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HANAC, Inc. Program Director in Astoria, New York

HANAC, Inc. – originally founded by George Douris as the Hellenic American Neighborhood Action Committee – is a New York City-based multi-faceted social services organization. The organization was founded in 1972 to serve the needs of vulnerable populations throughout New York City.

The Program Director will be responsible for the development of project-based experiences, service learning projects, in-classroom workforce development experiences, worksite development, providing career coaching and counseling, and any additional activities according to our program design. Work with the Program Directors/Director in developing project plans, budgets, and schedules. Coordinate with management in preparing project proposals and contractual documents. He/she is committed to positive youth development principles and creates a collaborative environment of inquiry, reflection, and discovery in which youth feel comfortable sharing and challenging themselves. The program goals include:

  • Developing young people's work readiness and social and job skills.

  • Providing safe work environments.

  • Adhering to agency policies and procedures.

  • Providing integral support services across program units.

  • Managing programmatic recordkeeping.

    Salary $60,000 (depending on experience)

    Work Schedule: Flexible between the hours of 8 am-11 pm

    Work Location: Varies depending on company needs. The main Location is 23-16 30th Avenue, Astoria, NY 11102

    Major Functions/Accountabilities:

  • The Program Director will assist the Director in all aspects of a successful program/s. In addition, other duties may be assigned when needed.

  • Provide leadership, direction, training, and support in the following areas: Program Outreach, Enrollment, Document Collection, Maintaining Folders, and the supervision of workforce development staff.

  • Develop and finalize project-based experiences, service learning projects, and in-classroom workforce development experiences.

  • Develop and maintain a relationship with the DOE school principal and designated school staff to ensure school goals and needs are reflected in workforce programming.

  • Act as liaison to worksites. Assist with the recruitment of worksite sponsors for the Youth Employment Programs.

  • Responsible for the management and on-site, day-to-day supervision of programs, services, and activities funded directly through SYEP.

  • In conjunction with the Program Directors/Director, plan, organize, and manage special events as assigned by the Director of Workforce Development or Director or as planned by on-site staff.

  • Initiate and coordinate program activities, including recruitment, registration, and collection of documentation, orientation, payroll, and program implementation.

  • Monitor and maintain program files such as worksite, participant, & staff e/file folders.

  • Provide career coaching and counseling.

  • Assist with the professional development of the workforce development team.

  • Assist with participant placement. In addition to assisting with participant placement, it will be necessary to inform the Program Directors/Director of any changes that are made for proper record keeping.

  • Review monitoring reports on the Youth Employment online system/paper-based on a weekly basis.

  • Responsible for the entry/approval of participant timesheets and signing them at the end of the pay period.

  • Ensure that incident reports (accidents, injuries, altercations, etc.) are submitted no later than the date of occurrence.

  • Responsible for the evaluations of all staff at the end of the program.

  • Attend staff meetings and professional development training as required

  • Complete Basecamp check-ins twice per day

  • Monitor and review projects/tasks on Basecamp. Assign tasks to teams on Basecamp as needed.

  • Responsible for the success of positive and innovative service delivery.

  • Supervise program staff, coach on program guidelines and policies, and maintain contract compliance.

  • Submit reports and collect required data accordingly.

  • Maintain communication with the Director informing of programmatic changes and issues that affect operations or onsite safety.

  • Submit Payroll for processing for HANAC staff and program participants.

  • Meet regularly and collaborate with Director to create and implement various program budgets.

  • Conduct weekly meetings.

  • Attend meetings and professional development training as needed.

  • Assist with any program activity deemed necessary by upper management.


  • Ability and patience to work with youth, recognizing their exuberance and juvenile behavior, particularly in group settings.

  • Travel within NYC: use public transportation or traverse city streets, occasionally ascend/descend stairs, and be exposed to outside weather conditions.

  • Ability to work with the public and/or youth.

  • Remain in a stationary position at a workstation and use a computer at least 80% of the time.


  • Must possess a Bachelor’s Degree or higher.

  • Minimum three years of supervisory experience.

  • Minimum of three years experience in managing youth employment programs.

  • Must be proficient in Microsoft Office Word/Excel2010, Google applications such as Gmail, Google Voice, Google Drive, Dropbox, and Calendar usage; demonstrated work proficiency with the Internet.

  • Experience with classroom management.

  • Prior knowledge of Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP)

  • Experience developing youth development, work readiness curricula, and lesson plans.

  • Demonstrated experience working with youth development programs and facilitating educational workshops for young people

  • Unflappable customer service, organization, and time management skills.

  • Excellent verbal, writing, math, and interpersonal skills are required.

  • Flexibility in schedule and some evenings/weekends will be necessary.

  • Bilingual, English/Spanish a plus.

  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with teams.

  • Strong organizational skills, be detail oriented with the ability to prioritize, manage multiple projects and execute in a high-volume environment.

  • Ability to work both independently and with others to resolve issues and maintain composure and professionalism in an environment of changing and/or multiple priorities.

  • Must be able to work on a timetable, meet deadlines, follow instructions and accept directions on given assignments.

  • Ability to maintain social, ethical, and organizational standards in job-related activities, at work, and in the community.

  • Ability to interact with individuals with different cultural backgrounds.

  • Passion and commitment to make a positive impact on the lives of youth.

  • Must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 at the commencement of employment or adhere to enhanced protocols if Company determines your job position requires accessing a HANAC worksite.

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