Director of Programs

Job Type

Full Time




United States


About NYC Kids RISE

NYC Kids RISE is a nonprofit organization working to expand economic opportunity and equity by providing families, schools, and communities with a way to work together to save for their children’s education. NYC Kids RISE manages the Save for College Program in partnership with the NYC Department of Education and the City of New York. The Save for College Program is a scholarship and savings program designed to make college more accessible and achievable for all NYC public school students, starting with all kindergartners in School District 30 in Queens—regardless of their family’s income or immigration status. By providing upfront scholarships for every eligible student and the tools and information for families to develop their own college savings plans, the Save for College Program empowers families to build a foundation for their child’s future. The Save for College Program will also engage the entire community to help all District 30 children realize their college dreams.

NYC Kids RISE launched the Save for College Program in School District 30 in Queens in Fall 2017, the first year of a three-cohort pilot that aims to enroll approximately 10,000 kindergarteners. (School District 30 includes the neighborhoods of Astoria, Ditmars, East Elmhurst, Hunter’s Point, Jackson Heights, Long Island City, Sunnyside and Woodside.) Following this pilot, NYC Kids RISE hopes to expand the Save for College Program to all NYC public schools.

Learn more about NYC Kids RISE and the Save for College Program at

Director of Programs

NYC Kids RISE, a newly formed nonprofit organization, seeks an entrepreneurial, highly organized, collaborative, systems-thinking, data-oriented, and experienced manager of teams to serve as its first Director of Programs. The Director of Programs (“The Director”) will be a key member of the founding Executive Team. The Director will be charged with overseeing the day-to-day program operations for the Save for College Program, ensuring that the Program is achieving its stated goals and outcomes. Reporting to the NYC Kids RISE Executive Director, and serving as part of the NYC Kids RISE leadership team, the Director’s work will fall into four core buckets: (1) Lead and ensure excellent day-to-day implementation of the Program as it rolls out in District 30 schools over the course of the 2017-2018 school year, and in future years (iterate and adapt as needed); (2) Lead key elements of programmatic design and strategy including systems and policies that enable stakeholders to meaningfully inform and co-create ongoing program design and implementation to ensure relevance, community ownership, impact, and sustainability, (3) Operationalize systems to monitor programmatic metrics, identify challenges, and drive adjustments and improvements to the program as it is implemented; and (4) Support and inform strategy and implementation for Program expansion to other school districts with ultimate citywide objective.

Leading a team of three Community Engagement Managers and four to six part-time Neighborhood Ambassadors, key responsibilities include but are not limited to:

1) Oversee, support the design of, and drive the core elements of program operations, including:

  • Program launch/education events in schools and throughout the community;
  • Training and on-going support to school stakeholders including Principals, Secretaries, Teachers, Parent Coordinators;
  • Financial Empowerment, College 101 and other Parent/Guardian workshops, one-on-one support (in person and via phone), referral systems and other tools for supporting parents to engage with their children’s scholarship accounts and to create their own college savings plans;
  • Community events to support the scholarship accounts and expectations of college attendance throughout District 30’s neighborhoods;
  • Financial education for kindergartners (students) and financial empowerment services for families; and
  • Ongoing feedback loops for parents/guardians, families, and community members to inform and co-create program development and operations. (e.g., Community Advisory Board, Parent Advisory Board, informal networks, etc.);

2) Develop and implement strategies in collaboration with families and other stakeholders to ensure the program is setting and achieving goals including, but not limited to: families earning milestone rewards, families setting up online portal accounts, families creating their own college savings plans, families participating in financial empowerment activities, families saving money, families and others providing ongoing feedback on the initiative;

3) Support the development and implementation of systems with stakeholders to ensure program can adapt and respond to feedback and be adjusted for various community needs (i.e., language, diverse cultural beliefs around money, banking, and college savings); identify ongoing ways to ensure that the program is successful including developing and implementing ongoing feedback mechanisms for key stakeholders to improve the program; 

4) Supervise three full-time (Community Engagement Managers) and four to six part-time team members (Neighborhood Ambassadors), maximizing team collaboration and providing thought partnership, oversight, and guidance on project quality, deliverables, deadlines, and resources;

5) Work with Community Engagement Managers and Neighborhood Ambassadors (Part-Time) to implement outcome-oriented engagement systems with parents/guardians, families, students, and community organizations, and community members;

6) Oversee parent/guardian financial empowerment programming including appropriate referral mechanisms and partnerships to support families in creating their college savings plans in the context of overall financial health;

7) Oversee the Program’s operational dashboard, tracking progress on operational metrics and adjusting resource allocations to course correct, with a focus on meeting key Year 1 programmatic goals;

8) Maintain mastery over program policies, and inform the development and adjustment of policies based on operational metrics and feedback;

9) Provide timely updates to the Executive Director and other stakeholders on the status of the Initiative, unanticipated challenges, and strategies for addressing those challenges;

10) Draft, proofread, and/or edit a range of written materials, including but not limited to grant proposals, publications, reports, program documents, and presentations;

11) Manage key partnerships with government agencies and private partners; and

12) Stay abreast of issues, systems, and policies impacting college savings and affordability, financial health, college attainment, and economic opportunity at the local, state, and federal level, and identify linkages to the Initiative’s work.



  • At least 8 years of experience in program development and implementation related to economic opportunity, financial empowerment, financial services, community wealth building, and/or education in the nonprofit and/or public sectors;
  • Expertise in economic development, financial empowerment, and/or education policy and service delivery;
  • Experience using data to drive decision-making and evaluating programming and impact;
  • Expertise in working with diverse stakeholders to co-create systems and programs preferred; community organizing experience preferred;
  • Experience in leading public-private partnerships;
  • Experience effectively managing teams, supporting team members in achieving ambitious objectives, and fostering an innovative and inclusive team environment;
  • Strong project management experience with a proven track record in meeting project deliverables on time and bringing large projects to fruition;
  • Highly organized, attention to detail, good sense of judgment;
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills; excellent PowerPoint presentation skills;
  • Adaptable, flexible and efficient problem solver in fast paced settings;
  • Experience cultivating partnerships with diverse stakeholders, including government, advocacy organizations, community groups, local businesses, funders, etc.; and
  • Bachelor’s degree; graduate degree in public policy, public administration, social work, communications, or related field preferred.


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Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

No requirement

How To Apply

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