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29 Sep 2023

Operations / Administration Program Manager, FIRST Lego League

 New York, New York County, New York, United States

Job Description


For over 20 years, NYC FIRST has been one of the largest and most impactful K-12 STEM education organizations in New York City, running immersive, hands-on robotics leagues and STEM education programs that serve approximately 7,000 students annually.  NYC FIRST traditionally works with over 600 robotics teams that participate in three different leagues across the five boroughs of New York City and the Hudson Valley.  We also have two STEM Centers – one at Cornell Tech and one in partnership with the New York Public Library in Washington Heights.

NYC FIRST envisions a future where every young person has access to rigorous and inspiring STEM education and succeeds academically and in their career.   We run mentor-based robotics and STEM education programs across the five boroughs that help students build the skill set, mindset and community to get ahead in the STEM pipeline. 


About the Position

NYC FIRST is seeking a Program Manager with a passion for STEM education to support the FIRST LEGO League (K-8) programs. The Program Manager for FIRST LEGO League is responsible for the successful administration, support, and growth of the elementary school and middle school programs in New York City.  This position will work with key internal (Advancement, STEM Centers, and Operations) and external (FIRST, implementation partners, event partners, vendors, and volunteers) stakeholders and manage an events committee to carry out large-scale competitions. Evening and weekend work are required during the competition season.

The Program Manager will report to and work closely with the Director of FIRST Programs, and will be responsible for the following:

  • Program Planning and Management
    • Act as the primary representative for the administrative and programmatic aspects of FIRST LEGO League (FLL), establishing trust among a large group of volunteers and participants.
    • Facilitate team support for the FLL competition season, ensuring timely and accurate communication with team coaches.
    • Collaborate with FIRST, the volunteer committee, and partner organizations to plan and manage the FLL events.
    • Interact with and make use of all of the different FIRST and NYC FIRST data systems.
    • Recruit new schools and volunteers to grow the FIRST LEGO League programs
  • Teaching and Learning
    • Develop curriculum and resources for over 200 teachers and teams.
    • Plan and conduct professional learning workshops for 300 coaches and students in the FLL programs 
    • Plan and conduct training for FLL volunteers
    • Conducting site visits of FIRST LEGO League partner sites
  • Partnership Management
    • Oversee daily relationships with external partners, including schools, city agencies, community organizations, and libraries.
    • Work with the Advancement team to gather data and information from partners for reports
    • Collaborate with staff to create opportunities for FIRST LEGO League teams to engage with NYC FIRST STEM Centers


Job Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience in education, STEM or youth development preferred. FIRST experience is a plus.
  • Strong project management and event planning skills.
  • Experience working with volunteers or serving as a volunteer.
  • Comfort working on a small dynamic, creative, goal-driven, multi-functional team.
  • Ability to work evenings and weekends during the competition season.
  • Highly responsive to internal and external communication in-person, and via email and phone
  • General comfort level with technology tools and platforms.
  • Experience and passion for serving underserved and underrepresented youth and communities.
  • Excellent interpersonal communications skills and comfort with public speaking with diverse groups of stakeholders.



This position is located in New York City and requires extensive travel around NYC during the competition season.



$65K – $70K, health/dental/vision insurance, opportunity to participate in a 401K, 4 weeks of PTO, and a welcoming workplace.



NYC FIRST is an equal opportunity employer. We encourage BIPOC, women, gender non-conforming folx, and individuals from the many communities we serve to apply. We do not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, gender expression, age, national origin, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, veteran or military status.

How to Apply

Please send a thoughtful cover letter and resume to with the subject line Program Manager, FIRST Lego League.  No phone calls.

Bureaus: New York. Job Categories: Full-Time. Job Types: Operations / Administration. Salaries: 60,000 - 80,000.