SONYC Program Director - P.S. 5

Job Type

Full Time




New York
United States


About ASPIRA of NY, Inc.

ASPIRA of New York is a progressive, non-profit organization founded in 1961 to foster the social advancement of Puerto Rican, Latino and other diverse communities by supporting its youth to achieve educational excellence through leadership development activities and programs emphasizing community commitment and pride in cultural roots. Although ASPIRA is recognized as a Latino agency with roots in Puerto Rican culture, our doors are open to all students and does not exclude anyone based on their economic background, race, nationality, gender, religion, or sexual orientation. ASPIRA is dedicated to serving New York City youth, providing opportunities that would otherwise not be available to them, and serving as an effective advocate, fighting to improve education. ASPIRA of New York has served thousands of New York City children, youth, parents, schools, and other community based agencies, establishing a record of providing high quality, comprehensive programs and services.

Position Overview

ASPIRA currently administers more than 20 programs in NYC public schools, serving nearly 6000 students, the majority of which come from low-to-moderate income households. The Program Director will be responsible for the overall operation of the afterschool program. He/she will lead all relevant program operations, budget management, partner engagement, and programmatic evaluation. The Program Director will work closely with the Managing Director to create a dynamic SONYC afterschool program, utilizing youth development best practices in providing Academic Enrichment, Service Learning, Arts and Physical Education activities.


  • Align Common Core curriculum and ASPIRA program curriculum to foster academic rigor in students.
  • Lead and support the curriculum development process in accordance with the mission of the organization.
  • Provide and ensure quality programming; ensure that programming fosters academic and social skills that broaden students' horizons as well as develop leadership skills.
  • Collect and organize data to ensure that all program outcomes and milestones are achieved, determine appropriate staff ratios in accordance with NYC Dept. of Health & Mental Hygiene (DOH) regulations, generate reports, track student progress, and to maintain attendance and activity records.
  • Plan and implement activities for students that build upon the skills necessary for academic success, and increase opportunities outside of the school environment; organize functions such as special events, performances, parent events, field trips, etc.
  • Work closely with families, parents, and guardians to ensure the needs of students are met.
  • Maintain all required administrative records and files in accordance with NYC Dept. of Youth & Community Development (DYCD) program requirements and applicable regulations.
  • Ensure database is updated weekly including attendance, work scope, program schedule, and staffing.
  • Conduct regular meetings with the Principal and/or school-based staff, and attend school and curriculum development trainings.
  • Collaborate with Principal, school-based staff, and parents to ensure program cohesiveness and strong partnerships; manage relationships with subcontractors and other stakeholders.
  • Hire, train, supervise and evaluate all program staff; communicate staffing needs to Managing Director and report staff hours on a bi-weekly basis.
  • Conduct monthly supervisory meetings with staff to discuss performance, strengths and challenges; Create staff development plans to cultivate and engage staff.
  • Attend monthly Site Director meeting and participate in and/or lead professional development trainings.
  • Perform other duties and tasks as deemed necessary by the Managing Director.


  • Bachelor's Degree in a relevant field or Bachelor's Degree including 18 credits in Education required; Master’s Degree preferred.
  • Must have 4-6yrs previous experience working in a DYCD program in a leadership capacity, including at least 3yrs experience supervising program staff.
  • At least 4 yrs. experience in a youth development role, academic or recreation setting; experience working with elementary or middle school students highly desired.
  • Dedicated to ASPIRA of NY’s programs educational and youth development goals.
  • Extensive experience with program development; must be willing to learn and implement new strategies to inspire students to be positive, thoughtful and motivated to work hard and take risks.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage projects and contracts; must work well under pressure, adapt to changing priorities, and balance competing deadlines.
  • Must possess the ability to inspire positive teamwork amongst the staff, initiate and follow-thorough with minimal supervision; team player excited about the opportunity to work in an environment dedicated to the growth and development youth.
  • Knowledge of New York State Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) School-Age Child Care (SACC) policies & procedures a plus.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in addition to strong interpersonal skills.
  • Strong administrative and organizational skills, including an intermediate level computer skills.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in technology; familiar with Google suite and apps a plus.

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

Please submit a cover letter including salary requirements and resume to with “Program Director” in the subject line. In your cover letter please highlight your skills and experience, and tell us why you would be an ideal match for this position. Submissions without a cover letter including salary requirements will not be considered.