NYC Program Director

Job Description

NYC Program Director


About S.O.U.L. Sisters

S.O.U.L. Sisters Leadership Collective (SSLC) mobilizes systems-involved girls and non-binary youth of color – black, brown, and indigenous – to interrupt cycles of state violence, poverty, and oppression. Our four pillars are leadership, healing, social justice, and the arts. Growing out of the dire need for gender-specific services and leadership development for young women impacted by school pushout and the justice system in urban areas, SSLC launched in August of 2014 in Miami and NYC.



The primary focus of this role is to provide leadership and management to all staff, programs, operations, and community partnerships in New York City. The Program Director has overall accountability for the development, quality, and success of program operations, youth, and staff. Candidate will work 40 hours/week, subject to working additional hours outside work hours, including weekends.




Strategic Planning and Visioning

  • Be a thought partner to the Executive Director regarding overall organizational vision, strategy, and execution;
  • Participate in executive-level strategy development sessions with consultants, coaches, and relevant organizational leadership staff;
  • Actively engaging in the local and national landscape of gender justice and juvenile justice reform movements, including but not limited to representing the organization at local and national conferences, summits, and advocacy initiatives.


Program Quality Management and Evaluation

  • Oversee all NYC programs to ensure incorporation of S.O.U.L. Sisters’ mission, principles, personality; skillful implementation of social justice education, and engaging activities for the youth;
  • Lead recruitment, on-boarding, supervision, training, and development of all staff and interns with a focus on program planning, development, and implementation;
  • Support all Youth Leaders Board meetings and events;
  • Provide supportive counseling and case management for youth (for LMSWs or equivalent);
  • Provide assessment and evaluation, team building, staff development; and lead  team meetings for staff;
  • Ensure monthly program quality and performance measurement.


Logistics and Operations Management

  • Co-leading and facilitating successful implementation of all NYC-based S.O.U.L. Sisters events, including but not limited to: fundraisers, program graduations, and community meetings;
  • Manage supply inventory for office space and program teams;
  • Main point of contact between S.O.U.L. Sisters and office space staff;
  • Approve supply orders for office and programs;
  • Manage key cards and office keys of all staff;
  • Lead in keeping office space clean, organized, and efficient;


Development and Fundraising

  • Collaborate with Executive Director and development staff to write grants and grant reports that support NYC-specific programs and events;
  • Attend meetings with funders and potential funders;
  • Support board-related fundraising efforts;
  • Host funder site visits.


Community Partnerships

  • Interface monthly with site liaisons to share program updates and address concerns;
  • Serve as an advocate for our youth when building and maintaining relationships with parents/guardians, site staff, other organizations, regulatory agencies (i.e. DOP, DYCD, DOE, DOJ, ACS) and other key stakeholders;
  • Builds and manages networks among partnerships, focusing on siblinghood circle structure: support group for providers, leading into building a coalition;
  • Manage interns and staff tasked to build relationships with grassroots and community-based stakeholders, co-facilitate as needed.


External Communications Management

  • Collaborate with Executive Director to manage and develop ongoing communications strategies, including but not limited to:
    • Manage communications interns;
    • Attend trainings and join networks associated with nonprofit communications skills and apply to S.O.U.L. Sisters’ communications strategies;
    • Host weekly communications meetings that provide space for any staff to join and submit requests for content;
    • Weekly, monthly, and seasonal campaigns and initiatives.


Experience & Competencies Required


Successful candidates will:

  • Have strong skills in leadership, team-building and supportive management;
  • Highly motivated, detail-oriented, ability to work independently and manage multiple projects simultaneously;
  • Strong interpersonal skills with an ability to work collaboratively, quickly and under pressure—with a sense of humor;
  • Have strong organizational skills and a flexible attitude;
  • Ability to meet deadlines and prioritize tasks;
  • Be a self-starter with integrity, professional discretion and professionalism;
  • Have experience with administrative tasks including calendaring, task management & professional email communication;
  • Have a strong analysis of ant-Black racism, anti-racist and anti-oppressive practices and principles including gender and racial justice;
  • Experience & familiarity with restorative & trauma-informed practices;
  • Experience with community organizing;
  • Have experience working with systems-involved youth and possess a passion for positive youth development;
  • Have experience and passion uplifting and centering Black girls and non-binary youth;
  • Be LGBTQIA+ affirming;
  • Have strong written and oral communication skills;
  • Possess emotional intelligence;
  • Bring whole self to position.


Masters Degree in social work, education or other related degree preferred.  Bachelors degree required. Must have at least 3 years of experience managing youth programs for systems-involved youth.  Knowledge of Microsoft, Google and social media applications required. Skills in website management a plus. Spanish and/or Haitian Creole speaker a plus.  New York natives strongly encouraged to apply.

Physical Requirements And Working Conditions:

  • Works in an office environment
  • Frequently sits for long periods of time
  • Frequently speaks, reads, writes and uses a computer keyboard
  • May require occasional standing, walking, lifting, stooping, and bending


Start date: Start by November 16, 2020


Office & Work Hours: General office hours are 10 am – 6 pm, some weekends; work hours are 40 hours per week in office on Monday to Friday, some weekends

Location: Position based in our NYC office; currently remote due to COVID-19 pandemic

Salary: $70,000 – 75,000; benefits include health benefits, paid vacation, flex time and holidays.


How to Apply: Please submit resume and cover letter via email to Co-Founder/Executive Director Wakumi Douglas (she/her) at  Please include “NYC  Program Director” in the subject line.


S.O.U.L. Sisters is an equal opportunity employer; we are committed to providing equal employment opportunity without regard to race, ethnicity, religion, gender identity, national origin, age, citizenship status, marital status, sexual orientation, veteran status, height, weight, or disability. Women (trans or cis), non-binary folx, people of color and systems-impacted people are encouraged to apply.