The Hunts Point Alliance for Children (HPAC) is a non-profit organization transforming the lives of children and families in the Hunts Point Peninsula neighborhood located in the South Bronx. Founded in 2006 in response to the low educational outcomes of Hunts Point students, HPAC assumed the bold mission of expanding the hopes and potential of neighborhood children and their families. The organization accomplishes this by nurturing children and youth along their path to college or career. Over the past decade, HPAC has grown to become a central community leader and currently serves approximately 300 children annually across programs that target early learning all the way through college.
HPAC is seeking a program manager who is invested in delivering quality youth-oriented programming and committed to serving youth in the South Bronx to manage two exciting programs for our middle schoolers at this important moment in realizing HPAC’s recent strategic plan:
In 2017, the Shakespeare Society, HPAC’s long-term partner for our capstone Hunts Point Children’s Shakespeare Ensemble, was transformed as the Public Shakespeare Initiative (PSI) through affiliation with the Public Theater. The Middle School Program Manager will collaborate with the PSI as the students create a Shakespeare production while increasing student literacy and social-emotional competencies.
The manager will also work closely with the HPAC Storefront Ensemble Director to drive the growth of our 7th and 8th grade program to engage students from all Hunts Point schools in our writing and theater program, which offers a safe space for students to explore the importance of physical, verbal, and written storytelling and their own narratives while improving mechanical writing skills.
For both programs, the Middle School Program Manager is the face of the HPAC to students’ families and developing close community partnerships.
The Middle School Program Manager’s main responsibilities are:
- Ensure that all middle school programs are fully enrolled and meet student engagement, retention, and attendance goals.
- Develop family relationships, management parent communication and engagement, utilizing ongoing communication, fall program orientation and performance invitations.
- Build authentic relationships with program partners, school partners, and community stakeholders.
- Work with HPAC High School Director and Family Project Staff to ensure smooth inter-program coordination and delivery of family services.
Responsibilities include (but are not limited to):
- Manage day-to-day program logistics with families and program directors, including onsite assistance during all Shakespeare program hours and as needed assistance for other middle school programming.
- Engage and consistently communicate with students, families, program partners, and HPAC staff all dates, deadlines, and opportunities.
- Maintain all student records, contact information, and evaluation data.
- Coordinate career and college learning opportunities for students in HPAC youth development programs, including Spring Career Day and other field trips, special events, and year-end performances.
- All other responsibilities required, and as assigned, to provide the highest quality program for the children of Hunts Point.
· Bilingual in English and Spanish required
· Minimum of 2-3 years’ experience working directly with children and families, preferably in urban settings
· Bachelor’s degree in education or related degree, preferred, or additional equivalent experience in direct community work centered on children and families.
· Strong relationship builder capable of developing relationships with various stakeholders such as parents, school administrators, and community members
· Compassionate towards the children and families we serve, as well as his or her colleagues
The Hunts Point Alliance for Children is an Equal Opportunity Employer that does not discriminate based on race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, national origin, age, marital status, disability, veteran status, genetic information, or any other basis protected by relevant national and state law.
Health insurance and generous vacation offered.
Level of Language Proficiency
Bilingual in English and Spanish, spoken and written, required
Minimum Education Required