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Youth Program Director Interview

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Question 1 of 25
Tell me about a successful youth program you initiated.
User-Submitted Answers
I ran a Kids 1st Afterschool program.
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Question 2 of 25
What major challenges and problems did you face at your last position?
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In my last position at the United Teen Equity Center, a challenge was building a relationship with some of the youth with particularly difficult backgrounds. I found that the key was to be determined, and persistent, and to follow the same principles of positive youth developement: put them at the center of the conversation and follow and support their lead. I find it is also very important to share a little bit about yourself - let them know that you are able to be vulnerable too. Lastly, important to work as a team with other youth workers to show the youth that all of the staff are dedicated to their growth and development.
Question 3 of 25
Are you able to cope with stressful situations?
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Yes. I have worked very hard to get to a place where I am in tuned to the warning signs of my stress level rising. As long as I can identify it, I start going to the gym more, take a look at my diet and blood sugar levels, and ensure that my work/life balance is within healthy parameters. If it gets out of balance, I simply have to go back to the bigger picture and see which part of my job should be the primary focus.
Question 4 of 25
Describe a situation where you had to make a quick decision.
User-Submitted Answers
When a child didn't show for the bus.
As the Waterfront Director I often have to make extremely quick decisions, many of which directly affect the safety of the program participants. Just last week a mother approached me in a pure panic because she had lost her son. After quickly asking her to describe him and his last wareabouts I sent lifeguards in different directions to find the boy. Within a minute we located him without causing a panic amoungst all the particpants.
Question 5 of 25
Why should we hire you?
Question 6 of 25
Why do you want a career as a Youth Program Director?
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I am passionate about working with youth, and I LOVE seeing the bigger picture of how a program is organized, implemented, and evaluated to ensure it is achieving its goal. I love training staff and youth to be able to see the bigger picture as well so that they can take ownership over their own programs.
Question 7 of 25
What makes you passionate about this position?
Question 8 of 25
How do you stay motivated?
Question 9 of 25
What is your greatest weakness? What are you doing to improve it?
Question 10 of 25
What is your greatest strength? How does it help you as a Youth Program Director?
Question 11 of 25
What are your long term goals?
Question 12 of 25
Why are you the best candidate for us?
Question 13 of 25
Why do you feel it is important for our organization to have active youth members?
Question 14 of 25
Have you ever been overloaded with work?
Question 15 of 25
How do you keep track of work so that it gets done on time?
Question 16 of 25
How do you get a peer or colleague to accept one of your ideas?
Question 17 of 25
How do you decide what gets top priority when scheduling your time?
Question 18 of 25
Have you ever had to fire anyone? How did you feel about that?
Question 19 of 25
Ten years from now, where do you see yourself?
Question 20 of 25
What made you choose a career as a Youth Program Director?
Question 21 of 25
Tell me about an accomplishment you are most proud of.
Question 22 of 25
What do you know about our organization?
Question 23 of 25
What have your achievements been to date?
Question 24 of 25
How do you evaluate success?
Question 25 of 25
How do you handle stress and pressure?
User-Submitted Answers
In my spare time I engage in Yoga, Rock Climbing, evening walks, and cooking at home. These all releive stress and pressure. When I am in the workplace and stress starts getting to me, I take my lunch to take a walk and clear my head so that I can return to the priorities at hand.

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