Program Coordinator

| July 22, 2014

Job description

Union Settlement Association is an on-the-ground resource for East Harlem residents of all ages, and a passionate advocate for the needs of underserved communities. Since opening our doors in 1895, we have brought education, wellness and community-building programs to our neighborhood, empowering New Yorkers with opportunities to better their lives. More than 350 staff work in our organization, and our services impact 10,000 people every year. By helping our neighbors realize their goals, we build the vitality and success of East Harlem. For more information about Union Settlement, please visit our website at

Program Description:

Youth@Union Programs are built on a foundation of academic skills enrichment, positive youth development, and the cultivation of informed and independent decision making. Recognizing the needs of the East Harlem community and its children at the highest elementary levels, Union Settlement has created Rising Stars, an after school program whose initiative is designed to enhance the lives of its participants ages 5-12. Rising Stars provides enrichment activities within the areas of academics, artistic exploration, recreation, and personal development in leadership.

Position: Rising Stars Program Director

Department: Youth Services

Reports to: Director of Youth Services

Hours: Full-Time

Overall Responsibility: The Rising Stars Program Director is responsible for the day-to-day operation of the Rising Stars program, funded by the Department of Youth & Community Development (DYCD). Responsibilities include, but are not limited to the hiring, training, evaluation, supervision, and management of daily operations of a diverse staff ranging from seasoned activity specialists to high school interns. Additionally, the Program Director is responsible for program development, managing relations with schools and program partners, managing the program’s budget, and meeting all DYCD contractual obligations. The Program Director will be responsible for marketing the program to target communities and schools, representing the program at off-site meetings and conferences, and establishing relationships with community partners. The individual will participate in grant writing and fundraising efforts on behalf of the program, as needed.

Specific Responsibilities and Expectations:

·Ensure OST database is updated weekly including attendance, work scope, program schedule, and staffing.

·Develop activities and workshops for youth development to in areas including homework help, academic support, tutoring, creative & performing arts, technology, organized sports prevention, and trips.

·Managing the Theme Teams projects quarterly including completion of program reports.

·Create and maintain a welcoming, productive, and encouraging environment for participants, their families, and members of the community.

·Develop, implement, and manage STEM activities.

·Collaborate with families to solve problems.

·Host monthly parent meetings.

·Ensure sufficient numbers of private and voucher families are recruited for school year and summer programming.

·Manage other privately funded contracts.

·Participate in Youth Services programmatic committees.

·Attend committee meetings, programmatic meetings, departmental meetings, and agency-wide leadership staff meeting.

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


·Master’s Degree in Education or related field strongly preferred; at minimum Bachelor’s Degree in Education or related field.

·Familiarity with the DYCD funded OST programs.

·Demonstrated experienced in practicing youth development principles and working with urban youth ages 5 to 12.

·Demonstrated understanding of the challenges facing youth in an urban setting

·Strong verbal and written skills.

·Strong, demonstrated computer skills.

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

·Strong commitment to working with youth.

·Bilingual (English/Spanish) preferred.

How to apply

Please send cover letter, resume, writing sample, and 3 professional references to:

Please indicate Rising Stars Program Director in the subject of e-mail.