After School Program Director

Sports & Arts in Schools Foundation (SASF)


Sports & Arts in Schools Foundation
Throughout the 5 boroughs
New York, NY, 11377

Job Type:



Full Time



Area of Focus:


Job Description:


The Program Director has overall accountability for the growth, quality and success of the program operation, its students and staff. The primary responsibility of the program director is to manage the day-to-day operations of a site in order to ensure that SASF quality standards and guidelines are met and that the program is meeting all contract requirements.  He/she fosters an atmosphere of fun and learning where the concept of teamwork, fair play and sportsmanship can flourish and serves as a role model to youth, preparing them for future success and encouraging them to stay in school and graduate. The program director always conducts him/herself in the utmost professional manner and always maintains appropriate boundaries.

Essential Job Functions:

  • Accountable for ensuring SASF maintains an emotionally and physically safe environment for youth that meets all compliance and safety requirements set forth by the organization, DOE, DOH, funders and applicable labor law
  • Establishes a combination of program activities to provide academic tutoring and support, skill-driven sports, fitness and wellness activities, and visual and performing arts instruction
  • Organizes special and culminating events, including showcases that highlight student achievement and culturally enriching field trips
  • Responsible for the development and implementation of innovative and age appropriate curriculums, enrichment activities, and theme based projects taking into consideration the youth needs and abilities
  • Creates and distributes schedule of all activities and ensures appropriate record keeping and reporting of all youth attendance
  • Familiar with and adheres to all SASF procedures for trips, transportation and events
  • Ensures youth and their families are properly informed and prepared for all special events
  • Prepares and distributes written materials, including flyers, brochures, newsletters, and posting on the school bulletin board.
  • Ultimate responsibility for the appropriate behavior and conduct of youth at the site and on trips. Promotes positive character development in all youth.
  • Resolves any youth related issues as they arise
  • Responsible for recruitment and supervision of participants. This may include calling, e-mailing, and posting announcements, holding information sessions, encouraging youth, answering applicant questions and other strategies to motivate youth to enroll and continue participation on a consistent basis
  • Responsible for recruitment and supervision of dedicated staff that meet the highest standards of qualifications in being able to carry out the SASF mission and goals of the school’s after-school program.
  • Provides site based support, development and recognition for all staff in the Champions Club program in order to ensure success in the implementation of program objectives
  • Takes photographs of Site Activities and provides to Development and Marketing Department
  • Collaborates with (Senior) Program Manager on all sub-contract and Consultant activities performed at site prior to commencement of any services

Relationship and Partnership Management

  • Cultivates and forges positive relations with Principal, Assistant Principals, school district administrators, teachers, parents and parent coordinators and other key constituents in the community while actively seeking to raise their awareness of our Champions Club program and engage their support in ensuring programmatic quality for the youth we serve
  • Collaborates with Principal and Assistant Principals on program delivery to align Champions Club with the school’s goals in relation to the after school program
  • Establishes parent involvement in areas of advocacy, special events, daily operations, education, and trips
  • Promotes the site in the community through flyer distribution, school visits, and attendance at meetings
  • Creates and distributes program updates, attend outreach events and establish successful communication as the organization’s lead ambassador to their school
  • Identifies and utilizes community resources, including other schools, libraries, community and local government agencies
  • Keeps (Senior) Program Manager informed of pertinent site information, including any challenges in fulfilling responsibilities


  • Ensures site is compliant with all required regulations and timelines (this includes the DOE and other requirements as applicable, such as DOH)
  • Monitors and ensures all program compliance, including but not limited to student registration, ratios, attendance tracking, IDs, and building permits
  • Ensures that student attendance information is being properly collected and delivered to Data department on a weekly basis
  • Ensures that new hires have taken appropriate steps prior to beginning work assignments (i.e., DOE background clearance, attended and completed required trainings, and all required HR paperwork completed)
  • Ensures timesheets are accurately completed and submitted to Payroll on time
  • Maintains accurate records on site (i.e., file box, staff files, program flyers, materials, schedule and curriculum)
  • Reports site injuries via appropriate forms and immediately communicate incidents with school and SASF personnel
  • Assist (Senior) Program Manager in ensuring budgetary compliance and with submission of any required documents or reports to funding sources
  • Tracks and cares for all equipment and supplies used by SASF

How to Apply:

Please submit an application through the following link: Web:

To the Attention of:

Janie Le

Required Skills/Experience:

Required skills:

  • Passion for SASF mission and youth development
  • Reliable, organized and punctual
  • Knowledge of effective sports, arts, and academic programming
  • Expert understanding of the education requirements in an urban setting for the school age he/she will be managing (elementary, JHS, or HS)
  • Strong leader and team-builder
  • Ability to resolve conflicts and negotiate solutions
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with program staff and school partners
  • Excellent communication (oral and written) and interpersonal skills with proven ability to interact with a diverse range of individuals both in person and over the phone, applying tact and discretion as situations demand
  • Must have excellent organizational, time management and follow-up skills
  • Must be able to clearly articulate outcome requirements and provide the necessary and appropriate resources and support for Activity Specialists and Tutors to successfully deliver on objectives
  • Responsible and professional conduct that serves as role model to staff and youth
  • Exhibits strong character traits and exercises patience and creativity while seeking win-win scenarios
  • Ability to set priorities and meet deadlines
  • Must demonstrate ability to manage multiple priorities simultaneously
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Excel, Outlook, and Word


  • Bachelor’s degree required with preference in Education, Psychology, or Social Work.
  • Prior work experience in urban education, including supervisory experience.
  • Teaching and after school management experience preferred.
  • Must pass pre-employment background investigation including but not limited to fingerprinting, employment history, and criminal background check.

SASF is an Equal Opportunity/ Affirmative Action Employer


Disclaimer: The statements herein are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by the employee in this position. These statements are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of a person in this position.