 450 children and youth through after-school, summer and scholarship programs.  

Program activities at the Bridge Project aim to reduce educational barriers and improve academic and behavioral outcomes for children residing in four Denver public housing communities. Program components include structured curricula that seek to increase participants literacy, math and science skills. Academic tutoring, technology training, and social and emotional skill development are also offered to all Bridge Project students.  

Vision:  Since our founding over 28 years ago, the Bridge Project has grown steadily serving over 450 students annually with a $1.2m budget.  We are in the business of working with partners who share our goal of giving all students the opportunity to fulfill their dreams.  We believe that with a community-wide effort we can improve the academic success of our children, support them in reaching their full potential and effectively address the drop-out crisis facing our community. 

What we are looking for: We are looking for a site director to help create this space of belonging for our children. The site director is a member of the program team, responsible for the management of the Westwood site including the design and implementation of program activities to meet the mission, goals and outcomes of the Bridge Project. 

The ideal candidate will be a natural leader with excellent relationship-building and communication skills and a thoughtful persuasive personal style.  Self-starters who are comfortable in a changing environment tend to be successful in this role.  

What you can expect:  

  • To be part of a dynamic team committed to continual learning and growing through understanding how we use our diversity to better serve the community.    
  • Join an organization that has all of the necessary ingredients for growth and success: a timely mission, a 29+ -year track record, over 200 committed volunteers, an excellent reputation, a committed 14-person staff, and an active 12-person advisory board.   
  • A competitive salary and benefits package.  


Areas of Responsibility

General Summary 

The site director reports directly to The Bridge Project director of programs and community partnerships. The site director position is responsible for program implementation, facilities management and supervision of the staff team at the assigned site which includes the program assistant, Tech Team members, and assigned interns.  

Essential Functions 

Program Development and Implementation - Design and implement program activities to meet the mission, goals and outcomes of the Bridge Project through a whole child approach.  Engage professionals from all disciplines as needed for program development.  Impact- principles and ethics of social work are adhered to, program goals and outcomes are met, and the program meets its commitment to the community.  

  • Recruit and retain participants from elementary, middle and high school living in public housing and the surrounding neighborhood to reach target numbers for participation and engagement 
  • Maintain the priorities agreed upon in the program while working collaboratively with the team and outside providers to meet all program requirements and program scheduling 
  • Develop relationships and build rapport with participants, families, volunteers and community members so that they engage all efforts to support their youth/student 
  • Practice Positive Youth Development (PYD) and other interventions including restorative practices, implementation of behavior management plans that target specific behaviors and skills, etc. to support students with challenging behaviors 
  • Manage scheduling including, but not limited to interns, volunteers, tech team members and youth development workers 
  • Partner with educational specialist to ensure integration of educational programming and social emotional curriculum 
  • Participate in the Denver Afterschool Alliance (DAA) initiatives including Youth Program Quality Intervention (YPQI) model 
  • Assure data is collected and appropriate evaluation tools are implemented at the site, including the education program 
  • Participate in strategic program design efforts including continuous improvement efforts 

Administration and Management - Site management, data management, program coordination, scheduling of activities, spaces and evaluation.  Impact- DU policy is adhered to, programs are conducted with efficacy, and a culture of respect, accountability and collaboration is cultivated at the site.   

  • Oversee programming at the Westwood Bridge Project site 
  • Supervise the educational specialist, program assistant, youth development workers, and tech team members 
  • Support supervision of volunteers and work study students 
  • Assume field supervisor role for social work interns assigned to the site 
  • Assure that requirements of grants are met, including required service provisions 
  • Monitor and keep within annual budget for the site and for specific programs 
  • Oversee the maintenance, safety, security and upkeep of the site.  Assure the frugal and responsible use of resources while providing adequately for the needs of the program.  See to the timely purchase of supplies, etc.   
  • Direct and assure compliance of the USDA snack program at the site  


  • Relationship Builder: Adept at building authentic connections with a diverse group of stakeholders including multi-aged youth, parents, community partners, and fellow team members
  • Cultural Humility: works to increase self-awareness of own biases and perceptions and engage in a life-long self-reflection process about how to put these aside
  • Problem Solver: skilled at identifying challenges and barriers and finds nimble and creative solutions independently
  • Resiliency: Thrives in tough situations. Has the ability to recover from setbacks and learn from failure
  • Masters in a social service-related field (sociology, psychology, etc.). Preferred: MSW in social work
  • At least 2 years of experience working with youth in the frameworks of social and emotional learning, restorative practices, and behavior management
  • Supervisory experience
  • Experience working in out-of-school time (OST) settings with youth
  • Bilingual in Spanish, Vietnamese or Somali preferred

A competitive salary and benefits package medicial and dental and a tuition waiver at the University of Denver

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