The Washington Nationals are committed to enhancing the quality of life for residents in the Washington, Metropolitan region. Our primary focus is on initiatives that support active duty military and their families, encourage youth participation in baseball and softball, and support K-12 education. The Director, Youth Programming reports to the Senior Vice President, Community Engagement (SVP) and contributes to the organization’s community relations mission by focusing on programs related to K-12 education and youth baseball and softball.

The Nationals are a military-friendly organization actively recruiting veterans and their spouses.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Directly responsible for creating, developing, and managing efforts related to:

    • K-12 educational programming, including:

      • STEM education, including teacher training programs

      • Grand Slam Schools Program (16 schools in 2023)

      • Summer Reading initiatives, including Summer Reading Sundays and cooperative programs with regional library systems

    • Youth baseball and softball programming, including:

      • TEAM UP uniform program for 30 area leagues)

      • League development – league administration support (i.e. leadership training, coach training, umpire development)

      • Youth baseball clinics at Nationals Park

      • MLB Youth Baseball programming (i.e., annual Play Ball Weekend, Pitch, Hit and Run, etc.)

      • Other support for youth baseball and softball leagues in the Washington Metropolitan region.

  • Cultivate synergies between education and youth/baseball programming, specifically, the promotion of baseball and softball and physical education programming in schools.

  • Address the needs of underserved communities in all programming, with particular emphasis on youth, schools, and institutions located near Nationals Park.

  • Actively support the SVP in managing relations with community partners and organizations, including development of materials and activities to sustain ongoing relationships with participants in programs mentioned above.

  • Collaborate with Corporate Partnerships to implement cause-related marketing efforts for corporate partners.

  • Collaborate with other revenue generating departments to develop initiatives to advance overall business operations.

  • Develop printed, electronic, and virtual content to maintain contact and relationships with key audiences and program participants.

  • Develop performance measures and other measures to evaluate effectiveness of community based initiatives.

  • Perform any other duties as assigned by the SVP.


Minimum Education and Experience Requirements

  • Minimum of seven years’ experience in cause marketing, advocacy, community programs and/or corporate philanthropy.

  • Minimum of two years’ experience working with federal or local governments in support of private sector initiatives.

  • Minimum of a four-year Bachelor’s degree, preferably in Public Relations, Communications, Marketing, Social Work or other closely related field.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities necessary to perform essential functions

  • Previous experience working in educational settings and with education based community organizations with a focus on coalition building;

  • Familiarity with youth baseball and softball programming, particularly traditional Little League International and similar institutions;

  • Broad knowledge of community programs, organizations and methods involved in developing community relations programs.

  • Knowledge of how federal and local governments work with private sector service providers;

  • Proven ability to manage effective, measurable outreach programs.

  • High character; ability to exercise discretion with confidential matters;

  • Strong presentation skills (written and verbal);

  • Confidence in making sound business decisions and outlining next steps;

  • Working knowledge of all Microsoft Office products.

  • Working knowledge of sports business and Major League Baseball.

  • Uphold Core Values: Excellence, Performance, and Accountability. These core values set the tone in everything we do, help us succeed on and off the field, make a difference in the community and provide the best guest experience in sports. It is important that the person in the position commits themselves to these core values so that we can constantly move forward in the same direction – Together.

Physical/Environmental Requirements

  • Office: Working conditions are normal for an office environment. Position may require occasional weekend and/or evening work.

  • Gameday Seasonal: Job requires employee to function in a high activity and heavily crowded outdoor professional sports venue. May work at heights. Employee will be exposed to inclement weather of varying degrees. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand for long periods of time, walk long distances, and climb up/down stairs. The employee is required to stoop, kneel, crouch, or sit and must lift and/or move up to 45 pounds.

All applicants for employment at the Washington Nationals are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 prior to commencing employment. Applicants who receive a conditional offer of employment will be required to produce proof of vaccination status prior to their first day of employment. Applicants with qualifying disabilities or bona fide religious objections may be exempted from this requirement or otherwise accommodated if they are unable to be vaccinated.