Job: Program Director, American Friends Service Committee, New Orleans

Cross-posted from American Friends Service Committee:


Job ID:  2012-1259 # Openings:  1
Location:  US-LA-New Orleans Min. Exp.(Yrs):  ..
Deadline:  January 31, 2013
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The American Friends Service Committee is a Quaker organization, which includes people of various faiths who are committed to social justice, peace, and humanitarian service.  Its work is based on the Quaker belief in the worth of every person and faith in the power of love to overcome violence and injustice.


Title:  New Orleans Area Program Director
Status:  Exempt, Full-Time

Supervisor:   Regional Director, South Region

Region/Unit: South Regional Office

Location: New Orleans, LA


Summary of Principal Responsibilities


The New Orleans Area Program Director (NOPD) oversees AFSC program work in the New Orleans area, providing strategic and creative leadership in the work. The NOPD is responsible for a comprehensive approach to intervening in the cycle of violence, incarceration and recidivism among youth and young adults in the New Orleans area, with a specific focus on the African American community. The NOPD will provide leadership in program learning and advocacy for changing policy affecting the communities served.  She / he will supervise program staff and volunteers in the New Orleans area, and work with a local program committee.



Essential Functions/Responsibilities:  The key responsibilities of the New Orleans Program Director include but are not limited to the following:

  • Work with the regional director and other AFSC staff in developing comprehensive multi-year program plans for New Orleans.
  • Maintain up to date analysis of social, political and economic dynamics of the New Orleans area with special attention to AFSC program issues being addressed.
  • Maintain existing collaborative agreements and develop new partnerships with local and state-level organization or government offices to meet and enhance project goals.
  • Provide support, guidance and supervision to all staff and volunteers associated with the area programs.
  • Cultivate a work environment that attracts and maintains a diverse and highly motivated staff.
  • Ensure that AFSC’s work responds to the community needs and develops local capacities so that target communities can use their skills and voice to work for change, including advocacy for policy change.
  • Manage the area project budget including purchasing and accounts payable and as assigned, prepare draft annual budgets for programs / projects supervised as part of the program based planning process; manage the office.
  • Establish program reporting and monitoring mechanisms and assemble and write reports as required for AFSC and donor agencies.
  • Ensure that regular evaluation plans are made and implemented.
  • Seek out opportunities for cross-organizational collaboration and learning.
  • Develop and support an area program committee that includes members drawn from the community served and partner organizations.
  • Collaborate with regional director and Development staff to develop and implement fund-raising strategies, plans and fundraising goals for the New Orleans area.

Education: Baccalaureate degree in non-profit management, social science or related field required.  


  • A minimum of 4 years’ experience in grass roots organizing.
  • A minimum of 2 years of management experience supervising professional staff preferably in the non-profit sector.
  • Experience working with peace and conflict resolution as well as criminal justice /restorative justice programs, preferably including experience working with youth and young adults in the state of Louisiana.
  • Demonstrated leadership and management skills, and experience in budget management.

Other Required Skills and Abilities:

  • Commitment to and ability to represent the faith-based principles and guidelines that define the work of AFSC, including a commitment to peace and social justice and a belief in the intrinsic worth of every individual.
  • A broad understanding of social, political and economic justice issues.
  • Compatibility with AFSC’s approach to grassroots organizing, and strategies for strengthening community-based capabilities and efforts toward peace, social and economic justice.
  • Demonstrated ability to connect to diverse audiences and to influence situations using tact and diplomacy; ability to persuade and motivate others.
  • Ability to travel frequently and to work some weekends.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Excellent computer skills.


Compensation:  Salary Range 16 (Base $52,716) – Exempt – Comprehensive medical and hospitalization plan; term life, accident and salary continuation insurances, defined benefit pension plan, plus fringe benefits; participation in unemployment and worker’s compensation and social security.


The American Friends Service Committee is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.  Qualified persons are encouraged to apply regardless of their religious affiliation, race, age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation or disability.


The central office of the AFSC and some offices in the U.S. are unionized workplaces. This position is not represented.


The American Friends Service Committee is a smoke-free workplace.

Tags: budget management, capacity building, criminal justice, evaluation, fundraising, grassroots organizaing, leadership, manage project budget, managment, non-profit management, More…partnership building, program support, reporting and monitoring mechanisms, restorative justice, social science, young adults, youth

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