Job Opportunities

We are currently accepting applications for the following roles.


Program Director

The Program Director will be responsible for developing, managing and evaluating the new youth mental health programs, as well as overseeing the Volunteer Center’s popular legacy programs. The Program Director will work closely with staff, volunteers and contractors to ensure program milestones and deliverables are met.

Essential functions include: 

1. Program Development 

  • Develop programs that produce measurable outcomes called for in the Board of Directors’ strategic plan. 
  • Recruit, train and supervise volunteers, staff and independent contractors to fulfill program objectives and deliver outcomes.
  • Develop all program materials, including curriculum, training guides and procedures, based on program requirements, data analysis and lessons learned. 

2. Program Evaluation & Assessment 

  • Design and implement program evaluation using assessment tools such as mental health screenings, surveys, client interviews and self-reports.
  • Work closely with a local university to implement a third-party program evaluation to demonstrate outcomes and prove effectiveness to donors and grantors. 

3. Data Analysis, Community Engagement and Advocacy

  • Oversee the development of a local association of mental health providers to serve in both an advisory and knowledge-sharing capacity.
  • Manage, analyze and update the Volunteer Center’s research database of 300+ articles, studies and cases related to the youth mental health crisis.
  • Research and produce annual reports of local/national statistics and data related to the Volunteer Center’s key programs for use in both internal and external communications and grants proposals. 
  • Generate program-related communications and media, including data-driven reports, grant proposal drafts, anecdotes, stories and outcomes. 
  • Represent the programs at key community meeting and events.

 4. Budget and Reporting 

  • Manage program level budgets, expenditure tracking and allocations to monitor grant spending. 
  • Generate data, materials and statistics for Director of Fund Development and President/CEO for use in fund development materials, donor stewardship, grant reporting and marketing. 

5. Fund Development 

  • Maintain partnerships with funders, implementation partners, regional and national organizations, and other partnering institutions and individuals.
  • Work closely with the staff team to draft grant proposals and supporting materials.
  • Provide program expertise and supporting materials for donor appeals, pitches and grant proposals.
  • Work with the President/CEO and Program Committee on program strategy and growth.

Qualifications: 

  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • Master’s degree in mental health, psychology or related field preferred 
  • At least 5-7 years of program management experience; able to give concrete examples of successes and failures
  • Experience managing programs independently and with a group
  • Excellent communication, public speaking, organizational and relationship-building skills, with an ability to collaborate with diverse internal/external stakeholders and teams 
  • Strong writing skills required; previous grant or report writing experience preferred 
  • Experience working closely with LMFTs and other mental health professionals
  • Experience working with various program evaluation tools and methods, especially those pertaining to social emotional wellness in youth.
  • Must be able to work occasional evenings and weekends as needed to effectively serve clients, such as working parents and school-age students.  

You Are: 

  • Passionate about youth mental health and personally-motivated to help increase empathy and resilience in local youth and families. 
  • Empathetic, emotionally intelligent and willing to be both authentic and vulnerable
  • Someone who values honesty, integrity and accountability
  • Highly detail-oriented and a problem solver
  • Ready to take initiative, with minimal direction, and can easily determine the next steps
  • Always striving to build your own, your team's and your client's capacity through teaching and learning
  • Comfortable with a blank page and in creating programs when there are no templates
  • Great at working collaboratively and respectfully with both internal and external partners of varying perspectives and personalities 
  • A believer in the power of data; a desire to empower others to make better decisions through data and evidence
  • Willing to pitch in when needed, recognizing that no task is too small or beneath you in a small team environment with limited resources

To Apply:

Please email your resume and a cover letter addressed to Sara Myers, President/CEO, to info@volcenter.org. Please include “Program Director” and your name in the subject line.

Your cover letter should demonstrate: 

  • Your interest in youth mental health and the Volunteer Center 
  • Your experience developing, managing and evaluating nonprofit programs
  • Your experience working in the field of mental health
  • Your minimum salary requirements

About Us

The Volunteer Center - a nonprofit organization with 16 staff members and headquarters in Torrance - is at a pivotal stage of its 50+ year history. With the arrival of a new President/CEO in 2016, the Board of Directors began a three-year strategic planning process to establish an updated vision for the organization’s future. The process included an evaluation of legacy programs, including Operation Teddy Bear (addressing educational inequity), Food For Kids (addressing food insecurity) and our Court Referral Community Service Program (addressing criminal justice and rehabilitation). The assessment also identified the most critical need currently facing our community: the mental health crisis facing our youth, and specifically, how excessive screen time and social media addiction are affecting their social and emotional health.

The Volunteer Center is currently developing new programs and updating legacy programs with the goal of raising awareness about this crisis, while increasing empathy and resilience in youth and families throughout our community. These programs will support the Volunteer Center’s ability to update its brand, attract new funding and build strong relationships with donors. Click here to learn more about our organization and new direction.