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Harlem Children’s Zone

Assistant Director, Promise Academy

New York, NY

Harlem Children's Zone (HCZ) - a world-renowned education and poverty-fighting organization based in New York - seeks an enthusiastic, dedicated, and mission-aligned Assistant Director for our Promise Academy After School Programs.

The Assistant Director will bring a passion for the mission of Harlem Children's Zone: break the cycle of intergenerational poverty with comprehensive, on-the-ground programming that builds up opportunities for children and families to thrive in school, work, and life.

The Assistant Director will join our Promise Academy After-School program. The program provides 500+ students in grades K-12 a safe, nurturing, and educational environment that fosters self-confidence and personal and social development. Students are exposed to a variety of fun-filled project-based learning, developmental and high-caliber enrichment activities, which include arts enrichment (e.g., dance, culinary, and media arts and production), as well as health/wellness and physical fitness education. Additionally, students are engaged in leadership development activities, including community service, character education, and conflict resolution, and participate in a number of team sports and recreation activities, including basketball, volleyball, soccer, cheerleading, softball, swimming, and golf. We strive to create strong bonds and partnerships among students, families, and staff to meet the needs of each individual child.

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We are seeking an Assistant Director to lead the day-to-day operations and deliver on short-term objectives while keeping the program focused on the overall mission and goals. The successful candidate will be a proven leader with exceptional relationship development and management skills. They will be passionate and committed to improving and enhancing the lives of underserved children.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor's Degree

Who you are

  • A commitment to the mission and programs of HCZ
  • Bachelor's degree with 5+ years of progressive educational or social service experience; Master's degree preferred
  • Knowledge of and sensitivity to issues prevalent in underserved communities of color
  • Strong belief that all students should be on a path to college and career success
  • Demonstrated record of meeting and exceeding goals and positively impacting children, their families, and the community as a whole
  • Exceptional interpersonal and communication skills, both oral and written, including the ability to navigate and manage multiple stakeholders
  • Strong direct management skills, including ability to effectively supervise coach and develop a staff
  • Excellent time management skills, coupled with a strong sense of urgency to get things done without sacrificing accuracy and ethical behavior
  • Strong qualitative and quantitative data analysis and problem-solving skills
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and Outlook
  • Ability to work flexible hours, as required by the demands of the program

What you'll do

  • Oversee daily operations of a large program to ensure 500+ students with a wide range of levels of preparedness and engagement receive balanced academic and enrichment programming
  • Work closely with the HCZ Promise Academy Principals and leadership to ensure afterschool program student policies and procedures are coordinated and appropriately aligned with day school
  • Ensure all students are safe, engaged and supervised by adults at all times
  • Partner and collaborate with other program leaders including, Promise Academy after school Directors and Assistant Directors serving students in grades K-12
  • Ensure program stays on track to consistently meet program goals and objectives
  • Manage a team comprised of various supervisory and program support roles designed to support and enhance students academically, artistically, and socio-emotionally
  • Clarify work policies for staff and ensure they are consistent with HCZ policies and procedures
  • Develop programs, procedures and processes where needed, including student services, operations, as well as staffing and budgets
  • Foster strong relationships and effective communication and collaboration with students, parents, staff, and HCZ leadership


  • Monday-Friday 11 AM - 7 PM


As a member of the Harlem Children's Zone team, you will join a supportive and inclusive community dedicated to helping children, families - and our staff - thrive. We offer highly competitive salaries, a comprehensive benefits package, and opportunities for growth.

Our exceptional full-time benefits include:

  • Highly competitive base salaries
  • Paid time off
  • Employee referral bonus
  • Career Advancement
  • No-cost health insurance
  • Life Insurance
  • Short-and long-term disability
  • Additional voluntary benefits
  • Wellness discounts
  • Commuter benefits
  • Financial wellness perks
  • Additional Benefits (Discounts on flights, hotels, theme parks, concert tickets, and more.)

The salary range for this position is $70,000-$75,000 per year. To be considered, interested applicants can also submit a cover letter and resume to No telephone inquiries or recruiters, please. Replies will only be sent to qualified applicants. Harlem Children's Zone is an EOE.


Client-provided location(s): New York, NY, USA
Job ID: Harlem-ASSIS002300
Employment Type: Full Time

Perks and Benefits

  • Health and Wellness

    • Health Insurance
    • Dental Insurance
    • Vision Insurance
    • Life Insurance
    • Short-Term Disability
    • Long-Term Disability
  • Parental Benefits

    • Non-Birth Parent or Paternity Leave
    • Birth Parent or Maternity Leave
  • Work Flexibility

    • Flexible Work Hours
    • Remote Work Opportunities
  • Office Life and Perks

    • Commuter Benefits Program
  • Vacation and Time Off

    • Leave of Absence
    • Personal/Sick Days
    • Paid Holidays
    • Paid Vacation
  • Financial and Retirement

    • Performance Bonus
    • Pension
    • 401(K)
  • Professional Development

    • Promote From Within