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College Access Program Director

The Police Athletic League (PAL) is the largest independent youth organization in New York City that provides educational and recreational activities for children and young adults. PAL Inc. and The New York City Police Department work in partnership to provide communities with summer and after-school recreational and educational activities.

The College Access Program (CAP) is a program designed to provide PAL teenagers who are considering attending college, the tools and information necessary to achieve that goal. The CAP Program Director would be responsible for the overall structure and supervision of the program to include staffing, weekly activities, college tours and career exploration opportunities.  The program consists of three key areas: 1) Ensuring high school students graduate at a “college ready” level. 2) Assisting students at all levels of the college enrollment process and 3) Introducing students to a workforce development/ career exploration experience to include a paid internship.

The Program Director is responsible for leading all program operations ensuring that the program remains true to the designed model as well as all contractual obligations. Supervision of established sites in The Bronx and Queens as well as possible new sites in Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Staten Island.

Major Duties and Responsibilities

  • Working knowledge of and ability to effectively coordinate college access workshops and activities.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Recruit, train and supervise qualified part-time support staff (tutors, workshop facilitators).
  • Develop and maintain relationships with a large portfolio of colleges and universities in order to coordinate college tours and next steps for PAL students interested in attending partnering colleges.
  • Identify meaningful internship opportunities across a broad range of potential career interests.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills; ability to work well others.
  • Highly effective program coordination skills and great attention to detail.
  • Self-directed and results orientated; ability to multi-task, and prioritize work assignments.
  • Belief in the ability of all youth, regardless of background, to succeed.
  • Ability to work proactively in a dynamic environment and troubleshoot problems as they arise.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality in all work performed.
  • Provide bi-weekly program updates to the supervisor to include any concerns or needs.
  • Ability to interact professionally and effectively with staff, volunteers, program participants, and parents.
  • Prior experience working with students from disadvantaged backgrounds.
  • Model and uphold all Agency rules set forth in the PAL Employee Manual.

Skills/Knowledge Required

  • A minimum of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university. Masters preferred.
  • A minimum of two years professional paid work experience in a supervisory position in a non-profit youth or social service agency.
  • Spanish speaking a plus but not required.
  • Ability to creatively problem-solve information management challenges.
  • High level of organizational skills needed.
  • Prior experience working with students from disadvantaged backgrounds.
  • Computer proficiency in Microsoft Word, Publisher, and Excel.

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Police Athletic League seeks to hire staff who reflect the diversity of the communities we serve. All positions at PAL are filled without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, HIV/AIDS status, veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law. All are encouraged to apply.

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