Teen Specialist (Group Leader) provide support to teen-aged after-school program participants and ensures that they are actively engaged in the full array of program activities that foster their positive. Teen Specialists will build supportive relationships with each after-school participant in their care and foster positive interactions between participants. Program responsibilities include: planning and facilitating programming and activities in the core program areas (academic support/enrichment, good character and leadership skills, and health lifestyles). Teen Specialists will have a critical role in helping participants see the role they play in fostering equality and inclusion within school settings as well as within the broader community.
- Act as a role model for program participants and junior staff
- Demonstrate leadership to assure good conduct, safety and development of participants
- Foster a culture of excellence in program service delivery
- Foster a love for learning among program participants and help to cultivate a network of supports for each participant to reinforce
- Provide leadership and support to other program staff and volunteers to actively engage participants in all program activities.
Program Development and Implementation
- Daily facilitation of programs and activities that support positive youth development outcomes.
- These will include BGCA developed programs and curricula
- Oversee day-to-day program activities in accordance with established standards and goals
- Ensure that members are encouraged to participate in a variety of program areas
- Identify and respond to factors that give rise to feelings of exclusion; atypical behavior or appearance
- Support members in completion of homework and other tasks and provide additional tutoring support in specific content areas where appropriate
- Assist members as they develop learning skills by exploring individual interests; challenging their thinking, encouraging inquiry, and promoting problem solving approaches.
- Support in data collection and where appropriate, analysis to ensure that programs and activities respond to member needs
- Implement structured and unstructured activities using principles of positive reinforcement
- Ensure compliance with BGCHarlem policies and procedures.
- Manage program and educational resources
- Ensure productive work environment in delivery of all programs.
- Support Site Director to ensure proper record keeping and reporting for all programs
- Support Site Director to ensure compliance with all reporting requirements for federal, state and local governments and compliance with all reporting requirements for the Boys & Girls Clubs of America.
- Monitor and support participants through risk management; appropriately reports 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 teens, including maintaining program discipline
- Perform other duties as assigned.
SKILLS & KNOWLEDGE REQUIRED
- Able to work Monday-Friday (3:00-9:00 PM) and there may be some weekend responsibilities
- A minimum of two-years work experience in supervising activities based on the developmental needs of young people or working in urban education
- Basic knowledge of developmental milestones concerning physical, emotional, cognitive, and social development of teens
- Basic knowledge of the principles and practices of positive youth development
- Previous experience in: classroom teaching, group management, youth programming, or youth camp experience
- Awareness and compliance of safety and health requirements of licensing and other relevant authorities, including safety and first aid procedures.
- Proficient in basic computer skills and use of basic Microsoft applications, including Outlook, Word and Excel and Google suite of applications.
- Demonstrate familiarity with the Harlem community
- Currently pursuing or has obtained a postsecondary credential (e.g. certificate, 2-year degree, etc).
• This position requires the ability for employees to stand
• It may also be required to walk for long periods of time