Program Coordinator- Americorps VISTA

Cohoes, New York - 54353
The Connect Center is a youth center in Cohoes, NY that offers free after school and summer
programming in STEAM areas to students in grades 6-12 in the Capital District. Our mission is to
break the cycle of poverty by connecting youth to careers. We believe impacting poverty
requires a whole human approach so in addition to our youth programs, we also offer several
community support services like a food pantry, community closet, Backpack program and little
free libraries.

We are seeking a person who wants to:

● Explore the world of youth and community programming
● Gain experience working with youth
● Learn what it’s like to work in a quickly growing nonprofit organization


The goal of this year three of three position, is to leave the Connect Center will have engaging,
well-run, educational opportunities for local school children that follow best practices and serve
as a model for similar centers.

Similar to the youth programming, the site-based pantry and backpack programs will have the
same goals of committed long-term volunteers running them and follow best practices to serve
as a model for future projects.

Living Allowance

VISTAs earn a living allowance for their service. The annual living allowance is $17,600.30,
which is $675.08 on a bi-weekly basis.

Note: VISTAs and VISTA Leaders do not have access to on-campus housing.

Visit us online: and on IG: @sienavistas

To Apply: email Mairead Carr at or search “ACE at Siena” on the MyAmeriCorps Portal.

Minimum Qualifications:

● Must have an Associates level education or higher
● US citizen or have permanent resident status
● Experience with email
● Proficient with computers and technology
● Have great attitude
● Have a growth mindset
● Great communication skills
● Ability to be flexible
● Problem solving skills
● Willingness to lead
● Conflict resolution skills

Professional Development

As a part of the ACE program, VISTA members take part in our monthly team building days,
attend AmeriCorps trainings, and have access to Siena’s faculty to learn more about their areas
of interest.

At the Connect Center, VISTAs will develop skills in public speaking, nonprofit management, and
leadership. With a large number of community partners, the Connect Center offers many
networking opportunities in a wide range of industries.


● Experience working in a quickly growing nonprofit organization
● Experience working with middle- and high school-aged youth
● Networking and career advancement opportunities
● Supportive cohort of peers
● Campus Meal Plan
● Siena Gym/Library/Career and Internship Center Access
● CDTA bus pass
● Non-competitive eligibility for federal employment
● $6,345.00 Education Award upon successful completion of full service term  

The VISTA serving as Program Coordinator, will focus on:

● Coordinating programs, communications, procedures and style guide
● Sustainability of programs through volunteer recruitment and management
● Conducting data collection and assessments to support funding opportunities
● Overseeing newsletter marketing and social media posts of Connect Center programs
will be organized in a marketing calendar

Supporting Duties

Day to day activities may include:

● Daily communications including answering phones, emails and social media messages
● Leading small teams of volunteers during programming
● Creating digital flyers and brochures
● Updating the website content
● Update and complete sustainability year three VISTA documents

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Program Manager

Cohoes, New York - 3532
We are seeking a highly motivated and dedicated individual to join our non-profit organization as a Program Manager. As the Program Manager, you will play a vital role in overseeing and coordinating multiple programs aimed at serving youth and our community. The programs you will be responsible for include Connect Afterschool, Summer of STEAM, Connect Pantry, and Backpack programs.

The salary range for this position remains at $40,000 to $50,000, commensurate with qualifications and experience.

The Program Manager role is a full-time position that requires 40 hours of in-person service per week. The standard working schedule will align with the organization's operating hours. However, occasional events and activities may require the Program Manager to work outside of normal hours, including evenings and weekends. These events could include community engagement activities, fundraisers, program launches, or special events related to the programs. Flexibility and willingness to accommodate these occasional events are essential for success in this role.

Please contact to schedule an interview.
  1. Program Management: Lead the planning, implementation, and evaluation of various programs, ensuring they align with the organization's mission and goals.
  1. Team Leadership: Supervise and provide guidance to program coordinators and staff members, fostering a collaborative and productive work environment.
  1. Strategic Planning: Develop strategies and long-term plans for program growth and expansion, while continuously assessing and improving program effectiveness.
  1. Marketing and Outreach: Develop and implement marketing strategies to promote the programs and increase community engagement. This includes creating promotional materials, managing social media accounts, and coordinating outreach campaigns.
  1. Budgeting and Resource Management: Manage program budgets, allocate resources efficiently, and explore funding opportunities to support program sustainability.
  1. Community Engagement: Build and maintain relationships with community partners, stakeholders, and volunteers to enhance program outreach and maximize impact.
  1. Reporting and Evaluation: Monitor program outcomes, collect data, and prepare reports to assess program performance and communicate results to stakeholders.
  1. Compliance and Documentation: Ensure program activities comply with relevant laws, regulations, and internal policies. Maintain accurate program documentation and records.
  2. Training and Development: Provide training and professional development opportunities to program staff to enhance their skills and effectiveness in program delivery.
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  • Gym Membership
  • Phone Stipend
  1. Education: Bachelor's degree in a relevant field such as non-profit management, social work, or education. Advanced degree preferred.
  1. Experience: Minimum of 3-5 years of experience in program management, preferably in a non-profit organization. Experience with afterschool programs or educational initiatives is highly desirable.
  1. Leadership Skills: Proven ability to lead and inspire a team, delegate tasks effectively, and manage multiple priorities within established timelines.
  1. Strategic Thinking: Demonstrated experience in developing and implementing strategic plans, identifying opportunities for growth, and adapting to changing needs.
  1. Communication: Excellent written and verbal communication skills, with the ability to effectively engage with diverse stakeholders, including staff, volunteers, and community members.
  1. Organizational Skills: Strong organizational and problem-solving abilities, with keen attention to detail and the ability to prioritize tasks efficiently.
  1. Budget Management: Familiarity with budgeting principles and experience in managing program budgets effectively.
  2. Passion for Non-Profit Mission: Genuine dedication to the organization's mission and a desire to make a positive impact in the community.
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