Job Title: Director of Wellness

Reports To: Chief Program Officer

Department: Programs

Job Type: Full-time

About GOSO: Located in East Harlem, Getting Out Getting Out and Staying Out (GOSO) empowers 16- to 24-year-olds to avoid involvement in the criminal justice system by reshaping their futures through educational achievement, meaningful employment, and financial independence. Our aim is to promote personal, professional, and intellectual growth through goal-oriented programming and comprehensive social support services. We believe that our focus on career and education is the key to maintaining a recidivism rate under 15% versus a national average of over 60% by helping participants overcome obstacles in reentry and become productive members of society. GOSO also oversees the Stand Against Violence (SAVE) program with a mission to reduce gun violence in East Harlem and beyond.

Objective of Role: The Director of Wellness develops and implements fundamental and transformational programming to enrich the lives of GOSO participants.  Developing, implementing, managing, and coordinating activities and resources to support participants on their journey to education, employment, and emotional wellness is the focus. This includes in-person and virtual experiences, events, seminars, individual, and group programs integrated through volunteer engagements, community partnerships, and program activities.  The position requires strong team leadership, project management, and organizational skills to coordinate panels, seminars, leadership skill building workshops, cohort programming, mentoring programs, community service projects, volunteering, emerging leadership programs, arts and cultural events,  alumni programming, and special events.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Design, execute, and manage a wellness programs strategy and plan focused on Participant well being.  Engage and elevate the Participant community in alignment with mission and strategic objectives while building upon the programs in place. Manage and solve complex challenges.
  • Develop, manage, monitor, and achieve goals and metrics for achieving Participant engagement and outcomes.
  • Recruit, develop, manage, coach, retain and secure development and training to maintain high performing staff and managers.
  • Collaborate across GOSO departments to ensure integration and alignment with GOSO programs and services.  Work with the Programs team to develop relevant and impactful events and programs.  Work with the Development team to create a robust Volunteer Program. 
  • Explore and cultivate community partnership opportunities with community leaders, nonprofit organizations, institutions, and local businesses
  • Act as a GOSO Ambassador in the community to engage people around GOSO’s mission and vision
  • Develop and maintain reports of goals, metrics, and activities on a consistent basis
  • Ensure program operations and activities adhere to legal and ethical guidelines
  • Manage change, resources, and risks in alignment with GOSO mission, strategies, goals and plans.
  • Other duties as required

Essential Skills:

  • Experience working with organizations serving young people who have been impacted by or are at risk of contact with the legal system and individuals from marginalized communities
  • Strong program and event development, implementation, and team building skills
  • Excellent attention to detail, organizational, written and oral communication skills
  • Superior interpersonal, engagement, and team and relationship building skills with internal and external audiences
  • Works independently and demonstrates initiative, discretion, and good judgment

Core Competencies: 

  • Excellent Work Ethic
  • Commitment to working in a mission driven organization
  • Demonstrated personal ethics and values
  • Cross-team collaboration and cooperation 
  • Team Player who works well with a diverse group of people


  • 7-10 years of non-profit program management
  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent work experience, Masters Degree a plus
  • A passion for criminal and racial justice
  • Proven track record of building and implementing outcomes and impact programs, particularly for young adults in marginalized communities
  • Strong conceptual, planning, organizing, reporting, writing, computer and organizational skills to support strategy, planning, and implementation

Compensation & Benefits:

Salary commensurate with experience. GOSO offers a competitive salary and benefits package.

Please send a resume with cover letter to: Resumes without a cover letter will not be considered.


GOSO is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.