Resilience Advocacy Project Seeks Program Manager (Brooklyn, NY)


The Resilience Advocacy Project (RAP) is a platform for NYC’s low-income youth of color to build authentic community power and transform the policies and systems that limit their potential. RAP helps these youth develop their skills, confidence, and peer community they need to advocate for themselves and their peers.

Through partnerships with schools, community-based organizations and city agencies, RAP helps young New Yorkers understand and address the systemic problems facing their communities.


The Resilience Advocacy Project combines youth leadership training programs with system-level advocacy initiatives to catalyze youth to work as agents of change in their communities. The beginning of each program is spent on community-building and broad discussions of systemic issues that impact the young people in the group. Group members spend the middle phase of the program discussing one specific topic area: they learn about their rights and discuss why this issue impacts them. The final phase of the group is the development of an Impact Initiative, in which group members take what they have learned and develop a project to push for change on that issue.


Job Summary

RAP seeks a Program Manager to manage our volunteer program and to guide our program staff in supporting the youth in our programs. The Program Manager will maintain a bird’s eye view of our youth programs’ overall performance, troubleshooting barriers for successful program participation and volunteer engagement. Major responsibilities fall into four broad categories: group facilitation, supervision of staff and volunteers, evaluation, and program development and implementation.

Group Facilitation

The Program Manager will facilitate several of RAP’s ongoing youth empowerment workshops. Responsibilities will include:

·      Facilitating ongoing peer advocacy and leadership workshops;

·      Revising and reimagining existing curricula to ensure weekly workshops are exciting, relevant, and fun for group participants


The Program Manager will supervise both part-time paid and volunteer facilitators. This will be achieved by:

·      Conducting outreach for volunteer group facilitators;

·      Scheduling and facilitating trainings for part-time paid staff, volunteers, and interns;

·      Managing the overall program calendar and individual group schedules;

·      Ensuring program success by engaging in regular communication with RAP’s group facilitators as well as with organizational partners;

·      Conducting site visits to oversee and support programs;

·      Providing individual and group supervision to group facilitators;

·      Assisting Deputy Executive Director for Programs to identify staff and volunteer training needs.


The Program Manager will lead RAP’s efforts to evaluate the efficacy of our programs. This will include:

●     Evaluating short-term and intermediate program outcomes, with support from the Deputy Executive Director for Programs;

●     Ensuring all sites accurately track participant data;

●     Collecting data and compiling necessary program reports;

●     Supporting database management: ensuring timely entry of evaluation data by group facilitators

Program Development and Implementation

As an integral member of the Program team, the Program Manager will support the development of new programs and the ongoing refinement of existing programs. This will include:

●     Overseeing curriculum development and program planning;

●     Editing and formatting curricula so that they adhere to RAP’s Communications Style Guide

Additional Qualifications Include:

●     Passionate, demonstrated and self-reflective commitment to social justice and to RAP’s mission, with a specific interest in youth leadership and advocacy;

●     Demonstrated commitment to working with young people from marginalized communities;

●     Demonstrated knowledge of and commitment to group work;

●     Experience as a supervisor;

●     Ability to handle a variety of projects and assignments at once, prioritizing tasks and managing time well;

●     At least 3 years relevant professional experience in a nonprofit;

●     Comfort traveling through all five boroughs of New York City using public transportation; and

●     Comfort in a small, fast-paced nonprofit environment.


●     MSW or other relevant degree


Benefits include health and dental insurance and a cafeteria plan.

Professional Level: Managerial

Minimum Education Required: No requirement

How To Apply

Please email a resume and cover letter describing why you feel you would excel in this position to with “Program Manager” in the subject line. Applications are due by June 20, 2018 and will be reviewed on a rolling basis. No phone calls, please.