New American Initiative Director

Employment Type
Job Category
Social Work
Flatbush YMCA

The YMCA of Greater New York is here for all New Yorkers — to empower youth, improve health, and strengthen community. Founded in 1852, today the Y serves a diverse population of more than half a million New Yorkers who learn, grow, and thrive through programs and services at our 24 branches. Community is the cornerstone of the Y. Together, we connect active, engaged New Yorkers to build stronger communities.

The Flatbush YMCA is seeking a New American Initiative Director who will be responsible for leading the strategy, implementation, fidelity, and quality of the New Americans Welcome Initiative programs and services.  

Key Responsibilities:

  • Assess participant / constituent needs, create and implement programs to address those needs, and measure program success.
  • Use New Americans Initiative best practices to develop plans for programs, monitor progress, assure adherence and evaluate performance.
  • Effectively manage data in various databases, including Collaborate, ASISTS (Adult Student Information and Technical Support), Capricorn and AS400, and use databases to prepare program reports for internal, city and state use.
  • Supervise program and instructional staff by articulating expectations, displaying model behavior, maintaining open lines of communication and being clear about roles and relationships.
  • Recruit, develop, train, evaluate and supervise staff and volunteers.
  • Supervise and evaluate staff utilizing Association approved tools.
  • Plan and facilitate staff development opportunities to address staff needs. Identify relevant external training opportunities for staff.
  • Expose instructional staff to new developments and best practices in adult ESOL and civics education, as well as ABE / HSE education, if applicable.
  • Manage fiscal operations including budget development, modifications and authorization and tracking of expenditures. Continually monitor the program’s financial health and make recommendations to the Branch Executive Director.
  • Assist with the development of public relations and communications strategies to support program goals and increase community awareness.
  • Assist with fundraising by identifying key sources of public and private funding for Immigrant Services and work with the development team to complete proposals and grant reporting.
  • Develop and coordinate means to seek regular input and feedback from participants and key constituency regarding the quality and relevance of programs and services.
  • Ensure the integrity of the organization, in written correspondence and oral communication, with community members, colleagues, program partners and funders.
  • Monitor trends, legislation and regulations and make program and advocacy recommendations to the New American Initiative (NAI) Cabinet in regard to immigration, adult education, and other areas that impact the organization and its constituency as a whole.
  • Keep informed of developments in the fields of adult literacy education, immigration reform, language access, immigrant rights issues, worker cooperatives and civic education goals and apply information to create innovative programming in line with organizational strategy.
  • Actively participate in all training sessions, designated meetings and special events.

Desired Skills & Experience:

  • Master’s degree with two years of supervisory experience or BA degree with three years of direct supervisory experience.
  • Experience developing and managing budgets and hiring, training, supervising and assessing personnel.
  • Ability and interest in working with diverse populations.
  • Demonstrated commitment to immigrant rights and social justice.
  • Ability to identify / document necessary information for program functioning and evaluation.
  • Creative, strategic and analytical thinker with the ability to manage multiple projects.
  • Demonstrated success in past employment.
  • Must be a self-starter, highly organized, patient and able to work well with others.
  • Knowledge of principles and practices related to adult literacy and civic education, immigration legal services and case management.
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office, including Excel and working knowledge of Microsoft Suite.
  • Knowledge of Windows based computer applications and database management.
  • Strong and polished interpersonal, written and oral communication skills that facilitate achievement of desired results.
  • Excellent hospitality skills.

We offer an exciting and innovative work environment with a culture committed to serving all members of our community. As a leading not-for-profit, community service organization, our Association relies heavily on fundraising to support the wide range of programs we proudly provide the communities we serve. Our expectation is that all staff promotes participation of their branch fundraising efforts in some capacity. 

How to Apply:

If you would like to be a member of our dynamic team, please forward your cover letter and resume with subject line “NAI Director” to or to:

Flatbush YMCA
Attn:  Jamel Davis
1401 Flatbush Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11210

Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities

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