WE’RE HIRING A New York City Program Director

Generation Citizen New York City Program Director

Generation Citizen (GC) is excited to announce that we are looking for an exceptional leader to join our team as the New York Program Director. The Program Director will guide the strategy and development of action civics programming across New York City, working directly with a local site team as well as educators and administrators from all five boroughs. The position will be full-time with a start date as early as July 15, 2017. Some evenings and weekends will be required.

 About Generation Citizen:

Generation Citizen is an innovative, quickly scaling nonprofit that seeks to strengthen our nation’s democracy by empowering young people to become engaged and effective citizens. We partner with schools to implement an action civics program that teaches students how to address community issues by taking political action. Our traditional program model partners trained college volunteers with classroom teachers to lead this work, and we are developing new models which support schools in institutionalizing action civics independently.

This year, GC is serving more than 10,000 students nationally in Central Texas, Massachusetts, New York City, Oklahoma, Rhode Island and the San Francisco Bay Area. Within New York City, we have empowered more than 3,400 middle and high school students this year alone.

Position Details:

The Program Director is responsible for managing GC’s program delivery, quality, partnerships, evaluation, and expansion in New York City. The Program Director will lead a team comprised of a Program Manager and several Program Associates who are on the ground implementing the core action civics curriculum, which involves recruiting, training and managing college volunteers, training teachers, and supporting classrooms, and will oversee the Community Change Fellowship (summer internship) program. The Program Director will also be responsible for launching and scaling a new teacher-led program model, which involves training and working directly with teachers and schools to implement the action civics curriculum without the involvement of our college volunteers. The Program Director will report directly to the New York Executive Director and will work closely with the national Director of Programming and program team members across the organization.

We have a small and growing team, and we are looking for an innovative and visionary leader who can elevate and scale our programmatic impact. We need a Program Director who is hungry to dig into all aspects of this work – from launching the new teacher-led model to overseeing college student development and holding them accountable to high expectations, as well as building GC’s teacher community in the New York education spheres. Because there’s a lot to do, there will be significant opportunities for leadership development and growth. If all of this excites you, then we want to meet you.


Strategic Program Planning & Growth

  • Work closely with the Executive Director and National Director of Programming to identify and deepen partnerships to ensure growth and impact
  • Cultivate relationships within the education and youth-serving nonprofit sphere to accelerate site learning and collaboration and to enhance GC’s presence as a local thought-leader in civics education
  • Manage top level district relationships for future expansion and work with the Program Manager to develop a pipeline of potential school partners New York City, with an eye towards confirming multi-year commitments and institutionalizing action civics within schools
  • Build and strengthen partnerships with community organizations and local political representatives to support high-quality programming
  • Identify and manage opportunities for program pilots that allow GC to extend our reach and impact
  • Partner with the Executive Director on action civics-related city and state advocacy campaigns

Program Innovation, Oversight, and Management

  • Lead team in achieving ambitious local school recruitment and fee-for-service goals
  • Launch teacher professional development pilot, which will include recruiting school partners, training participating teachers, observing classrooms, supporting individual class advocacy projects, connecting students with advocacy resources and experts, and collaborating with teachers to drive evolution of the model
  • Supervise the Program Manager and management of Program Associates in all facets of the college volunteer action civics program
  • Oversee Program Associate management of the Community Change Fellowship program
  • Track rigorously site’s program progress and coach team members in achieving quality goals
  • Collaborate with the national Director of Programming, Program Manager, and other staff to build a standard national model for a teacher professional development workshop series

Program Evaluation & Operations

  • Manage program monitoring and evaluation of the teacher professional development pilot and Community Change Fellowship, as well as supervise Program Manager in coordinating evaluation efforts for the volunteer program
  • Support Executive Director as needed with fundraising planning and events
  • Partner with Associate Board co-chairs to effectively engage the New York City Associate Board in supporting regional priorities, including program growth, fundraising, professional development for Democracy Coaches, and local advocacy efforts


  • 6+ years of relevant nonprofit or education experience, including at least 4 years in a teaching or training setting in a large public education system
  • Experience working with middle or high school students, educators, and administrators and familiarity with the language of education standards, curricular development, and school priorities
  • In-depth knowledge of the New York City community, its educational institutions, and its governmental structures
  • Experience managing multiple staff with varying degrees of experience
  • Demonstrated ability to establish and manage high-stakes partnerships
  • Strong interpersonal and group facilitation skills, as well as demonstrated ability to connect to, engage, and inspire others
  • Strong organizational and project management skills and attention to detail
  • Significant experience setting and exceeding ambitious growth goals
  • Passion for Generation Citizen’s vision of a country of young people working as active and effective citizens to collectively rebuild our American democracy
  • Ability and excitement to model GC’s core values: Grassroots Change, Systemic Impact, Collaboration and Diversity, Action, and Open-Mindedness
  • Political campaign, legislative, or community organizing experience, preferred

To Apply

The application deadline is June 9, 2017, but applicants will be interviewed on a rolling basis and decisions will be made as soon as appropriate candidates are identified. We encourage applicants to submit their applications early. The anticipated starting date for this position is approximately July 15, 2017, Qualified candidates should send a resume, a thoughtful cover letter that speaks to your experience in each of the above outlined qualifications, and a list of 3 references to Jobs@GenerationCitizen.org. Applications without a cover letter will not be considered. Please include “New York City Program Director” in your email subject line. No telephone inquiries, please.

Generation Citizen is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer.  Candidates who reflect the diversity of the New York City community are strongly encouraged to apply.