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Social Work Program Manager

South Bronx United, Inc.


South Bronx United Inc. (SBU) is a sports-based youth development organization that uses soccer as a tool for social change aiming to help youth build character, teamwork, and leadership so they can succeed in high school, college, careers, their community and beyond. SBU serves more than 1,600 young people annually through programming on the field and in the classroom, working to unite a diverse group of students, families, and the South Bronx community toward positive goals. SBU is driven to accomplish our mission and promote the SBU Values of Showing Commitment, Bringing Integrity, and Uniting our Community in all that we do.
South Bronx United seeks a passionate and dynamic social worker or mental health counselor to join our team as the full-time Social Work Program Manager. This person will serve as a key staff member of the SBU Academy, a comprehensive and longitudinal program serving 190 youth annually, grades 6-12. The Academy program is guided by SBU’s Student-Athlete Pathway, a cohesive program design that outlines scaffolded, target outcomes for each grade level in social emotional learning, academic skills, high school and college preparation, and competitive soccer. The Social Work Program Manager works collaboratively with SBU’s Immigration Services Program Manager (SW), program staff, coach-mentors, and volunteers to achieve the organization’s mission and impact youth outcomes. The core responsibilities include individual and group SEL interventions, family support and referrals, program design for SEL infusion across academics and soccer, and managing partnerships and initiatives that contribute to a positive student experience and promote social emotional learning.


Candidates should ideally meet the following requirements:
● Commitment or connection to the SBU mission and/or South Bronx community
● LMHC or MSW, with at least two years of experience in youth development
● Strong individual and group counseling facilitation skills
● Experience building relationships and supporting youth and families in dynamic settings
● Effective in multi-cultural and cross-cultural settings, able to engage authentically with the diverse SBU community and implement culturally-sustaining practices
● Self-awareness and recognition of ways that race and other identities intersect in the work, especially for communities with whom we partner
● Strategic prioritization to manage macro, annual planning and daily responsibilities
● Strong team and communication skills
● Strong interpersonal, mediation, negotiation, and conflict resolution skills
● Ability to work in a fast-paced environment, managing multiple responsibilities and
willingness to adapt to changing community and program needs
● Flexible and adaptable to work in a variety of settings
● Highly organized, efficient, and detail-oriented
● Spanish proficiency strongly preferred. French proficiency a plus.


The Program manager’s responsibilities include:
1. Enhance student-athlete well-being and social-emotional learning and growth
● Manage individual youth cases, including meetings, referrals, and coordination with
school, family, and other providers.
● Conduct annual social emotional learning check ins with all Academy youth, use data to
plan follow up interventions needed.
● Develop, facilitate, and track social, emotional, and behavioral interventions.
● Offer individual and group counseling for select youth.
● Adapt and facilitate SEL skills groups and workshops to promote character development
and life skills.
● Supporting leadership programs and activities.
2. Oversee SEL infusion across all SBU Academy programming
● Manage the measurement and evaluation of SEL quantitative and qualitative data from
surveys, attendance, behavior, and performance trends.
● Develop strategies to increase and maintain students’ engagement in academic programs through authentic engagement, promoting peer bonds, and sharing power effective practices.
● Instituting program-wide practices for challenging growth and managing goals for student-athletes.
● Collaborate with and supervise program volunteers, mentors, and junior staff in delivering youth programming and serving as youth mentors.
● Oversee the professional development of coach-mentors and staff in regards to positive youth development practices.
● Coach peers on appropriate interventions based upon the positive youth development framework.
● Meet biweekly with Coach-Mentors to provide support and case conferencing relating to the needs of student-athletes on their teams.
● Plan staff and coach-mentor trainings to address skill gaps in implementing positive youth development practices.
3. Manage family engagement, relationships and support for SBU Academy
● Partner with external organizations and refer youth for outside services.
● Coordinate referrals for youth and families to outside agencies (including education,
mental health, legal services, physical health).
● Build partnerships with community organizations that serve as youth resources.
● Manage relationships and facilitate communication with youth’s schools, teachers, and
counselors in order to collect student data and communicate regarding youth attendance
or other concerns.
● Collaborate with immigration services to help address the complex needs of families,
including the organization of Know Your Rights presentations.
● Conduct orientations to the program for all new families, including screening for
immigration and social work services.
● Communicate with guardians and families on issues and activities concerning their
children, including the coordination of family education and guardian meetings.
4. Manage initiatives and partnerships to enhance student-athlete experience and promote their social emotional learning
● Build and maintain relationships with outside organizations that provide resources or opportunities that align with organizational values and SEL priorities.
● Coordinate special events with community partners for students and families.
● Supervise a team of social work interns in order to increase the capacity of the social
work program at SBU.
● Organize family-oriented and community-based programs and events as needed
(immigration seminar, health/wellness day, clothing/equipment drives).

How to Apply

Please send your cover letter and resume to with "Social Work Program Manager" in the subject line. Only qualified candidates will be contacted.

Full-time hours aligned with afterschool and evening programming with occasional weekend events
Monday/Wednesday, 11:30am - 7:30pm, Tuesday/Thursday/Friday, 10:00am - 6:00pm

● The starting annual salary range for this position is $50,000-60,000, commensurate with skills and experience.
● South Bronx United offers complete health benefits, including a fully covered health insurance plan, vision and dental options, life insurance, an individual professional development fund, employer managed 401k, 26 PTO days, paid parental leave, pre-tax commuter benefits, and other benefits provided through a Professional Employer Organization (PEO). Staff also get a 40% discount at SBU’s Clubhouse Cafe coffee shop.

May/June 2024

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