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CYI Looking for Program Advisor

Program Advisor, Chinatown Literacy Project (CLP)

Application: Submit resume/cover letter to board@cyinyc.org by Friday, September 11, 2020 
Reports to: Board of Directors
Term: Fall 2020 to Spring 2021 (one year minimum); Opportunities to extend available
Salary: Unpaid (Volunteer Position)

Job Description:
The CLP Program Advisor works with a motivated team of four high school age youth coordinators to provide guidance to weekly workshop development offered to 30 or more high school age volunteers, oversee teaching staff’s development and implementation of ESL classes, and communicates with the Board of Directors on the program’s overall progress.


  • Supervise four high school staff. Work may include providing suggestions to weekly workshops, troubleshooting recruitment or staffing challenges, and supporting staff on vision setting 
  • Support teaching staff (Teachers, Teaching assistants) with lesson planning and implementing ESL classes on a remote platform.
  • Share periodic updates with CYI Board of Directors, a group of working professionals, to secure budget approval, coordinate press conferences, receive financial reimbursements, and approve annual CLP board report


  • Experience and/or desire to work with high school students
  • Program planning, implementation, and evaluation skills 
  • Conflict mediation skills
  • Experience and/or desire to work with adults (colleagues and clients)
  • Ability to work well under pressure
  • Responsive on phone/email 
  • Bilingual in English/Chinese (Cantonese or Mandarin) preferred

Program Timeline (September 2020 to May 2021):

August 2020Program Advisor training
September 20201-2 staff training(s), program planning, outreach planning,, recruit high school volunteers and teaching staff 
October 2020Program begins
January 2020Mid- program update to Board of Directors 
November 2020 to February 2021Periodic check-ins with staff
March 2021Graduation planning
April 2021Graduation
May 2021Wrap up, board report

Additional Information: Upon receipt of application, you will be contacted for a phone or in-person interview

Cover Letter Suggested Topics:

  • Why you are interested in the Program Advisor position?
  • How have you typically mentored others?

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