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City Year Los Angeles

Program Manager

Employment type
about 1 month ago
Los Angeles

City Year helps students and schools succeed. Fueled by national service, City Year partners with public schools in 29 communities across the U.S. and through international affiliates in the U.K. and South Africa. Diverse teams of City Year AmeriCorps members provide research-based student, classroom and school-wide support to help students stay in school and on track to graduate from high school, ready for college and career success. A 2015 study shows that schools that partner with City Year were 2-3 times more likely to improve on math and English assessments. A proud member of the AmeriCorps national service network, City Year is supported by the Corporation for National and Community Service, local school districts, and private philanthropy from corporations, foundations and individuals. Learn more at, City Year’s Facebook page, on Twitter, and LinkedIn.
City Year is among the nation’s fastest-growing nonprofit social enterprises. The organization’s 1,070 staff and 2,500 AmeriCorps members work and serve in 29 communities across the country.  City Year Los Angeles (CYLA) was founded in 2007 with an inaugural corps of 75 and has reached 225 by its 14th year.

Position Overview
Reporting directly to the Program Director, as a member of the Program and Service team, the Program Manager (PM) plays a critical role overseeing successful implementation of City Year Los Angeles’ school-based service model.  In this role, the PM manages a team of up to 16 City Year AmeriCorps members at their designated school, where they spend the majority of the work week. The PM is an effective talent developer who will lead AmeriCorps members to have a successful and rewarding year of service through civic engagement and a citizenship development curriculum.  The PM develops and manages partnerships with the school administration and personnel to ensure the necessary conditions and resources are in place for AmeriCorps members to deliver attendance, behavior, and course performance interventions for students throughout the school day.  The PM also works with school staff and AmeriCorps members to implement after-school programming.  

Multiple Program Manager roles are open (7+). This position announcement will remain posted until all positions are filled. The target start date for these open positions is June 21, 2021.

City Year values and continuously works to build an equitable and inclusive culture where diverse people feel they belong.


People and Partnership Management

  • AmeriCorps Member Management: Build and maintain strong relationships with ACMs by creating an environment of open and honest two-way communication; provide both positive and constructive feedback and coaching to support ACM professional development in the civic leadership competencies; Ensure the professional accountability of all team members, including Team Leaders (TL), through ongoing one-on-one check-ins, formal performance reviews, and consistent implementation of the professional accountability system. 
  • Team Leader Management: Effectively manage and leverage Team Leader experience to support service delivery; engage school administrators and partner teachers; coach and provide feedback for TL professional development.
  • School Partner Management: Build strong and sustainable partnerships with all school-based stakeholders, including parent councils; Program Manager ensures that Whole School Whole Child (WSWC) platforms are understood and implemented; reinforce commitment to shared goals with school leaders and deliver on City Year’s contributions.  
  • External Partnership Management: Identify leaders and resources in the community to develop partnerships that support the ability of the team to implement its school-based and community-based service objectives; support City Year Development department in securing and engaging team sponsors


AmeriCorps Member Experience

  • Observation and Coaching:  Actively support AmeriCorps members in service with regular observation and coaching; AmeriCorps members are coached and managed to meet performance standards for service excellence and inspirational standards that are expected of all City Year members.
  • Team Development: Ensure team is well-developed, strong, connected to their work, and the organization; Program Manager is well respected by AmeriCorps members and is an effective leader of the team; PM supports professional development of AmeriCorps members by effectively facilitating content to groups of 8-40.
  • Community Awareness: Engage team in activities and experiences that deepen their understanding of the communities in which they serve; leverage City Year Values and frameworks to help AmeriCorps members develop perspective on their role in the school community; work with team to understand the resources provided by local community organizations that may benefit students and the school community.  


Program Fidelity

  • Service Model Fidelity: Use Whole School Whole Child model with fidelity to enhance service quality and maximize impact; ensure that service tools are utilized effectively; school site supports a practitioner culture; set and monitor clear, measurable weekly and monthly deliverables for AmeriCorps members to ensure effective planning and execution of service priorities and parent/community engagement events.
  • Results & Outcomes: Ensure effective and timely collection of data through the administration of summative and formative standardized assessments, implementation of quantitative and qualitative evaluation tools, and that evaluation results are used to make service and program improvements.
  • After School Program: Lead City Year team to provide a high quality, effective, safe, and well-organized after school program; collaborate with school partners to ensure the successful launch of the program; routinely monitor all elements of the program for quality and make necessary adjustments.  



  • Bachelor’s Degree; or equivalent work experience
  • 2-6 years of work experience
  • At least 1 year of management experience with strong track record of results:
  • Setting high expectations and holding self and team accountable for performance goals
  • Developing diverse talent through performance plans, reviews and leadership opportunities
  • Using progress and outcome data to inform team management
  • Ability to meet deadlines, plan ahead, and manage competing priorities in a fast paced and diverse team environment
  • Tenacity and flexibility in the face of challenges; working in high-need environments
  • Experience setting-up structures for effective teams and ability to delegate effectively and appropriately
  • Strong track record in building and maintaining productive relationships with key stakeholders
  • Passion for service and the City Year mission
  • Background in education is a plus
  • City Year/AmeriCorps experience is a plus


Additional Qualities Needed:
In order to succeed in this role, an applicant must have the following competencies: 

  • Executes to Results: City Year is a very data-informed organization and all staff members are held accountable to performance metrics.  These metrics are used to ensure that our organization is achieving transformational results with students.  These outcomes are also central to our federal and state grants, as a mechanism for ensuring the effectiveness of City Year’s program.  Successful applicants must understand and be able to articulate the importance of utilizing a data-informed approach to provide excellent program services.  
  • Desire to Learn: City Year has a unique service model and organizational culture.  Successful applicants will have strong experience and a proven track record of success in the above areas, but must also be willing and eager to continue to learn and must be self-aware of their areas for continued professional growth and development.  
  • Communication: Ability to translate mission and vision from organization level to AmeriCorps members and talk about complex topics and parse them for specific audiences. Able to communicate effectively, efficiently and with transparency to the right people at the right time to ensure success of our AmeriCorps members in service. Models authenticity and powerful vulnerability, letting down their guard while maintaining appropriate professional boundaries.
  • Grit and Resilience: As a direct service program, City Year AmeriCorps members and Program Managers are faced with challenging and emotional circumstances during their in-school service.  Program Managers must be able to lead their teams through these emotional circumstances; they must demonstrate resilience to support AmeriCorps members while also ensuring that the team continues to maintain focus on addressing the needs of our students and communities.  


Compensation and benefits 
Full time employees are entitled to compensation commensurate with experience. Benefits for full time employees include health insurance with Flexible Spending Account, paid vacation, holidays, parental leave, 401K, and more.

City Year is an Equal Opportunity Employer, committed to a diverse workforce. Individuals from all backgrounds are encouraged to apply, including persons with disabilities and veterans.


To apply

Interested qualified applicants should apply online and attach a cover letter, resume & references: