Program Director – After School – Brooklyn
About City Growers
City Growers is a 501(c)(3) charitable nonprofit organization based in New York City. Rooted in experiential learning theory, our programs use urban agriculture to close fundamental gaps in the experiences of city kids through exploration of the natural world and an understanding of where our food comes from.
From field trips to after school, City Growers’ programs engage thousands of kids in farm-based learning each year through our hands-on farm workshops at Brooklyn Grange rooftop farms, summer camps, school garden residencies, after school programs, summer internships, and ecology workshops. City Growers is committed to providing and expanding access to experiential environmental and food education to kids in New York City and beyond.
About the Position
City Growers seeks 2 Afterschool Program Directors to oversee the program, staff, and 30-45 students in grades 3 – 5 in our garden-based afterschool program at P.S. 20 in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn. In this 10 week program, the Program Directors will oversee 2 Group Leaders and 2 Activity Specialists, who will lead youth in activities focused on garden-based learning, mindfulness, movement, and ecological stewardship. All programming is conducted outdoors, following COVID-19 protocols and site-specific guidelines. The Program Directors will report to the Program Supervisor.
Each Program Director will be responsible, in partnership with other staff, for cultivating and maintaining a supportive and stimulating afterschool culture while fulfilling required administrative work, and maintaining all paperwork and training materials in accordance with City Growers’ policies and protocols. The Program Director must possess the ability to work with students of diverse backgrounds and abilities. They will have previous experience providing supervision to staff, as well as previous experience working with a DYCD youth services program. The Program Director will provide supervision of all on-site staff, offer guidance and support around facilitation of activities and social and emotional learning and behavior management, ensure that all participants and staff are observing COVID-19 safety protocols, and facilitate orientations, professional development trainings, and weekly staff meetings. This individual will be comfortable building relationships with school administration, educators, community members, and parents to best support the needs of the program participants.
The Program Director will be responsible for adhering to City Growers’ educational philosophy of positive reinforcement and supporting all staff in the areas of communication with students, behavioral management interventions, and cultural competency. The Program Director will be able to make the connections for staff between the larger social inequalities that may affect program participants, and the impact these inequalities may have on lesson delivery and restorative policies.
- Leading staff meetings; observe staff and provide feedback
- Ensuring all staff and participants follow COVID-19 safety measures & guidelines, including site-specific guidelines
- Leading by example and stepping in when necessary to support staff and participants in building community and engaging in problem-solving, mediation, and restoration of community values
- Ensuring participants maintain a 75% rate of participation
- Developing and facilitating training materials for all-staff training sessions before camp
- Communicating with parents, including weekly newsletters
- Acting as a liaison between City Growers and the PS20 school community
- Recruiting participants and maintaining full enrollment
- Supporting staff
- Administrative tasks including:
- Maintaining staff records
- Maintaining additional records required by City Growers
- Maintaining all online and paper requirements of DYCD
- Entering attendance into DYCD Connect
- Maintaining records required by DYCD
- Fill in when staff are sick or absent
- Minimum 3 years of experience working with youth in a school or after school setting OR minimum 3 years experience working in a summer camp setting
- At least 2 years experience in a leadership role in a youth development or education setting
- Strong communication and leadership skills
- Conflict Management Experience
- Reliable and punctual
- At least 1 year experience working with a DYCD youth services program preferred
- Bilingual or Fluent in Arabic, Bengali, French, Haitian Creole, Spanish, Madarin, or American Sign Language preferred
- Must be fingerprinted and undergo background check
- Must be certified in CPR Pro and Advanced First Aid (training opportunities are available)
- Equity training is a plus
- Background in food, agriculture, STEM, and/or environmental science is a plus
About the Program:
The program’s overarching goals are to stimulate curiosity about the natural world, and to empower participants to become stewards of their bodies and their environment, while providing much needed child-care to the community. All program staff will function from the same understanding and belief that City Growers embodies in all of our programming: strengths-based, and the belief that each student is capable of achieving success and growing as individuals.
This position will be held from April 1st, 2021 through June 25th, 2021. Mandatory training and orientation for Program Directors begins April 1st and will continue through April 9th. COMPASS Afterschool program will operate from 1:30p to 6:00p, Tues-Thurs plus additional 1 hour weekly team meetings, and runs from April 13th through June 24th.
Program Directors are required to commit to the duration of April 1st, 2021 through June 25th, 2021.
To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, and 3 references to email@example.com.
Application with no cover letter will not be considered.
City Growers values a racially, ethnically and culturally diverse work community and we strongly encourage application from people of all backgrounds. City Growers, Inc. provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.