Afterschool Program Director

ourBRIDGE is the only non-faith based organization in Charlotte and surrounding areas that works with refugee and immigrant children and their families. Our trauma-informed afterschool and summer programs are based on our four core values of LERD (Love, Education, Respect, and Diversity), and are designed to support ELL (English Language Learners) students as they adjust to their new home in the United States. We focus on English language acquisition, socio-emotional well-being, cultural appreciation and pride. At ourBRIDGE, students receive homework help, English tutoring and opportunities to engage in a culturally relevant curriculum that is developed in-house and emphasizes hands-on learning. Our students and their families are a part of a welcoming, loving, and healing-centered community that recognizes the importance of cultural identity. Our staff is as diverse as the families we work with.

Job summary:
The Program Director is responsible for all aspects of providing safe, high-quality afterschool and summer programs that will welcome 150 English Language Learner students in K8.

• The Program Director is responsible for the day-to-day operations of two ourBRIDGE program sites: The elementary school site with 100 K5 students and 13 staff, and the Middle School site with 50 6-8th grade students and six staff
• The Program Director is responsible for maintaining high-quality programming, managing all transportation and meals logistics, curriculum implementation, hiring, training, leading and overseeing staff, creating and maintaining a safe, positive, nurturing, and inclusive environment, and advancing equity and justice for students, families and staff
• The Program Director will directly oversee eight lead staff members, and will indirectly ensure the high performance of everyone on our team
• The Program Director will work closely with the Curriculum Development Director, Family Support Coordinator, Community Engagement Coordinator, and Financial Director

• Ability to establish authority through leadership, effective communication, and embodiment of our LERD (Love, Education, Respect, Diversity) values at all times
• Ability to maintain our established welcoming and supportive work environment for all staff
• Ability to clearly convey messages regarding organizational policies, procedures, and practices, to recognize potential issues and to apply established ourBRIDGE techniques and problem-solving methods as needed
• Strong organizational skills and ability to prioritize tasks and manage projects simultaneously
• Ability to transform ideas into actions and inspire others
• Maintain effective communication and build relationships with all feeder schools
• Ability to work from opening to closing of the afterschool and summer programs
• Ability to problem solve and think outside the box to identify solutions
• Must be able to work effectively in a fast-paced environment
• Maximize limited organization and community resources to achieve goals
• Ability to prepare presentations and lead training seminars for staff
• Ability to work alone and with others to plan and coordinate recruitment and enrollment functions, community, and other similar events
• Ability to attend evening and weekend events, meetings, and training as needed
ourBRIDGE unique environment
• Must be willing to learn and have an open mindset with respect to diverse cultures, beliefs, and values. Cultural humility is a must.
• Demonstrate evidence of adaptability, collaboration, and communication skills to work effectively with a wide range of people from diverse backgrounds and with different experience levels
• Ability to interpret and implement policies, procedures and reporting required by Federal and State Grants; prior experience with Federal/State funding is a plus
• Responsible for data collection – Attendance, retention, etc. that is required by Federal/State and other grants
• Work with Financial Director to develop annual budgets and manage expenses

• Must be fluent in English and at least one other language (Spanish, Burmese, Arabic, Nepali, Amharic preferred)
• At least three years experience in developing and implementing enrichment programs and working with youth in a classroom, after school, or recreational environment
• At least two years experience in a managerial role with direct reports
• Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
• Understanding of Trauma-Informed practices and the effects of trauma in children’s development, learning, and behavior
• BA or BS degree
• Ability to speak Spanish
• Experience working with refugees and/or immigrants
• Community Outreach experience
• Experience advocating for equality or social justice
• Knowledgeable in Trauma-Informed Care practices
• Experience in leadership positions
• Experience managing expenses against budget
• Experience with grant compliance

• An inclusive, welcoming work environment where staff are encouraged to be themselves
• Opportunities for ongoing professional development and growth within the organization
• Generous PTO + 12 observed holidays
• Flex time offered
• Option to work remotely during non-programming days (Ex. Winter Break)
• QSEHRA healthcare benefits

$59,000-$69,000 commensurate with experience, qualifications and skills

To apply:
Email Subject: Program Director Role

As an equal opportunity employer, ourBRIDGE is committed to providing employment opportunities to all qualified individuals and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, age, marital status, veteran status, pregnancy, parental status, genetic information or characteristics, or any other basis prohibited by applicable law.