Harlem Children’s Zone

After-School Program Coordinator, Elementary-Middle School

3+ months agoNew York, NY

HCZ requires all employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment. Accordingly, successful candidates must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and submit proof of vaccination prior to commencement of employment.

Cornerstone is an after-school and summer program serving students who live in the St. Nicholas and Lincoln Housing developments in their formative elementary school years and their critical, and challenging middle-school years. This program is designed to support students who live or attend school in Harlem and are not in the Promise Academy charter schools.

We are seeking a Program Coordinator who is highly motivated and extremely organized to help design and oversee the operation of the daily program activities. The Program Coordinator provides effective leadership to his team of specialists and program aides and supports all programmatic components in organizational structure development, resource management, and curriculum development. The Program Coordinator is an integral part of the management team and reports to the Director and Assistant Director. Below is our program mission.

Our mission is to cultivate a culture of excellence through personal and social development, community service, academic enrichment, and exposure to the arts. This will encourage students to exceed expectations and become positive leaders throughout high school and beyond.

In support of our program mission we provide weekly personal and social development groups for discussions and activities around subjects such as lifetime decision making, identifying values, communication and critical thinking, social etiquette, and conflict resolution. We also focus on teaching our students the value of serving their community. This multifaceted program also provides academic support, leadership development, high school and college preparation, annual out-of-state college tours and retreats, arts and sports enrichment activities and exposures in STEAM and the arts.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Develop a high-quality afterschool and summer program that encourages student attendance and participation
  • Coordinate program with other site coordinators to balance Healthy Harlem activities, academic support sessions, along with other programmatic elements (STEM, arts, sports, etc.)
  • Work with participants to motivate and develop their educational, artistic, and leadership potential through the creation of structured activities led by self and/or other team members
  • Provide leadership, management, and analysis necessary to support all processes including knowledge on Social Emotional Learning (SEL), professional development, student behavior management, character development, high school and college readiness, youth development, and more.
  • Research and design curriculum for all program areas for program staff and be able to train team members on how to design curriculum and lesson plans for long term planning as well as implement scaffolding within curriculum
  • Schedule, develop, and facilitate daily staff meetings and monthly training/development workshops for team members
  • Collect, record, and maintain program information such as student general and program segment attendance, curriculums, meeting agendas
  • Liaise and maintain relationships with staff, parents, and external stakeholders through community, parent, and family events
  • Build, train, and continuously develop a team of passionate specialists and program aides
  • Performs other duties as assigned

Qualification, Skills and Knowledge Requirements
  • A commitment to the mission and programs of HCZ
  • Bachelor’s degree and a minimum of 2 years working directly with youth; particularly middle school aged youth
  • Demonstrated success in supervising and leading team members through solid techniques in managing program operations and working with youth. Also, coaching in areas that lead to continuous skill development
  • Strong organizational, written, and verbal communication skills
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook)
  • Attention to detail with the ability to work effectively on multiple projects
  • Reliable, energetic, and motivated team player
  • Background in the Academics, arts, restorative justice, mentorship or sports is a plus
  • Ability to manage multiple projects and action items to completion successfully
  • Ability to implement long term planning and immediate strategic program solving utilizing program data



We offer competitive salaries and a comprehensive benefits package. To be considered, interested applicants must submit a cover letter and resume. No telephone inquiries or recruiters please. Replies will only be sent to qualified applicants. HCZ is an EOE.

Job ID: Harlem-PROGR01706