CAE Program Director


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Partnership with Children (PWC) is an educational nonprofit organization committed to empowering students to reach their full potential and succeed in school, society, and life. We work to provide school-wide critical counseling services, as well as family and community outreach in New York City public schools most impacted by the effects of poverty and trauma. We are one of the city’s largest providers of community school programs and school-based mental health services.


PWC recently merged with the Center for Arts Education (CAE), an organization that has delivered high-quality arts education programs that nurtures the development of social and emotional learning in NYC public school students as a core part of their pre-K to 12th grade education. PWC and CAE’s programs and approach are rooted in an understanding of the impact of poverty and trauma on children, a steadfast commitment to antiracism, and expertise in children’s social-emotional wellbeing.


Together, PWC and CAE have created high-quality arts and social-emotional learning programs that expand services for all school partners and ensure that creative expression is a tool available to all students. To further this work, we have received the Arts in Education Grant from the US Department of Education (USED) and are hiring our first Student Voice and Engagement (SVE) team.


The Program Director reports to PWC’s Vice President of Programs and is responsible for managing Student Voice and Engagement, a federally funded theater/SEL/ELA integration program to be implemented in four PWC Community Schools in Brownsville, BK, as well as overseeing all PWC/CAE DOE-funded and privately-funded programming.



· Work with PWC VP of Programs to implement the strategic plan to grow CAE’s programs and services in New York City schools and integrate arts programming within PWC’s programs and services

· Monitor and oversee SVE program, services, and award requirements, as well as serve as liaison and maintain communication with USED

· Oversee the development of new programs and services, and the execution of current programs and services

· Supervise and manage the CAE Program Team including 2 Program Coordinators and a roster of part-time, seasonal Teaching Artists across various disciplines

· Build and manage relationships with public and private funders including the New York City Department of Education, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, the New York State Council on the Arts, foundations and corporations

· Partner with the PWC Monitoring and Evaluation Team and external evaluators to define appropriate program evaluation measures and assess program outcomes

· Manage a multimillion-dollar operating budget with public and private funding and reporting requirements

· Partner with the PWC Development and Communications Team to respond to grant opportunities and requests for proposals, identify funding opportunities and cultivate donors

· Serve as a thought leader in development of culturally sensitive, healing arts school-based programs in New York City


· Commitment to demonstrating PWC’s organizational values of Collaboration, Continuous Learning, Going to Solution, Equity & Inclusion, and Passion.

· Master’s degree in Social Work, Education, Arts Administration, or related field and/or proven experience managing programs strongly preferred.

· At least 8 years of experience working in schools, including leading arts programs in schools; teaching experience a plus

· Experience developing and managing budgets supported by multiple private and public funding streams, and reporting to funders on programmatic and fiscal outcomes

· Demonstrated understanding of high-need communities and public schools as well as social service, education and behavioral health issues that impact students and their families

· Exceptional managerial, supervisory and staff development skills

· Ability to form and maintain strong collaborative partnerships with teaching artists, principals and other strategic stakeholders

· Ability to thrive in a high autonomy/high accountability environment

· Ability to adapt; encourage openness, flexibility and creativity in meeting programmatic and regulatory needs

· Comfortable working with elementary, middle and high school communities

· Enthusiasm for participating in and leading Diversity, Equity, Inclusion (DEI) initiatives, and applying this learning to your work

Hours & Location:

· Monday-Friday, Full-time; occasional evenings and weekends.

· The Program Director will work from the PWC office in lower Manhattan, but will likely start with a hybrid schedule, alternating between the office, visiting schools, and working from home.

Salary and Benefits:
Salary is commensurate with experience and ranges from $75,000-$80,000.
All full-time employees receive an excellent benefits package, including health and dental insurance, a 401k retirement plan, life insurance, and twenty days paid vacation per year.

Partnership with Children welcomes diversity in all its forms and believes that its mission can only be achieved when diversity is leveraged across all areas, including race, gender, gender expression, age, nationality and life experience. Partnership with Children is committed to building a diverse and inclusive team and strongly encourages applications from individuals of all backgrounds. Partnership with Children provides equal opportunity for all applicants and employees.