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Program Manager, Work-Based Learning

ExpandED is dedicated to ensuring that all young people have access to enriching learning opportunities that affirm their identities, teach them valuable skills, and spark new possibilities. Through program development, capacity-building, research and advocacy, we work toward our vision of a vibrant and stable publicly-funded system of school-community partnership so that all New York City children thrive.

Established in 1998, the organization today works with more than 119,000 children and 900 programs throughout New York City to ensure that students in under-served communities have access to innovative, engaging ways of learning to enable them to reach their full potential. Over the last two decades, ExpandED Schools’ program, research and policy efforts have led to increased recognition of the academic, social, and emotional benefits of afterschool, increased funding, and new models for school-community partnership.

The pandemic further highlighted the importance of afterschool and ExpandED’s vital function. Afterschool provides opportunities for caregivers to work, keeps kids safe, and builds strong and equitable communities. The organization and its partners brought stability to working families during a period of ongoing turmoil. Its programs served as nurturing centers for kids to work on projects that build their academic and social skills, talk to mentors who help them process their feelings, think about their next steps and careers, and connect with friends. During the pandemic, ExpandED played a leading role in reimagining the City’s summer jobs program and securing 35,000 work-based learning experiences in summer 2020 and 75,000 in summer 2021.

ExpandED Schools is seeking a Program Manager, Work Based Learning. This position will support school and CBO partnerships, with the overall goal of expanding young people’s access to Work Based Learning.

About the Position

The Work Based Learning Team uses the knowledge gained through running programmatic initiatives to support NYC CBOs and schools. Reporting to the Senior Director of Work-Based Learning, the Work Based Learning Program Manager will support the growth of ExpandED Options.

ExpandED Options  provides high school students 16 years and older with:

  1. apprenticeships (credit-bearing, skill development) and
  2. internships (where students apply new, learned skills to meaningful work experiences)


Through participating in ExpandED Options, students will increase their:

  1. interest and engagement in the apprenticeship topic and
  2. workplace readiness competencies (e.g. leadership, problem-solving, collaboration).


Through ExpandED Options, ExpandED Schools tests sustainable, replicable ideas that connect all NYC high school students to school-connected community-supported work based learning. Through partnering with us, we hope that apprenticeship providers are able to infuse WBL values into their programming and that schools are able to connect to the wealth of opportunities organizations provide.

The right candidate for the role has strong familiarity working with or within New York City high schools and SYEP Programming. Candidates may also have familiarity with career focused out of school time opportunities.

Duties & Responsibilities                                                                                     

Program Support for ExpandED Options:

  • Develop and/or monitor partnerships between apprenticeship providers, internship providers, SYEP Providers, and school staff to ensure quality implementation of program model.
  • Conduct site visits to provide coaching and support to apprenticeship and internship partners.
  • Support the design, planning, and facilitation of meetings and professional development opportunities with program providers to share best practices, discuss program implementation, and share tools and resources.
  • Support the internship placements of ExpandED Options students and ensure internship providers understand program requirements.
  • Create and update tools and materials that operationalize best practices for all partners.
  • Support review of apprenticeship curricula to ensure alignment with DOE academic policy and curricula standards, and provide feedback to partners.
  • Manage grant and contract payment process for ExpandED Options partners and students.
  • Support the enrollment of ExpandED Options students into SYEP.
  • Collaborate with the ExpandED Options SYEP Team in aligning Options with SYEP timelines.



  • Work closely with ExpandED Schools’ Communications Team to document and disseminate best practices, including blog posts and communication briefs, as needed.
  • Serve as a knowledge-base by providing anecdotal data to shape ExpandED Schools policies as well as the growing field of expanded learning time.
  • Collaborate on special projects, as needed.



  • Commitment to educational equity.
  • Experience building and supporting partnerships between schools, community organizations, and cultural institutions, particularly in a coaching capacity.
  • Passion for building work-based learning; previous knowledge and experience strongly preferred.
  • Bachelor’s degree and at least three years of experience related to formal or informal science education or 6 years of related work experience in New York City high schools and within SYEP.
  • Knowledge of career focused out of school time opportunities, or other publicly funded internship programs; a plus
  • Knowledge of the NYSED learning standards, all subjects, a plus
  • Excellent communication and facilitation skills, including the ability to clearly communicate complex programs to program partners, to share our work during conferences, and to lead high-quality professional learning for educators
  • Excellent planning and organizational skills with a proven ability to execute tasks efficiently and with strong attention to detail
  • Ability to collaborate effectively with diverse stakeholders and execute projects independently
  • Flexibility, adaptability, and comfort with complexity and change
  • Computer skills in Google Drive, Outlook, Word, PowerPoint, and Excel.
  • Strong cultural competence with respect for and extensive knowledge of the cultures of the various stakeholders we work with and the communities we serve.
  • Willingness to travel throughout NYC for site visits.

Salary Range
: $70,000 – $74,000

ExpandED Schools offers competitive salaries commensurate with experience and a comprehensive benefits package.  Our benefits package includes:

  • Full-time and eligible part-time employees receive medical, dental, and vision plans for employees and dependents, largely subsidized by ExpandED Schools
  • Health, dependent care, and transit pre-tax accounts
  • Employer-paid life insurance and supplemental disability coverage
  • A generous paid time off package which includes 24 vacation days, 8 sick days, and 13 paid holidays (prorated for part-time staff)
  • 403b retirement plan with eligibility for employer contribution of 5% of annual compensation  after one year of employment (no match requirement)
  • Commitment to work-life balance
  • Partial tuition reimbursement offered to employees after six months year of service
  • Professional development opportunities, including funds to participate in external training and coaching opportunities


ExpandED Schools believes in the importance of being a diverse, equitable and inclusive organization that enables our students and staff to thrive. We are committed to building a talented team that reflects the diverse backgrounds and experiences of our students. ExpandED Schools is an equal opportunity employer, and as such, we hire without consideration to race, religion, creed, color, national origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status or disability.

Interested candidates should send a cover letter and resume to: [email protected], Subject: Program Manager, Work-Based Learning. Only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.