City Site Director – Generation Citizen – New York, NY

Generation Citizen ( is an innovative, quickly scaling non-profit that seeks to ensure that every young person in the United States receives an effective action civics education. Our New York City site, our largest in the country, is focused on improving the impact of our work in the classroom and ensuring that the young people we work with receive a truly transformational action civics experience. We are also taking important steps to build organizational revenue and capacity for scale, and engaging with local advocacy and policy initiatives to further our mission. We are looking for a leader who is hungry to take our work serving New York City’s young people to the next level and have a truly significant impact on civics education and policy locally and nationally.

This position will lead the entire NYC site, helping us grow the resources the program needs to be successful, managing the team, serving as the spokesperson and face of the site, leading the local Board, and ensuring that our program continually improves quality and impact. There’s a lot of work to be done, but the sky is the limit for both the site’s success and the position’s trajectory. We’re looking for someone who is comfortable managing in rapidly changing environments, is a self-starter and constant learner, and is excited to make New York City a hub for successful action civics, as well as an example for the rest of the country.

About Generation Citizen

GC envisions a country of young people working as active and effective citizens to collectively rebuild our American democracy. To achieve this vision, GC works to ensure that every student in the US receives an effective action civics education. We do this by directly engaging schools in action civics while simultaneously building the demand for the concept across the country.

Our innovative, action-based program partners college students with classroom teachers to teach an in-school action civics course which mobilizes teens around issues their own communities are facing. This year, GC is serving nearly 10,000 students across its four sites (Greater Boston, New York City, Rhode Island, and the San Francisco Bay area). Locally, in New York City, GC is empowering more than 2,500 middle and high school students, in partnership with over 30 schools and 125 volunteers from eight college campuses. GC is looking to recruit top talent to effectively run our programs and increase our effectiveness as we prepare to deepen our local impact.

Position Summary

Generation Citizen has established a strong presence in New York City over the past three years, serving a cumulative 8,000 students, launching engaged regional and associate boards, and building effective philanthropic and earned income strategies. The Site Director will build on this foundation to lead GC New York City in the next stage of growth to increase our visibility, impact, and sustainability. The Site Director will work in partnership with national leadership to refine and implement GC New York City’s strategic plan, setting and achieving ambitions goals for the organization at a regional level. They will also be the main ambassador for GC in New York City, fostering and maintaining relationships, partnerships, and public recognition. The Site Director will oversee and manage New York City staff and will report to the Managing Director.

Specific job responsibilities include:

Strategy, Outreach, and Leadership

The Site Director will lead strategy and growth for the New York City site by:

Refining and implementing the New York City strategic plan to drive the site towards greater regional impact, including growth in core and alternative model programming
Serving as the external face of GC in New York City by building and managing relationships with community partners, school districts, the philanthropic community, elected officials, and media
Managing and developing staff to achieve quarterly and annual goals
Working with national management team to build and retain local talent

Fundraising and Network Development

The Site Director will build out GC’s development strategy in New York City by:

Cultivating existing donors and continuing to build and expand a diversified funding strategy, including earned income, to meet monthly and annual site fundraising goals
Developing new individual, institutional, and government funding sources
Partnering with board chairs to strengthen the impact of the New York City Board and Associate Board on regional priorities, including program growth, fundraising, and demand building
Providing fiscal oversight and managing the budget for the site

Building Local Demand for Action Civics

The Site Director will drive increased demand for action civics in New York City by:

Strategically developing and participating in coalitions and partnerships with other local individuals, groups, and organizations to drive the importance, presence, and quality of action civics in the site
Driving local thought leadership to demonstrate the impact of GC’s model and engage community members, media outlets, educators, and local decision-makers in the power of action civics
Engaging in advocacy and/or policy work to drive systems-level change in the demand for action civics and youth engagement

Program Growth and Oversight

The Site Director will ensure the continued growth and impact of the New York City program by:

Managing the program team to implement a successful program each semester that meets goals for students and college volunteers served, ensures high quality action projects, meets growth targets in student outcomes, and fosters strong relationships with school administrators and teachers as measured by retention and satisfaction surveys
Overseeing monitoring and evaluation for the site in accordance with national standards
Leading an annual planning process for the site in coordination with national leadership to ensure continued growth, impact, and visibility in New York City


Demonstrated passion for Generation Citizen’s mission
B.A or B.S. degree required
Demonstrated experience cultivating and stewarding relationships with individual and institutional donors and meeting fundraising goals
Significant leadership experience supervising, managing, and training others
Experience with education and/or policy and civics
Excellent oral and written communication skills in order to communicate effectively with diverse constituencies, including college students, educators and administrators, board members, supporters, and community members
Adaptive and entrepreneurial approach: demonstrates flexibility, initiative, and track record of meeting ambitious goals in a fast-paced, unpredictable, and complex school environments
Strong existing network and knowledge of New York City’s philanthropic, education, and policy landscape

How to apply

Qualified candidates should send a resume, cover letter, a list of 2-3 references, and salary requirements to with the subject line NY Site Director application. No telephone inquiries please. Generation Citizen is an equal opportunity employer.