A multi-service community center since 1875, the East End House has a long history of service for families and children in East Cambridge and the broader Cambridge community. East End House offers a pipeline of services for children and families of all ages, including Out-of-School-Time programming for children and youth in kindergarten through eighth grades. East End House afterschool programs are nationally accredited, highly awarded, and seek to be a leader in the field at all times. This program includes homework help, sports, extracurricular activities, and concentrated project-based learning in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math). The School Age Program serves children in kindergarten through fifth grades and operates from 2pm to 6pm during the school year and is full-time during school vacation weeks and summer.
East End House is seeking a strong leader with management experience in Out-of-School-Time (“OST”) youth development programs to serve as the School Age Program Director. The Director will serve as the lead program administrator, supporting and supervising all functions of the program, including daily operations, staff hiring, training and supervision, volunteer management, program planning, logistics and scheduling, behavior management, family engagement, and data collection. It is the responsibility of the Program Director to provide program supports that meet the needs of the children and their families, implement program-level evaluation, and provide leadership and vision to the program and overall agency.
This is a 40 hours/week exempt position with benefits, and reports directly to the Senior Director of Out of School Time Programs.
Duties and Responsibilities:
- Lead program staff team in the development, design and implementation of curricula, activities and daily practices that support the East End House values and Theory of Change.
- Establish and maintain program culture that promotes educational achievement, core competencies, and character development.
- Manage the selection, orientation, training, supervision, and evaluation of program staff.
- Provide staff with professional development; schedule in-services and coordinate other training opportunities that support professional growth and the agency mission.
- Support staff in their behavior management and classroom management efforts.
- Manage and coordinate daily and weekly staffing and program schedules.
- Manage concrete systems and processes (e.g., recruitment and enrollment, attendance tracking, staff time sheets, purchase requests, etc.), including ‘Efforts to Outcomes’ software data collection and entry.
- Ensure that the program meets quality standards, EEC regulations, and best practices.
- Problem-solve issues of daily program operations.
- Seek new resources to enhance or complement current program activities and quality.
- Foster positive relationships and maintain regular communication with students’ families.
- Lead and manage a 10-week summer program for children.
- Actively participate in special projects, grant writing, strategic planning, and implementation of new initiatives.
- Ensure and promote intra-agency collaboration of programs to enhance opportunities for all consumers.
- Attend and actively participate in relationship-building, meetings, and events with agency partners and collaborators.
- Manage program grant requirements and reporting.
- Serve as an excellent ambassador for the organization at all times, both formally and informally.
- Support and provide leadership for agency events and initiatives and special projects.
- Position may allow opportunities for grant writing and program development as well as mental/emotional health research implementation.
- Attend and contribute to EEH leadership team meetings and agenda.
- Attend all required staff meetings and trainings.
- Steward, facilitate, and lead continuous quality improvement plans using APT, QRIS, and other standards and processes as guides.
- College degree in related field required, master’s degree in education or related field preferred.
- Minimum of four years varied experience working with youth in an Out-of-School Time program required (at least two years should be in a managerial role).
- Experience with 21st Century Community Learning Centers and EEC licensed programs preferred.
- Strong management, supervision and organizational skills
- Skilled and passionate about youth development programs
- Excellent verbal & written communication skills
- Excellent interpersonal & team-building skills
- Must be enthusiastic about working with and enriching the lives of children and youth
- Must be an excellent problem-solver who can balance multiple tasks and responsibilities in a fast-paced environment.
- Must be First Aid/CPR certified by start date.
- Ability to work a general daily schedule of 10am-6pm, plus a few evenings/month.