Director of Programs
About Sadie Nash
Sadie Nash Leadership Project provides award-winning leadership programming to more than 500 young women and gender-expansive youth of color in New York City and Newark each year. Operating at the intersection of love and rigor, we use the tools of popular education to build critical consciousness, community, and college and career readiness. Our programs include a nationally recognized six-week summer institute, in-school and after-school classes, paid internships at local organizations, college access and persistence support, and an advanced-level fellowship to design and implement an original social justice project. We support all participants to lead lives in committed pursuit of joy and liberation for self and community.
About the Position
Sadie Nash Leadership Program (SNLP) seeks an experienced, ambitious and enthusiastic Director of Programs who will ensure that we deliver a consistently powerful transformative experience to young women across all our programs and sites. Our five key programs include (1) Summer Institute; (2) Sisterhood Academy (in-house after-school classes offered during the school year at our New York and Newark offices); (3) Partnerships (classes during the school year offered at local schools and community organizations); (4) College programming which consists of Leadership Scholars (a class for high school juniors focused on structural inequities within higher education), Nash U (a class for high school seniors focused on the admissions process), and Sister Circles (winter and spring break programming for alumnae in college); and (5) our ELLA Fellowship - a competitive paid opportunity for Fellows to design and implement a social justice project in their community.
Our ideal candidate is someone who understands the history and power of popular/experiential/political education, who is deeply steeped in youth development theory and practice, who has years of experience building and supervising large teams, and who is relentlessly enthusiastic and passionate about achieving high outcomes for all young people.
The Director of Programs reports to the Deputy Director and supervises five Program Coordinators: three in New York City and two in Newark.
What You Will Do
- Supervise all program coordinators within the New York City and Newark offices - this currently includes five program coordinators.
- Support program staff at both sites to develop and track ambitious program goals and outcomes.
Program Planning and Strategy:
- In partnership with the Deputy Director and drawing upon staff input, participant evaluations and funding opportunities and constraints, develop a clear strategic focus for future SNLP programming (starting in Summer 2020)
- Assess current programming for alignment with this strategic focus and adapt program design (content, length of programming, number of participants, target population, projected outcomes) as needed
Research and Evaluation:
With support from a research/evaluation consultant,
- Update metrics for program assessment/evaluation drawing upon best current practice within the youth development field and capture our unique pedagogical approach
- Develop a culture of inquiry amongst program staff to regularly engage with questions about program effectiveness and impact and deepen familiarity and comfort with metrics and evaluation tools
Curriculum Development and Dissemination:
- Develop and oversee process to regularly incorporate new content and innovative approaches within the core curriculum as initiated by part-time educators
- Oversee process to formalize curricula and/or modules within core curricula for public dissemination
- Develop, manage and oversee program budgets
- Rigorously track all program outcomes both to identify opportunities for troubleshooting and for reporting purposes
Start date is Tuesday, September 3rd
Interviews with the full SNLP staff are scheduled for Monday, August 19th and Tuesday, August 20th.
Applications will be rolling.
- 10 years of work experience, ideally within the education field, with at least 5 years experience developing and managing multiple programs, supervising staff and running teams
- Knowledge of outcomes measurement, program quality tools and other methods to ensure excellence
- Deep content knowledge and expertise within youth development including different models, latest research, and ongoing trends.
- Experience designing curricula for high school youth and/or collaborating with curriculum developers
- Experience analyzing and reporting programmatic data for various purposes.
- Ability to handle a variety of projects and assignments at once, prioritizing tasks, managing time well, and delegating masterfully
- Ability to communicate effectively and build relationships with young women and families, community partners, staff, and board.
- Demonstrated commitment to feminism and social justice.
- Graduate degree in related field (e.g. Education, Social Work)
- Familiarity with Sadie Nash Leadership Project
What We Offer:
- Salary: $65,000 - $75,000
- Sadie Nash Leadership Project is committed to operating an equitable workplace grounded in feminist principles. We provide generous benefits including three weeks of vacation, subsidized health, vision, and dental insurance along with a wellness stipend, 15 days vacation, a retirement savings plan and opportunities for professional development.
Please contact Darcy Richie, at [email protected], if you have any questions about this position.