The David P. Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality, an operating unit and the largest center of the Forum for Youth Investment, builds the capacity of public and private agencies to implement quality improvement and performance systems that simultaneously foster professional learning and whole-child development with the purpose of improving social-sector outcomes. More specifically, Weikart’s research-based core products and services are currently used in over 4,700 out-of-school time settings nationally and form the basis for quality improvement systems in over 125 publicly and privately funded systems. The Weikart Center empowers education and human service leaders to adapt, implement, and scale bestin-class, research-validated, quality-improvement systems to advance child and youth development.The Weikart Center’s groundbreaking work in program quality and continuous improvement undergirds the Forum’s deeply rooted commitment to positive youth development policies and practices.


We provide the following benefits to our employees:

  • A comprehensive health benefits program including medical, dental, and short and long-term disability insurance
  • A 403b retirement plan
  • A pre-tax flexible spending program for medical and dependent care needs

We are always looking for talented individuals to become part of our team. If you are interested in learning more about career opportunities with the Weikart Center, please contact us at



Director of Research and Evaluation

The Director of Research & Evaluation will play an instrumental role in advancing the Weikart Center’s research-driven youth development and quality improvement initiatives. The director will lead an applied research and evaluation team to design, conduct and manage a range of collaborative research and evaluation projects that support our clients, partners and the youth development field in leveraging continuous improvement approaches to strengthen practices and programs. The director will execute formative and summative evaluations; create and enhance measurement tools; and promote data use for continuous improvement internally and externally. The Director will work closely with the Forum for Youth Investment’s senior leadership team to fully utilize the knowledge resources of the organization toward advancement of mission and growth. The ideal candidate will blend superior quantitative and methodological skills with content knowledge in youth development, education and improvement science to drive quality, increase the value and impact of services, and strengthen the field.

Senior Program Associate –Technical Assistance and Coaching Support Systems (TACSS) Initiative

The Senior Program Associate will bring superior knowledge of positive youth development practices, afterschool program models, and experience providing data-driven planning services in the education or human services fields, and leverage this knowledge to support continuous improvement efforts in Out-of-School Time (OST) settings. The Senior Program Associate will coach 21st CCLC grantee directors, site supervisors, and direct service staff, and develop close, collaborative working relationships in order to support aligned development and execution of multi-year program quality improvement initiatives.


All positions at the Weikart Center are based in our Ypsilanti, MI office unless otherwise noted.

Openings at the Forum for Youth Investment office in Washington, D.C. can be viewed here.


The Forum for Youth Investment is committed to creating a diverse work environment and is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer and drug-free workplace, and to comply with ADA regulations as applicable. All applicants are considered for all positions without regard to race, religion, color, sex, gender, sexual orientation, pregnancy, age, national origin, ancestry, physical/mental disability, severe/morbid obesity, medical condition, military/veteran status, genetic information, marital status, ethnicity, alienage or any other protected classification, in accordance with applicable federal, state, and local laws. We encourage individuals of all backgrounds to apply. If you are a qualified candidate with a disability, please email us at if you require a reasonable accommodation to complete your application.