108-25 62nd Drive
Borough of Queens
STATUS: Part-Time, Non-Exempt
SALARY: $20.00 -$25.00 P/Hour
SCHEDULE: Tuesdays and Thursdays 1PM-6PM; with the possibility of additional prep, meeting and training time.
Queens Community House (QCH) is a multi-site, multi-service settlement house that serves the diverse population of Queens through a broad network of programs and services for Children and Youth, Adults and Families, and Older Adults. Our mission is to provide individuals and families with the tools to enrich their lives and build healthy, inclusive communities. We are a modern interpretation of the traditional settlement house, bringing to our work current best practices, cost-effective management, innovative leadership, and a passion for social and economic justice. Our mission is to provide individuals and families with the tools to enrich their lives and build healthy, inclusive communities. We welcome amazing individuals who have diverse backgrounds and experiences, are inspired by our mission and are highly motivated to change lives.
We are seeking a qualified Educational Specialist with a strong commitment to youth development to work in our comprehensive year-round youth development program (afterschool, holiday and summer components) at Queens Collegiate. Our Children and Youth division for ages 5 to 21 allow participants to explore interests and passions, develop positive social connections, contribute to their community, become life-long learners, and gain meaningful experiences. The Educational Specialist is responsible for identifying suitable age-appropriate curricula, helping staff create age and developmentally appropriate activities and lesson plans, and overseeing implementation of program activities. S/he will ensure that staff are providing/facilitating fun and engaging activities with a focus on: Academic Support, Leadership Development, Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM), Literacy, Healthy Living, and Physical Recreation. S/he will also have a key role in coaching and developing staff to foster continuous quality improvement (e.g., through data-informed decision-making and effective supervision and professional development), and build productive relationships with school personnel.
- Understand, adhere, and enforce after-school/summer camp program expectations, policies, and protocols as laid out by Program Director.
- Create, design, and/or implement age-appropriate curricula for participants. Collect and review all lesson plans to ensure proper alignment with Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD) and Department of Education (DOE) standards.
- Assist in bridging gap between day school and after-school programs by meeting monthly with Program Director and Queens Collegiate Principal.
- Support staff in execution of lesson plans, academic activities, and provide constructive feedback.
- Provide coaching on classroom facilitation and management.
- Assist Program Director and Assistant Program Director with program development.
- Work closely with Program Director, Assistant Program Director, and Queens Collegiate Principal to provide “wrap around services” wherever possible to meet and/or exceed program expectations.
- Create and maintain lesson plan binders to show key stakeholders during site visits.
- Maintain accurate program documentation such as: incident reports, attendance sheets, lesson plan trackers, etc.
- Conduct minimum of (2) weekly classroom observations.
- Conduct (1) training per month to assist staff in their roles facilitators. Trainings can be on: lesson plan development, facilitation styles, creating appropriate boundaries with participants, etc.
- Ensure program runs smoothly in the absence of Program Director and/or Assistant Program Director.
- Support Program Director and/or Assistant Program Director in the organization of special events such as: talent shows, awards, culminating events, and parent meetings.
- Other duties or special projects as assigned by Program Director.
- Bachelor’s Degree in Education, Social Work, Sociology, Psychology, or related field required. Master’s Degree preferred.
- Minimum of (3) years’ experience working with youth in a teaching, group work, or session facility capacity.
- Knowledge of NYS Common Core Standards; experience in curriculum development and implementation in secondary education.
- Excellent interpersonal, organizational, multi-tasking, time management and communication skills required.
- Exceptional coaching and problem solving skills that will support, develop, and evaluate staff.
- Knowledge of youth development principles such as: Social Emotional Learning (SEL) a plus.
- Willingness to take initiative and manage tasks while working in a multi-faceted, busy environment.
- Ability to motivate participants to participate in activities which focus on: Academic Support, Leadership Development, Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM), Literacy, Healthy Living, and Physical Recreation.
- Must be able to attend occasional morning, evening, or weekend meetings and/or trainings.
- Must have a commitment to work from a strength-based and/or youth development perspective.
- Must be able to work holidays.
- Must possess the ability to maintain confidentiality and use appropriate discretion.
- Must be cleared and maintain clearance throughout duration of employment by NYS DOH and DOE fingerprinting screening, NYS Central Registrar Background Check, 3 Reference checks, Staff Exclusion List (SEL), and must provide a physical examination with updated TB test.
This position is available immediately. Queens Community House offers a competitive salary commensurate with experience and a comprehensive benefits package. The benefits package varies by position and may include medical/dental/vision offerings, life insurance, flexible spending accounts, generous time off and a 403b plan. We value health and wellness too and as such Staff can earn annual leave days, sick days and enjoy most federal holidays. Staff can also take advantage of an array of professional development opportunities, including trainings and learning bits.
We are a passion-led, mission-driven organization – one that looks to continually enrich the lives of our diverse member community. If you would like to join our team, please forward your cover letter and resume, with subject line “Educational Specialist” to Orlando Santos, Jr. at firstname.lastname@example.org or mail to:
Queens Collegiate- Queens Community House
Attention: Orlando Santos, Jr.
167-01 Gothic Drive
Jamaica, New York 11432
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