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A Fair Shake for Youth, Inc. is an innovative not-for-profit that runs hands-on programs using therapy dogs to help vulnerable and at-risk youth build greater empathy and self-esteem and reduce bullying.  A Fair Shake is adapted from the successful prison dog program model in which inmates build social and emotional skills critical for successful reentry into the community.


A Fair Shake targets kids during their critical middle school years when they are often struggling with who they are and who they want to become. Over 10 weeks an instructor and three therapy dog teams work with a group of students using a structured curriculum of training, tricks and agility along with discussion of dog-related topics including animals shelters, second chances, and breed discrimination that often resonate with the experience of the youth.


In real time kids see the power of positive reinforcement, verbal and non-verbal communication, and relationships built on trust and respect. They learn patience and tolerance, work as a team and see that they are lovable, loving and have a voice. Honest and non-judgmental, the dogs create a safe place in which the kids can explore who they are who they want to be.

A Fair Shake for Youth is a 501(c)3 founded in 2010 that has reached over 1600 youth across 50 school and community organizations in Upper and Lower Manhattan, the South Bronx, and Brooklyn.

Job Responsibilities

Reporting to the Executive Director, the Program Manager will

  • Serve as primary liaison with schools and manage all day-to-day operations including scheduling and transport of volunteers, once partnership is established by the Executive Director.

  • Manage current volunteer base and foster connection and commitment through regular communication, recognition and creation of appreciation events.

  • Lead all Fair Shake recruitment and outreach initiatives including therapy dog open houses and classes, Central and Prospect Park events and collaborations with rescue organizations. Maintain and mine prospect lists.

  • Develop, execute and manage Fair Shake social media campaigns and channels to build awareness, recruit new volunteers and build community.

  • Recruit and develop a group of non-therapy dog volunteers to support A Fair Shake at events and other activities.

  • Manage databases and all administrative systems including communications, pre and post program evaluations, invoicing and processing payments.

Candidate Requirements

A Fair Shake seeks a self-starter to play a key role in bringing a small innovative non-profit to the next level of development. If you are looking to make a difference in the lives of underserved kids in New York City and understand the power of the animal-human interaction this may be a good fit for you.

Candidate must be available 5 days a week for on-site work. College degree required, Masters desirable. 2-3 years of relevant experience. Personal or professional experience and love of dogs highly preferred. Experience with children and/or underserved communities a plus.

The candidate must be comfortable working independently and taking the lead. Excellent oral and written communication skills and able to relate to and enjoy speaking with all different types of people. Good judgment, the ability to set priorities, meet deadlines, and problem solve are critical for success.

Strong computer skills including Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Photoshop.  Internet savvy and fluent in social media platforms including Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and website programs including Wix.


  Metro Area New York NY
  Job Location City New York
  Job Location State New York
  Job Location Zip 10025
  Job Location Country United States
  Compensation Salary From: $42,00 To: 47,000
  Job Category Administration, Database management, Marketing, Project management, Youth Programs
  Prefered Experience 5 year(s)
  Job Type Full time
  Language 1 English ( Speak Read Write )  
  Job Posting Date Dec. 6, 2017

Organization Details

  Organization Name A Fair Shake for Youth
  Organizational Focus
  Contact Person
  Contact Phone (917) 371-9005
  Contact Fax none posted
  Contact Email
  Web Address

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