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Beacon Director

Supervisor: Senior Program Director

Overview: University Settlement is one of New York City's most dynamic social justice institutions, with an impressive legacy as the first settlement house in the nation. For 130 years, University Settlement has been an anchor in the low-income and immigrant communities where we work, offering pioneering programs in early childhood care and education, youth development, eviction prevention, literacy, theater and visual arts, senior services, and mental health. Each year, we engage over 40,000 New Yorkers through our network of 30 sites in Manhattan and Brooklyn. Our mission is to empower residents by building on their strengths through comprehensive, quality services that meet the current needs of the community; innovation that anticipates future needs; and advocacy to improve the community as a whole.

Beacon Programs provide safe havens for 1,200 youth and adults annually. Beacon Programs provide academic assistance, cultural and recreational activities and drug prevention and reduction programs for youth in the community.


  • Provide oversight and supervision to all aspects of the Beacon Program
  • Renew SACC and DOH licenses to ensure city and state compliance
  • Responsible for recruitment, selection, training, supervision, and evaluation of all program staff
  • Train and develop staff and facilitate a collaborative management team
  • Manage and maintain program budgets ensuring compliance; work closely with the Finance department
  • Develop and manage all program and relevant family/youth support services
  • Plan, organize, and implement community building events for families of the Beacon Program
  • Partner with Human Resources to facilitate job actions
  • Track and recruit students to ensure engagement and productivity during and after school
  • Act as liaison to DYCD and Community School District 1
  • Develop plans for strategically implementing program objectives
  • Prepare monthly reports of program information and data and other reports as needed
  • Work collaboratively with all program partners, subcontractors, the schools, site-based management team, and community
  • Ensure effective linkages with all subcontractors, co-locators and partners
  • Plan and staff summer, fall and weekend activities
  • Attend relevant community meetings, agency-wide administrative meetings, and participate in committees as needed
  • Provide leadership to the Beacon Advisory Board and Youth Council
  • Work closely with parent coordinators and principals


  • Master's Degree in Education, Social Work, Counseling or related field or three years relevant work experience
  • Experience in administering an after school program or similar youth development program
  • Strong interpersonal skills, problem-solving ability, and crisis intervention skills
  • Ability to communicate effectively in writing and presentation formats
  • Ability to work independently and to facilitate a collaborative management team

Hours: Full time

Salary: Commensurate with experience

Contact: Submit cover letter and resume to the link: APPLY

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