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Youth Villages: Business Planning & Policy Specialist

Founded in 1986, Youth Villages has always believed that even the most at‐risk children and their families can and will achieve remarkable success when given the tools and support to do so – this belief has resulted in 86% of children and young adults living successfully two‐years after they completed programs. Years of research, performance measurement, and evaluation has led to Youth Villages transforming the lives of over 30,000 children, families, and young adults annually, across 23 states and Washington D.C.

Youth Villages is a national leader in children’s mental and behavioral health, focused on providing the most effective help to children with emotional and behavioral problems, their families, and young people who are aging out of state services. By partnering with innovative state leaders and philanthropists, Youth Villages spurs positive change to child welfare, children’s mental health and juvenile justice systems through public-private partnerships, value- or performance-based contracting, and a focus on achieving long-lasting positive outcomes for the most challenging youth and families.

Along with the high impact on children’s lives, Youth Villages has also achieved 15% growth per year for the last fifteen years. President Obama recognized Youth Villages as a nonprofit with “promising ideas that are transforming communities.” Youth Villages Chief Executive Officer, Patrick Lawler, was named one of “America’s Best Leaders” by U.S. News and World Report and the Center for Public Leadership at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.

Position Overview

This position will be responsible for supporting Youth Villages business development, strategy, and government relations work. In addition to implementing programs directly, Youth Villages also trains and supports other organizations (partners) to implement our models. This position will focus on supporting partner service-provision growth and sustainability, new business development and expansion, and public policy efforts in assigned states and new expansion initiatives in states where we do not yet have a presence.


– Work closely with Youth Villages regional network leads on assessing barriers to growth and developing strategies to address those barriers in states where private and public agency partners are implementing Youth Villages core models
– Work closely with regional network leadership to drive expansion of Youth Villages services in assigned states
– Collaborate in the business plan process with state leadership, Youth Villages Strategic Partners operational leads, strategy team and Business Planning and Policy leadership
– Monitor RFP opportunities, lead RFP response efforts, generate new budgets and opportunities, and work in collaboration with partners on a robust relationship management/building process
– Research state/county landscapes, private providers, potential funding mechanisms (government and private) and new business opportunities
– Identify and articulate reasons why an opportunity would be of interest/ not of interest to Youth Villages
– Assist in initial and ongoing marketing efforts as well as presentations (marketing packets, work with Marketing/Communications Department to develop necessary materials, create PowerPoint presentations for internal and external communications, write letters and e-mails)
– Communicate with program and other Youth Villages leaders, including CEO, during potential expansion periods and new site start-ups
– Cultivate relationships with a broad range of diverse stakeholders who span ethnicities, racial backgrounds, personal viewpoints, age, and communities of origin
– Manage logistics for events hosted and/or attended by Youth Villages
– Assist and/or lead the process of supporting jurisdictions through the process of applying for Youth Villages funding to implement the LifeSet model
– Research growth opportunities, cultivate relationships and provide support to introduce programs and services to potential partners and funders
– As a member of Business Planning and Policy Department, must be flexible with additional job duties, including but not limited to conference attendance and travel for in person meetings as appropriate


We are looking for additions to our team who will bring strong critical thinking skills, attention to detail and experience working with upper level leadership. We need Business Planning and Policy Specialists who are assertive self-starters with a strong sense of flexibility and creativity.

The successful candidate will have the following:

A Master’s degree is preferred
A Bachelor’s degree is required
Excellent written and verbal communication skills required.
Excellent Microsoft Office skills required
At least two years of experience in one or more of the following areas is required:
Experience related to negotiating contracts with relevant public agency funders and/or knowledge of funding sources (i.e. Medicaid/managed care, child welfare, mental health)
Experience in one of Youth Villages’ programs
Experience creating and executing a national sales strategy
Experience overseeing relevant child welfare agency services such as a state Independent living program or prevention programs


Medical, Dental, Prescription Drug Coverage and Vision
2 weeks paid vacation
12 paid sick days per year
10 paid holidays
Mileage & Cell Phone Reimbursement (when applicable)
Paid parental leave

Youth Villages is an equal opportunity employer and provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.

Youth Villages is committed to not only advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace but also in our work with children and young adults. We know that children, families and young people of color can face inequity in child welfare and justice systems, and we train our employees to build the skills they need to work with the communities that we serve, as well as, other employees from different cultures and backgrounds. Youth Villages is opposed to racism in any of its forms and is committed to inclusion, equity, and diversity. We believe that respect for each other is crucial in the work that we do each day.

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