Assistant Director

AUGUST 12, 2020

Location: New York Headquarters/National Office (22 Cortlandt St., 33rd Floor, New York, NY)


Seedco is a national nonprofit organization that advances economic opportunity for people, businesses and communities in need.

The Assistant Director will report to and work closely with the Senior Director, Northeast Region and will be responsible for all aspects of operations and management of assigned programs and provide leadership and support to the New York team. This position will oversee the Program Manager of the Bridges to Careers (B2C) program, provide primary leadership and direct oversight of the Career Advancement, Retention, and Empowerment (CARE) program, lead and support other programs as assigned, and lead local partnership development.

Seedco’s CARE program provides critical on-site resource ‘navigator’ services to support primarily entry-level, low-wage employees in NYC, utilizing an innovative outcomes-based financing model. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, CARE has shifted to provide immediate supports and referrals to employees who have been furloughed, laid off, and/or are transitioning back into food-industry jobs.

Seedco’s B2C program is funded through the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration (ETA). The program is designed to assist young adults with a history of justice involvement living in high-poverty, high-crime communities find sustainable jobs and advance in their careers.

Seedco is an affiliate of The Acacia Network, the leading Latino integrated care nonprofit in the nation, offering the community, from children to seniors, a pathway to behavioral and primary healthcare, housing, and empowerment.


Program Management & Supervision

  • Responsible for program planning, organizing, operating, and staffing in collaboration with the senior director
  • Supervise assigned staff including program managers and direct service team members, working closely with them to strengthen programming and streamline processes across programs
  • Measure performance and improve quality of services in assigned programs
  • Identify and implement best practices
  • Create ongoing opportunities for all staff members to provide feedback on program operations
  • Inform the senior director of program challenges, changes, and accomplishments
  • Implement or utilize existing data collection systems to streamline reporting on outputs and outcomes in all program areas
  • Manage program aspects of the annual budget in conjunction with program managers and the senior director
  • Develop and/or revise programmatic marketing materials for key stakeholders
  • Present lessons learned and best practices at local learning community events and at regional workforce and economic development conferences

Operations Management

  • Coordinate with program leadership to address operational needs including IT management, supply ordering, and staff scheduling
  • Coordinate with senior director and other leadership to improve efficiency and effectiveness of internal operations
  • Coordinate with operations team members to complete purchase, check, supply, and travel requests and follow up with the appropriate team members to determine timelines

Community Partnerships

  • Develop, maintain, and strengthen relationships with other service providers to improve service delivery to clients especially vocational training providers and potential referral sources and partners
  • Develop opportunities with community groups and organizations to support efforts of outreach and recruitment staff
  • Represent the organization at private and public functions, as needed

Development and Strategic Planning

  • Conduct research on methods for developing new forms of business for the organization
  • Coordinate with the development staff on grant proposals and other development efforts
  • Provide programmatic input to the senior director in strategic planning

Additional Responsibilities

  • Additional responsibilities, as assigned



  • Education, training, and experience in nonprofit, workforce development, social service, public sector jobs, and/or related fields that amounts to:
      • Minimum of 5 relevant experience, including
          • Minimum of 4 years working on or project managing government or foundation grant programs AND
          • Minimum of 2 years of management/supervisory experience
      • A Bachelor’s and/or graduate degree in social work, public administration, or a similar field OR an equivalent combination of education and experience (including lived experience) demonstrated in the cover letter
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Team player with superior client skills as well as capacity to engage in critical thinking and analysis of programs and service delivery
  • Ability to adjust to the diverse needs of clients and staff
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office
  • Skills should include demonstrated leadership ability, problem solving, data analysis, personnel management, and strong interpersonal skills.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Fluency in Spanish
  • Experience working on foundation grants
  • Workshop design or curriculum development experience
  • Experience working with justice-involved populations, youth and young adults, low-income and unemployed populations, and/or veterans
  • Case management experience in a trauma-informed environment
  • Experience utilizing Salesforce or a similar database


This job is performed under general office conditions and is not subject to any strenuous physical demands or dangerous conditions. This job requires regular travel around New York City.


The program manager reports to the Senior Director, Northeast Region.


Interested applicants should send their resume and a brief cover letter describing their interest and qualifications for the position to, with the subject line “Assistant Director.” Due to the large volume of applications we receive, we are unable to personally acknowledge the receipt and status of each one. Only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. Seedco is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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