Educational Alliance

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Job Description


Reporting to the Executive Director and working closely with the Associate Executive Director for Operations and Business Strategy, The Associate Executive Director for Programs oversees the management of all educational, arts and cultural, and Jewish programmatic initiatives of the 14th Street Y, ensuring seamless team management and development, program delivery, quality control and evaluation. This position provides strategic programmatic leadership and direction to over 100 seasonal and full time employees with a program service budget over $7 million.

As the person accountable for program quality and delivery, the Associate Executive Director for Programs is seen as a content and new business developer who also ensures that all programs meet or exceed strategic goals and objectives achieving the organizational mission and vision as downtown Manhattan’s Jewish community center. As a dynamic leader, the Associate Executive Director for Programs engages staff to find innovative approaches that serve the community, expanding results in a cost-effective manner.


People Management and Organizational Culture

·     Work with Program Directors to develop annual action/work plans, goals and strategies in line with our mission and with Jewish sensibilities - review and provide feedback to employees.

·     Set program priorities and provide day-to-day guidance within the overall vision, mission, values and goals of The 14th Street Y; support, enable and hold accountable program staff via this framework.

·     Work with all program directors to ensure close collaboration and to identify opportunities for complementary programming.

·     Lead a high performing team at all levels by developing and mentoring them. In partnership with HR, implement recruitment, training and retention strategies.

·     Develop and work within program budgets. Develop staff skills with budgeting.

·     Facilitate staff development by providing the appropriate support, tools, resources and feedback.

·     Conduct weekly supervision and coaching, quarterly check-ins and annual performance development evaluation of program department heads.

·     Facilitate effective and coordinated engagement between departments.

·     Motivation - develop tools and processes to optimize employee performance.

·     Write occasional blog posts, op-eds, etc. that promote and offer perspective consistent with achieving the Y's organizational goals and outcomes.

·     Ensure stakeholders are appropriately engaged in our work.

·     Work in tandem with the Associate Executive Director of Operations and Business Strategy to optimize employee performance and resolve challenges that arise.


·     Develop new initiatives to support the strategic direction of the organization and the 14 St Y.

·     Lead a robust new program development approach that proactively identifies pursues and wins new funding within the 14th Street Y’s vision and goals.

·     Actively contribute to the content and development of proposals for additional program funding.

·     Monitor grants - ensure compliance with stated outcomes and maintain contact/develop relationships with grantors.

·     Identify programmatic opportunities and strategic partnerships that advance organizational goals and outcomes.

·     Ensure that all program activities operate consistently and ethically within the mission and values of the 14th Street Y, Educational Alliance, as well as in accordance with relevant donor rules and regulations.

·     Focus on client needs; anticipate, understand, and respond to the needs of internal and external clients to meet or exceed their expectations within the organizational parameters.


·     Lead the development of a program evaluation framework to assess strengths, areas for improvement and programmatic effectiveness including ROI.

·     Manage internal processes in partnership with operational departments to achieve goals and advance organizational objectives.

·     Work with executive and program staff to develop strategies, positioning, partnerships and engagement opportunities.

·     Work with the Executive Director and Associate Executive Director for Operations and Business Strategy on preparing the yearly budget, maintaining fiscal responsibility for expenditures, revenue/income for related program departments.

·     In conjunction with marketing and communications functions, develop a program communications strategy that achieves organizational outcomes.

·     Provide leadership to staff in conceptualizing, organizing, implementing and evaluating high quality, innovative and comprehensive programs.

·     Implement and lead a continuous quality improvement process throughout all program areas. 

·     Develop and implement long-term programmatic goals and objectives.


·     Attend staff meetings and trainings as required.

·     Perform special projects and other duties as assigned.

·     As a member of the Senior Management Team (SMT), provide leadership coverage for other members of the SMT in their absence as required.


Required Knowledge

·        10+ years progressive professional experience with a minimum of five years senior leadership experience supervising seasoned staff operating multiple programs across the agency.

·        Deep understanding of the Jewish communal life (culture, life and customs) and of Jewish educational principles strongly preferred.

·        Understands and values quality improvement; applies managerial and technical skills to measure and improve efficiency and effectiveness and ensure compliance with all regulatory and contractual obligations. Able to effectively address overlapping projects and deadlines. Adaptable and reliable in face of conflict, crisis, or changing priorities.

·        Able to lead a team in managing multiple and often simultaneous tasks and in creating a work environment recognized for a high level of organization, timeliness, cost-effectiveness, accuracy, and results.

·        A demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion; valuing a diversity of perspectives and encouraging contributions by all team members.

·        Team player and a passion to build and maintain relationships with internal and external customers.

·        Proactive, hands on approach, as well as a professional work ethic.

·        Self-motivated, highly efficient, strong attention to details.

·        Quick, creative, entrepreneurial, and flexible, with the ability to adapt to changing circumstances and opportunities.

·        Positively influence others to achieve results that are in the best interest of the organization.

·        Assertive decision-maker : an ability to acess situations to determine the importance, urgency and risks, and make clear decisions which are timely and in the best interests of the organization.

·        Outstanding problem solver : an ability to assess problem situations to identify causes, gather and process relevant information, generate possible solutions, and make recommendations and/or resolve problems.

·        Ability to work independently and on one’s own initiative.

·        Cultural sensitivity.


Salary Information

EdAlliance “Perks”
• Competitive Salary
• Paid Holidays, Floating Holidays and Personal Days
• Comprehensive Health Insurance
• Free Gym Membership to our Manny Cantor Center Gym
• 403(b) Retirement Plan
• Discounts to programs at Educational Alliance
• Generous Vacation Package

To Apply

EEO Info
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, or protected veteran status. Educational Alliance takes affirmative action in support of its policy to employ and advance in employment individuals who are minorities, women, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities.

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