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Program Director, Life is Precious (LIP) Program

Location:New York, NY
Benefits: Benefits, including 90% employer-paid health insurance
Employment Type:Full Time
Department/Program:Life is Precious
Description:The Life Is Precious Program (LIP) is a suicide prevention program for Latina Teens. LIP provides a caring and motivating environment, which aims to nurture the success of each participant. Character building and strengthening participants self-esteem is an integral part of the teaching and learning process. Life Is Precious also offers creative arts therapies, tutoring, case management, advocacy and referrals.

In addition, the program integrates a strong music component, which aims to provide access to exceptional instrumental and choral music education to the participants and embraces the values and principles of Venezuelas El Sistema, where music education is used as a tool for personal and social transformation. Students musical experiences are centered in cultivating a caring, cooperative and fun learning community.

We seek a leader for our newest LIP location - Washington Heights, Manhattan.
Duties:-The overall management, direction, budgeting and daily operations of a unique, expanding and highly visible after-school, suicide-prevention program;
-Facilitate the music component of the program by supporting the participants musical and social behavior that align with ideals of the LIP program Commitment to the social and musical mission of the program and support of the El Sistema philosophy and methodology. Collaborate closely with outside resources;
-Develop and maintain parental and family involvement by using the Parental Engagement curriculum;
-Responsible for developing and ensuring the effective implementation and high quality program activities that engage Latina adolescent girls and their families;
-Supervision and support staff including case managers, tutors, creative arts therapists;
-Ensure all required documentation and reports are completed;
-Represent Comunilife and LIP for outreach and other purposes at community organizations including churches, schools, and hospitals; collaborate with community agencies and public officials on behalf of the program and its clients; and liaise with media representatives who are disseminating information about the program to the public;
-Track data and outcomes for the research & evaluation component of the program;
-Travel to various schools, community stakeholders, and conduct home visits as needed.

Qualifications:-Masters Degree in the Human Services Field;
-At least three (3) years of supervisory/administrative experience, ideally in a program serving low-income, Latino adolescents and families including individuals with mental health diagnoses;
-Willingness to work flexible hours, including evenings and Saturdays;
-Bilingual skills in English/Spanish are a plus

-Creativity, energy, and a high level of organization
-Excellent managerial, administrative, and critical thinking skills
-Strong written, verbal and active listening communication skills
-Strong leadership skills and ability to develop programs that engage, motivate and support adolescents and their families
-Experience running youth programs a plus

Comunilife provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.

This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

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