Port Richmond Partnership Leadership Academy Coordinator (Re-opened)

Port Richmond Partnership Leadership Academy Coordinator (Re-opened)

POSITION: Port Richmond Partnership Leadership Academy Coordinator

DEPARTMENT: Center for Leadership and Community Engagement (CLCE)


REPORTS TO: Associate Director of the CLCE



Under the direct supervision of the Associate Director of the Center for Leadership and Community Engagement, the Port Richmond Partnership Leadership Academy (PRPLA) Coordinator oversees the daily operations of this college readiness program and works with 30 – 50 high school students. The coordinator works closely with CLCE staff, Port Richmond High School teachers and administrators, the CLCE Graduate Assistant, and community partners. The coordinator oversees the operations of Wagner College student mentors and an AmeriCorps VISTA, as well as supports all major functions of the leadership academy year round. This includes but is not limited to 1:1 mentorship with students, curriculum development and execution, facilitating reflective discussions, organizing and overseeing internship placements, leading team building activities, planning and executing field trips throughout New York City and beyond, and college visits throughout the northeast. The Coordinator participates and presents at national conferences, represents Wagner College and PRPLA among national stakeholders, and assists to secure funds for the program. The Coordinator works within the Port Richmond Partnership and the 30,000 Degrees Initiative, which includes but is not limited to attending meetings, hosting events, providing feedback, and communication with the leadership of these initiatives


In consultation with the Associate Director, the essential functions of the Coordinator are to:

  • Prepare, facilitate, and oversee all leadership academy functioning throughout the intensive summer program and academic year;
  • Anticipate, suggest, promote direction and policy changes within the Leadership Academy on micro and macro levels;
  • Directly supervise a team comprised of Wagner College staff, students, faculty, and community partners;
  • Participate, assist, and contribute to staffing processes;
  • Create schedules and work plans for staff members;
  • Write biannual reports for internal and external audiences including program funders;
  • Exercise independent judgment and discretion to allocate budget funds
  • Meet with potential program funders and write grant applications to secure financial resources;
  • Raise program visibility and awareness by attending and presenting at local and national conferences and meetings and through the creation of published/ printed materials;
  • Represent Wagner College at Port Richmond High School and coordinate the Wagner College Raiders Center satellite office;
  • Create and facilitate curriculum for participant seminar and workshop lessons;
  • Lead one-on-one advisory meetings with participating students;
  • Plan and lead local and regional trip engagements;
  • Recruit and screen student participant applicants to the program, and collaborate in the selection process;
  • Participate in weekly individual team and full CLCE staff meetings;
  • Collaborate with key stakeholders within the Port Richmond Partnership, the 30,000 Degrees initiative, the New York City Department of Education, and community partners;
  • All other duties as assigned.

Supervisory Responsibilities:

  • CLCE student workers
  • AmeriCorps VISTA
  • Wagner College faculty
  • Community partners

Nothing in this job description restricts Management’s right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.


Work Experiences:

  • BA in Education, Psychology, or related field
  • Experience working with High School students
  • Non-profit or volunteer experience working with youth
  • Experiences in a supervisor role


  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • Bilingual preferred but not required

Certificates or Licenses:

  • Driver’s license required

Computer Skills:

  • Strong skills in Microsoft Word and Excel
  • Google Calendar
  • Ability to learn and utilize new technology for efficiency
  • Ability to collect, input, and organize data

Communication/ Interpersonal Skills:

  • Must maintain a professional demeanor with excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Strong oral and written communication skills required
  • Sensitivity to needs of students with confidential information
  • Ability to work independently and as a member of a team

Desired Work Traits:

  • Passion for civic engagement and youth development
  • Desire to be a lifelong learner
  • Strong ability to supervise and manage a team
  • Adaptable and thrives in a fast-paced, highly collaborative environment
  • Strong ability to multitask while maintaining poise, professionalism, and attention to detail
  • Ability to remain calm, pleasant, and focused amidst multiple distractions and interruptions
  • Strong interpersonal, organizational, and time management skills
  • Must be reliable, possess good judgment, and demonstrate proactive problem-solving skills
  • Ability to manage multiple streams of information and direct flow accurately and consistently
  • Must like to work with people, both face-to-face and on the phone

Special Considerations: Office is located on the fourth floor and has elevator access

Salary: Commensurate with qualifications and experience

To apply, please direct letters of interest and resumes to:

Arlette Cepeda, Director of the CLCE

Wagner College

One Campus Road

Staten Island, NY 10301


arlette.cepeda@wagner.edu with the subject line "PRPLA Coordinator"

No phone calls please. The review of applications will begin immediately.