Director, Early Childhood & Youth Programs (Vanderbilt YMCA)

YMCA of Greater New York
Date Posted: 03/27/2019
Salary / Wage:
Location: New York, New York
Job Type: Other



The YMCA of Greater New York is here for all New Yorkers — to empower youth, improve health, and strengthen community. Founded in 1852, today the Y serves a diverse population of more than half a million New Yorkers who learn, grow, and thrive through programs and services at our 24 branches. Community is the cornerstone of the Y. Together, we connect active, engaged New Yorkers to build stronger communities.

The Vanderbilt YMCA is seeking an experienced individual who will provide leadership for Early Childhood, Y Afterschool Academy, Early Childhood Day Camp and Enrichment Programs. The incumbent is responsible for program development and management, staff and volunteer supervision, budget preparation and management, government contract development and management, New York State and City Health Code and compliance and community outreach. The Director of Early Childhood and Youth will carry out the mission and vision of the YMCA of Greater New York and demonstrate the YMCA Values in all contacts with staff, members, volunteers, government agencies and members of the community.


  • Create and implement a comprehensive program plan which considers space utilization, equipment needs, budget requirements, safety and emergency procedures, YMCA values and quality standards.
  • Serve as the program’s educational director
  • Successfully manage all programmatic applications and AS400 to ensure that all payments, applications and enquiries are completed on a timely basis.
  • Plan, implement, supervises and evaluates: all Early Childhood Programs, Y After School Academy, Enrichment Classes, Early Childhood Camp. Research community needs and recommended program to address needs.
  • Ensure that all programs follow YMCA standards and governing agencies policies.
  • Implement YMCA Core curriculum into all necessary programs.
  • Monitor rooms and equipment for safety and purchases new equipment and program materials.
  • Develop, attend, and support with the planning of special events.
  • Provide support and assistance where needed for other departments at Vanderbilt to provide overall branch success.
  • Ensure ongoing fiscal success by ensuring that all supply orders, contracts, promotional materials are purchased in a timely fashion.
  • Develop and monitor program budget to meet fiscal objectives.
  • Develop new programs/grow current programming to meet and exceed programmatic budgets.
  • Recruit, train, supervise and evaluate program staff and volunteers. Ensure that staff receive appropriate training that is consistent with professional goals.  
  • Provide assistance for the other Program Directors in the Youth and Family Department establishing services priorities in line with the team objectives, and in consultation with the Executive Director’s.
  • Manage all aspects of communication with families within the department.
  • Work closely with parents and participants in the recruitment of policy volunteers for these groups.
  • Promote all programs to ensure maximum enrollment.
  • Work with communications department to ensure signage and promotion for all department programs/activities.
  • Maintain relationship with NYC Health Department to ensure compliances with NYC Health Code
  • Build relationships with the Department of Education, other partners and stakeholders and the Mid-Town East community.
  • Participate in branch fundraising/support campaign.
  • Participate in all necessary programmatic and site based meetings.
  • Act as the liaison to YMCA of Greater New York in regards to Early Childhood.


  • Valid NYS Early Childhood Teaching Certificate
  • Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education, or related field.
  • Minimum of two years infant/toddler and pre-school classroom experience
  • Minimum of three years of Program leadership experience.
  • Knowledge of CLASS. ECERS and Work Sampling Online.
  • Knowledge of NYS Foundation for the Common Core and NYS Early Learning Guidelines. 
  • Knowledge of Department of Education Program Standards
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office, including Excel and working knowledge of Microsoft Suite.
  • Strong and polished interpersonal, written and oral communication skills
  • Demonstrated commitment to Early Childhood education and enrichment.

Application Instructions:

We offer an exciting and innovative work environment with a culture committed to serving all members of our community. As a leading not-for-profit, community service organization, our Association relies heavily on fundraising to support the wide range of programs we proudly provide the communities we serve. Our expectation is that all staff promotes participation of their branch fundraising efforts in some capacity. If you would like to be a member of our dynamic team, please forward your cover letter and resume with subject line “Director, Early Childhood & Youth Programs ” to or to: 

Vanderbilt YMCA
Attn.:  Joan Kuo
224 E 47th Street
New York, NY 10017

Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities