Assistant Program Director - Beacon

Job Type

Full Time




West 86th Street
New York
New York
United States


Intro/Program Description: Goddard Riverside Community Center is working in collaboration with the New York City Department of Youth and Community Development to alleviate the effects of poverty and provide opportunities by operating a Beacon Community Center on the Upper Westside. Beacon Community Centers are located in public schools throughout New York City and serve youth from Kindergarten through age 21 and adults ages 22 and older, including seniors. Beacons operate year-round in non-school hours on weekdays, weekends and in the summer as a resource to the entire community by offering integrated programming tailored to local needs.

Purpose of Position: The GRCC Beacon Program is seeking a dynamic individual who will work with the Program Director to ensure the quality and integrity of all activities. This person must be innovative, creative, and detail-oriented, with excellent organizational skills that will promote a proactive, high energy work ethic and positive work environment. The Assistant Program Director is responsible for integrating services and assuming overall leadership of the Beacon Program in the absence of the Program Director as well as serving as the Camp Director during the summer.


Monday through Friday; with some evenings and Saturdays 

Hours: Flexible schedule- 10:00am – 6:00pm

Roles, Responsibilities, and Essential Duties

Program Management and Quality Assurance

  • Support Program Director in management of the program, including daily supervision and long-term planning
  • In the absence of the Program Director, assume full responsibility for the center
  • Supervise scheduling of activities and staff in accordance to agency protocols and expectations
  • Design, plan, organize and manage program activities and special events to comply with contractual requirements.
  • Lead & identify opportunities for training and professional development for youth program staff
  • Work closely with all leadership team member to provide a fun, safe and inclusive learning environment
  • Coordinate collaborative relationship with appropriate Department of Education staff, other agencies and community centers and serve as program liaison to stakeholders
  • Support in maximizing the use of financial and physical resources of the program and tracking expenses

Staff Supervision

  • Model and uphold all Agency and Program guidelines
  • Be an active leader in developing a positive staff and participant culture
  • Assist in the recruitment, hiring, training, supervision, and evaluation of staff and volunteers
  • Provide direction and support to the part-time direct service staff
  • Coordinate staff assignments and co-locator activities and perform daily program/classroom observations
  • Prepare quarterly or annual staff evaluation for part-time and full-time staff
  • Ensure that all required compliance documents and written tasks are reviewed, completed and submitted timely


  • Serve on the Beacon Program Leadership Team
  • Attend staff meetings, case conferences, supervision meetings and training programs
  • Other tasks as required

Qualifications/Educational Requirements

  • Bachelor Degree required; Master’s Degree preferred
  • Minimum of 2 years of experience working with a multi-cultural youth population required
  • 2 years of experience as a supervisor in a similar setting preferred

Skills, Knowledge and Abilities

  • Fluency in speaking, reading, and writing in English and Spanish preferred
  • Strong performing arts background preferred.
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills

Computer Skills: To perform this job successfully, an individual should have/be:

  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office programs, specifically Word, Excel, Access and Outlook

Physical Requirements

  • Frequent bending, kneeling, walking –include participating in program activities with program participants

Work Environment

  • Indoor/Outdoor /Public school setting


Excellent Benefits!!

Level of Language Proficiency

  • Fluency in speaking, reading, and writing in English and Spanish preferred

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

4-year degree