Program Director - ESAP


Within the boundaries of federal, state, local, and agency regulations, the Empire State Afterschool Program Director oversees the planning, development and implementation of the Empire State Afterschool Program. (ESA) The ESA Program supports the expansion of quality afterschool programs that provides opportunities for academic enrichment. An array of services includes academic support, service learning, financial literacy, drug and violence prevention



  1. Plan, develop and provide oversight of the Empire State Afterschool Program
  2. Design and monitor program and organizational structure to ensure continual quality and integration of all program components.
  3. Develop, build, and maintain strong community support and collaborative program partnerships with community and educational and training organizations; employers; and city, state, county and federal agencies.
  4. Administer program on a daily basis.
  5. Supervise all support services or special projects assigned to the program to ensure that program goals are met.
  6. Assist program staff with delivery of direct program services, including, academic support, health/wellness, work readiness, drug and violence prevention workshops.
  7. Maintain a small caseload of students and provide comprehensive support services to them
  8. Recruit and interview candidates for positions within the program and make recommendations on personnel decisions to the Director of Human Resources.
  9. Supervise program staff and monitor and evaluate the job performance of each team member in the program.
  10. Monitor the program budget.
  11. Monitor the program’s progress towards goals and develop plans for corrective action as required.
  12. Oversee the preparation and regular submission of all reports necessary for management and funding sources.
  13. Complete records and reports to track and assure successful program outcomes.
  14. Maintain and submit required documentation to the Division Director in a timely manner to ensure deadlines are met and ensure effective program operation.
  15. Participate in training and orientation as required and approved by the Division Director for effective program operation.
  16. In collaboration with the Program Planning, Research and Evaluation Department, search for funding opportunities and raise program funds from public and private funding sources.
  17. Perform such duties as the supervisor may assign.
  18. Attend all Urban League of Rochester events and fund raising functions.



  • Bachelor’s degree with at least two years of education and employment training experience is required.
  • Master’s Degree in Social Work, Education, Criminal Justice, Public Administration or related field with at least two years of education and employment training experience is preferred.
  • Experience working with federal, state, or local grant-funded programs is a plus
  • Must have a minimum of two years recruiting experience.
  • At least three years of experience working with families and youth in an urban setting.
  • Ability to relate to and work with a diverse population and understand the issues relevant to such population.
  • Experience working with community and faith-based organizations.
  • Knowledge of available community resources.
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills.
  • Strong analytical skills and attention to detail
  • Ability to function effectively as part of a team
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment with demonstrated ability to juggle multiple, competing tasks and demands
  • Ability to provide own transportation.  Valid New York State Driver’s License with clean abstract.
  • Ability to work evenings and weekends, when required.
  • Must be customer service oriented.
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office, including Word and Excel