Educational Alliance, Inc. Associate Executive Director for Programs in New York, New York

Educational Alliance, a 129-year-old New York institution, is a vibrant, dynamic organization serving New Yorkers from all walks of life. We serve everyone regardless of the language they speak, where they come from, or their socioeconomic status. We believe that everyone should have a chance to live a better life and that arts and culture, education, health and wellness, and social services can help lay that foundation.

EdAlliance “Perks”

  • Competitive Salary

  • Paid Holidays, Floating Holidays and Personal Days

  • Comprehensive Health Insurance

  • Free Gym Membership to our Manny Cantor Center Gym

  • 403(b) Retirement Plan

  • Discounts to programs at Educational Alliance

  • Generous Vacation Package


Reporting to the Executive Director and working closely with the Associate Executive Director for Operations and Business Strategy, The Associate Executive Director for Programs oversees the management of key programmatic initiatives of the Manny Cantor Center (MCC), including our 4000-member senior center, our growing Art School, our Teen Center and College Prep program, and other initiatives. The AED for Programs is charged with ensuring seamless team management and development, program delivery, management of program growth, and evaluation.

As the person accountable for the quality, growth, and delivery of programs under his/her supervision, the Associate Executive Director for Programs ensures that all programs meet or exceed strategic goals and objectives while simultaneously achieving MCC’s mission and vision as a diverse, multi-cultural community center. As a dynamic leader, the Associate Executive Director for Programs engages staff to find innovative approaches that serve the community, expanding results in a cost-effective manner.


People Management and Organizational Culture

  • Work with Program Directors to develop annual action/work plans, goals and strategies in line with our mission and with our goal of economic and cultural diversity - review and provide feedback to employees.

  • Set program priorities and provide day-to-day guidance within the overall vision, mission, values and goals of the Manny Cantor Center; support, enable and hold accountable program staff via this framework.

  • Work with all program directors to ensure close collaboration and to identify opportunities for complementary programming.

  • Lead a high performing team at all levels by developing and mentoring them. In partnership with HR, implement recruitment, training and retention strategies.

  • Develop and work within program budgets. Develop staff skills with budgeting.

  • Facilitate staff development by providing the appropriate support, tools, resources and feedback.

  • Conduct weekly supervision and coaching, quarterly check-ins and annual performance development evaluation of program department heads.

  • Facilitate effective and coordinated engagement between departments.

  • Motivation - develop tools and processes to optimize employee performance.

  • Ensure stakeholders are appropriately engaged in our work.

  • Work in tandem with the Associate Executive Director of Operations and Business Strategy to optimize employee performance and resolve challenges that arise.

  • Attend meetings for Educational Alliance as required.

New Program Development

  • Develop new initiatives to support the strategic direction of the Manny Cantor Center.

  • Lead a robust new program development approach that proactively identifies pursues and wins new funding within Manny Cantor Center’s vision and goals.

  • Actively contribute to the content and development of proposals for additional program funding.

  • Monitor grants - ensure compliance with stated outcomes and maintain contact/develop relationships with grantors.

  • Identify programmatic opportunities and strategic partnerships that advance organizational goals and outcomes.

  • Ensure that all program activities operate consistently and ethically within the mission and values of the Educational Alliance, as well as in accordance with relevant donor rules and regulations.

  • Focus on client needs; anticipate, understand, and respond to the needs of internal and external clients to meet or exceed their expectations within the organizational parameters.

Strategic Planning, Program Evaluation and Assessment

  • Manage internal processes in partnership with operational departments to achieve goals and advance organizational objectives.

  • Work with executive and program staff to develop strategies, positioning, partnerships and engagement opportunities.

  • Work with the Executive Director and Associate Executive Director for Operations and Business Strategy on preparing the yearly budget, maintaining fiscal responsibility for expenditures, revenue/income for related program departments.

  • In conjunction with marketing and communications functions, develop a program communications strategy that achieves organizational outcomes.

  • Provide leadership to staff in conceptualizing, organizing, implementing and evaluating high quality, innovative and comprehensive programs.

  • Implement and lead a continuous quality improvement process throughout all program areas.

  • Develop and implement long-term programmatic goals and objectives.


  • Attend staff meetings and trainings as required.

  • Perform special projects and other duties as assigned.


Ideal Qualifications

  • 7+ years professional experience and experience supervising seasoned staff

  • Undergraduate 4-Year Degree from an accredited College/University

  • Deep understanding of diversity, inclusion, and equity as a framework for program creation and relationship-building.

  • Understands and values quality improvement; applies managerial and technical skills to ensure compliance with all regulatory and contractual obligations. Able to effectively address overlapping projects and deadlines. Adaptable and reliable in face of conflict, crisis, or changing priorities.

  • Able to lead a team in managing multiple and often simultaneous tasks and in creating a work environment recognized for a high level of organization, timeliness, cost-effectiveness, accuracy, and results.

  • A demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion; valuing a diversity of perspectives and encouraging contributions by all team members.

  • Team player and a passion to build and maintain relationships with internal and external customers.

  • Quick, creative, entrepreneurial, and flexible, with the ability to adapt to changing circumstances and opportunities.

  • Positively influence others to achieve results that are in the best interest of the organization.

  • Assertive decision-maker: an ability to assess situations to determine the importance, urgency and risks, and make clear decisions which are timely and in the best interests of the organization.

  • Outstanding problem solver: an ability to assess problem situations to identify causes, gather and process relevant information, generate possible solutions, and make recommendations and/or resolve problems.

  • Ability to work independently and on one’s own initiative.

Physical Requirements:

  • Ability to maintain visual acuity to perform activities such as preparing and analyzing data, viewing a computer terminal, extensive reading,

  • Expressing or exchanging ideas through the spoken word, including activities in which s/he much convey detailed or important spoken instructions to other workers accurately, loudly or quickly

Perceiving the nature of sounds at normal speaking levels with our without correction; ability to receive detailed information through oral communication to make discriminations in sound.

Desired Education:

  • Master’s degree in Business Administration, Public Administration, Education or relevant field a plus.

EEO Info

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, or protected veteran status. Educational Alliance takes affirmative action in support of its policy to employ and advance in employment individuals who are minorities, women, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities.