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Center Director

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.

We are looking for a Center Director who will be responsible for the overall planning and operation of the Center in accordance with the Police Athletic League's (the Agency) mission, goals, and policies. Provide leadership, direction, training, and support to on-site staff and volunteers in the safe and structured operation of the center.

Major Duties & Responsibilities

  • Under the management of the Field Director, establish goals and objectives for the Center and effectively oversee all programs and operations.
  • Ensure compliance with Agency policies. Prepare and organize financial and program reports on a scheduled basis and as requested by the Field Director.
  • Work with Agency personnel to ensure that organizational objectives are accomplished, and serve as the senior representative of the center.
  • Plan and oversee the effective development and administration of programs and services. With assistance and direction from the Agency, recruit, interview, hire and train staff and volunteers.
  • Oversee and evaluate programs and staff on a scheduled and consistent basis. Counsel, discipline, recommend for promotions or pay increases, and terminate staff as needed and in compliance Agency policies.
  • Develop a positive environment for youth development based on the mission and goals of the Agency.
  • Establish and maintain policies and procedures that ensure the safety and well being of all members, staff, volunteers, and visitors.
  • Establish, implement and evaluate plans to promote the organization and market programs to the community-at-large.
  • Ensure that program staff understands and effectively communicate standards of the program; that they provide safe, functional, clean, and well-lit program areas and that program equipment are appropriately used and maintained.
  • Ensure that a professional, instructional environment exists in all program areas.
  • Ensure that communication and guidance from staff to youth members is carried out professionally, enabling members to make appropriate choices in their educational, personal, physical, social, emotional, and vocational lives.
  • Build and maintain relationships with schools participants come from and work with school staff to ensure programming is reflecting school goals and needs.

Additional Responsibilities

  • Convene meetings with staff, volunteers/interns, program members, parents, and community residents as needed to assist in program delivery, communicate established policies, and promote a positive environment.
  • Develop collaborative relationships with other community-based organizations to enhance program offerings.
  • Organize and/or participate in external special events to promote the Agency's mission and image, cultivate relationships, and generate broad support.
  • Complete the minimum training hours as set forth in the New York State School Age Child Care (SACC) Regulations.

Knowledge, Skills, and Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited college in Child Development, Elementary Education, Physical Education, Recreation or a related field required. Master's degree preferred.
  • School Age Child Care (SACC) license is a plus.
  • A minimum of four years of demonstrated successful experience in a supervisory position providing services to youth that includes program management and staff supervision, with at least three years in a leadership capacity.
  • Demonstrated skills and competency in youth development program planning and administration, and ability to supervise multiple staff.
  • Leadership skills in conflict intervention, negotiation, decision-making, and delegation.
  • Strong communication skills, both oral and written. Ability to speak effectively and persuasively to staff, members, parents, groups and community residents.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office applications.

No calls, please. External recruiters and agents, please don’t contact this job poster.

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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