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Teen Specialist

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Boys & Girls Club of Harlem | New York, NY

Boys & Girls Club of Harlem

Published 23 days ago

March 1, 2020
February 14, 2020

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

Resource Management

  • 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.


  • 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

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…

Details at a glance

  • On-site Location
  • Part Time Schedule
  • Other Education Requirement
  • Entry level

Level of Language Proficiency

Spanish speaking a plus

Spanish speaking a plus

How to Apply

Please send cover letter, resume and three references to

Please send cover letter, resume and three references to


521 West 145th Street, New York, NY 10031

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