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Senior Director, Programs



Organizational Description:

Learning through an Expanded Arts Program (LEAP) is a 39-year-old non-profit educational organization that works in over 150 New York City public schools each year serving over 20,000 students in grades Pre-K through 12 annually. LEAP engages a roster of over 150 teaching artists to teach hands-on, arts-based approaches to the academic curricula and offers a wide range of programs that incorporate visual arts, music, dance, moving image, and theater. Over the past year, LEAP successfully completed a transition in leadership and implemented several changes to improve operations and build organizational capacity. LEAP is in the midst of a strategic planning process that will provide a clear direction for the coming years and position LEAP as a leader in the field of arts education in NYC public schools.

Job Brief:

The Senior Director, Programs will be responsible for the ongoing development, delivery and performance of all LEAP programs throughout the five boroughs of NYC. The Senior Director will lead a team of program professionals operating ten after school program locations and bringing arts-based programs to public school classrooms. Responsibilities will include the development of new program practices and innovations based on the plans derived through LEAP’s current strategic planning and theory of change processes. As a member of the senior management team, the Senior Director will be involved in decision-making, long term planning, and performance management across all organizational areas.

Culture Statement:

At LEAP, people are most successful when they’re:

  • Committed to feedback and willing to provide clear, consistent communication
  • Community oriented and believe in a shared moral responsibility
  • Believers in self-care and the wellbeing of others
  • Accountable to themselves, their team, and the organization
  • Strong proponents of equality and inclusivity
  • Open-minded, creative, and flexible
  • Mission-driven and inspired by our work
  • Collaborative in their approach to decision-making and implementation


Organizational and Program Strategy:

  • Participate in long term and annual strategic and program planning processes
  • Play an active leadership role in communicating and implementing plans throughout the organization
  • Define/develop programmatic priorities and implementation strategies and ensure programs track toward those goals and objectives
  • Talent Management:
  • Build a strong team and supervise, mentor, and develop multiple management level program professionals
  • Provide direct/indirect supervision of all program staff and oversee their delivery of services in order to ensure that all goals, targets, and performance outcomes are met
  • Work with program management to set performance goals for all Program team members
  • Create opportunities for staff members to regularly participate in and deliver high quality professional development activities

Data and Quality Management:

  • Advance the organization’s commitment to program excellence by supporting continuous quality improvement practices including program observation and site and activity assessment
  • Work with Senior Director, Strategy & Evaluation to implement data systems, design reports and analyze programmatic results
  • Use data to regularly measure program quality to impact both short- and long-term decision making plans

Arts Residency Program Delivery

  • Identify opportunities for new initiatives or program expansion, with particular attention to partnerships that enhance existing programs or that relate to LEAP’s strategic growth plans
  • Collaborate with Senior Manager to determine outreach and sales goals for the department, based on historic trends and future opportunities
  • Support the ongoing design and delivery of innovative, arts-based programming in over 150 schools throughout the five boroughs
  • Develop and manage relationships in city, state, and federal agencies

Program Delivery, After-school Programs:

  • Oversee of the delivery of services across a network of after-school programs, recommending program/policy changes and directing program improvements in response to trends as appropriate
  • Set, communicate, and enforce clear standards for quality youth and community development programming
  • Meet and/or communicate regularly with school leaders to assure that after-school programming both meets the needs of the school and is aligned with the LEAP model
  • Ensure that programs maintain an emotionally and physically safe environment for youth and community members, meeting all compliance/safety requirements (DYCD, DOE, DOH)
  • Work with Senior Manager, Operations to develop and implement after-school program policies and procedures
  • Lead frequent meetings with Program Directors to plan programs and review results

Resource Development and Management:

  • In collaboration with Senior Manager, Operations and outsourced financial management provider, develop program budgets, track and analyze program expenditures, while ensuring proper fiscal procedures are adhered to
  • Create and monitor a budget plans that supports program needs and ensure timely spending for both After-school and Residency programs
  • Support the Director of Development by serving as a trusted programmatic voice, in addition to collaborating on fundraising and grant writing efforts
  • Develop and nurture relationships and linkages to community service partners, elected officials, and community leaders


  • At least 8 years of progressive experience in program design, implementation, and evaluation in an arts-based youth serving organization
  • Extensive talent management experience and the ability to effectively supervise direct reports to deliver high-quality services to community members
  • Prior success in providing effective training and onboarding as well as ongoing support and mentoring to retain talented team members
  • A passion for arts education and arts-integrated programs in communities underserved by the arts
  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced, growth-oriented, and results-driven environment; experience leading change-management initiatives a plus
  • Strong organizational and project management skills
  • Demonstrated experience with state, federal, and city funded programs and success managing reporting and compliance requirements alongside a firm understanding of budgeting processes in order to articulate the fiscal needs of a program
  • Experience with data-driven decision making
  • Highly developed interpersonal and communication skills; adept at working with and relating to diverse constituents in a fast-paced environment
  • Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s Degree in relevant fields preferred


Please submit a resume and a cover letter, attention Richard Souto, Executive Director, with the subject line “Senior Director, Programs – LAST NAME” to

No phone calls, please!


Health and dental insurance, 403B, life insurance, generous vacation and sick/personal time




4-year degree

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Contact email:
NYC AiE Roundtable