Bridges for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Director of Youth Education & Services

Bridges for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing


Job Summary

The mission of Bridges for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing is to serve an empowered and united community in which the Deaf, deaf, hard of hearing, and hearing equally participate and are equally valued. We envision a world without barriers in which potential is unlimited and self-realization is possible. That’s been our commitment for 90 years, and we are as dedicated to this purpose today as we were in 1927. We currently serve Middle Tennessee, northern Alabama, and southern Kentucky. Our BridgesWEST offices serves Shelby and surrounding counties in West Tennessee and into Mississippi and Arkansas.

Position Reporting to the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), the Director of Youth Education & Services serves as a key leadership team member and an active participant in making strategic decisions affecting BridgesTN and BridgesWEST. This position is responsible for all program activities and services related to youth education programming and services, birth through high school. The Director of Youth Education & Services will supervise program development, implementation, and activities, manage related accounts and contracts, and set goals and direction for programs to deliver the highest quality of service. The Director of Youth Education & Services will build strategic collaborations and partnerships to expand and enrich the efficacy and reach of our programs.

Job Responsibilities


Support and partner with the CEO on strategic planning and decision making for agency

Lead and manage all youth educational programming

Develop collaborations and partnerships with stakeholders to support new or expanded programming related to youth education

Design and deliver workshops and outreach presentations on a variety of topics related to D/deaf and hard of hearing education

Maintain current and historical knowledge of D/deaf and hard of hearing issues, history, culture, interpreting, etc.

Participate in or serve on committees, boards, etc both internally and externally as needed

Partner with Director of Development on all funding and marketing needs related to youth education

Partner with the Finance Manager to track and maintain records of all revenues and expenses related to youth education

With CEO, develop measurable goals and objectives for all youth programs and services, and track and evaluate outcomes

Maintain appropriate records for clients, grant reports, etc.

Identify, develop, and mentor appropriate staff and independent contractors to deliver programs and high-quality services utilizing best practices in the field

Collaborate with the Finance Manager to support Bridges’ financial strategy

Act as an interpreter as needed

Maintain current knowledge of best practices in D/deaf and hard of hearing education, applying necessary standards to our services

Other tasks as requested



Professional experience in a nonprofit organization or educational setting; demonstrated success in a leadership function

Bachelor’s degree required with certification as Deaf educator

Tangible experience of having expanded and cultivated stakeholder relationships over time

Excellent communication skills, both written and signed/spoken; ability to influence and engage a wide range of stakeholders and to build long-term relationships

Flexible and adaptable style; a leader who can positively impact both strategic and tactical decisions and program delivery

A professional and resourceful style; the ability to work independently and as a team player, to take initiative, and to manage multiple tasks and projects at a time

High energy and passion for Bridges’ mission is essential

Ability to construct, articulate, and implement annual strategic department plan

Strong organizational and time management skills with exceptional attention to detail

Client focus, heart for service, strong work ethic, highly-developed sense of responsibility and accountability, self-motivated, sense of humor, agility and flexibility, open learner, enjoys challenges, grit, empathetic, compassionate, innovative, creative

Fluency and expertise in ASL and Deaf culture

Additional Information


Medical, Dental, Vision available.

How to Apply

To apply for this position, please submit a cover letter, resume, and references to Applicants will not be considered unless all requested elements are provided. No phone calls please. Review of applicants begins immediately and will continue until the positions are filled.


  • Date Posted: September 22, 2021
  • Type: Full-Time
  • Job Function: Programs and Service Delivery
  • Service Area: Education