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Chief of Programs

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.

We are looking for a Chief of Programs who will create a roadmap leading to the attainment of short-term and long-term strategic objectives for the Police Athletic League, in alignment with the vision and strategic plan of the Board of Directors, and the Executive Director. The Chief of Programs will identify needs and opportunities in the community and develop and supervise programs and activities to carry out PAL’s mission.


The Chief of Programs will evaluate the effectiveness of current programs and services, and introduce best practices from the field that will influence and inform the structure of the organization, decision-making processes, program design and service delivery. The Chief of Programs supports a program portfolio which includes: Community Centers including Beacons and Cornerstones; School-Based Centers; Education and Program Development; Teen Programs; and Sports and Recreation. 


Reporting to the Executive Director, the Chief of Programs will ensure that individual programs effectively contribute to the achievement of the organization’s mission.

Major Duties & Responsibilities

  • In coordination with the Executive Director and the senior leadership team, play a key role in the overall development, strategic planning, service delivery and management of all program areas addressing needs of children from kindergarten to adulthood.
  • Provide support, leadership, and supervision to directors delivering afterschool programs; sports and recreation; teen program including juvenile justice programs.   
  • Provide assistance and guidance when needed on to assess staff performance challenges and support proactive engagement in planning for improvement of program management.
  • Create and support a high performing culture in each program. Develop a team-based environment to motivate and inspire staff to work collaboratively towards organizational vision and goals.
  • Continually assess program quality; provide analysis of performance targets; coordinate and analyze program data to inform programmatic and organizational decision making; insure that outcomes and performance measures are adequately monitored for funding sources, program enhancement, and organizational enhancement.
  • Work with program leadership staff to establish the annual program and departmental goals and objectives and track results against these goals.
  • Ensure all program staff are properly trained and are in compliance with all legal and regulatory requirements.
  • Work with the Director of Finance and other program leadership in the budget development process and maintain a high level of fiscal responsibility.
  • Support fund development efforts through RFP strategic review and development of new programs.
  • Be aware of emerging needs among key stakeholders such as program participants, government entities including the NYPD, and community organizations.

Skills/Knowledge Required

  • Passion for the mission of youth development in the inner city, and in partnership with the NYPD and the law enforcement community.
  • Comprehensive working knowledge of government funding, program operations, and management.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, solid computer skills, demonstrated capacity to use data effectively in planning and management.
  • Demonstrated cultural competence in a very diverse environment; ability to work effectively and sensitively with diverse staff and children.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop systems, strategies and outcome measures.
  • Demonstrated ability to be a team player in a collaborative environment.

Qualifications and Requirements

  • A Minimum of a Master’s degree in a relevant field of education or human services.
  • A Minimum of ten years progressive management experience in a non-profit setting.
  • Experience with budgets, compliance, facilities management, and information technology a must.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, and after hours response a must.
  • Demonstrated experience managing a high-performing team in a multi-site, multi-programmatic organization.

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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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