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New York Edge OUS Program Director in New York, New York


New York Edge is New York’s leading provider of after-school programs. Our mission is to help bridge the academic performance gap among under-achieving students and in low income neighborhoods through wholesome, skill-building activities designed to improve children’s academic performance, health and wellness, attitude towards school, self-confidence, character and values, and opportunity for lifelong employment.


The Program Director has overall accountability for the growth, quality and success of the program operation, its students and staff. The primary responsibility of the Program Director is to manage the day-to-day operations in order to ensure that Once Upon a Summer Program quality standards and guidelines are met and that the program is meeting all contract requirements. The Program Director works in conjunction with key school personnel and Once Upon a Summer Program staff to implement the Once Upon A Summer Program Model. He/she fosters an atmosphere of fun and learning utilizing a broad range of Literacy, STEM, Sports and Arts related activities where the concept of teamwork, fair play and sportsmanship can flourish and serve as a role model to youth. The Program Director always conducts him/herself in the utmost professional manner and always maintains appropriate Boundaries.

Once Upon a Summer Program Program Director must embrace positive child and youth development principles and practices. These include building on youth strengths rather than focusing on youth deficits; setting and maintaining high expectations; understanding the centrality of and fostering positive relationships with peers and adults; providing age-appropriate and challenging programming; engaging participants as partners, not just as consumers of services; promoting positive identity formation and helping young people to fully develop their potential.

Once Upon a Summer Program Directors respect and value the cultures and traditions of participants, their families and their communities, and treat all participants and staff equally, irrespective of race, religion, sex, gender identity, national origin, age or disability. Once Upon a Summer Program Directors must appreciate the range of abilities and diverse needs of children and youth in our programs. The Once Upon a Summer 2020 Program is a virtual program that runs 8am-12:30pm for 6 weeks starting July 13th and ending August 21st.


  • Accountable for ensuring Once Upon a Summer Program maintains an emotionally and physically safe environment for youth that meets all compliance and safety requirements set forth by the organization, DOE, DOH, funders and applicable labor law.

  • Establishes a combination of program activities to provide academic support, literacy driven programming, skill-driven sports, fitness and wellness activities, and visual and performing arts instruction.

  • Organizes special and culminating events, including showcases that highlight student achievement and culturally enriching field trips.

  • Responsible for the development and implementation of innovative and age appropriate curriculum, enrichment activities, and theme based projects taking into consideration the youth needs and abilities.

  • Creates and distributes schedules of all activities and ensures appropriate record keeping and reporting of all youth attendance.

  • Ensures youth and their families are properly informed and prepared for all special events.

  • Ultimately responsible for the appropriate behavior and conduct of youth in the program and on trips. Promotes positive character development in all youth.

  • Resolves any youth related issues as they arise.

  • Responsible for recruitment and supervision of participants. This may include calling, e-mailing, and posting announcements, holding information sessions, encouraging youth, answering applicant questions and other strategies to motivate youth to enroll and continue participation on a consistent basis.

  • Responsible for recruitment and supervision of dedicated staff that meet the highest standards of qualifications in being able to carry out the New York Edge mission and goals of the Once Upon a Summer Program.

  • Provides site based support, development and recognition for all staff in the Once Upon A Summer Program in order to ensure success in the implementation of program objectives.

  • Takes photographs of site activities and provides them to the Development and Marketing Department.

  • Collaborates with Program Manager on all sub-contract and Consultant activities performed at site prior to commencement of any services.


  • Cultivates and forges positive relations with Principal, Assistant Principals, school district administrators, teachers, parents and parent coordinators and other key constituents in the community while actively seeking to raise their awareness of the Once Upon A Summer Program and engage their support in ensuring programmatic quality for the youth we serve.

  • Collaborates all Once Upon A Summer partners on program delivery to align with the goals in relation to student achievement and performance.

  • Establishes parent involvement in areas of advocacy, special events, daily operations, education, and trips.

  • Promotes the Once Upon A Summer Program in the community through flyer distribution, and attendance at meetings.

  • Creates and distributes program updates, attends outreach events and establishes successful communication as the organization’s lead ambassador.

  • Identifies and utilizes community resources, including other schools, libraries, community and local government agencies.

  • Keeps Program Manager informed of pertinent site information, including any challenges in fulfilling responsibilities


  • Ensures the Program is compliant with DOE and DOHMH regulations and timelines.

  • Monitors and ensures all program compliance, including but not limited to student registration, ratios, attendance tracking, IDs, and online virtual learning.

  • Ensures that student attendance information is being properly collected and delivered to the Data Department on a weekly basis.

  • Ensures that new hires have taken appropriate steps prior to beginning work assignments (i.e., DOE background clearance, attended and completed required training, and all required HR paperwork completed).

  • Ensures time sheets are accurately completed and submitted to Payroll on time.

  • Maintains accurate records (i.e., staff files, program flyers, materials, schedule and curriculum).

  • Reports site injuries via appropriate forms and immediately communicate incidents with school and Once Upon a Summer personnel.

  • Assist Program Manager in ensuring budgetary compliance and with submission of any required documents or reports to funding sources.

  • Tracks and cares for all equipment and supplies used


  • Reliable, organized and punctual

  • Knowledge of effective sports, arts, and academic programming

  • Expert understanding of New York City and New York State education requirements in an urban setting

  • Strong leader and team-builder

  • Ability to resolve conflicts and negotiate solutions

  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with program staff and school partners

  • Excellent communication (oral and written) and interpersonal skills with proven ability to interact with a diverse range of individuals both in person, virtually and over the phone, applying tact and discretion as situations demand

  • Must have excellent organizational, time management and follow-up skills

  • Must be able to clearly articulate outcome requirements and provide the necessary and appropriate resources and support for Community Educators, Lead Community Educators, Teachers and Group Leaders to successfully deliver on objectives

  • Responsible and professional conduct that serves as role model to staff and youth

  • Exhibits strong character traits and exercises patience and creativity while seeking win-win scenarios

  • Ability to set priorities and meet deadlines

  • Must demonstrate ability to manage multiple priorities simultaneously

  • Experienced with E-learning and Virtual Learning

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Excel, Outlook, and Word


  • Bachelor’s degree required with preference in Education, Psychology, or Social Work

  • Must have passion for New York Edge mission and demonstrated interest in the field of education and youth development

  • Prior work experience in urban education, including supervisory experience

  • Must be able to consistently start work at 8 am on a daily basis from home/remote setting

  • Must possess and be able to maintain, throughout the assignment, the technology (hardware, software, internet access and working cell phone) required to perform the duties of the position including communications with supervisor and other staff members

  • Broad knowledge of the principles and practices of current educational trends in curriculum and instruction

  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with students, families and school partners including school administration and staff

  • Must pass pre-employment background investigation including but not limited to employment history and criminal background check

  • Must be available for all six (6) continuous weeks of the program

  • Must be available for all hours of the program on a daily basis

  • Must complete all required trainings (if applicable)

  • Bilingual: Fluent in Spanish highly preferred

  • Teaching and summer program management experience preferred

  • At least 18.0 credit hours from an accredited college or university in the field of Child Development, Elementary Education, Physical Education, Recreation or a related field preferred

At time of offer and acceptance, the job requires safety and security clearances through the Department of Education and Department of Health.

New York Edge is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

Disclaimer: The statements herein are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by the employee in this position. These statements are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of a person in this position.

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