Harlem Children’s Zone

Assistant Director, A Cut Above

2 weeks 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.

A Cut Above is an after-school program serving 80 students in their critical, and challenging middle-school years. The program is designed to support students who live or attend school in Harlem and are not students in the HCZ Promise Academy charter schools. The A Cut Above program mission is to cultivate a culture of excellence for our students through personal and social development, community service, academic enrichment, and exposure to the arts. Our goal is to encourage students to exceed expectations and become positive leaders throughout middle school and beyond.

We are seeking a highly motivated and organized Assistant Director to provide overall programmatic support, manage day-to-day operations, and deliver on short-term objectives. The Assistant Director will be responsible for maintaining excellent relationships with key program stakeholders and community members. The successful candidate will be a dedicated professional who constantly seeks improved and holistic ways of preparing our students for college, career, and life.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Assist the Director with all aspects of administrative, programmatic, and day-to-day program operation
  • Manage program staff comprised of supervisory and various artistic/educational/wellness support roles
  • Ensure that the A Cut Above program stays on track to consistently meet the program’s enrichment and academic goals and objectives
  • Monitor the academic progress of program participants, and make recommendations and adjustments to program content and instructional methods as appropriate
  • Assist with the development of reports to track and assesses efforts to prove outcomes and accomplishments
  • Oversee the management of the HCZ ZORA database
  • Establish and maintain systems for monitoring frontline managers for staff performance and progress in achieving organizational and program goals
  • Mentor and develop program staff, including managing and tracking work and evaluating performance
  • Coordinate and facilitate quarterly program-wide staff development opportunities
  • Foster strong relationships and effective communication with students, parents, staff, and HCZ leadership
  • Establish and maintain strong collaborative relationships with HCZ colleagues, and serve a liaison to external community organizations, schools, parents and other stakeholders
  • Enforce all program policies and procedures to ensure safety the of students and staff, and compliance with government agencies
  • Program operational management includes ensuring key program strategies are properly delegated to appropriate managers and staff and followed through to completion and reporting
  • Plan and prepare seasonal programming courses which include student exposure activities
  • Focus on the program areas of administrative operations, youth and family engagement, staff development and special projects
  • Perform other duties assigned

Qualification, Skills and Knowledge Requirements
  • A commitment to the mission, values and programs of HCZ
  • Ensure all programmatic aspects adhere to organizational and site mission and values
  • Bachelor’s degree with 4+ years of progressive educational or social service experience, master’s degree preferred
  • Experience working with a teen-aged population, preferably in alternative educational environments
  • Experience in curriculum development and implementation
  • Must possess strong, high quality leadership and organizational skills
  • Excellent communication skills, both oral and written, detailed orientated
  • Consistent passion & drive for leadership and youth engagement
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and Outlook
  • Comfortable working in working in a fast-paced environment with shifting priorities
  • Knowledge of and sensitivity to issues prevalent in underserved communities of color
  • Knowledge of building and sustaining high quality teams
  • Must be able to work flexible hours based on the needs of the program, including but not limited to weekends



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-ASSIS01395