DREAM YARD SONYC (School's Out NYC) Group Leader

Job Type

Part Time


Minimum: $17



Start Date


Application Deadline



1930 Andrews Avenue South
MS 390
New York
United States


The Position

The SONYC Group Leader will report to the SONYC Program Director and work closely with SONYC staff (including group leaders, school teachers and other staff) to support the SONYC after school program at a middle school in the Bronx serving 120 students. Primary responsibilities include working with a set group of 15 students to support them during various activities, including assisting with homework, leading hour-long sessions in a sequential curriculum that engage students, submitting written lesson plans, supporting program goals around attendance and engagement, and fostering a positive, productive environment for program participants. It is important that Group Leaders be able to act as a positive role model and mentor to the young people they work with, and to develop a positive, supportive culture and an effective way of dealing with challenges with students that may arise. The program site is at MS 390 (1930 Andrews Avenue South, Bronx, NY 10453.) 


·      Previous after school experience, ideally with middle school aged youth

·      Associate’s Degree at minimum, or currently working toward Associate’s or Bachelor’s Degree

·      Ability to collaborate effectively with other after school staff

·      Must be able to develop hour long lessons and produce lesson plans

·      Excellent written and spoken communication skills (Bilingual ability in Spanish is a plus)

·      Commitment to fostering a student-centered, safe, respectful, and productive environment for all participants, families and school partners

·      All staff must pass Dept. of Health fingerprinting clearance, and other related clearances, including a health exam and TB test before beginning work

·      All staff must also pass NYC Dept of Education fingerprinting clearance before beginning work


·      Working to support young people's development in an active, positive way that reflects DY values and school norms

·      Supporting program systems including attendance, incentives, safety procedures, special events, etc.

·      Providing effective instruction for a structured activity (arts, sports, technology, etc.), including creating written lesson plans, planning projects that help youth build skills over time. Lessons plans must be turned in weekly and reflect progression of activity and student learning; coaching will be available by on-site Educational Specialist

·      Punctuality, dependability, and professional communication are highly important to successful operation of program

About DreamYard

DreamYard’s mission is to collaborate with Bronx youth, families and schools to build pathways to equity and opportunity through the arts. DreamYard Project is the largest arts provider in the Bronx, and uses project-based arts learning to ignite the transformative spirit in youth, public schools and communities. DreamYard’s school-based and out of school programs are based on 21st century learning and social justice pedagogy principles. Our work is aligned with the NYC Department of Education Blueprint for the Arts and the NY State Learning Standards, and encourages young people to pursue educational pathways toward higher learning, meaningful careers and social action. Our nationally recognized programming has grown tremendously in response to student interest and community need. Co-Executive directors Jason Duchin and Tim Lord founded DreamYard in 1994. Since then, DreamYard has worked with more than 100 public schools and over 100,000 young people and families. DreamYard has developed a robust educational community in the Bronx – from its network of 45 partnering public schools including the DY Preparatory High School to year-long programs at the DY Art Center. 


This is a part time position of approximately 18 hours per week. Program runs Monday through Friday from 2:20 to 5:30pm, and staff hours will be 2:00 to 5:30pm. Program runs for 36 weeks from Sept 2018 through June 2019, and the Group Leader will average 70 hours per month. Hourly rate: $17.00

Level of Language Proficiency

Bronx-based and Spanish-speaking applicants are strongly encouraged to apply.

Professional Level

Entry level

Minimum Education Required

2-year degree

How To Apply


Please email your resume and cover letter to Nadia Sobhan, SONYC Program Director at ms390jobs@dreamyard.com for consideration.  In the subject line of your email, please include: “SONYC Group Leader”, and please be sure to describe any activities you feel you would be qualified to provide instruction in. If possible, please also send samples of student work resulting from similar activities you have provided instruction for.