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The City School is an  Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. People of color, women and gender non-conforming people, LGBTQIA+ people, working-class people, and people who have intersecting identities are strongly encouraged to apply. 


Role: Director of Programs & Strategy

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Reports to: Executive Director

Supervisor to: Program Coordinators

Founded​ ​in​ ​1995,​ ​​The​ ​City​ ​School​​ ​(TCS)​ ​operates​ ​out-of-school-time​ ​programs​ ​that​ ​strengthen​ ​and develop​ ​youth ages 14-19​ ​to​ ​become​ ​effective​ ​leaders​ ​for​ ​social​ ​justice. 

Specific​ ​responsibilities​​ ​of​ ​this​ ​position​ ​are​ ​as​ ​follows:

  • Program​ ​planning​ ​and​ ​development.​ ​​​​Plan​ ​effectively​ ​for​ ​for all programs,​ ​building​ ​on​ ​past​ ​work​ ​and​ ​evaluations.​ Supervise and support Program Coordinators to ​coordinate​ ​efforts​ ​of​ ​all program​ ​components​ ​including​ ​program​ ​design​ ​and​ ​framework,​ ​leadership​ ​and​ ​social​ ​justice knowledge​ ​curriculum​ ​development,​ ​outreach,​ ​staffing​ ​and​ ​internship​ ​development​.

  • Implementing​ ​a​ ​youth​ ​development​ ​framework.​​ ​Work​ ​directly​ ​with​ ​young​ ​people​ ​and supervise​ ​staff​ ​who​ ​are​ ​teaching​ ​and​ ​supporting​ ​these​ ​young​ ​people​ ​on​ ​a​ ​daily​ ​basis.​ ​​​All​ ​staff must​ ​be​ ​trained​ ​and​ ​supported​ ​in​ ​a​ ​youth​ ​development​ ​framework.

  • Facilitation​ ​and​ ​teaching.​​ ​​​Plan​ ​and​ ​run​ ​effective​ ​workshops​ ​for​ ​youth​ ​and​ ​adults,​ ​coaching staff​ ​and​ ​youth​ ​leaders​ ​to​ ​do​ ​the​ ​same.

  • Implement​ ​a​ ​comprehensive​ ​evaluation​ ​system.​​ ​​​Strengthen​ ​evaluation​ ​tools,​ ​train​ ​staff members​ ​in​ ​using​ ​and​ ​understanding​ ​them,​ ​and​ ​coordinate​ ​evaluation​ ​throughout​ ​the​ ​year, using​ ​Formstack​ ​and​ ​Google​ ​Sheets.

  • Support​ ​organizational​ ​fundraising​ ​efforts.​​ ​Work​ ​with​ ​the​ ​Executive​ ​Director​ ​on​ ​individual donor​ ​fundraising,​ ​including​ ​two​ ​annual​ ​appeals,​ ​an​ ​annual​ ​Celebrating​ ​Change​ ​fundraising event​ ​($10-12K),​ ​and​ ​smaller​ ​parent​ ​and​ ​alumni​ ​events,​ ​and/or​ ​donor​ ​meetings,​ ​as​ ​needed.

  • Maintain​ ​community​ ​and​ ​organizational​ ​partnerships​.​ ​Communicate​ ​with​ ​summer​ ​program partners,​ ​including​ ​recruiting​ ​new​ ​partners,​ ​sharing​ ​key​ ​internship​ ​information,​ ​developing partnership​ ​documents.​ ​Participating​ ​and​ ​leading​ ​in​ ​coalition​ ​work​ ​(Unnamed,​ ​Youth​ ​Justice and​ ​Power​ ​Union,​ ​other​ ​aligned​ ​coalitions)​ ​depending​ ​on​ ​interest.​ ​Working​ ​to​ ​ensure​ ​effective​ ​suburban​ ​recruitment​ ​and​ ​to​ ​recruit​ ​tuition-paying​ ​SLP​ ​spots.

  • Serving​ ​as​ ​a​ ​staff​ ​liaison​ ​to​ ​the​ ​Board.​ ​​​​Support​ ​the​ ​Board​ ​fundraising​ ​committee​ ​to​ ​help​ ​with individual​ ​donor​ ​work.​ ​Attend​ ​3-4​ ​Board​ ​meetings​ ​and​ ​retreats.​ ​Recruit​ ​and​ ​support​ ​youth members​ ​to​ ​join​ ​the​ ​Board.

  • TCS​ ​Programs/work​ ​overall.​​ ​As​ ​a​ ​staff​ ​person​ ​in​ ​a​ ​small​ ​and​ ​dynamic​ ​organization,​ ​the position​ ​may​ ​have​ ​additional​ ​organizational​ ​development​ ​work​ ​at​ ​points​ ​throughout​ ​the​ ​year, including​ ​sharing​ ​the​ ​responsibilities​ ​of​ ​facilitating​ ​staff​ ​meeting,​ ​and​ ​submitting​ ​individual work plans​ ​as​ ​needed.


  • Minimum of 4 years of experience in social justice work with significant experience in youth leadership development and knowledge of youth organizing.

  • Organization/Leadership​​ ​–​ ​Ability​ ​to​ ​manage​ ​multiple​ ​tasks​ ​daily including supporting staff with​ ​fast-paced program​ming ​​through​ ​the​ ​variety​ ​of​ ​issues​ ​that​ ​emerge. Comfort​ ​in​ ​a​ ​leadership​ ​role​ ​and​ ​supporting​ ​others​ ​leadership​ ​development​ ​is​ ​key​ ​to​ ​this position.

  • Communication​ ​​-​ ​Strong​ ​verbal​ ​and​ ​written​ ​communication​ ​skills​ ​and​ ​being​ ​highly​ ​organized are​ ​key​ ​to​ ​this​ ​position.​ ​This​ ​staff​ ​member​ ​will​ ​work​ ​with​ ​parents​ ​and​ ​community​ ​partners throughout​ ​the​ ​year.

  • Program​ ​Management​​ ​–​ ​This​ ​position​ ​requires​ ​extensive​ ​experience​ ​in​ ​curriculum development,​ ​and​ ​program​ ​planning​ ​and​ ​management.​ ​This​ ​position​ ​will​ ​oversee​ ​planning, implementation​ ​and​ ​evaluation​ ​throughout​ ​the​ ​year.

  • Knowledge​ ​of​ ​youth​ ​development​ ​work​ ​​–​ ​Experience​ ​working​ ​with​ ​young​ ​people​ ​from across​ ​race​ ​and​ ​class​ ​backgrounds​ ​in​ ​multiple​ ​roles​ ​(as​ ​leaders​ ​and​ ​staff​ ​as​ ​well​ ​as​ ​program participants)​ ​and​ ​knowledge​ ​of​ ​youth​ ​development​ ​models,​ ​adolescent​ ​development​ ​and current​ ​issues​ ​of​ ​relevance​ ​to​ ​young​ ​people.

  • Experience​ ​in​ ​and​ ​commitment​ ​to​ ​social​ ​justice​ ​work​​ ​-​ ​​Including​ ​a​ ​strong​ ​analysis​ ​of​ ​racial, gender,​ ​economic​ ​and​ ​queer​ ​justice,​ ​as​ ​well​ ​as​ ​a​ ​commitment​ ​to​ ​growing​ ​around​ ​power, privilege​ ​and​ ​anti-oppression​ ​topics.

  • Supervision​ ​and​ ​staff​ ​support​ ​​ ​​Experience​ ​supervising​ ​young​ ​adult​ ​and​ ​adult​ ​staff,​ ​includes supervision,​ ​training,​ ​and​ ​staff​ ​support,​ ​is​ ​preferred.​ ​Knowledge​ ​of​ ​peer​ ​to​ ​peer​ ​coaching​ ​is also​ ​preferred.

  • Teaching​ ​and​ ​facilitation​​ ​​ ​​Past​ ​classroom​ ​and​ ​workshop​ ​facilitation​ ​experience,​ ​with particular​ ​focus​ ​on​ ​inclusive​ ​and​ ​youth-led​ ​social​ ​justice​ ​environments.​ ​​​This​ ​position​ ​will facilitate​ ​staff​ ​meetings,​ ​run​ ​workshops​ ​&​ ​large​ ​community​ ​meetings.

  • Personal​ ​Characteristics​​ ​–Characteristics​ ​important​ ​in​ ​this​ ​job:​ ​demonstrated​ ​commitment​ ​to racial,​ ​gender,​ ​economic​ ​and​ ​queer​ ​justice;​ ​humor,​ ​confidence,​ ​collaborative​ ​and​ ​firm leadership​ ​skills;​ ​an​ ​appreciation​ ​of​ ​a​ ​diverse​ ​community​ ​culture​ ​where​ ​respect​ ​and appreciation​ ​of​ ​difference​ ​defines​ ​relationships;​ ​flexibility;​ ​openness​ ​to​ ​learning​ ​and​ ​change; and​ ​appreciation​ ​of​ ​working​ ​with​ ​young​ ​people,​ ​peers,​ ​parents,​ ​and​ ​other​ ​community members; Ability to work independently and manage multiple projects effectively; Outstanding creative thinking and problem-solving skills.

Position Details:

This​ ​position​ ​accrues​ ​up​ ​to​ ​4​ ​paid​ ​weeks​ ​of​ ​vacation​ ​(1​ ​week​ ​in​ ​August​ ​after​ ​our​ ​summer​ ​program concludes,​ ​and​ ​1​ ​week​ ​between​ ​Christmas​ ​and​ ​New​ ​Years)​ ​and​ ​generous​ ​personal​ ​and​ ​sick​ ​leave. This​ ​position​ ​35 hours per week M-F flexible remote work schedule during Covid 19 pandemic. Ability to work evenings is must, most youth programming takes place between the hours 3-7pm. The Director of Programs & Strategy will​ ​receive​ ​weekly​ ​supervision,​ ​an​ ​annual​ ​evaluation,​ ​and​ ​trainings​ ​and​ ​support​ ​as needed.​ ​The​ ​salary​ ​for​ ​this​ ​position​ ​is​ ​$40,040 ( $22/hr at 35 hours per week at 52 weeks) ​plus health and dental​ ​benefits.

How​ ​to​ ​Apply​:

Please submit a resume, cover letter and 1 reference to the attention of Amatullah Mervin, Executive Director, hiring@thecityschool.org. Please use subject line [Director of P&S Application: Insert your name] The priority deadline for this position is, and February 10th 2021 applications will be accepted after that time on a rolling basis until the position is filled.