Reports To:      Managing Director of DYCD CAS Middle School Programs

Department:     DYCD CAS Programs

Location:            MS 594 New Pathways Academy/1000 Teller Avenue, Bronx, NY

FLSA Status:  Exempt

Job Status: Full-Time

Salary Range:  $55,000-$75,000 including benefits




At LEAP we believe in the transformational power of the arts. Wed as a grassroots movement with just four schools. Today, our teaching artists serve 25,000 youth across the city in over 140 New York City public schools. Every day, our educational arts programs inspire diverse school communities to be more engaged in learning and build critical skills. Our quality educational arts programs promote access and equity for New York City students underserved in the arts. 


Culture Statement: LEAP is a group of diverse and passionate individuals working together to prioritize youth and pursue our mission.


Our Goals

We collaborate to accomplish goals and are accountable to ourselves and others. 

We strive for excellence, reflect on results, and celebrate success. 

Our Peers

We foster relationships through intentional communication and attentive listening. 

We welcome feedback with a growth mindset and offer feedback with empathy. 

Our Space

We build trust through transparency, honesty, and humility. 

We respect and attempt to meet each other’s needs at work.

Our Community

We are inclusive and value the differences among us. 

We listen to and acknowledge the voices of those we serve. 





LEAP After School Program Directors are responsible for overall site management and operations in alignment with LEAP strategic and organizational goals while integrating stakeholder customization and integration, as well as all NYS School Age Child Care laws, regulations, and policies. The After School Program Director is the overall supervisor of the LEAP Afterschool arts integrated programming, and is responsible for managing/training the staff, streamlining program curricula working closely with LEAP internal departments and Education Specialists, building capacity through community and stakeholder partnerships, and establishing an organizational structure for the program. The After School Program Director will work closely with LEAP senior staff and internal departments in alignment with LEAP’s vision and mission, and in strong partnership with school partners. 



Creative Youth Development- 

  • Collaborates with LEAP internal departments, external stakeholders and school partners to achieve LEAP mission, student outcomes, and the development of strong school partnerships

  • Enthusiastically employs leadership style that effectively empowers, motivates, structures, and organizes site staff to provide socioemotional, physical and safe learning environment conducive to achieving student outcomes 

  • Effectively engages LEAP’s Programmatic Frameworks inclusive of but not limited to: Artistic Process, The LEAP Way, and the 4Cs (creativity, communication, collaboration, critical thinking) 

Arts Integration

  • Aligns with LEAP internal departments to achieve program vision and mission 

  • Responsible for creatively supporting Teaching Artists in delivering high-quality arts programming in alignment with LEAP and school partner student academic, social emotional and leadership outcomes 


The following responsibilities include pre and current COVID applicable regulations, policies, and mandates:


  • SAFETY: Ensure the safety and security of each participant by following all LEAP, and New York State School Age Child Care protocols and procedures regarding COVID-19 safety, overall safety, supervision, accident and incident reporting, works closely with school partners to arrange seamless transition from daytime to afterschool; ensure programs operates in compliance with all applicable New York State School Age Child Care Laws, Policies, Rules and Regulations

  • LEAP MISSION/VISION: Works very closely with LEAP internal departments and Leadership to achieve LEAP Mission and Vision

  •  LEAP PARTNER AGENCY REQUIREMENTS: Ensure all funder and partner agency requirements are met, including DYCD Programmatic Frameworks, Enrollment, Attendance/Rate of Participation, DYCD contract requirements, DYCD Administrative systems, and NYC DOE regulations

  • QUALIFIED STAFFING: Work with LEAP internal departments, LEAP Program Excellence function, and stakeholders to ensure staff is fully trained in a broad range of areas including arts integration, creative youth development, positive youth development, effective teaching strategies, behavior management, and positive reinforcement techniques;

  • RECRUITMENT/RETENTION: Coordinate and follow up on participant outreach, enrollment and attendance to meet programmatic goals and stakeholder benchmarks

  • EVENTS: Works closely with LEAP internal departments, campus leadership, and school partners to plan, organize, and produce LEAP, DYCD and school partnership events evidencing high quality arts programming. Events to include family nights, student performances, community forums and more.

  • PROGRAMMATIC OVERSIGHT: Ensure program has necessary materials, facilities, communication systems and practices, and partnerships to provide safe, positive youth development programming; motivate, coach and counsel staff to excel; monitor participants' progress regularly; and any and all other tasks necessary for the successful operation of the program.

  • BUDGET ADHERENCE: Ensure that the budget and expenses are aligned and maintained within the organizational financial guidelines, including staffing, supplies, and other expenses. 

  •  AGENCY COMMUNICATION: Models positive communication with LEAP staff and employees, youth, school community, and stakeholders at all times

  •  INTERNAL SUPPORT: Responsible for attending ongoing professional development, and internal scheduled/unscheduled LEAP program strategy meetings, site director cohort meetings, and events





Candidates for the Afterschool Program Director position must meet one of the following:


  • Associate's degree in Child Development, Elementary Education, Physical Education, Recreation or a related field and two years direct experience working with children less than 13 years of age, including at least one year in a supervisory capacity in a child care program or related field of work. 


  • New York State Children's Program Administrator credential and two years direct experience working with children under the age of 13 years, including at least one year in a supervisory capacity in a child care program or related field of work.


  • School Age Child Care Credential or other Office recognized credential specific to the school-age developmental period and two years direct experience working with children under the age of 13 years, including at least one year in a supervisory capacity in a child care program or related field of work.


  • Two years of college with 18 credits in Child Development, Elementary Education, Physical Education, Recreation or a related field and two years direct experience working with children under the age of 13 years including at least one year in a supervisory capacity in a child care program or related field of work.



  • Two (2) years supervisory experience required

  • Experience working with elementary and/or middle school students in a school-based or community-based setting; after-school experience preferred

  • Familiarity with diverse ethnic and cultural communities;

  • Outstanding organizational, critical thinking and writing skills;

  • Sensitivity to parent concerns and child development issues;

  • Enthusiasm, creativity, initiative and the ability to adapt quickly to change; and

  • The proven ability to serve as a dynamic team leader



This job description indicates in general the nature and levels of work, knowledge, skills, abilities and other essential functions (as covered under the Americans with Disabilities Act) expected of an incumbent.  It is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities required of an incumbent. An incumbent may be asked to perform other duties as required. Management may at its discretion assign or re-assign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time. This job description does not change the at-will employment relationship existing between the organization and its employees. LEAP, Inc., is an equal opportunity employer (M/F/D/V).



LEAP provides equal opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to age, citizenship, color, disability status, gender identity or expression, marital status, national origin, pregnancy, protected veteran status, race, religion, sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training. 

Please note:  In accordance with organizational policy, LEAP do not  sponsor individuals on O-1 visas.

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