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Program Director 

Category Camp/Afterschool  


Easterseals UCP of North Carolina & Virginia exists to provide meaningful and exceptional services so that children, adults, and families living with disabilities and/or mental health challenges can live, learn, work, and play in their community.  We leverage our extensive clinical expertise across the organization to provide integrated and comprehensive support to the 22,000 clients and families we serve each year. 

Empower is “Engaging and Motivating People through Opportunities in Wellness, Education, and Recreation” at multiple sites throughout eastern North Carolina. Empower programs are offered to individuals with an intellectual or developmental disability. Programming includes afterschool, summer camp, respite, and transition to employment services. Our trained staff facilitates skill building for independence and inclusion through activities such as field trips, social skill building, community internships, recreation, and more.

Our EMPOWER Program has an exciting opportunity for a dynamic, people-oriented Program Director to lead the Morehead City, NC team.  If you’re looking for a rewarding, challenging position with a sustainable organization, we’d love to explore this opportunity with you.


The Empower Program Director is responsible for the overall operation of the program. Responsibilities include ensuring best practices, implementing supports based on the personal outcomes of the individual and/or family, and maintaining compliance with all state, federal, and agency standards as required for assigned services. This position participates in the development of long-range program plans and innovative program enhancements.


  • Providing direct leadership, supervision, and administration of the Empower program.
  • Ensuring the delivery of safe Recreation and Transition to Employment activities.
  • Representing the program to parents, participants, potential staff, staff, stakeholders, etc.
  • Hiring, training, and coaching qualified staff. Providing ongoing supervision including annual performance reviews.
  • Promoting positive team and employee interaction and communication.
  • Performing ongoing evaluation of all programs, implementing corrective action as needed to improve operations.
  • Developing and implementing curriculum and program activity changes/modifications when needed.
  • Providing financial oversight of the program which includes approving and monitoring expenditures against budget.
  • Planning and leading Advisory Groups.
  • Assuring compliance and ongoing maintenance of staff trainings, health requirements, and employee files.
  • Protecting the rights of those persons served and supports the right to dignity, humane care, and freedom from abuse, neglect, exploitation, and mistreatment.
  • Assuring adherence to Client Rights and Confidentiality Rules including HIPAA regulations.
  • Developing and leading appropriate crisis response for any emergency, i.e. health or medically related, or an environmental emergency.
  • Following and assuring compliance with all Easterseals Policies and Procedures.
  • Supervisory Responsibility:  Supervision of the Recreation and Wellness Coordinator, Transition Coordinator, Administrative Assistant, Service Coordinator, Recreation Paraprofessionals, and Transition Coaches as well as interns and volunteers.
Position Requirements


  • Value the role recreation plays in development.
  • Believe with the right support, people with disabilities can live, work, and contribute to their communities.
  • Have a deep commitment to diversity, inclusion, and equity.
  • Thrive in a setting that is full of activity and different day-to-day.
  • Enjoy supporting learning and creativity in others.
  • Have strong organization and time management skills.
  • Value being part of a collaborative team.
  • Enjoy supporting staff in their professional growth and development.


  • A team of peers ready to provide guidance and support.
  • Access to ongoing Leadership and Professional Development training.
  • Optional Benefits Package including medical, dental, vision, and life insurance.
  • Optional 403(b) Retirement Plan participation.
  • Accrued Paid Time Off plus 10 paid holidays.
  • Company provided phone and laptop with IT Technical Support.


  • Bachelor's degree from a college or university accredited by an entity approved by USDOE or CHEA in therapeutic recreation (CTRS desirable), recreation, special education, adapted physical education, or related field.
  • A minimum of 2 years of administrative or supervisory experience in an inclusive setting.
  • Demonstrated knowledge, skills, and experience in providing programming for individuals with physical, intellectual, and/or developmental disabilities.  
  • Strong competency in core professional skills, especially: attention to detail, responsiveness, follow-through, flexibility, and initiative.
  • Ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing.
  • Exceptional skills in personnel supervision, interpersonal relationships, discipline, training, and leadership.
  • A valid, unrestricted, state-appropriate driver’s license and personal vehicle insurance.
Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time  
Shift -not applicable-  
Position Empower Program Director  
Division Empower  
Exempt/Non-Exempt Non-Exempt  
Location Empower Morehead City  
About the Organization Easterseals UCP has been part of the fabric of North Carolina and Virginia for 75 years. We started in counties all over NC and VA filling gaps and addressing the needs of children and adults with disabilities. Our legacy organizations Easterseals NC, United Cerebral Palsy NC, and Easterseals Virginia joined forces as Easterseals UCP to intentionally work side-by-side with more than 20,000 individuals and their families, providing the broad network of services and support they need to achieve better days. Today we are affiliated with both Easterseals, Inc. and United Cerebral Palsy Inc.

Our mission is to create opportunities, promote individual choice, and change the lives of children and adults with disabilities by maximizing their individual potential to live, learn, work and play in their communities.
EOE Statement We are an equal employment opportunity employer. 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.  
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