We Speak NYC Program Director

Job Type

Full Time




New York
New York
United States


We Speak NYC Program Director 

NYC Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs

Job ID: 22961

Division/Unit: Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs/We Speak NYC

Work Location: 250 Church St, New York, NY 10007

The Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs (MOIA) promotes the well-being of immigrant communities by recommending policies and programs that facilitate successful integration of immigrant New Yorkers into the civic, economic, and cultural life of the City. MOIA is one of the lead agencies for IDNYC, New York City’s successful municipal ID program, and is spearheading a number of initiatives to expand access to justice for immigrant communities. The work of the Office cuts across a broad range of issues citywide—for example, workers’ rights, health equity, and language access—and MOIA works closely with sister cities around the country on a pro-immigrant agenda. The We Speak NYC Program Director oversees the coordination and administration of all aspects of the We Speak NYC project including planning, organizing, leading and managing program activities.

We Speak NYC teaches English to adult English language learners (ELL) while connecting them to city services and promoting community empowerment. The program does this by using trained volunteers who teach classes at community-based locations such as libraries, CBOs, schools and faith organizations throughout the five boroughs. Last year the program engaged 3,500 ELLs and organized over 180 classes. Facilitators use a 17-part telenovela-style television series to provide adult immigrants with English language skills and inform them about city services. The program also provides resources to ESOL teachers to use the We Speak NYC series in their classrooms and to enhance learner engagement. The program recently rebranded (it was previously known as We Are New York), created seven new episodes, a new website and educational materials, and launched an ad campaign.


• Provide programmatic leadership, vision and administrative direction to the We Speak NYC Project;

• Develop and implement new initiatives to support the strategic direction of the program in support of MOIA’s mission and goals;

• Develop and implement long-term goals and objectives to achieve successful program outcomes;

• Develop an annual budget and operating plan to support the program;

• Build staffing capacity and support staff, and manage staff and interns;

• Develop and implement a roll-out strategy to integrate new We Speak materials into We Speak NYC community classes;

• Coordinate and develop recruitment strategies to attract and retain We Speak NYC volunteers, sponsors, and/or participants;

• Work with multiple vendors to carry out program goals/projects;

• Speak at public events and panels about We Speak NYC;

• Train volunteer facilitators ;

• Plan and coordinate events to promote interagency and/or stakeholder partnerships;

• Develop forms and records to document program activities, as needed;

• Research and analyze policies and procedures focusing on adult education at the local, state, and federal levels to inform best practice models;

• Support MOIA’s partnerships with other city agencies engaging in adult literacy across the Administration.


• Experience starting and managing projects involving multiple organizations serving diverse constituents;

• A track record of outstanding project management, including budgeting and supervision of staff and consultants;

• Strong management and leadership skills;

• Strong public speaking skills;

• A broad network of existing contacts relevant to the identified strategies;

• Knowledge of immigrant communities and, preferably, of ESL and adult learning;

• Ability to juggle multiple highly visible projects in a fast-paced environment

• Strong computer skills; and

• Bachelor’s Degree at a minimum.


Salary commensurate with experience.


Submit cover letter, resume, and three references to https://a002-oom03.nyc.gov/IRM/EventRegistration/RegForm.aspx?eventGuid=4645fdd8-310d-4db6-884b-e64d4d17fefd&jobid=22961&pos=We%20Speak%20NYC%20Program%20Director

Due to the volume of applications, we will only contact candidates invited to interview.

The City of New York and the Office of the Mayor Are Equal Opportunity Employers New York City Residency is Required within 90 Days of Appointment

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

No requirement