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 administration 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 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:

  • All candidates must have at least two years direct experience working with children, including at least one year in a supervisory capacity in a childcare program or related field of work

  • All candidates must possess either a School Age Child Care Credential or at least 18 college credits in Child Development, Elementary Educations, Physical Education, Recreation, or a related field (such as Child Psychology)

  • A Bachelor's degree in education, youth development, or a related field 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 9:00 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 fill out the form below. Put "Program Director" in the Position You're Applying For field. Please upload your resume and a cover letter as well. Applications submitted without a resume and cover letter will not be considered. Only candidates being considered for the position will be contacted. 

About NIA:

Founded in 1981, the NIA Community Services Network is a nonprofit organization dedicated to addressing issues that impact youth, families, and seniors. The 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. 

The 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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