Post date: 

August 21, 2019

Queens Community House (QCH) is seeking a passionate, flexible, and qualified Beacon Program Director with a strong commitment to youth development to join our Beacon Program at JHS 210 in Ozone Park. The Director will be responsible for the development growth and success of the program operation, its students, and staff. Beacon programs are collaborative school-based youth and community development centers, serving children age six and older, and adults of all ages. Our Beacons guide participants in: building both positive social connections and a sense community, exploring their interests and their passions, becoming life-long learners, gaining meaningful experiences, developing the skills and the mindset they need to succeed in their educational and career settings, and becoming active participants and leaders in their neighborhoods.

Key Competencies expected of the Beacon Director role include:

  • High Quality Programming and Leadership
  • Collaboration, Relationship Building, and Advocacy with Key Stakeholders
  • Contractual and Regulatory Compliance and Documentation, Active Communication, and Timely Reporting


  • Utilize critical thinking and strong leadership skills to drive recruitment, enrollment, and retention of participants and families to the program that meets and exceeds contractual requirements.
  • Ensure continuous quality programming, implement performance measurements and feedback systems.
  • Prepare and monitor program budgets, petty cash, inventory, payment requests, payroll, and other fiscal tasks.
  • Maintain all aspects of program in regulatory compliance with QCH, Department of Education (DOE), NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (NYC DOHMH), Office of Children and Family Services (NYS OCFS), and Department of Youth & Community Development (DYCD).
  • Ensure input of data in all agency and funder databases and submit reports in a timely manner.
  • Lead in developing the DYCD Beacon Advisory Board.
  • Supervise sub-contracted programs, co-located programs, referral linkages and reciprocal agreements.
  • Maintain registration, attendance, staff files, student files, surveys, documentation, and all data to meet requirements of QCH, DOE, DOHMH, and DYCD.
  • Ensure positive DYCD program assessments via EMS.
  • Maintain regular communication with supervisor pertaining to all agency, program, funder and school related matters. Regularly check and respond to email requests, phone calls, and inquiries with a quick turnaround time for time sensitive materials.
  • Meet with direct reports for weekly supervision.
  • Ensure up to date, accurate and professional standards of all written documents, outreach and registration materials, data, and flyers that are in line with agency and funder requirements.
  • Timely and accurately submit all agency, program, funder, and regulatory required documents.
  • Ensure fiscal and budgeting practices that are adherent to agency and funder regulations.
  • Organize special community events, including but not limited to three parent expos a year; an annual Community Health Fair; and incentive based, culturally enriching field trips that meet contract driven outcomes.
  • Represent QCH in the community through outreach and attendance at meetings.
  • Complete other duties and lead special projects as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Social Services, Social Work, Public Health, Education or related field required. Master’s Degree in a related field preferred.
  • Minimum of three (3) years of supervisory and management experience developing and implementing youth and community development programs, staff training and evaluation; or at least 3 years of supervisory and management experience in health, education, and/or social services in an urban community. Previous experience in school settings and working with a number of age groups preferred.
  • Demonstrated ability in and understanding of program outreach and recruitment, budgeting, performance-based contracting, and compliance with SACC licensing procedures.
  • Demonstrated ability to build partnerships and work effectively with staff, families, and external stakeholders from a wide range of backgrounds to achieve shared goals.
  • Strong demonstration of ability to lead a team and take initiative to drive the program forward.
  • Proficiency with various computer programs (Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office 365, and Video Editing software) and willingness to learn new ones.
  • Must obtain appropriate clearances and meet NYC OCFS SACC Program Director requirements.
  • Fluently bilingual (English/Spanish) with proficient written and oral communication skills.
  • Current CPR & First Aid certifications preferred.
  • Excellent judgement, ability to maintain confidentiality, decision making skills, organizational skills, and ability to follow-through on tasks.

Additional Details:

This position is available immediately. Queens Community House offers a competitive salary commensurate with experience and a comprehensive benefits package.  The benefits package varies by position and may include medical/dental/vision offerings, life insurance, flexible spending accounts, and a 403b plan. We value health and wellness too, and as such staff can earn up to 27 annual leave days, 12 sick days, and enjoy most federal holidays. Staff can also take advantage of an array of professional development opportunities.

STATUS: Full-Time, Exempt

SALARY: High $50-Low $60K range; Commensurate with Experience; Comprehensive Benefits Package.

SCHEDULE: Mon- Fri 1:30-9:30PM, potentially Saturdays 7:45A – 4:15P, (availability in the mornings for prep, meeting and training time). School Holidays, School Recess and Summer 7:30A–3:30P, 9A–5P or 10A-6P

Application Method:

We are a passion-led, mission-driven organization – one that looks to continually enrich the lives of our diverse member community. If you would like to join our team, please forward your cover letter and resume, with subject line “Beacon Director” to Oswald Araujo:

Please Note: Applications submitted without a formal cover letter will not be considered


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