Meets pressing community needs by mobilizing caring New Yorkers in volunteer service.

Associate Director, Community Engagement (Special Projects)

Reporting to the Chief Program Officer, this position is responsible for developing strategies and tactics for engaging volunteers in opportunities in the neighborhoods they live in.

As the Associate Director of Community Engagement (Special Projects), you’ll focus on parent and caregiver engagement within elementary schools. You’ll work side by side with school administrators, parents, caregivers, and community leaders to design effective volunteer opportunities in the school. You’ll support and train school administration in volunteer management best practices. The end goal? To improve educational outcomes in a neighborhood through community engagement.

This position is part of a multi-year pilot initiative to better execute community-building strategies that can eventually expand across all five boroughs. This position is an exciting opportunity to establish culturally competent standards and practices that lead to effective local community engagement.

Fluency in both Spanish and English is required.


Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Build relationships with school communities, engaging them in the design and strategies on parent and caregiver engagement.
  • Launch volunteer programming for parents and caregivers and volunteer training for school administration. Refine the program models, based on ongoing feedback and evaluation during the pilot phase.
  • Partner with each school to design a customized parent and caregiver engagement strategy with clear and specific outcomes.
  • Work closely with the Director of Education and Family Programming to design effective volunteer interventions within schools.
  • Work closely with the Director of Volunteer Relations and Training to develop trainings for school partners on managing volunteers.
  • Design and execute group volunteer activities and trainings within our school partners.
  • Attend community and school events.
  • Maintain effective documentation that tracks the tactics and performance of the program.
  • Work with appropriate New York Cares staff to combine community engagement tactics with technological solutions that can allow the program to efficiently scale.
  • Other duties, as assigned. 


  • 5-7 years of experience in community building or grassroots organizing. Experience in the NYC educational system a plus.
  • The desire and drive to create strong relationships with all stakeholders involved in our school communities.
  • A history of innovation in program design and execution.
  • Fluency in written and spoken Spanish and English required.
  • Strong project management and organizational skills. (Working knowledge of Salesforce a plus.)
  • The ability to work outside of traditional working hours and schedules, including some evenings and weekends.


Salary range for this position begins at $65,000 and is flexible based on experience. Candidates at or well above the level of qualifications are encouraged to apply.

New York Cares offers a powerful benefit and vacation package, including Summer Fridays and an additional week off at the end of the year. We also celebrate pie day by hosting a major pie competition, so be prepared to show off your baking and/or eating skills. 


To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume to with the title of the position in the subject line. New York Cares is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.  Peace Corps & AmeriCorps alumni are encouraged to apply.