Youth Development Program Coordinator

Job Type

Full Time




12-11 40th Avenue
Long Island City
New York
United States


Urban Upbound (UU)

Youth Pathways

Youth Development Program Coordinator


Founded in 2004, the mission of Urban Upbound is to provide residents of public housing neighborhoods the tools and resources needed to achieve economic mobility and self-sufficiency, and to break cycles of poverty.


Urban Upbound advances its mission through five integrated programs: employment services, financial counseling, youth development/college and career access, the Urban Upbound Federal Credit Union, and community revitalization services.   


Our Youth Programs provides a full array of college/career counseling and placement services to high school students who live in local public housing communities. Services include an SAT preparation course, college exploration and transition workshops, campus tours, college and financial aid application assistance, creative arts programming, and youth employment and leadership development support. Our youth programs also provide a wide array of employment services for those between the ages of 18-24.


Reporting to the Assistant Director, the Program Coordinator will be responsible for the implementation of day-to-day programmatic operations of Urban Upbound’s youth programming. Responsibilities include:


  • Researching best practices in College Access and Success to further develop existing curriculum and resources;
  • Establishing and strengthening relationships with partners in college access and success, including students, parents, schools, colleges, and other local CBOs;
  • Collecting, analyzing, and using data to manage the program and demonstrate results;
  • Managing caseload of 50-60 11th and 12th grade students;
  • Recruiting of 10th and 11th graders in catchment area of Western Queens public housing developments and surrounding communities;
  • Recruiting and supervising volunteers for SAT Prep and Financial Aid Lab workshops;
  • Coordinating weekly SAT Prep program with New York Cares;
  • Coordinating weekly college prep program;
  • Planning and facilitating additional college access workshops for students and their parents (e.g. Financial Aid Lab, Comparing Aid Packages Lab);
  • Planning and leading college tours;
  • Planning enriching, community building activities throughout the year and events including: holiday gathering and end of the year Youth Recognition Ceremony;
  • Working with the Director of Youth Programs to ensure program activities are aligned with program performance targets;
  • Supporting the Assistant Director in completing reports for funders, partners, the board and UU leadership;
  • Building and maintaining community partnerships with summer internship organizations, career development partners and college prep organizations;
  • Building and maintaining relationships with high school partners; and
  • Other tasks as assigned by Youth Pathways Management and Urban Upbound Leadership.


Individual/Group Work with Students

  • Providing one-on-one academic counseling to students and their parents to ensure students are ready for the college admissions and financial aid process;
  • Acting as liaise between school and home on progress of the student; recommend interventions needed to keep student or get student on the college ready track;
  • Helping students and parents navigate the high school testing and college entrance process;
  • Connecting students with other services, opportunities, and supports offered by partners and other UU programs;
  • Facilitating job readiness curriculum for internship program;
  • Planning and leading college tours;
  • Tracking individual student progress through program, including their attendance at workshops, college applications, college acceptances, financial aid packages, etc.;
  • Ensuring youth who are interested are placed in summer internships or jobs with community partners or SYEP sites.



  • Bachelor’s Degree and a minimum of two years of experience in college access, career development, or at least 3 years of experience in youth development.
  • Commitment to positive youth development principles and strengths based approach.
  • Ability to be a self-starter and take initiative to grow the program and innovate.
  • Strong interpersonal and relationship-building skills across groups of people (i.e. diverse youth and their families, community partners, funders, etc.).
  • Highly motivated, with proven capacity to work independently and responsibly, take initiative, and thrive in high-paced entrepreneurial environment.
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail, including managing competing priorities and meeting deadlines.
  • Written and verbal communication skills that are clear, concise, and applicable for all audiences.
  • Flexible, with availability to work weeknights and weekends.
  • Passion for social justice.
  • Bilingual a plus.



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Level of Language Proficiency

Bilingual a plus

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

Urban Upbound is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes candidates of all backgrounds. To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to Please indicate Youth Development Coordinator in the subject line.