Center for Wellbeing and Happiness Director

June 3rd, 2022
Center for Wellbeing and Happiness Director

Center for Wellbeing and Happiness Director

  • Full Time
  • Senior Level
Job Category: Other
Location: Manhattan
Job Sectors: Community Improvement, Other

The Lower Eastside Girls Club is seeking a Director for the Center for Wellbeing and Happiness (CWBH) who will lead this initiative of The Lower Eastside Girls Club (LESGC) to provide free wellness programs to Lower East Side community members of all generations and genders. With the CWBH set to open in Fall 2022, this position will develop, implement, evaluate, and refine all CWBH services in partnership with the community. Reporting to the Co-Executive Directors (directly supervised by the Co-Executive Director for Community and Development), this position will work closely with LESGC leadership and community engagement staff to officially open the center in the Fall of 2022 and lead its successful implementation.




  • Manage key CWBH administrative duties, including the:



    • Development of a quarterly calendar of comprehensive CWBH program offerings;



    • Development of the marketing and outreach strategy for all CWBH offerings in partnership with the Communications Team; 



    • Management of external communications, website content and Mindbody class registration platform, in partnership with the Communications team;



    • Creation of CWBH policies and procedures; 



    • Coordination of the Center’s staffing schedule;



    • Management of the CWBH facility, in partnership with LESGC’s Facilities Manager.




  • Ensure the success of CWBH members in reaching their self-identified wellness goals by:



    • Regularly reviewing member care plans with CWBH staff and assessing progress/challenges to meeting the goals set forth in the care plans;



    • Leading monthly and quarterly meetings with coordinating partners;



    • Providing mentorship to the staff to support their role as caring role models;



    • Reporting out on program outputs and outcomes to the LESGC leadership team; and



    • Implementing strategies to improve program outputs and outcomes, as needed.




Programming & Partnership Management

  • Implement community-driven programming rooted in the social determinants of health and utilizing a Healing Justice framework, for all ages and genders through the CWBH by:



    • Identifying and managing creative partnerships with prospective community instructors and partners;



    • Serving as the main thought leader in developing the CWBH’s offerings; and



    • Managing CWBH Board of Community Ambassadors and translating community feedback and needs into the CWBH’s offerings and external messaging.






Community Engagement & Outreach


  • Serves as an ambassador for the organization and all of its initiatives 



  • Manages relationships with key community stakeholders, including community ambassadors



  • Engages community members to increase their knowledge of, and involvement in, the organization’s programming, as requested, by:



    • Organizing, attending, and/or presenting at community meetings and events



    • Responding to public and community inquiries about organizational initiatives



    • Sharing and posting outreach materials such as flyers, posters, and other promotional materials in the community




  • Manage the community engagement strategy of the CWBH and effectively delegating engagement tasks and objectives to CWBH staff







  • Partner with the HR Manager and Co-Executive Directorsto recruit CWBH staff



  • Directs, supervises, trains, and motivates all full-time CWBH staff



  • Approves timecards and time off requests for CWBH staff



  • Develops the CWBH schedule



  • Completes professional development plans for the staff to ensure their success

    Education and Experience

    • Has one of the following: (1) A bachelor’s degree in social work or a related field and at least three years of successful experience in the last five years in providing access services to low-income City residents or (2) at least five years of experience providing access services to low-income City residents

    • At least 5 years of supervisory experience

    • Proven experience working with diverse populations

    • Understanding of issues of equity and social justice

    • Experience integrating participant voice into programming

    • Fluent in English

    • Preferred: Experience delivering services to low-income families in the Lower East Side/Chinatown; have a Family Development Credential; professional working proficiency in Spanish, Cantonese, Mandarin, or Fujianese


    Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

    • Belief in the mission and values of LESGC 

    • Familiarity with strengths-based approaches, self-advocacy strategies, and social emotional learning principles

    • Knowledge of the Healing Justice framework a plus 

    • Flexibility and the ability to work collaboratively 

    • Professional, well organized and strong attention to detail 

    • Strong communication skills and ability to connect with staff, parents, and community members

    • Able to design and develop robust, innovative initiatives in collaboration with staff

    • Detail oriented, motivated, and highly organized 

    • Attention to detail

    • Excellent organizational skills, including the ability to set priorities and manage multiple projects simultaneously, to track work details, to delegate wisely and to respond flexibly to changes

    • Possesses cross-functional skill sets to successfully tackle diverse tasks and projects. 

    • Knowledge of New York City agencies and programs; ROMA “accountability cycle” framework


    Organizational Relationships

    • Reporting to Co-Executive Directors(directly supervised by theCo-Executive Director for Community & Development)

    • Partnering with the Director of Strategy & Communications, and Director of Programs, Human Resource Manager, and Facilities Manager

    • Supervising Program Manager, Community Health Workers, and Community Ambassadors


    Must be available some nights and weekends


    Salary & Benefits:

    The salary for this position is $90,000-$95,000, commensurate with experience. The LESGC’s benefit package includes medical, dental, vision insurance, a flexible spending account, dependent daycare, and a pre-tax transit benefit. To apply, please send cover letter and resume to [email protected]

    COVID Response

    LESGC is complying with New York City’s Department of Youth and Community Development’s vaccination mandate for all staff members. In addition, LESGC expects all staff members and building visitors to comply with LESGC’s COVID response policy:

    • Take precautions in public like wearing a well-fitted mask and physical distancing

    • Wear masks, practice physical distancing, and adhere to other prevention measures when visiting with unvaccinated people who are at increased risk for severe COVID-19 disease or who have an unvaccinated household member who is at increased risk for severe COVID-19 disease

    • Wear masks, maintain physical distance, and practice other prevention measures when visiting with unvaccinated people from multiple households

    • Avoid medium- and large-sized in-person gatherings

    • Get tested if experiencing COVID-19 symptoms

    • Follow guidance issued by individual employers

    Follow CDC and health department travel requirements and recommendations




    About the Lower Eastside Girls Club

    The Lower Eastside Girls Club (LESGC) is a community-based organization dedicated to preparing today’s girls for tomorrow’s world. LESGC’s mission is “to raise the next generation of environmental, entrepreneurial and ethical leaders.” LESGC connects girls and young women to healthy and successful futures. We offer them “Joy. Power. Possibility,” so they know that they can do anything.

    Our 35,000 square foot Center for Community provides over 50 unique classes a week, all free of charge. Facilities include a Maker Shop for engineering and coding; Biology lab for STEM programming and research; Alphabet City Art School for visual arts and crafts; Center for Media and Social Justice for digital media and photography; Sound Studio for music production and our radio station/podcast, WGRL (Where Girl Radio Lives); Design Shop for fashion design; a rooftop farm; full culinary kitchen and cafe; and 64-seat state-of the art, 30-foot dome planetarium. Visit to learn more, and check out what we have been up to lately via our podcast, Vimeo, and Instagram and Tumblr.

    About the Center for Wellbeing and Happiness 

    Rooted in the belief that the wellbeing of our youth members is intimately connected to the wellbeing of their family, their community, and their world, the Girls Club has expanded its mission and service population with the launch of their Center for Wellbeing and Happiness (CWBH).

    The Center for Wellbeing and Happiness strategically addresses the wellbeing and health disparities in the Lower East Side by utilizing intentional, trauma-informed, holistic programming rooted in community-centered resilience, prevention, recovery, and self-reliance. The CWBH will serve as a wellness hub providing the space and opportunity for local organizations, expert practitioners, health-based city agencies and institutions, and our talented and resourced- filled community members, to connect, collaborate, and serve. Together, we will create programming that addresses the totality of our community’s wellbeing needs.

    In fall 2020,  the Girls Club launched our Virtual CWBH to provide free virtual wellness programs in the midst of the pandemic as we awaited the renovation of the physical CWBH. In fall 2022, we will open the doors to CWBH: a 5,000 ft2 state of the art space, adjacent to the existing Girls Club facility.

    LESGC Equal Opportunity Employer Policy 

    LESGC is an equal opportunity employer. Equal employment opportunity has been, and will continue to be, a fundamental principle at LESGC, where employment is based upon personal capabilities and qualifications without discrimination because of race, color, sex (including pregnancy status), gender, creed, religion, sexual orientation, genetic characteristics, national origin, age, ancestry, alienage, citizenship, marital status, partnership status, being a party to a civil union, handicap or disabilities or perception of disabilities, military status (or unfavorable discharge from military service), political activity, status as a victim of a sex offense, stalking, or domestic violence or other protected class status. Discrimination in violation of this policy is prohibited. LESGC does not discriminate in the hiring and firing of staff, selection of volunteers and vendors or the provision of services. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, clients, volunteers, subcontractors, vendors and clients.

    This policy of equal employment opportunity applies to all policies and procedures relating to recruitment and hiring, compensation, benefits, termination and all other terms and conditions of employment. We will not discriminate and will take affirmative action measures to ensure against discrimination in employment, recruitment, advertisements for employment, compensation, termination, upgrading, promotions, and other conditions of employment against any employee or job applicant.



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