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Program Director

Sheltering Arms strengthens the education, wellbeing, and development of high-need children, adults, and families across the New York metro area. We serve nearly 20,000 people a year from the South Bronx to Far Rockaway. Through compassion, innovation, and partnership, we respond to our community’s greatest needs and enable individuals to reach the greatest heights of their potential. Joining our team is an opportunity to collaborate with hundreds of dedicated colleagues who represent diverse backgrounds and talents as we work together to make a measurable impact for our neighbors in need. Every role at Sheltering Arms brings with it new opportunities for advancement and development so that team members can achieve their professional goals while helping others reach for theirs.

Sheltering Arms Afterschool Programs act as centers for family and community life. Learning comes to life with hands on projects that enhance academic achievement, and programming provides a safe space for children, as well as peace of mind to parents who work late to support their families. Our events and workshops provide gateways for parent involvement in children’s schooling, and a chance to bond with neighbors, teachers, and staff. Afterschool clubs and trips prepare youth to meet the future. A special emphasis on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) programs ensures students gain the technical skills and insights they need to lead as future urban planners, computer programmers, doctors, and more! 

Sheltering Arms is looking to hire a Program Director to oversee the day to day management of our After School Program at P.S 75.The Director will ensure the success of the after school/summer program, including management of program staff; and will be responsible for developing a program plan that includes the coordination of on-site activities, and the design and implementation of program curriculums.


Essential Functions:

  • Supervising all line staff and provide necessary support and guidance through oral and written feedback, observation, coaching, and training to ensure that program staff is accountable for providing highly supervised, quality services to youth and their families in a safe and healthy environment at all times
  • Serving as the primary liaison between the organization, the host school administration, and other key stakeholders
  • Overseeing and managing program budget
  • Maintaining all documents and files required by licensing and funding sources
  • Working closely with the Human Resources and Training Department to ensure that candidates are promptly interviewed for vacancies
  • Attending all necessary organization meetings, and working collaboratively with the host school administration to align program content
  • Writing and submitting assigned report, tests, etc.
  • Working closely with Quality Improvement Department to administer pre and post tests according to the company guidelines; Working closely with school administration to establish positive relationship with parents and community leaders by hosting events and workshops; Working closely with Development Department on various funding initiatives; Working closely with school leadership team to coordinate student recruitment, registration and retention
  • Ensuring that program spaces (classrooms/cafeteria/gym etc) are in good condition and according to the DOH guidelines; and implementing policies and procedures that ensure safety and supervision of youth at all times
  • All other duties as assigned



  • A Bachelor’s degree in Social Work, Education or a related field required; Masters preferred
  • A Minimum of five years of relevant experience with elementary/middle school aged children in an educational setting
  • At least two of the above five years of experience in an administrative/supervisory capacity in an afterschool, education, or youth development field
  • Positive role model with strong leadership, conflict resolution and diplomacy skills
  • Demonstrated ability to create, maintain, and effectively communicate systems as related to compliance, operations, and safety
  • Ability to motivate a team to meet all safety, compliance, and operational expectations
  • Demonstrated ability to interface and collaborate effectively with school administrators, contractors, partners, managers, parents, and other stakeholders
  • Effective organizational skills and knowledge of record keeping systems
  • Strong time management skills; ability to prioritize, delegate, and meet short deadlines
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Excel, Outlook, and Word & comfort level with databases
  • Knowledge of and ability to manage budgets


​Physical Requirements: Must have the ability to complete all standard administrative and support tasks including but not limited to climbing up and down stairs, operation of computers/phones/fax/printer/copy machine, and the ability to lift boxes, furniture, and equipment up to 30lbs. Must be able to travel from the various locations and sites of Sheltering Arms.

It is the policy of Sheltering Arms that the Agency wholly complies with the equal treatment of all employees and applicants for employment without unlawful discrimination as to an individual’s perceived or actual race, creed, color, national origin, alienate, citizenship status, gender, gender identity, age, disability, marital status, partnership status, sexual orientation, ethnicity, religion, or veteran status in all employment decisions, including but not limited to recruitment, hiring, compensation, training and apprenticeship, promotion, upgrading, demotion, downgrading, transfer, layoff and termination and all other terms and conditions of employment.


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