Year Up Philadelphia

Executive Director (Greater Philadelphia), Year Up

Posted on April 23, 2018

Year Up is an award-winning, national non-profit that guides 18-24 year old urban young adults from poverty to professional careers in the span of one year.

The mandate for the Executive Director (Greater Philadelphia) is to establish Year Up as a preferred partner for entry to mid-level talent in their region, and to expand its presence and the number of young adults served. The Executive Director (Greater Philadelphia) will ensure Year Up is an outstanding resource for under-served young adults, providing them access to education, professional skills, and hands-on experiences. The Executive Director (Greater Philadelphia) will report to the National Site Director, supported by a local Board of Directors who are key influencers in the community.

The Executive Director (Greater Philadelphia) Will Have An Unshakeable Belief In The Talent And Potential Of The Young Adults Served And Will Take Year Up To Its Next Level Of Impact By:

  • Ensuring the existing program operates with excellence and efficiency
  • Implementing a demand-driven strategy to increase and expand corporate partnerships as well as the number of internship opportunities and positive outcomes for young adults
  • Developing and deepening donor relationships
  • Expanding community partnerships
  • Increasing the number of young adults served in the region
  • Inspiring, motivating, and managing a high performing team
  • Leveraging and enhancing the local advisory board to ensure Year Up’s long term success.
  • By doing so, Year Up Philadelphia, PA will become an even stronger asset to serve urban young adults and the broader community, helping to close the Opportunity Divide and building a vibrant future for the region.

Year Up was founded in 2000 by Gerald Chertavian, who, after a successful business career, became a social entrepreneur. While he was in college, Chertavian began volunteering as a mentor and Big Brother to low-income youth – something he did for decades. He was impressed by the ambition and talents of the young people he got to know, but he saw that they had little opportunity to “plug in” to the mainstream economy. A combination of limited or poor educational opportunities and a lack of exposure to the culture of corporate America prevented many of the young people he was engaged with from entering the economic mainstream. Year Up was established to bridge this Opportunity Divide.

Since its inception, Year Up’s high-expectation, high-support program has combined marketable job skills, stipends, corporate internships, and college credits. It addresses students’ social and emotional development and provides appropriate support to place young adults on a path to economic self-sufficiency.

During the first six months, students attend intense, classroom-based career training such as information technology, programming, data base analysis, customer service or, learning technical skills that prepare them for success in a corporate environment. Students also gain professional soft skills training. During the second six months, successful Year Up students gain experience in internships with leading corporate partners who sponsor the internship placement.

After graduation, students are supported in their job search and in building their professional networks through Year Up’s local and national alumni associations, as well as through Year Up Professional Resources (YUPRO), a wholly-owned staffing firm that serves Year Up alumni.

As a national model for economic and social impact, the Year Up program gives companies a cost-effective solution for recruiting entry and mid-level talent, while providing young adults with an essential stepladder for career success.

Year Up has been recognized at the national level through participation in the Clinton Global Initiative, a site visit from President Obama, and an important feature on 60 Minutes. This recognition has triggered growth opportunities in every Year Up region.

With a $135+ million operating budget, Year Up served almost 3,000 students in 2016 across 15 sites: Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, New York City, Baltimore, Bay Area (San Francisco and Silicon Valley), Providence, Puget Sound and Washington, D.C., and Year Up college-based sites in Baltimore, Dallas, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, South Florida, Jacksonville and Phoenix. Please visit for more information.

We understand that people gain skills through a variety of professional, personal, educational, and volunteer experiences. We encourage candidates to review the key responsibilities and qualifications below. If you believe you have the transferable skills necessary to fulfill the responsibilities of this role, we encourage you to apply.

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