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Middle School Site Director – Forest Hills, Queens

Full-Time Position

Global Kids educates, activates and inspires young people from underserved communities to take action on critical issues facing our world. We are seeking a dynamic Site Director to work on site at our DYCD SONYC middle school program located at Metropolitan Expeditionary Learning School (MELS) in Forest Hills, Queens. Global Kids, Inc. The Site Director will be familiar with the SONYC program model and bring experience working with middle school using a positive youth development approach, managing programs and staff, knowledge of/passion for global education, social justice and human rights. This position is fully in-person and requires a COVID-19 vaccination.


Program Design & Implementation

  • Collaborate with other GK program staff and Director of Curriculum on developing yearly curriculum maps aligned with GK outcomes, SONYC program model and contractual obligations.
  • Coordinate and write interactive experiential workshops and activities for GK’s weekly school-based after school programs.
  • Lead/co-facilitate after school activities as needed
  • Design programs and activities appropriate for middle school students focusing on social emotional health, STEM, global and local issues, service learning and other content areas.
  • Organize special events such as field trips, mini-conferences, family nights, and performances
  • Ensure student and Global Kids staff participation in GK citywide events.
  • Occasional overnight and long-distance travel required (annual overnight middle school retreat, college trips, annual out of state trip).

Contract Management & Administrative Tasks

  • Maintain Department of Health (DoH) SACC license for school site, including up to date personnel files; manage DoH site visits.
  • Oversee and conduct attendance outreach, recruitment and retention services including attendance monitoring/data review, data entry, conferences and attendance incentive activities and phone calls to comply with GK and SONYC requirements.
  • Remain informed on current DYCD guidelines and contractor responsibilities by attending provider meetings and maintaining contact with DYCD Program Manager.
  • Ensure all staff members are aware of, and follow, any changes and new developments to program and contractual expectations guidelines and expectations.
  • Ensure all program and student records (digital and hard copy) are securely maintained, including but not limited to: workshops, field trips, student attendance and incentive forms.
  • Follow all fiscal procedures for ordering supplies and reporting on expenses
  • Submit quarterly program reports

Supervision and Management

  • Manage all day-to-day operations on site and ensure the implementation of quality programming.
  • Provide overall support and supervision for school-based staff, including full and part-time education staff, interns and teaching artists
  • Supervise daily management of tasks (delegate appropriately) facilitate weekly check-ins, conduct program/staff observations with immediate feedback, conduct formal performance evaluations and individual check-in.
  • Review and approve bi-weekly time sheets and school sign-in sheets.
  • Collaborate with key members of Global Kids staff to recruit, screen, and hire full time and part-time program staff.


  • Help navigate, secure resources and build/sustain relationships with participants, parents, school staff, other CBOs, and policy makers.
  • Partner with school staff (principals, faculty, guidance counselors, parent coordinators, facilities staff) to ensure high quality and safe programming.
  • Provide youth and families with guidance and referrals for social services


  • Advanced degree in related field and 3 years relevant professional experience or bachelor’s degree and 6 years relevant professional experience
  • Approved DOH SACC Director or SACC accreditation.
  • Experience supervising personnel and managing teams
  • Experience working in or closely with NYC public schools
  • Experience with or deep knowledge of DYCD SONYC programs or school-based afterschool programs
  • Experience with and enthusiasm using interactive learning strategies with middle school aged youth
  • Commitment to and understanding of working in culturally diverse settings and using antiracist pedagogical practices
  • Knowledge of and passion for global issues, political science, history, education and social justice and human rights
  • Excellent facilitation, consensus-building and interpersonal skills.
  • Strong work ethic, initiative, creativity, willingness to learn, and ability to manage multiple tasks independently.
  • Strong communication, writing, organizational, and technology skills.
  • Fluency in other languages a plus

Salary and Benefits

This full-time exempt position has an annual salary of $58,500. GK also offers affordable medical benefits (with plans as low as $1/month), dental, and life insurance as well as paid holidays, 12 vacation days (year 1), increasing thereafter based on years of employment, 3 personal days, and 8 sick days. Additionally, the GK offices are closed between Christmas and New Year’s Day. GK staff have access to retail discounts and other benefits through our Professional Employer Organization (PEO).

How To Apply:

Please send a resume and cover letter to resumes@globalkids.org. Please indicate “Middle School Site Director” in the subject line of the email. 

We are unable to accept phone, mail, or fax inquiries. Refer to the Global Kids web site for further information at www.globalkids.org. All resumes submitted will be reviewed by GK senior staff. Qualified candidates will be contacted for an interview

Global Kids, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to a policy of equal treatment and opportunity and do not discriminate against employees or applicants for employment on the basis of race, sex, color, national origin, religion, age, citizenship, mental or physical handicap or disability, marital status, sexual orientation, pregnancy, military or veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law. We continue to support and promote equal employment opportunity, human dignity, and diversity in all forms.