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Job Opening:

Program Director

Emma Lazarus High School 

New York City Mission Society improves the lives of children, youth, and families in the city’s most underserved communities. Through programs and services that respond to community needs, we create cycles of success for generations to come.

Position Summary

The Level Up Program is a collaboration with the NYC Department of Education. The program assists students who are over-aged and under-credentialed English language learners in assimilating into their new lives in the United States while acquiring the skills, knowledge, attitudes and behavioral changes that will maximize their academic and growth potential. The program's goal is to enable students to graduate high school, transition into post-secondary education and/ or into meaningful permanent employment. The program creates and provides opportunities for students to engage in paid internships throughout the school year.

Title: Program Director

Program: Emma Lazarus High School

Reports To: AVP, Career and Educational Pathways

Supervises: Level Up Program Staff

Employment Status: Full-Time Exempt

Basic Function: Under the supervision of the Director for School Based Programs, the Program Manager will plan, design, implement and operate the Level Up Program. 

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Supervise and direct the activities of program staff

  • Conduct outreach and recruitment to enroll diversified ethnic groups for whom English is a second language

  • Work closely with EL principal and staff to fully integrate the LTW program in the school

  • Train staff in preparing and delivering student Advisory and counseling sessions twice weekly

  • Oversee daily operations including internship site development, job matching, internship monitoring, timesheet collection and payroll

  • Establish formal contractual agreements with a variety of agencies and organizations that engage our student interns

  • Orient staff to program model and approach

  • Monitor program progress and achieve program goals, develop corrective action strategies as necessary

  • Prepare and manage program budget, all expenditures and reconciliations

  • Monitor quality of care


  • Master's degree

  • At least 5 years experience working with adolescents

  • Knowledge of adolescent development and youth development principles

  • Proven track record in development and execution of youth, education or related human service programs

  • Experience in program administration including staff supervision and program implementation

  • Excellent interpersonal communication (written and verbal) and organizational skills

  • Ability to work collaboratively with program, high school principal and school staff 

General Requirements

Staff is expected to be committed to the mission, vision, and values of Mission Society. Proof of COVID-19 vaccination is mandatory.

Salary and Benefits

Salary range is low $67k-70k based on experience, qualifications and fit. Comprehensive benefits include medical, dental, life, long term disability insurance, 403(b) retirement plan with 5% employer contribution, TransitChek, Employee Wellness Program, Municipal Credit Union membership, voluntary supplemental.


Interested and qualified individuals should forward their resumes with cover letter to

Subject:  Emma Lazarus High School Program Director.

Note: We are unable to accept phone calls. Applicants must meet qualifications stated above. Only applicants selected for further consideration will be contacted.

Mission Society of New York City is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. Qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to their race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or status as a protected veteran.

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