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Program Director

Reports to:            Chief Program Officer
Department:        Education Services 
Job Type:              Full Time (35 hours per week)
Salary Range:     $68K - $73K (Exempt)


The Program Director will develop, manage, and evaluate in-school and after school program activities

which combines and enhances college ad career readiness, youth development, mentoring and social-emotional learning. The Program Director will manage the Education portfolio for the New York Urban League. Key responsibilities include monitoring the development and expansion of education programs, including but not limited to: Compass High, Project Ready, HBCU Fair, Whitney M. Young, Jr. Scholarship Program, and Empowerment Days. Ability to be creative, proactive, youth centered and resourceful in supporting up to 5000 youth annually with the education program portfolio.

The Program Director will be responsible for the overall program management and will work directly with the education team and the high school’s leadership to ensure alignment, collaboration, and impact. In partnership with the school and program staff, the Program Director will: manage relationships with schools and community partners, manage the education budget, plan, and execute the successful operation of all program initiatives.


  • Masters’ degree in social work, education, counseling or related field with at least two years of supervisory experience or Bachelors’ degree in nonprofit, education, or related field with at least three years of supervisory experience.

  • Excellent organizational, leadership, time management and emotional intelligence, with the proven ability to build, motivate and coach effective leaders and teams.

  • Strong project management skills with the ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously, develop goals, prioritize workload, and effectively support partnerships and utilize community resources.

  • Have a demonstrated track record of effective problem-solving and decision-making.

  • Maintain a relentless pursuit of results and very high standards for performance and accountability of themselves and subordinates.

  • Strong analytical and communication skills (written and verbal).

  • Ability to work effectively with diverse groups of people in a constructive and responsive manner and to mediate effectively among various personalities.

  • Respect for the value, potential and dignity for all program participants.

  • Ensure confidentiality in all areas of responsibility.

  • Ability to work outdoors and travel throughout NYC.

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office suite and other standard business technology is required.


  • Aetna Medical, Dental, & Vision Health Insurance

  • Paid Time Off (PTO)

    • Twelve (12) Paid Vacation Days Accrued Annually. Increases to Fifteen (15) Vacation Days after 2 years of service.

    • Twelve (12) Wellness Days Accrued Annually.

    • Up to 12 Paid Holiday’s Off Per Year

  • Corporate discounts – Broadway shows, Theme Parks, Concerts, Hotels, Car Rentals, and more

  • EAP - Work/Life, and Wellness Benefit

  • FinFit – Financial Health Tool

Interested candidates should submit a resume and cover letter to Shalima L. McCants, Chief Program Officer at No phone calls.

Equal Opportunity Statement: All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability or protected veteran status

The New York Urban League (NYUL) was founded in 1919 by an inter-racial group of concerned New Yorkers in response to the difficulties faced by African Americans migrating from the agricultural and rural south to the industrial, urban centers of the north. Today, the mission of the New York League (NYUL) is to enable African Americans and other underserved communities to secure a first-class education, economic self- reliance, and equal respect of their civil rights through programs, services, and advocacy.

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