PURPOSE OF THE POSITION: To supervise a group of middle school and high school participants in a community based after school setting and summer day program as an AmeriCorps member.
I. SPECIFIC RESPONSIBILITIES include, but are not limited to
- Plan and facilitate quality and educational instruction that fosters group work
- Provide daily, individual and small-group homework/academic assistance, arts and educational enrichment, sports and recreation, community service, college readiness and career exploration activities
- Partner with two DOE teachers during Sunset Park High School’s in-school Advisory program in order to teach interpersonal skills, support college-readiness, and develop community service projects
- Assist in the planning of creative arts and/or leadership programming
- Perform a variety of tasks that keep the program running smoothly, including setting up signs and stations for afterschool, overseeing supper sign-in, and escorting students throughout the building.
- Perform office duties as necessary
- Contribute to the planning and execution of special events and other community building activities
- Help to plan and coordinate special events, track volunteer service hours, recognize volunteer contributions and encourage their continued involvement
- Participate in AmeriCorps local and national Service Days
- Participate in required training and member development activities
- Attend weekly professional development meetings
- Recruit volunteers – including youth, parents, and family and community members – who will contribute to performances and special events such as family and community nights, holiday events, cultural festivals, and performances
- Some evening and weekend hours required throughout the year
- Education/Degree minimum requirement: High School Diploma or Equivalency Diploma
- Years of Experience: currently in College or 2 years of experience working with middle school and/or high school students, preferred
- Age: 19 years-old or older
- Strong Youth Development background
- Interest and experience with the arts (theater, music, visual arts, dance, multimedia, etc.), preferred
- Can lead a variety of activities and groups that engage young people.
- Flexibility and the ability to work well as a member of a team
- Interested in managing and creating positive experiences for groups of youth, including participants with special needs and challenging behaviors
- Desire to share and build personal and interpersonal skills with participants
- Detail oriented, highly organized and dependable
- Ability to set limits and maintain helping role of practitioner and to intervene appropriately
- Bilingual: English/Mandarin/Cantonese or English/Spanish, preferred
- Driver’s License, a plus
III. RELATIONSHIP WITH OTHERS
- Build and maintain close, daily interactions with participants, co-workers, and supervisors
- Have a strong sensitivity to cultural differences present among staff and clients within our organization.
- Possess a strong belief in people’s ability to grow and change
- Forge a mutually respectful partnership with persons served and their families.
IV. WORKING CONDITIONS
- Actively engage and interact with youth each day
- May be required to be active by walking, bending, standing, squatting or sitting
- Demonstrated ability to maintain a high energy level
- May be exposed to all weather conditions and might be required to work in various temperatures in order to facilitate activities in various locations inside and outside of the school building
V. SCOPE OF RESPONSIBILITY: The Group Leader role as an AmeriCorps member focuses on supervising a group of participants in the program, in collaboration with other professionals including Activity Specialists and Youth Workers. The member will contribute to the program’s goal of promoting positive youth development and increasing school engagement by building consistent relationships with youth participants, volunteers and school and community partners.