Program Director

Wediko Children’s Services New York-a Program of The Home for Little Wanderers is seeking a dynamic, forward-facing leader with a commitment to service quality and excellence to serve as Program Director for the New York City Program Office. Under the direction of the Vice President, Wediko NY Programs, the Program Director will plan, direct, oversee and manage the operations and staff within the program(s), ensuring best practice standards in school-based mental health are followed.

  • Collaborate with external partners and referral sources to develop new work/business opportunities, create new partnerships, maintain healthy relationships with schools and Central DOE through contract oversight to ensure a steady flow of eligible clients to the program(s) and will also develop and oversee budgeting and financial decision making, community outreach and fundraising events.
  • Write grants and proposals as required; manage large scale donations and provide general oversight of the services, education and/or treatment plans of the clients and their families to ensure they are high quality and are consistent with the goals of the Program(s).
  • Experience with and demonstrated ability to effectively navigate some if not all of the following governmental agencies: NYC Department of Education; Office of Mental Health, NYC Department of Health and New York State Education Department.
  • Experience with the philanthropic and non-profit sectors in NYC and familiarity with Coalition for Community School Excellence strongly preferred.


Essential Functions:

  • Plan the delivery of the overall program services and its activities in accordance with The Home’s mission and strategic goals.
  • Implement and monitor programs, policies, and procedures which incorporate current best practices in the field and meet the laws and licensure guidelines of regulatory agencies.
  • In collaboration with related Home departments, participate in program evaluation, fiscal planning, human resource management, and fund development.
  • In collaboration with the Finance Department, develop an annual budget and conduct ongoing monitoring and analysis of financial performance.
  • Develop and implement long-term goals and objectives to achieve the successful outcomes of NY Programs.
  • In close collaboration with the Evaluation & Research Team, participate in the oversight and implementation of research, evaluation, and assessment measures according to contract and research protocols, and use of data to inform programming.
  • Oversee systems to meet all contractual requirements of various funders/grantors, including reporting, data-tracking, licensing requirements, etc.
  • Respond to and guide team members during crises.
  • Monitor and develop funding streams for NY Programs to ensure the continuous delivery of services.
  • Develop new initiatives to support the strategic direction of the organization.

Activity Specific Functions

  • Partner with NY admin team and HR department to facilitate the hiring, intake and orientation of new staff.
  • Provide initial consultation and creation of school-based work plans to address individual new school needs.
  • Oversee compilation and submission of required compliance reports for funders and contractors.
  • Track trends and remain current regarding developments in the areas of mental health, SEL, and trauma-informed approaches to education and after-school.
  • Provide training and consultation for Department of Education staff and/or other partners.
  • Oversee the continued development of clinical and service workflow in the Electronic Health Record.
  • Oversee adherence to HIPAA regulations of client information and privacy laws.
  • Availability to support 24 hours on call crisis support.
  • Oversee annual staff evaluation process and coordinate with HR to maintain employee records.



  • Masters or Doctoral Degree in Psychology, Social Work, Education, or related field .
  • Must have NY license in their field of practice.
  • Minimum of 7 years leadership, management and/or program development experience in clinical &/or educational setting.
  • Leadership experience in non-profit setting collaborating with schools in NYC preferred.
  • Minimum of 7 years of experience providing direct service to children, adolescents, and families.
  • Strong communication & crisis management skills.
  • Flexible with responsibilities and schedule, adaptive to market and job need.
  • Ability to approach challenges in a supportive and creative manner.
  • Excellent organizational skills.
  • Knowledge of best practices in School-Based Mental Health, PBIS, Trauma-Informed Schools & treatment, Community Schools Model.
  • Flexible schedule and willingness to travel to schools throughout the 5 boroughs and occasionally to The Home’s Boston headquarters.
  • Computer application skills (e.g. MS Office, SPSS, etc) required.

Physical Requirements

  • Standard office setting with intermittent periods in client service areas.
  • The position requires the ability to sit at a workstation for extended periods and climb multiple flights of stairs.
  • May spend extended period on the telephone, at the computer terminal or operating other office machines.
  • Computer literate including Microsoft Office and Internet Explorer with the ability to learn new software applications.


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