After-School Program Director – IS 227

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Who we are:

Founded in 1981, NIA Community Services Network is a nonprofit organization dedicated to addressing issues that impact youth, families, and seniors. NIA serves thousands of clients each year through after-school programs, summer day camps, cultural arts opportunities, youth and family counseling services, community assistance, referral services, and senior support programs.

NIA offers students access to arts, sports, leadership, STEM, and academic opportunities through after-school programs that foster positive youth development, teach new skills, and encourage learning through exploration. NIA programs provide an environment where students learn to think critically and communicate confidently; a place where students develop the tools necessary to realize their individual talents and embrace the larger world through meaningful opportunities for experiential education, service learning, and community building.

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Program Director

The Program Director is responsible for the oversight of a school-based after-school program. The Program Director provides leadership, direction, supervision, and support to program staff to ensure desired program goals and outcomes are met. The Program Director serves as the primary contact between NIA and the school principal, and represents NIA to the whole school community. The Program Director will report to a Program Supervisor and will work with assigned supervisor to create a dynamic after-school program that includes academic enrichment, project based learning, arts, sports, and leadership activities.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Supervise all aspects of a school-based after-school program
  • Manage daily operations and coordinate with the school’s administration, teachers, secretaries, and custodial staff
  • Organize program logistics, such as schedules, lesson plan collection, snack and space reservations, trips, supply requests, and programmatic needs
  • Build relationships with the school principal and administrative team to facilitate seamless integration of NIA staff and expanded hours into the overall school culture
  • Build and maintain positive relationships with all stakeholders (participants, parents, school staff and administration, funders, the community, and NIA)
  • Ensure that the program operates in compliance with all DOH and funder regulations and meets all contractual obligations, specifically in the area of enrollment and rate of participation
  • Maintain accurate and up-to-date attendance data and meet deadlines for data entry into database
  • Assist in the interviewing, managing, training, and coaching of program staff and volunteers
  • Conduct classroom observations; assess and evaluate staff on a consistent basis and address concerns as they arise
  • Maintain accurate time and attendance records for all staff, current staff and student files, incident and accident reports, and other required documentation and student data
  • Review lesson plans weekly; support the development of curriculum maps and activity plans
  • Ensure program content supports initiative goals and outcomes
  • Participate in school leadership committees and PTA meetings
  • Work closely with families, parents, and guardians to ensure the needs of students are met
  • Create a strong sense of community which values respect, acceptance, and high expectations
  • Perform other duties and tasks as deemed necessary by the NIA

Qualifications and Requirements:

  • A minimum of a Bachelor’s degree related to education or youth development
  • A minimum of four years of relevant experience working with children in an educational setting is preferred
  • At least two years experience supervising staff and managing programs is preferred
  • Strong leadership, conflict-resolution and diplomacy skills
  • Excellent organizational skills, attention to detail, ability to prioritize, meet deadlines and multitask in a fast-paced environment
  • Capacity to work independently and collaboratively
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Computer proficiency including Microsoft Word and Excel, email correspondence, and database management is required
  • Familiarity with NY State Standards
  • Must be available to work Monday through Friday, between the hours of 10:00 am and 6:00 pm
  • Must take part in 30 hours of professional development opportunities per year and be available for some organization events outside of regular business hours

This is a full-time position. Salary is commensurate with applicant experience and program size.

A current physical exam and TB test are required for all Program Directors. All site-based staff must be fingerprinted before being hired. A $25 mandatory background check is required.

How to apply:

Please apply with a resume and cover letter. Applications submitted without a resume and cover letter will not be considered. Only candidates being considered for the position will be contacted.

As per COVID-Safe Requirement set forth by New York City, all staff working for the Department of Education are required to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19. Employment with NIA Community Services Network Inc. is contingent upon receipt of proof of vaccination status.

NIA Community Services Network, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer that is committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace. We prohibit discrimination and harassment of any kind based on race, color, sex, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, genetic information, pregnancy, or any other protected characteristic as outlined by federal, state, or local laws.

This policy applies to all employment practices within our organization, including hiring, recruiting, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, leave of absence, compensation, benefits, training, and apprenticeship. NIA Community Services Network, Inc. makes hiring decisions based solely on qualifications, merit, and business needs at the time.

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