Since 1987, Southwest Key has recruited, hired, and trained diverse staff with tremendous depth in skills, qualifications and experience. Southwest Key's 65 programs are staffed by hundreds of youth care workers, masters-level social workers, teachers, drivers, cooks, case aides, clinicians and more. We have a workforce of over 2,000 employees in 6 states. Each program is supervised by a Program Director (PD) located on-site in field offices. One Regional Executive Director (RED) is appointed to oversee a set of programs of a particular geographic area. One Chief Program Officer is responsible for oversight of all REDs, PDs and programs in their area of service.
Southwest Key is an extremely lean and efficient organization. Our national headquarters, located in Austin, Texas, houses a small and talented team of 90 administrative and operational staff, including accountants, human resources and payroll professionals, executive managers and directors, and administrative and IT technicians. This administrative team supports over 1,900 direct care staff in the field.
From his start in South Texas, Dr. Sánchez recognized that, while most clients were poor kids of color, very few professionals were people of color. Dr. Sánchez inspires others to become leaders and has built a minority-led organization known for its cultural competency. We believe effective services must be culturally relevant and delivered by persons knowledgeable of cultural, language, and ethnic differences.
The cornerstone of all of the programs at Southwest Key is cultural relevance. Through the many programs we operate across the United States, Latino and African-American youth and young people from poor families make up the vast majority of our client population. As such, we have placed a significant emphasis on the importance of our staff reflecting the population we serve. Southwest Key is one of the most diverse nonprofits in the country, and all of our employees, executive management team and board members represent the youth we serve.
- 8 of 9 members of Southwest Key's executive management team are people of color
- Southwest Key was rated 5th among top 25 Hispanic nonprofits in the US by Hispanic Business Magazine (May 2012)
- Read about Southwest Key's Founder and CEO, Dr. Juan Sanchez
Equal Employment Opportunity
Southwest Key is committed to the policy of equal opportunity in employment. It is our policy to offer equal employment opportunity to every applicant or employee based only on the person’s qualifications to perform the job, without regard to race, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, marital status, physical or mental disability or veteran status as defined by law. Southwest Key’s equal opportunity policy also applies to any applicant or employee with a life threatening illness or contagious disease, such as cancer, heart disease, multiple sclerosis, tuberculosis, Human Immunodeficiency Virus, Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome, hepatitis B virus and hepatitis C virus.
This policy of nondiscrimination applies to employment, training, compensation, benefits, promotion, transfer, social and recreational programs, discipline, layoffs, return from layoffs, termination and all other conditions of employment. Reasonable accommodations, as required by law, will be provided to enable an individual who makes known his or her disability to perform the essential functions of his or her job and to enjoy the same benefits and privileges of employment as are enjoyed by employees without disabilities.
All employees are expected to comply with Southwest Key’s equal employment opportunity policy. If you have any questions regarding our equal employment opportunity policy or if you believe you have in any way been discriminated against, please contact the human resources department.