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(Expired) Program Manager

6 months ago by Kids in the Game

  New York City (New York), USA

Level: Intermediate

Contract: Full Time (Paid)

Sector: Education

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Kids in the Game (KING) is dedicated to empowering New York City’s youth through sports, creativity, and play. KING is a leader among NYC-based sports-based youth development organizations and works with 20,000 children each year. Our work is focused on achieving five ultimate impacts:

  • Enhancing emotional intelligence
  • Creating a positive sense of self
  • Developing NYC into the nation’s top talent hub
  • Integrating our communities
  • Narrowing the income inequality gaps

KING has experienced rapid growth in recent years, being named #1188 on Inc Magazine’s 2018 Fastest Growing Companies list and #24 in the Education category. Our programs can be found in more than 60 schools across NYC, where we offer recess, PE, after school and enrichment programs, along with our signature sports teams and day camps. We are also actively expanding into eSports and other technology programs, operating the first middle school eSports league in the country this past spring. Our company is proud to be a pending B-Corp, and we are continuing to deepen our impact through our foundation, KING Kids, which provides scholarships to help those in need access our programs.

In the next six months, we are focused on expanding our full-time team (currently 20 of us!) across core areas with content experts who will share and support our bold vision for the future, as well as seasoned coaches and youth develop professionals to manage our growing school-based programs and teams. Visit us online at to learn more about our programs and the KING team.


We are looking for an experienced Program Manager to join our growing full-time team and manage a portfolio of school programs (~15) hosted across NYC. To qualify, you must have previous experience in the youth development field and an impeccable record of supporting multiple programs across a wide geographic range. You will be expected to provide general oversight in the areas of program management, program delivery, operations, and staff supervision. You will also act as our ambassador in maintaining key relationships with our partner schools/organizations.

To continue to drive our work forward, you should expect to work collaboratively with other staff to strengthen the quality and effectiveness of our programs while supporting KING’s emerging strategic initiatives. You will help to promote opportunities for programming expansions/additions within your portfolio of schools and assist with implementing new programs. Additionally, you will be a key part of our leadership team and dedicate time to strategic programming initiatives that engage children of all ages and backgrounds, such as our seasonal sports teams and recess programs. During the summer months, you will take on the role of a Camp Director or Assistant Director at one of our summer day camps, overseeing a staff of 20-30 coaches, counselors, and administrative staff.

Key functions of this role include:

  • Maintain strong lines of communication and good working relationships with school administrators, support staff, organization partners, and other key stakeholders
  • Seek business development opportunities within existing schools/clients by understanding the schools’ needs and exploring ways to expand our presence to solve them, e.g. expanding existing programs, adding new programs, etc.
  • Work with our leadership team in identifying industry needs and market trends; brainstorm new programming options to meet the needs of our growing network of children and families
  • Attend and seek out speaking engagements at industry events, conferences, and community initiatives on behalf of the organization
  • Spend more than half of the work week traveling around NYC to visit existing programs and identify potential clients/partners
  • Assist with identifying staffing needs, interviewing candidates, and helping coaches integrate into the school setting
  • Provide direct support to 30-40 part-time coaches through site observations, trainings, performance evaluations, and informal check-ins
  • Oversee the daily operations of a 6-8-week, full-day summer camp, including tasks related to: child/family engagement, programming, special events planning/field trips, and staff supervision


Our ideal candidate would meet some or all of the following qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in the areas of Early Childhood or K-12 Education, Child Psychology, Social Work, Sports Management, Physical Education, or a related field is strongly preferred
  • Advanced Degree in a related field is preferred, but not a requirement for this position
  • 2+ years of experience leading lessons in the areas of sports, music, or performing arts; prior experience working with children is strongly preferred
  • 3-5+ years of experience in a managerial role supporting a team of high-performing staff, or a record of being promoted into roles that allowed you to support teams of staff
  • Prior experience as a college athlete or sports coach would be a great asset for this role, but this is not a requirement - we represent a range of arts and sports backgrounds!
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills to engage with people at all levels and effectively offer your opinions and feedback
  • Comfortable interacting with diverse communities and knowledgeable in ways to adapt programming to respond to community needs
  • Self-motivated, organized, and extremely detail-oriented to ensure that programs run smoothly and you are consistently meeting deadlines
  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced, mission-driven environment and willingness to go the extra mile
  • Understanding how to use limited resources to solve problems and maximize your outcomes
  • Comfortable traveling across NYC to support your schools, meet with clients/partners, and engage with coaches
  • Availability to work evenings and weekends to supervise our sports/enrichment programs and community initiatives
  • Prior experience using G-Suite and MS tools, including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
  • Strong work ethic, team spirit, and a friendly, warm attitude
  • Flexible and outgoing personality to build rapport with children, staff, school administrators, and partnering organizations


  • We are a youthful, passionate, committed team of individuals that care about our youth and city
  • We work hard and push each other personally and professionally to keep growing
  • We value work/life balance, autonomy, and trust to help you manage your time and schedule
  • We offer you the freedom to work outside of the office and reach new parts of NYC – every day can be a different experience as you visit all of our schools and programs and get a feel for all parts of the city
  • We are an active team and regularly participate in company social leagues, workout classes, and sporting events
  • We host semi-annual winter and summer leadership retreats to build team cohesion and promote collaborative strategic planning
  • We provide a total rewards package including:
    • health / dental / vision benefits
    • 401K with employer matching contributions
    • Commuter benefits
    • Monthly gym reimbursement
    • Free summer camp for your children (if applicable)


At KING, you can expect to be welcomed into an engaging and spirited environment that emphasizes the importance of teamwork, open communication, and collaboration. We are proud to foster an inclusive environment where our team members feel respected by and connected to one another. We value the unique experiences, perspectives, and passions of our employees, and we look forward to adding dynamic personalities to our team.


If KING seems like the right fit for you, email a resume and cover letter. As part of your cover letter, please tell us about your experience in youth development or sports-based programming and what drives you to stay connected to this line of work.

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