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Community School Director

Supervisor: Senior Program Director 

Overview: University Settlement is one of New York City's most dynamic social justice institutions, with an impressive legacy as the first settlement house in the nation. For 130 years, University Settlement has been an anchor in the low-income and immigrant communities where we work, offering pioneering programs in early childhood care and education, youth development, eviction prevention, literacy, theater and visual arts, senior services, and mental health. Each year, we engage over 40,000 New Yorkers through our network of 30 sites in Manhattan and Brooklyn. Our mission is to empower residents by building on their strengths through comprehensive, quality services that meet the current needs of the community; innovation that anticipates future needs; and advocacy to improve the community as a whole.
University Settlement has been providing a variety of effective and strengths-based community-based programs for children. The Settlement operates after-school programs for elementary school and middle school children in Brooklyn and Manhattan. In total, these programs serve over 1,000 children from kindergarten through 8th grade, after school, and in summer day camps.

Community Schools are a strategy to organize resources and share leadership to integrate social services into the fabric of the schools. Community Schools are equipped to better serve the needs of families so that students come to school ready and able to learn. The Community School Director will ensure the integration and alignment of school and community-based services throughout an expanded learning day. This position will work in consultation with the principal and School Leadership Team.


  • Serve as an advisor to the principal, providing leadership for coordinating the work of different partners within the school, and aligning the work of partners with the school faculty
  • Work with school leadership to maintain a focus on results and track progress
  • Organize and oversee assets and needs assessments and see input from teachers, school, staff, parents, and students to determine the ongoing needs of students and families
  • Serve as the point person for agencies and programs interested in partnering with the school, and help to broker new partnerships that are aligned with school goals and needs
  • Develop strong relationships with teachers, parents, and students
  • Work with the Parent Coordinator to ensure that families have meaningful opportunities to participate in the school
  • Identify high need students, coordinate with teachers to target interventions, and track and monitor the impact of interventions
  • Build relationships and mechanisms to effectively link the school day to expanded learning opportunities
  • Assist with data collection, research and prepare relevant data to bring to meetings
  • Facilitate alliances and partnerships with City agencies and non-profit partners to establish a continuum of services for students
  • Provide training and technical assistance to ensure cultural and linguistic appropriateness of services, programs and communication efforts
  • Assist school and partner agencies with resource management and development, including fund development and grant maintenance
  • Coordinate the allocation of space for student and family support services, and for special events
  • Other duties as assigned by Senior Program Director


  • Bachelor's degree required; Master's degree preferred
  • Bi-lingual skills preferred
  • Experience supervising staff
  • Strong interpersonal skills, problem-solving ability and crisis intervention skills
  • Ability to work independently and as a member of a collaborative management team
  • Ability to work effectively with school-aged youth, educators, families, and communities from a wide range of cultural, social and economic backgrounds
  • Experience working in school-based settings with knowledge about tenants of community organizing, student support services, and youth development theories
  • Ability to work collaboratively with strong relationship building skills
  • DOE fingerprinting and background clearances

Hours: 35 hrs/week

Salary: Commensurate with experience, plus generous benefits 


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