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YWCA of the City of New York is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all. The YW’s Leadership program engages high school self-identified girls and gender non-conforming femmes with an integrated approach to social justice leadership. From exploring their own self-identity, to discussing historical and current injustices, the youth will explore how these concepts impact their leadership. The young people’s leadership program integrates leadership exploration, youth development strategies, experiential learning, and opportunities to work with experts in the fields of social science, gender equity, race, human rights and social activism. The Program Specialist will be responsible for teaching the leadership curriculum; building positive relationships with students; project management; assisting with recruitment for the program, and daily operations of the program. The Program Specialist reports directly to the Senior Director of Girls Initiatives.


• Work closely with the Senior Director and Assistant Director to support the Girls Initiatives, including curriculum building, program planning, and annual symposium projects oversight
• Deliver leadership curriculum and facilitate discussions on identity, gender, class, race, privilege, and power with youth
• Plan and execute experiential activities including field trips, retreats, academic enrichment and college readiness programming for youth
• Oversee leadership program internship experience, including identifying and securing host sites and determining appropriate placement for participants
• Coordinate and manage recruitment strategies for leadership program
• Promote Girls Initiatives activities and programming to attract new participants, volunteers and collaborating partners
• Assist with key components of the planning, preparation and execution if the annual symposium
• Champion YWCA anti-racist and anti-sexist philosophy
• Maintain accurate participant tracking information


• Bachelor’s degree in history, gender studies, women’s studies, social justice or related field required, graduate students are encouraged to apply
• Experience working with high school young people
• Experience facilitating and developing experiential learning programs
• Highly self-motivated and able to utilize analytical skills to creatively develop and implement programming
• Excellent interpersonal verbal and written communication skills
• Excellent organizational skills and ability to manage complex and detailed tasks simultaneously
• Ability to take initiative and work collaboratively
• Strong work ethic and profession values
• Commitment to promoting YWCA’s mission

Position is Part-Time.

The YWCA of New York City is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer providing equal employment opportunities without regard to race, color, sex, age, religion, sexual orientation, or national origin. This policy also includes the handicapped and all disabled Vietnam-era veterans. The YWCA of New York City utilizes only job-related criteria in making decisions concerning applicants and employees.

Please send your cover letter and resume to vpadgett@ywcanyc.org