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Educational Alliance, Inc. Associate Executive Director of Programs in New York, New York

Educational Alliance brings together and partners with diverse communities in Lower Manhattan, offering individuals and families high-quality, multi-generational programs and services that enhance their well-being and socioeconomic opportunities. We are a place where everyone is welcome and where progress is powered one relationship at a time. We are proud of our legacy as a Jewish organization and we provide high-quality, transformational services and programs to all New Yorkers through our network of community centers on Manhattan’s Lower East Side and East Village. As we have for 130 years, we offer best-in-class programming–now across 15 sites—focusing on a mix of education, health and wellness, arts and culture, and civic engagement.

The Role:

Reporting to the Executive Director, the Associate Executive Director of Programs for the Community Schools and Youth Development (CSYD) department is responsible for building a strong team, fostering dynamic organizational culture and strengthening our programs and impact in our communities. The AED will embody and lead CSYD in the execution of its mission and vision, while upholding Educational Alliance’s values. As a member of the senior leadership team, the AED is a key liaison between our school based programs and Teen Center and internal Operations and Development. Direct reports include seven afterschool program directors. This position oversees all program-related activities, provides vision and strategy around future departmental needs, and strengthens staff capacity and organizational culture.

The Associate Executive Director of Programs must be an experienced educator and/or youth developer, a skilled manager capable of working with teams and programs across multiple sites, a seasoned collaborator with a demonstrable history working with various stakeholders to achieve desired outcomes. The position will partner with program directors to assess, develop plans, and oversee CSYD afterschool programs and the Teen Center.

Responsibilities:

The AED assumes the following responsibilities under the Executive Director and in collaboration with other members of the CSYD leadership team and their staff:

Vision and Strategy:

  • Inspiring Leadership. Provide effective and thoughtful leadership by building strong relationships with program directors, students, families, school based teams, and all members of CSYD.

  • Strategic Vision. Provide vision and mission, assisting in the development of a strategic plan. Provide strategy and assistance around the budget for future programming, staffing, training, space, infrastructure and system needs that will help develop the department more effectively carry out its mission with a focus on continuous quality improvement.

    Staff Development:

  • Staff Growth. Oversee recruitment, onboarding, selection, hiring and training for program teams, including drafting and updating job descriptions, conducting interviews, hiring and training.

  • Professional Development. In partnership with the Executive Director, foster a work environment that is learning and growing together. Provide training and staff development opportunities for all afterschool program staff, building a supportive environment and enhancing the staff’s professional capabilities through training and coaching.

  • Staff Performance Evaluation. Conduct regular staff evaluations, strengthening the current structure and process, ensuring a smooth, intentional and proactive evaluation process. Oversee the process of conflict resolution within the department as needed to build a cohesive, relationship-driven work environment.

    Program Oversight

  • Program Oversight. Work with program directors to strengthen programmatic policies and program spaces. Through effective communication and strategic planning, create clear program goals and expectations.

  • Program Impact and Evaluation. Work with program staff to evaluate programs based on an evaluation system to be designed by the Associate Executive Director and approved by the Executive Director, developing new methods and working with program directors to ensure/increase impact.

  • Meeting Facilitation. Set the department meeting and check-in structures for all program directors. Create consistency and structure for program directors and programmatic teams.

  • Policies and Practice. Implement practices and develop new policies that reinforce CSYD’s values, promote professional well-being, staff retention, and long-term sustainability.

    External Relations

  • Government Relations. Ensure compliance with regulations and contracts across all partner City Agencies to include DYCD, DOH and DOE, and any other partner funders, donors or other initiatives.

Other:

  • Remain informed of best practices in afterschool programs and youth development

  • Remain informed of requirements from funders, donors, partner agencies and ensure compliance.

  • Attend internal and external meetings as requested or required.

  • Perform other tasks as assigned.

Requirements/Qualifications:

To perform this new and critical position successfully, the Associate Executive Director must be able to fulfill all of the elements of the job description to the highest standard, and be able to work well with colleagues in a high energy and collaborative work environment. All employees are expected to contribute to ongoing growth and improvement in their departments via excellent job performance and proactive communication.

  • Master’s degree strongly required with a background in youth development, education, or similar field.

  • Proven track record of effectively leading a direct service programs with the ability to leverage staff strengths across program sites; DYCD experience preferred.

  • Strong management and decision-making skills including the ability to influence, engage, and lead others to new levels of effectiveness and programmatic impact.

  • Strong emotional intelligence and ability to coach, mentor, relate and listen to their team members.

  • Demonstrated ability to be an analytic and decisive decision maker with the ability to prioritize and communicate to staff key objectives and tactics necessary to achieve organizational goals.

  • Exceptional written, oral and presentation skills with the ability to effectively interface with senior management, staff, and external stakeholders.

  • Past experience in program evaluation, knowledge in nonprofit evaluation methods and tactics.

  • Demonstrated computer expertise with Microsoft Office tools, Google applications and email applications; and database systems.

  • Self-motivated, results driven, detail oriented, and adaptable.

  • Able to exercise good judgment, discretion, and confidentiality.

Benefits:

  • Generous PTO Policy

  • Competitive Salary

  • Medical & Dental Insurance

  • Pension Plan

  • 403b Retirement Plans

  • Discount Perks for Movies, Broadway Shows, Amusement Parks, Etc.

  • Free Gym Membership to our Manny Cantor Center Gym & 14TH ST Y Gym

  • Discounts to programs at Educational Alliance

Limitations and Disclaimer

The above job description is meant to describe the general nature and level of work being performed; it is not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required for the position

COVID Vaccination Policy

Educational Alliance mandates that all staffers are fully vaccinated in an effort to protect the health and safety of both our staff and our visitors. New employees must be fully vaccinated before their start date and will be required to show proof of vaccination by showing their physical vaccination card or using the Excelsior Pass or other government-sanctioned vaccine app. All vaccine-related information will be kept private under HIPAA regulations by EA and its employees.

If employees have a qualifying medical exemption or sincerely held religious belief that prevents them from getting that vaccine, they should request a Reasonable Accommodation Form from the Human Resources department, which will be reviewed by the Chief People and Equity Officer as well as HR representatives. Employees may be required to substantiate their request for exemption with the appropriate documentation. Staff will not be subject to discrimination or retaliation based on their vaccination status.

EEO Info

Educational Alliance is committed to workplace diversity and inclusion. We are equal opportunity employers and do not discriminate in hiring or employment on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, gender identity and expression, marital status, sexual orientation, age, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law. Educational Alliance takes affirmative action in support of its policy to employ and advance in employment individuals who are minorities, women, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities.

Educational Alliance is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

For further information about Educational Alliance, please visit https://edalliance.org.

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