Harlem Lacrosse

Program Director

Employment type
Full Time
2 months ago
Los Angeles

Locations: Baltimore, Boston, Los Angeles, New York and Philadelphia
Start Date: Summer 2020

Harlem Lacrosse Program Directors help students growing up in low-income communities activate the skills and mindsets to reach their full potential. Program Directors are lacrosse coaches, tutors, and mentors. They maintain a daily presence in the lives of their students, and help them make connections between success on the field, growth in the classroom, and goals for the future. If you are passionate about lacrosse and committed to the belief that all students deserve equitable opportunities to achieve academically, athletically, and socially, the Program Director role could be an outstanding position for you to make an impact.  

About Harlem Lacrosse

Harlem Lacrosse’s mission is to empower the children who are most at risk for academic decline and dropout to rise above their challenges and reach their full potential. Harlem Lacrosse inspires children to dream about tomorrow while working hard on the field and in the classroom today.

Founded in 2011 in New York, Harlem Lacrosse has grown to five cities, 17 schools, 33 programs, and over 1,000 participants as of Fall 2019. In addition to developing crucial athletic and social-emotional skills, our students consistently outperform their peers academically, passing their classes, graduating high school, and enrolling and persisting in college at a higher rate than other students in their schools. HL teams have won city-wide championships in each of the last three years, and many alumni go on to play lacrosse in college.

About the Role

Harlem Lacrosse’s unique school-based model embeds full-time Program Directors within our partner schools to run academic, athletic, and enrichment programming for middle and high school students. In addition to practices, study halls, tutoring and field trips, Program Directors are constantly present for students to offer high fives, pep talks, individualized push-in and pull-out support, and a listening ear as students navigate the day-to-day. This is a full-time, year-round position.

The Program Director is responsible for the following:

Planning, Managing, and Delivering Program (75%)

  • Recruiting the students most likely to benefit from participating in the Harlem Lacrosse program and working actively to understand participant needs and retain them in the program

  • Establishing both a strong team culture and individual relationships with students to encourage attendance and engagement

  • Setting goals and clear expectations for student participants around team behavior and conduct, and creating routines and structures to help students meet those expectations

  • Creating an outcomes-oriented program plan for each season and year, planning and delivering a meaningful set of academic, athletic and enrichment activities

  • Scheduling clinics, games, and weekend events with partner towns and lacrosse clubs

  • Traveling with the team to clinics, games, and tournaments as well as field trips to professional work environments, educational institutions, museums, cultural or historical sites, and outdoor activities (some overnight travel with the team is required)

  • Supporting students on their path to college and/or career

  • Collecting data about participants' academic, athletic, and social emotional growth through the program, and ensuring that students meet the core growth metrics of our program: increased school attendance, improved academic performance, and growth in physical fitness

Maintaining Relationships with School and Community (15%)

  • Being present in the placement school throughout each day and maintaining strong relationships with school faculty, staff, and administrators to monitor student progress and foster a strong partnership between the school and Harlem Lacrosse

  • Facilitating regular communication with parents and guardians, informing them of Harlem Lacrosse activities and partnering with them in supporting participants

  • Establishing and maintaining relationships with partner towns, colleges, and teams

  • Recruiting and managing volunteers and paid assistant coaches

Organizational Stewardship (10%)

  • Consistently demonstrating organizational stewardship by making good use of organizational resources, complying with organizational policies, and contributing to organizational efforts around social media, development and evaluation.

Qualifications and requirements 

  • Bachelor’s degree with consistently high academic performance required.

  • Expertise in the structure, rules, and strategy of lacrosse. Ideal candidates will have experience with lacrosse as a player and as a coach.

  • Experience working with middle or high school youth in a tutoring, mentorship, and/or coaching capacity. Ideal candidates will have experience delivering academic content to youth.

  • Demonstrated success with setting and achieving significant goals.

  • Strong organizational skills, including the ability to manage multiple priorities, maintain a rigorous plan for programming, and keep meticulous track of program data and documents.

  • Ability to build relationships with students, school faculty and staff, parents, partners, and other Harlem Lacrosse staff. Experience and skill fostering relationships across lines of difference.

  • Strong professional judgment and ability to work effectively with minimal oversight.

  • Comfort with discussions about diversity, equity and inclusion, and enthusiasm for investigating one’s own identity and honing a racial equity lens.

  • Morning, evening and weekend work is often required.

  • Local and regional travel, including occasional overnight travel with the team, is required.

  • All employees will complete a criminal background check upon hire and throughout employment with Harlem Lacrosse.

Salary and Benefits

Starting salary for this position is indexed to cost of living in each of our cities: $47,500 in Baltimore, $49,000 in Boston, $49,900 in Los Angeles, $58,500 in New York, and $46,000 in Philadelphia. Staff are eligible for annual cost of living and merit-based salary increases.

Harlem Lacrosse offers a comprehensive suite of benefits including paid vacation and sick leave, health insurance with employer contribution to the premium, Flexible Spending and Health Savings accounts, 401(k) with employer match, technology subsidy, ongoing professional development, and more.

To apply

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 to submit your application by December 1, 2019. You will be asked to submit the following as part of your application package:

  • Current resume including your GPA

  • Cover letter describing your interest in and qualifications for the position

  • A short (60-second) video describing the core values you would emphasize with your team

  • Answers to three brief essay questions (we recommend 250 words or fewer for each)

  • A sample letter home to parents telling them about an upcoming field trip and getting permission for their child to attend

  • Contact information for two references who can speak to your qualifications for this role

Successful applicants will be invited to a phone interview with a member of our leadership team, and then will participate in an in-person interview comprising a sample study hall and lacrosse practice with current participants at one of our school sites. Please note that this process can be quite long! We anticipate making first offers for this position on March 31, 2020 for a summer 2020 start.