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Position:                     Deputy Director of Elementary & Middle School Programs

Department:             Youth Services

Reports To:               Director of Youth Services

Hours:                        Full-Time

Salary:                        $85,000

FLSA:                        Exempt


Position Summary:

The Deputy Director of Youth Services will assist in leadership, management, and motivation to the Youth Services department. The Deputy Director will oversee two Program Managers (multi-site supervisors) and manage the daily operations of all SONYC/COMPASS Middle School, Elementary School/Center-based programs, College Readiness, and Intergenerational Tutoring Program. The Deputy Director will oversee all programs’ day-to-day operations, including hiring, training, evaluating, and supervising staff, program development, managing relations with schools and program partners, managing the program’s budget, and meeting all contractual obligations. The Deputy Director will also be responsible for marketing the programs to target communities and schools, representing the program at off-site meetings and conferences, and establishing relationships as necessary. The Deputy Director will ensure all program guidelines are being followed and contractual obligations are met. Additionally, the Deputy Director will participate in grant writing and fundraising efforts on behalf of Youth Services.



·      Work with program managers and program directors to co-develop program and academic goals and benchmarks for evaluating them.

·      Provide oversight of program grants, progress reports, budgets, accounts receivables, and contract compliances.

·      Coordinate with the Program Manager and Program Directors to set program calendars and ensure programs meet benchmarks and program outcomes.

·      Provide oversight of student recruitment, retention, and finding supplemental supports for students as needed in collaboration with program directors.

·      Coordinate program marketing, communications to stakeholders, and oversight of culminating events.

·      Oversee and direct the day-to-day operations of all SONYC/COMPASS Middle School, Elementary School/Center-based programs.

·      Oversee and direct the day-to-day operations of all College Readiness and Intergenerational Tutoring Programs.

·      Ensure that the agency’s programs meet the educational and social-emotional needs of youth participants.

·      Supervise and coordinate the efforts of all SONYC/COMPASS Middle School, Elementary School/Center-based programs, College Readiness, and Intergenerational Tutoring Programs.

·      Ensure all statutory and regulatory regulations are met, and all required licenses are up to date.

·      Ensure all funding agency policies and procedures and Union Settlement policies and practices are enforced and followed.

·      Collaborate with the Human Resources Department, Director of Youth Services, and the Program Managers (Multi-Site Supervisors) to evaluate staff performance, identify areas of needed training and facilitate such training.

·      Define, measure, and evaluate program performance and create continuous improvement plans based on data.

·      Ensure participant and staff files are maintained.

·      Support the program managers (multi-site supervisor) and program directors in intentional pedagogic approaches and curriculum development (grounded in the latest evidence-based positive youth development framework, ensuring DOE alignment/DYCD, and sharing new trends curriculum/learning landscape).

·      Support staff to align curriculum with DYCD logic models, strategic plans, rubrics, and frameworks.

·      Work with the program managers (multi-site supervisor) and program directors to set instructional goals and review lesson plans periodically for quality assurance.

·      Work with the program managers (multi-site supervisor) and program directors to conduct regular site visits observing instructional staff implementing after-school services.

·      Provide day-to-day supervision of program staff and report to the Director of Youth Services.

·      Work under the supervision of the Director of Youth Services.

·      Fill in for Program Manager as needed in the event of absence or transition.

·      Support Human Resources for program staff, including onboarding and orientation, employee paperwork, benefits administration, timesheets, pay-time off, medical leave.

·      Collect and review evidence with the staff of their accomplishments meeting goals.

·      Support staff in coordinating culminating events.

·      Foster a proactive learning community among staff members and key program stakeholders to encourage best practices, interdepartmental collaboration, and continuous program improvement.

·      Foster internal and external strategic professional development opportunities for staff (including but not limited to study groups, peer working groups, retreats, training, conferences, etc.)

·      Additional duties as assigned by the Director of Youth Services.



·      Master’s degree in Education, School Counseling, Youth Development or a related field, from an accredited college or university, preferred. At minimum, Bachelor’s Degree required.

·      At least ten years’ experience in staff and program management.

·      At least three years of experience as a senior manager, ideally including successful experience overseeing DYCD-funded contracts.

·      Knowledge of NYC laws, regulation, policies, and systems governing youth services, including DYCD and DOHMH regulations, as well as experience using the DYCD Online/Connect and Capricorn systems.

·      Excellent organizational, analytical, financial management, and problem-solving skills.

·      Excellent oral and written communication skills.

·      Demonstrated computer skills, including significant experience using Excel.

·      Demonstrated ability to perform multiple tasks effectively in a challenging and fast-paced environment.

·      Demonstrated understanding of the challenges facing youth in an urban setting, ideally including an understanding of the needs of youth and families in East Harlem.

·      Ability to listen to and address concerns of youth and parents with care and compassion.

·      Unquestioned personal and professional integrity.

·      A dedicated work ethic.

·      Ability to multi-task and attend to details while keeping an eye on the big picture.

·      Experience with and respect for protocol.

·      Excellent interpersonal, written, and verbal communication skills.


To Apply:


Please include a cover letter, resume, writing sample, salary requirements, and contact information for at least three professional references.



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