Director of Elementary and Middle School Programs

Job Type

Full Time


Minimum: $65,000
Maximum: $70,000




New York
United States


Director of Elementary & Middle School Programs (Full-time Position)

South Asian Youth Action (SAYA)

South Asian Youth Action (SAYA) is committed to providing its employees opportunities for growth in a supportive community environment. With a flexible schedule and generous benefits package, SAYA provides its employees a healthy work-life balance in a fast-growing youth development nonprofit.

SAYA: Belong. Grow. Thrive.

Organization Description

South Asian Youth Action (SAYA) is a 501(c)3 organization for New York City youth ranging in age from first graders to college students. SAYA is South Asian-focused, inclusive and committed to connecting young people from all backgrounds to opportunities. Our mission is to foster a strong sense of belonging in youth and provide them with tools to thrive academically, professionally and personally. Many of our participants are first- or second-generation immigrants and face challenges that can hinder their chances to be academically successful, graduate high school and go to college. SAYA provides an accessible, safe and culturally affirming space for all youth and offers mentorship beyond the classroom so they confidently grow into engaged community members ready for college, career and personal success. Established in 1996, SAYA has grown into a $4.3 million organization currently running programs at nine NYC schools and our community center in Elmhurst, Queens.

Position Summary

The Director of Elementary & Middle School Programs will provide operational oversight, fiscal management, strategic direction and quality assurance of SAYA’s year-round programming that promotes leadership development, enrichment opportunities, academic success and a college-bound culture for elementary and middle school youth and their families. Responsibilities will include strategic design, delivery, evaluation, and budgeting of SAYA’s elementary and middle school programs. They will lead efforts to develop SAYA’s support model to support youth and families with the middle and high school application processes. They will provide supervision, coaching and mentorship to all program directors and managers of elementary and middle school programs.


Reports to:

Senior Director of Programs & Evaluation


Program Directors of elementary and middle school programs, Program Manager of Middle-High School Transitions


  • Program Planning and Delivery
  • Management of comprehensive year-round youth development programs that provide academic, leadership and enrichment opportunities for hundreds of elementary and middle school youth annually.
  • Oversee strategy for youth recruitment, enrollment and attendance of SAYA’s elementary and middle school programming.
  • Deepen SAYA’s Middle to High School Transitions Programming to best support youth and their families with the high school application process.


  • Program Quality and Evaluation
  • Ensure quality curriculum design and delivery of programs which adhere to the theories of positive youth development and focus on: successful school educational and social experiences; school and college readiness including the transitions from elementary to middle school and middle to high school; leadership and community engagement; and access to enrichment opportunities.
  • Manage operating budgets for elementary and middle school programming in close partnership with the Finance department and Senior Director of Programs & Evaluation.
  • Be well-versed and current with assessment tools and youth development theories that are consistent with best practice and funding source requirements.
  • Collaborate with Director of Evaluation and Senior Director of Programs & Evaluation to ensure that we measure the impact of our programming through clear program objectives, data collection and evaluation efforts.
  • Ensure maintenance of all contractual, regulatory and funding source guidelines and requirements.
  • Supervise and promote the professional development of full-time and part-time employees, interns and volunteers in SAYA’s elementary and middle school programs.


·        Organizational Strategy and Partnerships

  • Work closely with the Senior Director of Programs & Evaluation, Executive Director and Development staff on fundraising and program development initiatives, grant proposals and reports, and other partnership initiatives.
  • Work with the Associate Director of High School Programs to encourage and facilitate continuation of youth involvement in our high school programs.
  • Work with the Manager of College Access & Success to recruit SAYA program alumni to work in our elementary and middle school programs while they are in college.
  • Cultivate and maintain relationships with representatives from government agencies and school administrators/teachers of the elementary and middle schools.
  • Develop partnerships with other organizations to provide youth with a range of resources, supports and enriching programming.
  • Oversee SAYA-wide organization events for elementary and middle school sites that aim to build cohesion in programming and networking opportunities for staff.
  • Represent SAYA at various external meetings, conferences and forums.
  • Perform other duties as assigned by supervisor.


  • Bachelor’s degree plus minimum of 5 years of experience with elementary and middle school youth required.
  • Master’s degree in Social Work, Education or related field strongly preferred.
  • Ability to develop and implement a programmatic vision across multiple locations.
  • Deep understanding of how to connect program goals with budgeting, including budget development and monitoring.
  • Experience supervising and developing a team of professionals.
  • Excellent interpersonal, organizational, oral and written communication skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and manage multiple priorities and projects effectively.
  • Experience working in the youth development, after school and public education arenas specifically in New York City a plus.


Key Competencies

Collaboration & Communication

  • Thrive on building relationships with youth, school staff and administration, parents and SAYA colleagues.
  • Develop and maintain partnerships with ease.
  • Enjoy working with and in teams.
  • Comfortable mediating conflicts among various stakeholders.


  • Desire to seek continuous opportunities to strategically improve elementary and middle school programs.
  • Demonstrate flexibility and implement programming under various conditions and challenges.


  • Skilled at mentoring staff to support them in developing professional skills.
  • Implements a transformational and adaptable leadership and managerial style.
  • Ability to foresee potential outcomes of managerial decisions on various stakeholders.
  • Comfortable navigating difficult conversations effectively, knowing when to step in and when to allow staff to handle a situation themselves.


We offer a flexible schedule and generous benefits package

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree