Director for Headwaters’ Starfish Program

Program Description:  The mission of STARFISH is to provide supportive and meaningful mentoring relationships to the youth of Rappahannock County.  We envision a community where every youth experiences a variety of positive and encouraging relationships that provide a sense of belonging and allows each youth the ability to achieve their full potential both individually and as members of the community.

STARFISH is one of Headwaters Foundation’s five major programs.  Headwaters’ mission is to foster educational excellence in Rappahannock County by cultivating the cooperative spirit and resources of the whole community to benefit students, aiming to reach those at greatest risk.  Founded in 1997, Headwaters is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, governed by a volunteer Board of Directors.  More information about the Foundation can be found on the website

Position Summary:  The Program Director oversees the development and implementation of the youth mentoring program, which matches adult volunteer mentors with youth in a one-to-one relationship.  The Program Director ensures program quality and performance related to recruiting, screening, training, matching, monitoring, and closing the relationship with the mentor and child, and communicates with the mentor, parent/guardian, and child throughout the relationship.  Reporting to the Headwaters Executive Director, the Program Director is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the mentoring program, and will carry out the responsibilities of the position as defined below:


  • Perform and oversee outreach, recruitment, and screening of mentors; training, matching, support and supervision of mentor-mentee pairings; and closure activities
  • Develop and manage relationships with community partners, including schools and social service agencies
  • Oversee inquiry and orientation process to ensure excellent public relations and customer service
  • Manage the planning and implementation of group events (e.g., bowling trips, pizza parties, end-of-year events)
  • Plan and implement regular meetings for mentors
  • Maintain and update the program’s policy and procedure manual as needed
  • Attend professional development opportunities to increase knowledge of mentoring best practices and youth development concepts
  • Complete other duties and activities as needed, including administrative and clerical tasks


  • High school diploma or GED; bachelor’s degree preferred with emphasis in social work, psychology, volunteer management
  • Three years related work experience; two or more years experience in mentoring and youth development, working within community organizations and/or schools preferred
  • Extremely strong organization, writing, verbal, and interpersonal skills
  • Experience and proficiency working with computers (word processing programs, spreadsheets, email platforms and other communication tools), as well as adequate access to the internet
  • Flexibility to work some nights and weekends to communicate with mentees and mentors
  • Must be comfortable working in a racially, ethnically, and socioeconomically diverse community
  • Valid driver’s license in good standing; car registration and vehicle insurance if providing transportation for individuals receiving services
  • Successful clearance of local and/or state background checks

Compensation: Commensurate with Experience/Education

Hours/Pay Period: Est. 24 hours/week at the beginning, when program is more established  16 hours a week

Please submit resume and cover letter to by Sept 30, 2020. Applicants will be contacted if more information is needed.