PROGRAM OVERVIEW: Boys & Girls Club of Harlem (BGCHarlem) in partnership with New York City Department of Youth & Community Development will establish Learning Lab sites across the Harlem community to support the distance learning and youth development needs of NYC Department of Education students; grades kindergarten through eighth. In addition to remote learning support, BGCHarlem will provide an array of enrichment activities that promote positive youth development outcomes.
PRIMARY FUNCTION: The Education Specialist will be responsible for the supervision of students as they participate in remote learning activities and the development and implementation of academic enrichment activities that promote academic success. Specialists will engage with club members with the goal of fostering a positive environment for learning and academic achievement. This will include facilitating activities that strengthen participants’ executive functioning and critical thinking skills. Last, the Education Specialist will support in the planning and implementation of other program-wide activities that support good health, wellness, and strong character and leadership behaviors.
KEY ROLES (Essential Job Responsibilities)
- Under general supervision, oversee Learning Lab academic activities with assigned cohort in accordance with participant’s school”s established academic standards and goals
- Support and monitor participants engagement with remote learning activities as prescribed by their school. This includes helping students successfully navigate various remote learning platforms
- Support student completion of homework and provide additional tutoring when needed to build proficiency in academic content areas with specific emphasis on mathematics and English language literacy
- Thoroughly review and implement curricula and lesson plans identified by Academic Programs Manager and content specialists. Also become familiar with core Boys & Girls Club of America curricula for implementation
- Implement supplemental tools that reinforce content retention and expose members to learning proficiency standards
- Implement academic accountability systems that promote participant’s own personal educational responsibility
Program Development and Implementation
- Participate in overall program planning activities for assigned cohort and Learning Lab site at-large
- Work with Site Director and Site Supervisor to ensure proper record keeping and compliance with all reporting requirements for federal, state, and local governments and compliance with all reporting requirements for Boys & Girls Clubs of America and the NYC Department of Education
- Support in the routine evaluation of all Learning Lab activities on a continual basis and ensure that programs and activities respond to member needs
- Work in partnership with all Learning Lab staff to ensure a collegial and productive work environment; maintain a clean and safe environment of assigned program area
- Regularly conduct safety checks of assigned program area, accurately track and monitor the use of all equipment and supplies
- Monitor and support participants through risk management; appropriately report concerns about issues of child safety regulations
- Ensure a team-based work environment by communicating effectively and positively with supervisors, co-workers, volunteers, and other community partners
- Ability to thrive in a fast-paced, dynamic, and rapidly changing environment
- Ability to deal effectively with children and youth, including effective classroom management skills
- Perform other duties as assigned
SKILLS & KNOWLEDGE REQUIRED
- Hold a minimum associates degree in education, early childhood education, linguistics, speech pathology or other related field of work OR At least 2 years of experience in childhood education and/or supporting students in academic enrichment
- Demonstrated commitment to youth development and willingness to work in a continuously evolving work environment.
- Knowledge of issues facing elementary-aged children and how to craft and implement groups, workshops and events
- Proficient in basic computer skills and use of basic Microsoft applications, including Outlook, Word and Excel.
· Speaking proficiency in Spanish a plus
· Instructional experience a plus