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Harvest Hands CDC

Senior Director of Programs

Harvest Hands CDC


Job Summary

Oversee all program staff and the implementation of the afterschool and summer programs, Empower Sports, and Student & Family counseling programs. Create and oversee programs that ensure that healthy living, education, leadership development, and social-emotional learning are essential. Connect students to economic development opportunities and pathways out of poverty through connection to our social enterprises, financial literacy training, and resources available through Harvest Hands’ web of relationships. Serve as a trusted member of the leadership team to assist the growth and development of the organization. Ensure that the team members under your supervision understand their responsibilities and duties and effectively execute their work. This is a full-time, salary position.

Job Responsibilities

  • Develop a cohesive structure and curriculum for all after-school and summer programs at Harvest Hands. 
  • Lead the site exploration and expansion of Harvest Hands’ out-of-school programming, including, but not limited to, afterschool programs, summer programs, high school programming, Empower Sports, counseling, etc. 
  • Facilitate site visits to support staff, engage students and families, and evaluate what is going well along with opportunities for improvement in all programs. Support site leads in ensuring their programs are adequately staffed by utilizing HH’s coverage policy and procedure framework.
  • Oversee the hiring of interns and program staff. 
  • Ensure that after-school program staff, interns, and volunteers are receiving the training they need to effectively carry out their work and lead an excellent program. 
  • Assist in all efforts to recruit and retain volunteers for programs. 
  • Manage afterschool program staff to ensure the success and growth of the students and programs, creatively work towards solutions together with the afterschool program team to ensure that concerns and needs are being addressed on a regular basis. 
  • Work with the programs team to establish and grow weekend activities for youth and children in the community. 
  • Create and enforce effective behavior and classroom management policy using a restorative justice approach to encourage learning. Work with program managers to ensure that procedures are being implemented and have clear communication streams with parents/guardians that allow them the opportunity to work towards solutions collaboratively with the student and HH staff. 
  • Ensure that there are effective tools to measure the success and growth of the students and the programs. Intentionally communicate any information and data gathered with development staff, senior staff, and the CEO. It is essential to track students’ growth and progress in measurable ways in order to ensure our work is most effectively and holistically benefiting the youth and communities we are here for, additionally, this data supports funding to sustain our programmatic efforts that support our community long term
  • Through a Christ-centered approach, encourage daily spiritual growth in the lives of children and families. 
  • Create and maintain a good, working relationship within the school system to better meet the emotional, behavioral, and academic needs of the children of Harvest Hands; including meeting with students’ teachers and administrators on a regular basis and serving as the liaison between Harvest Hands and the schools our students attend. 
  • Manage programs within the approved budget. Participate in the budget creation as a leadership team member each fall. 
  • Ensure facilities are clean, organized, and conducive to learning. 
  • Develop and maintain the library where books are learning tools used on a regular basis.
  • Develop and maintain positive relationships with students’ parents or guardians. 
  • Participate in organization fundraising for programs and the organization as needed. 
  • Attend weekly Leadership Team meetings and contribute to the ongoing development of all staff and students, including professional development opportunities, human resource responsibilities, process and procedure development and implementation, strategic planning, etc., 
  • Perform administrative duties as needed to help with the general functioning of Harvest Hands in an effort to carry out the mission of the organization. 


The ideal candidate will demonstrate the following professional qualifications: 

  • A strong and clearly observable faith in God and a strong passion and commitment to the mission of Harvest Hands and caring for under-resourced communities. 
  • An awareness and understanding of the principles of Christian Community Development and a commitment to invest in neighbors and the neighborhoods we serve. 
  • A commitment to justice-centric practices through continual listening and learning to contribute to an equitable, inclusive environment prioritizing the safety and success of all team members, especially those living on the margins.
  • A strong understanding and demonstration of communication skills, time management, and adaptability, with a growth-oriented mindset.
  • Experience working in an urban setting with a proven track record of effective leadership with children, youth, and families. 
  • Experience working collaboratively with teams and volunteers. 
  • Experience leading teams.
  • A Bachelor’s degree. Master’s degree preferred.

Additional Information


Benefits include paid training, paid time off (PTO), medical stipend, retirement savings stipend, mental and physical health stipend, and parental leave. Additional benefits are outlined in the Employee Handbook.

How to Apply

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  • Date Posted: May 14, 2024
  • Type: Full-Time
  • Job Function: Executive Leadership
  • Service Area: Children / Youth
  • Start Date: 06/03/2024
  • Salary Range: $62,000 +
  • Working Hours: 40 hrs/week; M-F, 10am - 6pm