Director of Programs


NYC Kids Rise

About NYC Kids RISE

The NYC Child Savings Account Initiative aims to make college more accessible for New York City public school students by providing a mechanism for growing college savings, providing opportunities for financial support and education, and promoting college readiness. The three primary goals of the NYC Child Savings Account Initiative are: 1) To ensure that children who enter participating NYC public schools at kindergarten graduate from a New York City public high school with a financial asset to be used toward post-secondary education, 2) To support and foster an expectation of college attendance at home, at school and in the neighborhood, 3) To develop and encourage positive financial behaviors and lifelong habits of savings through culturally appropriate and relevant financial education and experience with financial products and concepts.  The NYC Child Savings Account Initiative is managed by NYC Kids RISE, a newly formed non-profit organization, working closely with New York City and the New York City Department of Education.

NYC Kids RISE will launch the New York City Child Savings Account Initiative in New York City School District 30 in Fall 2017. (School District 30 encompasses Astoria, Ditmars, East Elmhurst, Hunter’s Point, Jackson Heights, Long Island City, Sunnyside and Woodside).


Director of Programs

NYC Kids RISE, a newly formed not-for-profit organization, seeks an entrepreneurial, highly organized, collaborative, systems-thinking, data-oriented, and experienced manager of teams to serve as its first Director of Programs. The Director of Programs (“The Director”) will be a key member of the founding Executive Team. The Director will be charged with overseeing the day-to-day program operations for the NYC Child Savings Account Initiative, ensuring that the Initiative is achieving its stated goals and outcomes. Reporting to the NYC Kids RISE Executive Director, and serving as part of the NYC Kids RISE leadership team, the Director’s work will fall into three core buckets: (1) Lead and ensure excellent day-to-day implementation of the NYC Child Savings Account Initiative as it rolls out in District 30 schools over the course of the 2017-2018 school year, and in future years; (2) Operationalize systems to monitor programmatic metrics, identify challenges, and drive adjustments and improvements to the program as it is implemented; and (3) Contribute to overall program design and strategy, and manage special projects.


Key responsibilities include but are not limited to:

1)    Oversee, support the design of, and drive the core elements of program operations, including:

· Program launch/education events in schools and throughout the community;

· Training and on-going support to school stakeholders including Principals, Secretaries, Teachers, and Parent Coordinators;

· Financial Empowerment, College savings 101 and other Parent/guardian workshops, one-on-one support (in person and via hotline), referral systems and other tools for supporting parents to engage with their children’s scholarship accounts and to create their own college savings plans;

· Community events to support the scholarship accounts and expectations of college attendance throughout District 30’s neighborhoods;

· Financial education for kindergartners (students) and financial empowerment services for families;

· Ongoing feedback loops for parents/guardians, families, and community members to inform program development and operations.

2) Develop and implement strategies in collaboration with families and other stakeholders to ensure the program is setting and achieving goals including but not limited to: families earning milestone rewards, families setting up online portal accounts, families creating their own college savings plans, families participating in financial empowerment activities, families saving money, families and others providing ongoing feedback on the initiative.

3) Support the development and implementation of systems with stakeholders to ensure program can adapt and respond to feedback and be adjusted for various community needs (i.e. language, diverse cultural beliefs around money, banking, and college savings); identify ongoing ways to ensure that the program is successful including developing and implementing ongoing feedback mechanisms for key stakeholders to improve the program;

4) Work with Community Engagement Managers and Neighborhood Ambassadors (Part-Time) to implement outcome-oriented engagement systems with parents/guardians, families, students, and community organizations, and community members;

5) Supervise three full-time and five part-time team members, maximizing team collaboration and providing thought partnership, oversight, and guidance on project quality, deliverables, deadlines, and resources;

6) Oversee parent/guardian financial empowerment programming including appropriate referral mechanisms and partnerships to support families in creating their college savings plans in the context of overall financial health;

7) Oversee the Initiative’s operational dashboard, tracking progress on operational metrics and adjusting resource allocations to course correct, with a focus on meeting key Year 1 programmatic goals;

8) Maintain mastery over program policies, and inform the development and adjustment of policies based on operational metrics and feedback;

9) Provide timely updates to the Executive Director and other stakeholders on the status of the Initiative, unanticipated challenges, and strategies for addressing those challenges;

10) Draft, proofread, and/or edit a range of written materials, including but not limited to grant proposals, publications, reports, program documents, and presentations;

11) Manage key partnerships with government agencies and private partners;

12) Stay abreast of issues, systems, and policies impacting college savings and affordability, financial health, college attainment, and economic opportunity at the local, state, and federal level, and identify linkages to the Initiative’s work.



•    At least 10 years of experience in program development and implementation related to economic opportunity, financial empowerment, financial services, and/or education in the nonprofit and/or public sectors;

•    Expertise in economic development, financial empowerment, and/or education policy and service delivery;

•    Experience effectively managing teams, supporting team members in achieving ambitious objectives, and fostering an innovative and inclusive team environment;

•    Strong project management experience with a proven track record in meeting project deliverables on time and bringing large projects to fruition;

•    Highly organized, attention to detail, good sense of judgment;

•    Excellent written and verbal communication skills; excellent PowerPoint presentation skills;

•    Adaptable, flexible and efficient problem solver in fast-paced settings;

•    Experience cultivating partnerships with diverse stakeholders, including government, advocacy organizations, community groups, local businesses, funders, etc.;

•    Bachelor’s degree; graduate degree in public policy, public administration, social work, communications, or related field preferred;

•    Experience in a start-up setting preferred.


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