ConnCAT Director of Programs

Position: Director of Programs
Department: Youth Programs and Adult Programs
4 Science Park, New Haven, Connecticut
Hourse: Full Time – Exempt
Reports to: Chief Operating Officer
SalaryCommensurate with experience

To apply for this opportunity, please send your resume and a cover letter to


The Connecticut Center for Arts and Technology (ConnCAT) is a nonprofit organization based in the Newhallville section of New Haven.  Our mission is to inspire, motivate, and prepare youth and adults for educational and career advancement. 


This position will focus on daily programmatic oversight. The candidate will be responsible for following and contributing to the implementation of ConnCAT mission and vision by guiding and supporting program staff.


The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.  Essential duties and responsibilities include, and are not strictly limited to, the following:

  • Supervises all aspects of the youth and adult programs and special events.
  • Understands and responds to current and future trends in all programs including, but not limited to issues of recruitment, retention, and market relevance.
  • Creates program plans, works with various community partners, to ensure appropriate program outcomes and on-time, on-budget program delivery.
  • Drives execution, delivery and results for the program partnering with critical internal and external stakeholders.
  • Ensures collaborative cross-functional project team participation to ensure work efforts are executed on time, within budget.
  • Owns responsibility for all implementation tasks and ongoing services related to programs.
  • Oversees the development of work plans, milestones, and deliverables.
  • Provides effective leadership and governance for the program, including executive steering committees and status reporting.
  • Effectively engages in the critical components of each initiative to understand progress, provide guidance where needed, and ensure adherence to plans, schedules, guidelines and performance expectations.
  • Supports each initiative by ensuring that decisions within a project are consistent across the program.
  • Establishes appropriate management processes and monitors program effectiveness.
  • Directs and coordinates activities of personnel for both adult and youth programs.
  • Establishes work schedules and assigns work to staff members.
  • Hires, trains, and supervises competent personnel in positions relating to program area responsibilities.
  • Cooperates with the COO and other staff members concerning facility scheduling, problem solving and fiscal management.
  • Responsible for the recruitment and direction of volunteers in an organized and professional manner.
  • Works in conjunction with other staff, parents, and volunteers in daily activities and programs.


Supervision of adult program instructional staff

Youth and Community Programs Manager


Bachelor degree (advanced degree preferred)

Minimum of 5 years in non-profit / 2-3 years of high demand project management; or equivalent combination of education and experience. 

Working knowledge of Microsoft Office applications.


Communication Skills:

Ability to effectively present information in one-on-one and group situations to students, managers, supervisors and other employees.  Ability to work with diverse populations.  Possesses excellent interpersonal skills.  Ability to read and interpret general professional journals, correspondence, operating instructions, and educational materials.   Ability to generate reports and general business correspondence. Actively listens to the content and processes of communication so that collaboration can occur.  Ability to respond to common inquiries or complaints from students, co-workers, partners, and stakeholders.

Mathematical Skills:

Ability to apply concepts of basic math principles for the purposes of generating, reading, and analyzing statistical data and reading and analyzing project budgets.

Strategic Planning

Welcomes and encourages input and collaboration on work-related activities.  Capable of recognizing and responding to critical events or needs and adjusting deadlines accordingly.  Promotes the attitudes, conditions and environments that yield increased quality and quantity of individual and team performance.  Ability to draw relationships between organizational, program and student objectives, and assist in coordinating the efforts of students, staff and/or team members in meeting those objectives. 

Leadership Skills:

Facilitates the development of skills and abilities of others.  Regularly provides and openly receives feedback and constructive criticism.  Guides others toward teamwork, student, program, and organization objectives.  Acknowledges accomplishments of individuals and teams.  Solicits and generates creative solutions to problems.  Assists in developing and implementing universal processes to monitor and assess outcomes. 


Effectively targets presentations to the characteristics and needs of the audience.  Capable of effectively adjusting and coping with change and uncertainty in new situations and environments.   Maintains balance and effectiveness in unsettling conditions and circumstances. 


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to stand, talk, walk, hear.    Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.

To apply for this opportunity, please send your resume and a cover letter to