Program Director Job Description

Philadelphia READS Program Director

Position Summary:
Philadelphia READS serves the local community in meeting the development needs of youth through the provision of quality literacy-based out of school time programs, summer learning opportunities, school day mentoring/tutoring initiatives and support for Pre-K through middle school educators working in Philadelphia public, charter, and parochial schools.

Under the supervision of the Executive Director and working closely with the Development Director, the Program Director is responsible for developing and implementing programs that achieve the following outcomes: significantly increasing the number of students in Philadelphia entering the 4th grade at reading level, empowering parents to support children’s language development, and equipping educators with tools needed for literacy instruction.

The Program Director will oversee the delivery of all Philadelphia READS programs and initiatives and plan, develop, and manage program implementation.  She or he will be responsible for providing support in evidence-based program design, evaluation metrics, data collection and entry, departmental budgeting, parent/teacher/school/volunteer communication, event planning and logistics, staff development and direction, support of grant writing and fundraising, and participant recruiting and retention. The successful candidate will serve as the lead of her or his department performing all program-related project management in a highly collaborative environment.

In acting as a liaison between Philadelphia READS and the greater community, the Program Director will foster strategic partnerships that build the organization’s capacity to achieve its priority program outcomes. Working in partnership with the community she or he will ensure that a variety of educational and youth development opportunities are available to participants.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Ensure high standards of excellence in the delivery of programs and services to include supplementation and expansion of the following: summer literacy camp, literacy-based mentorship and tutoring, book banks serving Pre-K – Grade Eight educators, citywide collaborative reading competition
  • Provide project management and implementation of all program-related activities
  • Ensure quality improvement and evidence-based alignment by leading assessment of program provision and data collection
  • Work to increase overall organizational capacity by creating program-related policies and procedures, strategies, and goals that reflect the organization’s values and mission
  • Participate as needed in the organization’s strategic planning process and support the staff in meeting organizational goals
  • Assist staff and board in creating opportunities to maintain contact with parents, school officials, community leaders, and government officials to build organizational capacity, promote and market programs
  • Report to board and staff regularly providing program statistics and performing budget monitoring to ensure the flow of information required for capacity building and proper program provision
  • Assist in daily administrative functions
  • Utilize software to track activity participation and create reports
  • Ensure that all facilities, equipment, and supplies are maintained and manage and track program supplies and equipment
  • Build strong collaborative relationships internally and externally

Knowledge/Skills Required:

  • Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university in Youth Development or related discipline preferred
  • Associate Degree or equivalent education/experience required
  • Three years of program management experience planning and supervising activities based on the developmental needs of youth
  • Community organizing experience preferred
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the principles and practices related to youth development, resource management, and community relationship development
  • Ability to develop, implement and provide leadership for a comprehensive program calendar
  • Ability to deal effectively with participants, including discipline problems
  • Microsoft Office proficiency
  • Database management skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Enthusiasm for mission and motivation to learn new skills on the job

Working Conditions/Physical Environment:

  • Maintain a high energy level
  • Must be able to frequently lift and move objects as heavy as 50 lbs. Typically bend, stoop, walk and sometimes run on a regular basis while interacting with children in various activities throughout the day

Job Type:

Work Hours:
Monday to Friday, generally 9:30AM to 5:30PM, however, work hours may vary according to needs and may include morning, afternoon, evenings, and weekends.

Required License or Certification:

  • Valid (state) driver’s license with fewer than five points
  • Current Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance and FBI Clearance

Salary commensurate with experience and qualifications, $32,500 to $40,000 annually plus competitive benefits package, healthcare, retirement, 20 vacation days, ten sick days, three personal days, and office wide holiday time aligned with Philadelphia School District. Demonstrated hard and soft skills, level of education, history in the sector, and relevant work experience will be evaluated.

Please email cover letter, resume and three references to

Emmanuel L. Brown, Esq.
Program Committee Chair
Philadelphia READS
1709 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
United Way Building, Suite 201
Philadelphia, PA 19103