Location and Job Title:
College and Career Activities Director & COMPASS HIGH Program Director
YM & YWHA of Washington Heights & Inwood
54 Nagle Ave
New York, NY 10040
Join a broader community of education professionals where you can make a difference in the lives of youth while growing in your career and having fun doing meaningful work!
We are looking for a College and Career Activities Director & COMPASS High Program Director who will oversee the Columbia Secondary School's Guidance Counseling Department, and the Y @ Columbia Secondary School COMPASS HIGH Program located at 425 West 123rd Street, New York, NY 10027.
The Y and CSS' partnership in delivering topnotch educational programs and services provides a great opportunity to grow your career!
The Columbia Secondary School (CSS) for Math, Science, & Engineering is a public, 6th through 12th-grade school that opened in the fall of 2007. A partnership between the New York City Department of Education, the community, and Columbia University, CSS-MSE serves academically talented students who have an interest in a rigorous and demanding program focusing on Math, Science, and Engineering.
The CSS' Guidance Counselling Department is committed to providing a supportive environment that encourages each student to reach their utmost potential. Student success is the goal, and this is obtained by working collaboratively with the entire CSS community, including students, families, teachers, and other stakeholders. The Counseling program is an evolving program that focuses on the three domains of student growth: Academic, Personal/Social, and Career/Postsecondary planning.
The Y @ Columbia Secondary School COMPASS HIGH Program is a DYCD-funded afterschool program that is meant to serve 50 students in cohorts of 9th and 10th grades. The COMPASS High Program is intended to provide encouragement, support, and a sense of community to help participants successfully transition from middle school to high school, stay on track through the tenth grade, and make the most of their high school experience.
Exciting roles are in store for you!
- You will work with 9th and 10th graders supporting CSS' Guidance Office, and leading the Y's COMPASS High Program. As such, you will benefit from working with two collaborative and complementary organizations.
- You will be responsible for the program design and operational execution of the grant. This includes recruiting and engaging 9th and 10th-grade students; recruiting, hiring, onboarding, and supervising program staff and interns delivering the program services directly to students; and managing fiscal and programmatic requirements to ensure the program complies with Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD) and Department of Health (DOH).
- You will participate in leadership meetings with CSS' Principal and Assistant Principals regularly.
- You will be part of Y's young and vibrant Youth & Family Department Team.
Your typical day or week may include the following essential functions
- As the College and Career Activities Director, in collaboration with school Guidance and College Counselors and Administration, you will:
- Create and deliver monthly workshops for 9th and 10th-grade students focused on College and Career Readiness.
- Manage Work-Based Learning Partnerships and Internships for students in Grades 9 through 12.
- Manage a database of extracurricular experiences for students in grades 9 and 10, and match students with opportunities that converge with student interests and resources.
- As the COMPASS High Program Director, you will:
- Be responsible for program design, effective service delivery, and all administrative tasks, including on-time reporting to DYCD.
- Onboard and directly supervise Counselor Advocates, Activity Specialists, Social Work Interns, and Group Leaders in compliance with DOH, DOE, and the Y's requirements.
- Recruit and enroll at least 25 students from 9th grade and 25 from 10th grade via DYCD Connect, for a maximum of 60 students.
- Input and track daily attendance on DYCD Connect.
- Connect and engage students and their families to program services.
- Ensure program complies with DYCD requirements, with a student Rate of Participation (RoP) of at least 50%.
- Manage summer program and school work.
- You will also perform Supervisory and Administrative
- Participate in quarterly Director's meeting, Youth and Family Department meeting, Afterschool Program Team Meetings.
- Work and collaborate with CSS' SONYC Program Director to identify potential students to transition from SONYC to COMPASS High.
- Attend CSS' bi-weekly school leadership meetings.
- Keep the supervisors informed through timely and ongoing communication.
- Develop and monitor COMPASS High program budget with the Y's Managing Director of External Youth Programs
- Manage COMPASS High's contractual and programmatic relationships with subcontractors.
- Ensure timely submission and filing of COMPASS High activities lesson plans.
This exciting job might be for you if you are:
- Available to work Monday- Friday between 10 am - 6:30 pm.Occasional weekend activities and school trips are possible.
- Able to manage competing priorities and follow through multiple deliverables
- Comfortable working with, recruiting, and engaging High School students
- Attentive to details, with solid organizational skills and ability to manage a portfolio of programs connected to partners and personnel
- Able to successfully demonstrate planning, implementing, monitoring, and evaluation skills
- Excellent in verbal and written communication skills; able to clearly and appropriately communicate in a variety of settings and styles
- Able to present in front of large groups of participants
- Proficient in the use of Google Suite, MS Office applications, social media, and other technology platforms for youth programs
- Able to travel to various Washington Heights and Morningside Heights.
To land this job, you need to have:
- Bachelor's Degree in Youth Development, Education, or similar field
- At least two years of successful experience in providing educational services to high school-aged youth and working with school personnel.
- Experience in managing and supervising staff in a school environment
Established in 1917, YM & YWHA of Washington Heights and Inwood (the Y) is a not-for-profit organization that welcomes people of diverse ethnicities. We offer a wide range of educational, recreational, and social services programs that enhance the quality of lives of the people we serve.From topnotch early childhood education and youth development programs to innovative senior center services, there is always something for everyone at the Y!