Under the direction of the Program Manager, the Activity Specialist will organize, plan, direct and conduct group leisure-time and physical education activities in the Youth on the Move summer evening and weekend program. Working collaboratively with the summer evening program team of coordinators and other Activity Specialists, the Activity Specialist provides a cohort of program youth participants with a key opportunity to increase their physical, social and/or critical thinking skills. Activity Specialists intentionally align their curriculum and instruction in collaboration with the Executive Director and Assistant Director. Through the creation of a student-centered environment, scholars will be encouraged to express voice and choice.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES (includes but not limited to)
• Plans, organizes and conducts various leisure-time, physical education and social justice critical thinking activities, prepares scheduled events, and insures that required equipment and other materials are in place.
• Plans and directs indoor/outdoor group activities aimed at developing appropriate group interaction behavior, a sense of teamwork and fairness, interpersonal communication skills and cooperation and ensures that order and discipline are maintained during recreation periods.
• Supervises, coaches and instructs indoor and outdoor team and athletic events to a group of approximately 30 youth.
• Teaches physical education, personal hygiene, personal cleanliness, and good personal habits.
• Participates in the maintenance, procurement and selection of athletic equipment, facilities, supplies and other materials for leisure-time activities and physical education programs.
• Write and submit activity curriculum plans to the Assistant Director at the beginning of summer evening program.
• Assist Program Coordinator in daily attendance and dismissal.
• Model positive and responsible behaviors through actions and interactions.
• Set and adhere to a standard of high expectations for evening program participants, self, and other staff.
• Coordinate out-of-building special events, activities and field trips for his/her cohort of 20 summer evening program youth participants.
• Complete and submit incident reports as needed.
• Attend team meetings, as well as professional development workshops and trainings as designated by the Executive Director and Assistant Director.
• Work with parents and families in supporting each child’s growth and achievement.
• Organize an end-of-summer performance for their cohort of youth participants.
Education and Experience
• High School Diploma required. Bachelor’s Degree or current college students in education or a subject relevant to the activity applying for are strongly preferred.
• At least 1-3 years of experience working, coaching or mentoring school-age youth in the fields of education, art, science and/or social services and physical fitness activities.
• Current CPR/ First Aid certification.
• Creativity, passion, and enthusiasm for working with school-age youth in a rigorous summer evening program setting.
• Exhibits a positive spirit, patience, maturity, and dependability.
• Good presentation skills and ability to represent the program and organizational skills.
• Strong youth development, behavior management with a commitment to equal participation: “every child’s a winner…every child plays.”
• Interest, expertise and/or experience in one or more of the following: Basketball, Football, Baseball sports activities, physical fitness (sports), dance (tap, jazz, ballet, modern, hip hop), foreign language (French, Spanish), leadership development, and youth mentoring. Activities not listed can be proposed to the Executive Director and/or Assistant Director.
• Knowledge of youth issues in the local area (Harlem and the Bronx).
• Awareness of other youth service programs in the local area (Harlem and the Bronx).
• Conversational proficiency in Spanish, Haitian Creole and French languages a plus.
Additional Eligibility Criteria:
All hired summer program staff is required to provide an August 2021 COVID-19 test result.
The New York City Administration for Children’s Services requires that anyone hired into this position also be able to meet the following requirements with proof:
· State Central Register Clearance
· Fingerprint Clearance
· Mandated Reporting Training (Reporting Child Abuse and Maltreatment)
· Current Physical with up-to-date immunizations and Tuberculosis (TB) test results (within last twelve months)
Physical/Sensory Skills: Ability to lift 40 pounds and stand for long period of times.
Principle Contacts: Executive Director, Assistant Director, Program Manager and Assistant Manager, children, families and Youth On The Move staff and ADC staff.
Work Site: Youth On The Move In The Community
669 Malcolm X Blvd, New York, NY 10037
Work Schedule: Monday – Friday (6:00p.m.–11:00p.m.), Saturday (3:00p.m.-11p.m.) Days/hours are flexible or may fluctuate.
Start Date: August 2021
End Date: September 2021
Under the direction of the Program Manager, the Activity Specialist will organize, plan, direct and conduct group leisure-time and physical education activities in the Youth on the Move summer evening and weekend…